Celebrate the Longest Night of the Year in Vancouver

longest night winter solstice

Photo: Secret Lantern Society

December 21st marks the longest night of the year and Winter Solstice. Whether you’re celebrating the dance of the sun and the Earth, or simply the fact that it’s the longest night of the year, there’s a way for everyone to experience this winter celebration in Vancouver.

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Celebrate the Longest Night of the Year in Vancouver

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

Christmas for Free in Metro Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane at the Hyatt Regency. PHOTO CREDIT: John Lee.

The Christmas season is all about spending. But I’m not talking about money; I’m talking about spending quality time with friends and family. The bottom line is there’s no need to max out your credit cards if you’re looking for festive fun in and around our city––you just need to know where those experiences are. Continue reading:
Christmas for Free in Metro Vancouver

Warm Up Your Winter at The 2019 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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Hot chocolate from Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe | Photo Credit: Leila Kwok

Feeling the winter chill? The 9th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is comin’ in hot with 30 vendors and 74 flavours to warm you up!

Running from January 19 to February 14, the festival spotlights Vancouver’s best (and all local) chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato, and ice cream makers. Always with the goal of making the humble hot chocolate the bombshell it’s meant to be, this year features 74 flavours from 30 locations to tickle a chocoholic’s cocoa fancy. (And for those looking for a dairy-free option, never fear; several vendors are whipping up tasty plant-based options!)

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Warm Up Your Winter at The 2019 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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

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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

New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver

Photo: Flickr, Peter So

Outdoorsy folk will often quote a popular phrase, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” When it comes to staying warm and dry throughout unpredictable Vancouver winters, I must agree! Situated in a coastal, temperate rainforest, adjacent to the spectacular Pacific ocean, Vancouverites enjoy relatively mild winters. However, our extraordinary Douglas Firs are some of the largest trees in the world for a reason – RAIN! It is true; our beautiful city has one of the wettest and foggiest climates in all of Canada. However, if you love trails and the elements, with a little bit of strategic shopping, you can embrace countless outdoor adventures during our winter months!

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New Year, New Gear – Embracing Winter in Vancouver