Winter is here, and that means shorter days and longer nightfall – but that’s no excuse to hibernate. Bundle up and hit the outdoors with the round-the-clock activities below. Your New Year resolutions will thank you.
- Loden Hotel’s Wanderfit After Dark Experience. A collaboration between the Loden Hotel and Musette Tours, After Dark excursions lead travellers from city to wilderness for a close encounter with the city’s coastal mountains and forests. Trips range from hiking to cycling to trail running, and venture beyond traditional attractions to explore lesser-known areas of the city’s sprawling outdoors. Trips are available exclusively to guests of the Loden Hotel, and each is customized to the guest’s experience levels, fitness goals, and desired duration and intensity level. After Dark packages are available until spring 2017. For more information, click here.
- Grouse Mountain’s Snowshoe and Fondue. The only thing better than a private snowshoe tour is a private snowshoe tour followed by a gooey group fondue. Experience the best of both worlds during this after-dark adventure on Grouse Mountain, which combines a one-hour guided snowshoe tour with an après cheese, chocolate and broth fondue at Altitudes Bistro. Tours start at 7pm and are available six days per week (Thursday through Tuesday) throughout the winter season. Read the mouthwatering menu here.
- Train for a winter marathon. Don your running gear and hit the seawall or trails in Stanley Park to get prepped for one of the city’s many wintertime marathons and half-marathons. Try the aptly named Resolution Run (January 1); the Vancouver Chilly Chase (January 22); the Hypothermic Half Marathon (and don’t be put off by the cheeky title; February 4); or the scrumptious Hot Chocolate Run (March 4), for starters.
- Go for an ice skate in the heart of the city. Robson Square ice rink is officially open for the season, and the best way to beat the crowds that throng there in the daytime is to visit after dark. The rink is open until 9pm from Sunday to Thursday, and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday – perfect timing for a post-dinner workout.
- Cuddle up at the beach. Who says beach-going has to be a summer activity? Pack a blanket and picnic – don’t forget the Thermos of hot chocolate! – grab your friends or sweetheart, and hit English Bay, Kits Beach, Spanish Banks or another of the city’s many stretches of sand. You’ll bypass the crowds that swarm to the beaches in summer, and there’s nothing as stunning as moonlight sparkling against the ocean.