12 Fun Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver on Winter Break 2021/22

Sledding at Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

Sledding at Grouse Mountain. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Grouse Mountain

Winter Break is a great time to get outdoors and explore nature in Vancouver. Choose from snowy activities like skiing and snowshoeing, holiday fun, hikes, and lots more. Use our picks for the best things to do outdoors in Vancouver on winter break to plan your adventures.

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12 Fun Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver on Winter Break 2021/22

7 Places to Walk a Section of The Great Trail Around Vancouver

View of the Pitt River from the Pitt River Regional Greenway

The view of the Pitt River from the Pitt River Regional Greenway. Photo: Pitt River Regional Greenway/Metro Vancouver Parks

Fully connected in 2017, The Great Trail stretches across Canada from Victoria to Newfoundland, and north to the Arctic Ocean. You may not have time to walk the enitre length, but the route passes right through Vancouver, so you can walk a section of The Great Trail close to home.

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7 Places to Walk a Section of The Great Trail Around Vancouver

10 Best Places to Go for a Run Around Vancouver

A runner on the seawall in Stanley Park

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Vancouver is a great city for running, with lots of great views and traffic-light-free routes. In face, Runkeeper named it one of the best cities for running in North America! You can run through quiet neighbourhoods, next to the ocean, around lakes, or through the forest. Here are our picks for the best places to go for a run around Vancouver.

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10 Best Places to Go for a Run Around Vancouver

Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver

Cyclists on the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Destination BC/Heath Moffatt

Vancouver has lots of flat, car-free cycling paths that are perfect for a family outing. Ride next to the ocean, cruise through the forest, or bike through the heart of the city. Our guide to the best kid-friendly bike rides around Vancouver also includes pitstops along the way that little cyclists will love. (Think playgrounds, picnic areas, and places to get treats.)

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Best Kid-Friendly Bike Rides Around Vancouver

10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall

Nighttime view of downtown Vancouver from the Stanley Park Seawall. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Kazutoshi Yoshimura

Vancouver is a gorgeous city sandwiched between the mountains and the ocean. Whether you’re looking for the perfect photo or just want to soak up the beauty, there are lots of great views around town. Here are our picks for the best scenic viewpoints in Vancouver.

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10 Best Scenic Viewpoints in Vancouver

10 Family-Friendly Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver This Spring Break

Children playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver

Kids playing at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Looking to keep the kids entertained this Spring Break? Plan an outdoor adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Here are our picks for the best Vancouver area family-friendly things to do outside this Spring Break. 

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10 Family-Friendly Things to do Outdoors in Vancouver This Spring Break

History of Stanley Park Nine O’clock Gun

Photo credit: Keepitsurreal  | Flickr

Photo credit: Keepitsurreal | Flickr

There’s a saying that goes something to the effect of “there’s only two things you can be sure of in life: death and taxes.” For downtown Vancouver residents another constant can be added to this pithy list: the resounding, deep boom of the Stanley Park nine o’clock gun.

Each night at exactly 9:00 p.m. the 12 pounder muzzle-loaded naval canon located on the seawall just southwest of Brockton Point lets off a large boom to mark the time. The gun gives passersby either a thrill or scare depending on how closely they pay attention to the  cannon enclosure.

Overlooking Coal Harbour and the lego-like downtown skyline the gun was installed in the same spot it stands today in 1898 by the Canadian Department of Marine and Fisheries. 

Cast in 1816 by H&C King in England, the gun was likely used aboard British naval ships before it was gifted to Canada by the British Government in 1856. Of the three cannons brought out to Pacific coast, Stanley Park’s nine o’clock gun is the last remaining; the other two in Victoria met their fiery ends in 1940, melted down to conserve resources during World War II.  Continue reading:
History of Stanley Park Nine O’clock Gun