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

5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

Snowshoe Grind Grouse Mountain Vancouver

Image courtesy of Grouse Mountain

There are many people in Vancouver who love the iconic Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain. Okay, “love” may be too strong of a word. More like, hate every minute of it until you get to the top and feel EXCELLENT.

But, in the wintertime when the Grouse Grind shuts down due to snow/ice, people start to get a little bit of an itch for an extreme weekly work out. Luckily, Grouse Mountain introduced the  Snowshoe Grind – a challenging trail that is similar to summertime Grind times.

The Snowshoe Grind is a 4.3km trail of uphill grinding to the top of Dam Mountain. It usually takes about an hour to complete and is a great way to get into the snowy, mountain environment.

So, if you haven’t tried it out yet, or you’re just looking for a good reason to get your sweat on, I present you 5 reasons to tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind every weekend!

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5 Reasons to Tackle the Grouse Snowshoe Grind Every Weekend

#WinterLove – 10 Reasons to Join Vancouver’s Snow Watch

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Photo: Courtesy Grouse Mountain

Do you find yourself gazing longingly at the North Shore Mountains looking for that first dusting of snow? With temperatures dropping and heavy rain in the forecast it is that time of year when the annual snow watch begins. With each flake of snow we inch closer and closer to hitting the slopes. How incredible to live in a city where you can cycle, paddle and snowboard all in the same day!

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#WinterLove – 10 Reasons to Join Vancouver’s Snow Watch

Winter Adventure: Cross Country Skiing in Callaghan Valley

Photo credit: Callaghan Country

In the middle of winter, Nordic skiers and snowshoers may be feeling a tad bored with the local slopes. While Cypress, Grouse and Seymour are absolutely ideal for a convenient, snowy work out, you may find yourself craving more, once you’ve built up stamina.

If that’s your starting point, it’s worth the 2-hour drive to Callaghan Valley, just 13 km south of world-class resort Whistler.  Whistler Olympic Park – host site to the 2010 Olympic Nordic events – and Callaghan Country have teamed up to offer combined “Ski Callaghan” passes to “North America’s most extensive Nordic experience,” with over 130 kilometres of trails to explore by ski or snowshoe.

Your reasons to make the drive? When it rains in Vancouver, it snows in Whistler. Plus the Callaghan Country wilderness is spectacular, boasting over 7000 hectares of stunning landscape including majestic old-growth forests, stunning peaks, pancake plateaus and steep climbs. Whistler Olympic Park adds modern training facilities to an (almost) untamed stretch of gorgeous.

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Winter Adventure: Cross Country Skiing in Callaghan Valley