Winter in Vancouver
The city’s mild climate combined with close proximity to alpine peaks makes it the perfect destination for a winter getaway; a place that brings together the cultural and culinary highlights of the city, with easy access to snowy outdoor adventure.
Ease into the day with a light breakfast at one of Vancouver’s favourite coffee shops, giovane cafe + eatery located in the beautiful Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel. Renowned for their quality roasts and delicious eats, this is a great place to warm up with a relaxing mug and enjoy a casual bite. After, walk over to FlyOver Canada, one of Vancouver’s must-see attractions, for a virtual flight across the country. A breathtaking 4-D flight simulation ride, this is an exhilarating experience that sees you soar across Canada, complete with wind, scents, and mist!
Vancouver has experienced a huge surge in the number of craft breweries. This afternoon, you’ll get to visit three of them! Join your guide from Vancouver Brewery Tours at downtown’s Waterfront Station, and from there you’ll board their bus to sip and sample your way through some of the city’s best craft brewing establishments, along with enjoying behind-the-scenes experiences.
Tonight, you’ll work up an appetite before dinner on the North Shore with Grouse Mountain’s Snowshoe Fondue experience. Make your way to Grouse Mountain on the North Shore. After travelling up to the peak of the mountain via scenic gondola, you’ll be met by your snowshoe guide, who will lead you on a spectacular one-hour tour taking in some of the most picturesque winter landscapes and city views you can imagine. At the end of the tour, you’ll retreat into the cosy chalet to enjoy a three-course fondue dinner fireside in Altitudes Bistro. Dip your way through cheese, broth and chocolate fondues before heading back downtown to your hotel.
This morning, get your bearings by heading to up to the Vancouver Lookout for a 360-degree view of the city, suburbs, water and mountains. Your ticket is valid all day, so you can always head back to check out the view when the sun is setting. From here, it’s a short walk to Robson Street, Vancouver’s best known shopping precinct. You’ll find lots of North America’s best known stores along with independent boutiques, cafés and souvenir stops. Looking to give your credit card a bigger work-out? There are plenty more shopping options on nearby streets such as Alberni and Granville streets, in the central Pacific Centre mall, or in funky downtown neighbourhoods such as Gastown and Yaletown.
After your morning of retail therapy, settle down for a traditional afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The city’s “grand dame” serves an elegant tea including the classic scones, finger sandwiches and tartlets, along with a “bubblegum tea” version for the kids. Grown-ups can opt to make their experience sparkle by upgrading to include a glass of bubbles. Work off your treats with an ice skating session in the middle of the city – Robson Square offers free skating on their rink throughout the winter, with skate rentals available at low cost. It’s a unique experience to glide around the ice just steps from bustling Robson Street!
Tonight, dine in grand style at Hy’s Encore. A Canadian classic, the cosy, dark wood room with starched white tablecloths serves some of Vancouver’s best steak and finest cocktails. But make sure you don’t forget an order of their cheese toast – legendary!
❐ INSIDER TIPS: Visiting in late January/early February? Take part in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival - Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.
- Stanley Park - Bright Lights
- Van Dusen Botanical Gardens - Christmas Lights
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Canyon Lights
- Grouse Mountain - Peak of Christmas
- Vancouver Christmas Market