Where to Go Cross-Country Skiing Near Vancouver

Cross country skiing near Vancouver

Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane

Cross-country skiing is a great way to explore the winter landscape. You can get a full-body workout or go for a casual cruise with friends. There are four cross-country ski areas near Vancouver to choose from. 

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Where to Go Cross-Country Skiing Near Vancouver

8 Unique Outdoor Adventures Near Vancouver to Experience This Winter

Dogsledding in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler

Dogsledding in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler. Photo credit: Canadian Wilderness Adventures

While Vancouver’s mountains might be best known for skiing, that’s not the only thing to do here in the winter. Our city offers so many other winter outdoor adventures, some of which are truly special. Here are our picks for the most unique Vancouver outdoor adventures you’ll want to try this winter. 

 

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8 Unique Outdoor Adventures Near Vancouver to Experience This Winter

Vancouver Ski Hills are Open! Here’s What’s New for the 2019/2020 Season

Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb

Photo credit: Destination BC/Robin O’Neill

Vancouver is spoiled for choice when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. We have three local mountains on the North Shore, plus three more a short drive away to the north and east. With three of the ski resorts open already and the remaining three scheduled to open in the next week or two, we’re getting excited about hitting the slopes. Here’s what you can look forward to at each resort for the 2019/2020 season.

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Vancouver Ski Hills are Open! Here’s What’s New for the 2019/2020 Season

September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

A whiskey jack bird sits on top of hiker's shoes on top of Mount Strachan near Vancouver, BC

A curious whiskey jack on top of Mount Strachan. Please don’t feed them as it’s not good for their diet. (And they’ll come pose for you even without food.)

The hike to Mount Strachan in Cypress Provincial Park is a bit of a hidden gem. The open summit has great views of Howe Sound and the Lions. And in September, the alpine meadows shift from green to golden orange. There’s also an interesting Cold War-era plane crash to check out along the way. The rocky trail to the summit is moderately challenging, and often poorly marked, so it’s not a hike for beginners.

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September’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Mount Strachan

6 Awesome Places to go Snow Tubing and Sliding this Winter in and around Vancouver

snow tubing cypress mountain

Image courtesy of Cypress Mountain | Facebook.com

Looking for the fastest, most fun way down a mountain that doesn’t involve putting on ski boots or buying an expensive snowboard? Snow tubing is easily one of the most entertaining winter activities to enjoy in Vancouver.

With the local mountains officially opening for skiing and snowboarding, the winter season is officially on! If you’re looking for some adrenaline-packed entertainment that’s easier than the typical board sports of winter, snow tubing is the best answer!

If there’s snow on the ground, snow tubing or sledding is as easy as finding the closest hill (listen for the delighted screams of children!) Barring that, there are a few more official options that will provide you with hours of fun.

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6 Awesome Places to go Snow Tubing and Sliding this Winter in and around Vancouver

Ready to Win Your Own “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” Holiday?

Fifty Shades Freed is in theatres February 9.

It’s another day of love activities, and another chance to win a grand prize trip for two to Vancouver!

Fifty Shades Freed will be released in theatres on February 9, and Tourism Vancouver is celebrating the film’s Vancouver presence with a sizzling sweepstakes that’s sure to spice up your Love Day. Part Two of our three-day “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” campaign features 16 more activities that will surprise and delight your Valentine’s date. Continue reading:
Ready to Win Your Own “Fifty Shades of Romance in Vancouver” Holiday?

Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland

Photo: Rob Weiss

It never fails to take my breath away! Every time I leave sea level and venture out to the North Shore Mountains I feel invigorated. Perhaps, the feeling is amplified while alpine skiing. On those perfect days, the sun shines brightly; the air is crisp and the snow sparkles. As I raise the chairlift safety bar, lift my ski tips and prepare to unload, a sheer sense of joy comes over me. Moving away quickly from the unloading area, I begin to anticipate the views, and they never disappoint! Imagine panoramic ocean and city views all from the top of a snow-covered alpine run. Awe-inspiring and breathtaking!

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Snow to Surf – Vancouver’s Alpine Wonderland