Greater Vancouver Youth Winter Activities

Vancouver 's winter's are unusual for Canada, being almost as mild as coastal cities like Vancouver & Vancouver. While we have cold spells, the snow usually doesn't fall enough or stick around to make snow forts, toboggan and cross-country ski in the city. Here are a couple of winter suggestions:

  1. Skate outdoors

    • Robson Square, downtown
    • Grouse Mountain Outdoor Rink

  2. Take a hike along the city's bike paths and trails. They're especially pretty with fresh snow on the ground. The most scenic are:

    • Stanley Park (across the park, or along the Seawall)
    • Pacific Spirit Park
    • Baden Powell Trail on the North Shore

  3. Go cross-country skiing while the city is largely snow-free in the winter, you can get good acccumulations not far away:

    • Whistler, 2 hour2 north on the #99 Sea to Sky highway, site of 2010 Winter Olympic competitions with 46 km of trails
    • Manning Park about an hour east of the city on the #1 and #3, wiht 30 km of grromed and 190 km of backcountry trails

  4. Go tobogganning or tubing
    • Mount Seymour on the northshore has a tubing/toboggan park
    • Cypress Mountain also has a toboggan fun

  5. Visit the Aquarium The Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park is open every day of the year. Its just as much fun in the winter time when the seals and killer whales are acclimated.

  6. Enjoy the holiday light displays In December each year, there are four popular holiday light displays:
    • VanDusen Botanical Gardens
    • Capilano Suspension Bridge
    • Stanley Park has its Bright Lights festival amoung the forest, the train and the children's Farmyard
    • Canada Place has a light show on the rooftop sails beaide the Seabus Terminal

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