What to See and Do in Vancouver on Your Way to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2020

Image courtesy of GayVan.com

By Angus Praught

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, January 26th-February 2nd,  attracts thousands of people from around the world to southern British Columbia each year, as one of the most popular LGBTQ2+ winter Pride festivals anywhere on the planet. With a full week of exciting activities that include guided ski and snowboard groups, a comedy night, a charity ski race, daily après ski events, cabaret nights, spa night, pool parties, a pride parade, the massive “Snowball” and more, people arrive continually throughout the week.

Vancouver is high on the list of many as a pre or post ski festival destination. As some are traveling long distances from as far away as Asia, Europe, the USA, Mexico and the southern hemisphere, it’s the perfect chance to take in some of the fabulous LGBTQ2+ events in the city to enhance the overall experience, and for a chance to meet some of the locals.

Here is a selection of events on various nights of the week that will be taking place in downtown Vancouver around Whistler Pride:

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What to See and Do in Vancouver on Your Way to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2020

Sing to the Season with Q Choir

Image courtesy of Q Choir

By Rachel Rosenberg

The holidays are coming! ‘Tis the season for twinkly lights, spending time with loved ones and enjoying feelings of merriment. One way to experience joyful feelings is with singing, and Q Choir is looking to help with that. On Sunday, December 15th, this queer-centered choir will be performing alongside non-binary drag show-stopper Rose Butch at The Warehouse (550 Malkin Ave).

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Sing to the Season with Q Choir

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Craft markets, choirs, symphony, gospel, even more holiday lights, classic cartoons on the big screen, and a drag show are just some of what’s going on this weekend. This is also your very last chance to see the Vancouver Biennale’s exhibit of curious imagined creatures by world-renowned artist Patricia Piccinini.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend we have a flamenco production of Pinocchio, The Winnipeg Ballet’s Canadian Nutcracker, an adult-only puppetry version of A Christmas Carol, figure skating, a gem show and more things to keep you busy all through the next few days.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 1, 2018

It may be grey and wet outdoors, but inside the colours are brightly painted, music plays for you to dance your shoes dry, and the kitchens are hot – cooking up the last weekend of the Dine Out Vancouver festival.


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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 1, 2018

Got Snow? Cypress Opens Friday!

Photo: Flickr, Zac McDougall

Dust off those boards, tweak those bindings and dig out your long undies because it is snowing in the mountains! Like most winter enthusiasts, this is the time of year I longingly watch our magnificent Lions for that first dusting of white. With bated breath, I diligently monitor temperature and precipitation predictions. Anticipation builds! While commuters curse, I gleefully thank Mother Nature for the early season storms and unexpected blast of winter. I visualize fresh tracks and apres ski! Well, Vancouverites, the wait is over. It is official; Cypress Mountain kicks off the season this Friday, November 10th.

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Got Snow? Cypress Opens Friday!

Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind

 

Scenic views from the Snowshoe Grind Photo: D Coo Badger Photography

Missing your fitness fix on the Grouse Grind?  Resolved to up your fitness level in 2017? With epic snow on our North Shore Mountains if you have not yet traded your hiking boots for snowshoes, now might be the time to challenge the Snowshoe Grind!

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Snowshoes, Sunsets and the Grind