3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver

Image sourced from HelloBC

Image sourced from HelloBC

The fresh powder is glistening with moonlight; snowshoes swooshing through new-fallen snow is the only sound. Led by a guide, you work your way through forests of towering hemlock and Douglas fir trees, while the city lights of Vancouver twinkle in the distance, thousands of feet below. Up ahead, a light shines inside a rustic cabin and a you might even catch a hint of chocolate in the mountain air.

Welcome to Vancouver’s unique snowshoe and fondue adventures. All three local mountains offer the chance to explore the alpine scenery after dusk, then warm up in lodges with steaming hot cider and authentic fondue. Continue reading:
3 Places for a Snowshoe-Fondue Outing in Vancouver

Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

Snowshoeing is coming soon to the top of the Sea To Sky Gondola. Photo credit: Sea To Sky Gondola/Paul Bride.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Sea to Sky Gondola, which just re-opened for its winter season on November 27. And while there’s not quite enough snow yet to strap on the snowshoes, rest assured that it’s coming…. and so is Santa.

Located in Squamish, about an hour north of Vancouver, the Sea To Sky Gondola made its debut last May and drew summer hikers and sightseers from far and wide.

After closing for a few weeks of maintenance in November, it’s now up and running and poised to launch new snowshoe trails and a new tube park for kids. There will also be backcountry ski touring for experienced skiers around and on Sky Pilot Mountain, Co-Pilot, Skyline Ridge, and Goat Ridge.

And this Friday (December 5), holiday activities kick off at the Summit Lodge to get everybody into the Christmas spirit. Fondue, anyone?

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Sea To Sky Gondola re-opens for winter with Christmas cheer

Masters of the Stinky Cheeses

Menuboard at les amis du FROMAGE

If you love cheese, this headline should lure you in like walking past a market in southern France and smelling the earthy, pungent aroma of a good chevre aging in a stone cellar nearby. For Vancouverites – and those of us more than willing to trek in from the fringes – wanting something beyond grocery store fare in your cheeses, there’s only one shop you need to know: the gastronomical Everest in cheese stores known as les amis du FROMAGE.

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Masters of the Stinky Cheeses

The Swiss House: Everything you wanted to know about fondue . . . but were afraid to ask

The Swiss have landed at Granville Island . . . and they've brought plenty of cheese.

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk through the doors of the House of Switzerland on Granville Island is the smell.  Wafting by in thick, pungent waves, cheese is in the air.

“We shipped in 1.7 tons of cheese from Switzerland,” Xenia Schlegel, who handles communications, explained to me this afternoon.  “And now we have to order more.  It’s all been eaten up.”

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The Swiss House: Everything you wanted to know about fondue . . . but were afraid to ask