As a coastal city so close to the mountains, Vancouver is a collection of micro-climates situated in a temperate rain forest. This means the city's summers are usually hot and dry, with long sunny days, and mild, balmy winters. While rain is common, many flock to Vancouver during the winter months because of its lack of snow. And here a couple of activities to take advantage of during your next winter visit to this balmy city:
See Some Lights
The mild nature of Vancouver's winters means more outdoor activities are possible. Many popular attractions take advantage of this, and fabulous light displays can be seen throughout the city. Check out VanDusen Botanical Garden's Festival of Lights or the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Festivals & Events
Some of the city's most popular events and festivals take place in the winter months. Dine Out Vancouver, a celebration of all things food in the Downtown core, brings out thousands every February. Vancouver's Fan Expo takes place every November, and the outdoor Christmas Market, a celebration of food and all things merry, runs every December. The city also has one of the largest Lunar New Year festivals in North America in January or February each year. Finally, the second annual Just for Laughs comedy festival will be back in February 2018.
Take a Tour
Walking around the city is a lot easier without ice and snow. Explore Vancouver's indigenous history with interpretive tours from Talaysay Tours. Stuff your face on a walking food tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours, or experience the city's seedy history with Forbidden Vancouver walking tours (and even take part in seasonal Halloween or Christmas tours!). Or get a tour of Hollywood North with Fans of Vancouver Tours.
Try a New Activity
Vancouver is as health conscious as it comes, and we have just as many indoor activities to do in the winter months as we do in the summer. Try your hand at the trapeze with the Vancouver Circus School, or investigate the barre trend with Barre Fitness. Or put a spin on old winter favourites when you try axe throwing or snowshoeing at Grouse Mountain.
Half an hour from the downtown core lies both the Grouse and Cypress Mountains, where snow bunnies can ski, snowboard, tube, and check out three-sixty degree views of Vancouver. A little further out of the city lies Whistler Blackcomb, home to the 2010 Winter Olympics.