Where to Try Snowshoeing Near Vancouver: 5  Beginner-Friendly Places to Go

A group of snowshoers at Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports you can try. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains are a great place to try snowshoeing for the first time. Bundle up in some warm clothes and head to one of these five beginner-friendly snowshoeing trails. Continue reading:
Where to Try Snowshoeing Near Vancouver: 5  Beginner-Friendly Places to Go

7 Outdoorsy Activities to Add to Your Vancouver Winter Bucket List

Vancouver's skyline and mountains covered in snow

Tourism Vancouver / Clayton Perry

Vancouver is pretty spectacular in the winter when the mountains are blanketed with snow. It may be a bit chilly out, but that’s no reason to hide indoors. There are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy in Vancouver each winter. Here are our picks the best outdoorsy things you’ll want to add to your winter Vancouver bucket list. 

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7 Outdoorsy Activities to Add to Your Vancouver Winter Bucket List

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

Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Photo credit: iwona_kellie | Flickr

Grey skies and rainy days conspire to keep many Vancouverites cooped up indoors during the winter months.  There is a solution for cabin fever, however: Just look up.

The North Shore mountains, just across the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, offer an outdoor playground during the winter months – and not just for skiers. Well maintained trails on Cypress, Grouse and Seymour Mountains give hikers and snowshoers a chance to stretch their legs in pristine alpine forest.

Among the best routes for beginners looking for an easy hike is the Dog Mountain Trail on Mt. Seymour, which is 5 kilometres round-trip and takes about two hours to complete.  I checked out the trail over the weekend, on a day when downtown Vancouver was blanketed in fog.

Up at the 935-metre base of Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver, however, the sun was shining bright and it was a balmy 9 degrees Celsius.   Continue reading:
Incredible (and Easy) Winter Hiking in Vancouver

5 Free Things to Do This January

Photo credit: T. Jerven

It’s January. The holidays are over and there’s a general air of restrained spending, resolution-inspired fitness, and more kale than chocolate. We’re on our best behaviour, but we all still need to have a little fun. And the less we have to spend to find it, the better.

Here are five January events and activities that are free!

5 Free Things to Do This January

1) Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, through February 28
Location-wise, it doesn’t get much better. The Robson Square Ice Rink is in the heart of downtown Vancouver – ideal for visiting a temporary food cart pod or the Vancouver Art Gallery before taking a few slick laps with friends and family. Bring your own skates and it’s free to use. Or pay a mere $4 to rent.

2) Street Food City II, January 23-27
Before or after free ice skating at Robson Square, head over to the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery to visit a temporary, Portland-style food cart pod – one of the top events of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2013. Entry is free! Yes, there will be heated, tented seating and live music. Of course you will have to compensate the clever chef-entrepreneurs for their goods – think wood-fired personal pizzas, Japanese-fusion pulled pork sandwiches, perogies, fish tacos, grilled cheese and more. Continue reading:
5 Free Things to Do This January

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

Street Food City II at the 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival

2013 started with a bang. That is the nature of New Year’s. And the good stuff keeps coming. Urban winter rain is no match for the glut of snowy adventures possible at our trio of nearby mountains – Grouse, Cypress, Seymour. From snowshoeing, the fastest growing winter sport, to snowboarding, cross country and alpine skiing, it’s easy to keep those resolutions.

Good thing too as the hotly-anticipated 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Canada’s largest restaurant festival, kicks off January 18. This annual smorgasbord enables curious diners to sample set menus from the city’s best restaurants at budget-friendly fixed prices ($18, $28 and $38 per person). Dine Out also means unique events, like a Portland-style Street Food City II – a.k.a. a food cart pod – located by the Vancouver Art Gallery, January 23-27.

Finally, January wouldn’t be complete without PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (160 edgy shows in 20 days starting Jan. 15), plus visits from two of the world’s most influential women: Oprah and Lady Gaga. You may be more interested in a talk by Merkel or Lagarde, but there’s no denying these womens’ clout.

Get the full list of January fun after the jump.

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

1. Public Holiday, January 1
Sleep. Hydrate. Head to brunch. Couch it. Hit the slopes. Whatever makes you happy. Tomorrow it’s back to 9 to 5. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in January 2013

Winter Fun: Free Snowshoeing Trails Near Vancouver

Hollyburn Mountain. Photo credit: Taraneh Jerven

We decided to get the family snowshoes this winter. Over the Christmas holiday, my husband and I, plus our  three-month-old, joined the hordes of snowshoeing enthusiasts on Vancouver’s nearby mountains: Grouse, Cypress and Seymour.

Snowshoeing, the most rapidly growing winter sport, attracts all kinds: the super fit, casual day trippers, athletic families, sledders who hike up and slide down…

It’s a simple sport; if you can walk, you can snowshoe. The benefits – stunning winter wonderland scenery and healthy exertion – are addictive.

Our adventures are only just beginning, but here are two great snowshoeing treks we’ve tried near Vancouver which are free if you bring your own gear. Continue reading:
Winter Fun: Free Snowshoeing Trails Near Vancouver