When the snowflakes start floating through the Vancouver sky, it gets us thinking about how seriously awesome Vancouver is during the winter. To prove this fact, we enlisted the help of our fans on Facebook to come up with a list of great things about winter in our fair city. These are our eight favourite responses, with apologies to the many omitted Stanley Park references (we already know how beautiful the park is in the winter … and summer, fall and spring).
8: “My favourite thing in winter is snowboarding! And [a] walk on Robson in cold weather is awesome 2.” — Enya Liang
It’s easy to love snowboarding (and skiing, too) when you live in or visit Vancouver. There are numerous options within a short drive of Vancouver, making even a half-day excursion to carve some turns a possibility.
7: “My fav thing about Vancouver winters... that it doesn't snow.” – Chris Gehlen
It’s true, the city itself averages just 55 centimetres (22 inches) of snow per year. So your best bet to see snow in Vancouver requires a gaze at the scenic mountains.
6: “Looking at the snow-capped North Shore mountains from our balcony.” – Jojie Modina Misenas
If you are lucky enough to have a balcony like Jojie’s, then you know exactly what she is talking about. If not, try the views from Stanley Park, English Bay or Coal Harbour.
5: “Blueberry tea at Bin 941.” – Joanna Schlosser
There’s just something about a hot tea on a cold day (other than maybe a winter-inspired cocktail).
4: “Queen Elizabeth Park for dog romps and crazy tobogganing.” – Laurie McConnell
We’d like to see some “crazy” tobogganing and suspect that checking out any of the sledding hills near the city -- such as Mount Seymour and Queen Elizabeth Park -- after a fresh snowfall might just satisfy that craving.
3: “Those sexy snow-capped mountains in the morning sunshine...” – Maria Chen.
Yes, the mountains around the city are as sexy as they are stunning. It’s good to be in Vancouver, isn’t it?
2: “Laughing at people back in Alberta saying that it's -36C but might warm up to freezing next week.” – Carol Harty.
Yet another notation about the “winter” weather in Vancouver, where average temperatures hover between 5–10 degrees Celsius (42–50 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the coldest months.
1: “That I can go sledding right outside my backdoor, and I can come inside after and have hot chocolate ready and throw all the wet cold clothes straight in the dryer. This is the life ♥.” – Melanie QwnMel Larocque
The more you listen to Vancouver residents, the more you understand just how much they love it here, whether it’s warm and sunny or blistery and snowing. Have a better reason Vancouver rocks during winter? Join the conversation on Facebook.