Top Ten Things to do This Winter

Things to do.

Start the year off with our top ten things to do this winter on Vancouver’s North Shore. Here’s how to warm up your plans as you stay local this January and February.

1. Hit the Slopes on our Local Mountains

snowboarding grouse mountain

Vancouver’s North Shore has three local ski hills all located within 30 minutes of the city. The mountains usually open for the season in late November or early December. You can ski or snowboard with your household on Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mt. Seymour. Nordic skiing is also available on Cypress Mountain.


2. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers visitors a unique mix of adventure, history and culture, which makes this attraction a complete British Columbia experience and a must-see while visiting Vancouver. Canyon Lights has been cancelled for 2021 but you can still go see the lights in the daytime with your family until February 15.


3. Sample Local Craft Beer

The B.C. craft beer renaissance has taken hold in North Vancouver. If you love tasting craft beers, you’re lucky to live in a place like North Vancouver where you will find a growing number of breweries offering unique and delicious local craft beers – so there is always something new to try!. You can taste a few samples and purchase the beer on-site in most locations and enjoy your beers on covered or heated patios.


4. Do Some Outdoor Ice Skating

Man and child ice skating on Grouse Mountain

Have you ever ice skated on the top of a mountain? On Grouse Mountain your bubble can enjoy their 8,000 square foot mountain top ice skating pond, the only one of its kind on the West Coast!


5. Go on a Culinary Adventure

high end food and wine on table

Explore the diverse cuisine of Vancouver’s North Shore. When you live in a place you can get stuck in the routine of always going to your closest or favourite restaurant. Explore locally and support restaurants during this difficult time as you discover some of the best eateries on the North Shore. Deal seekers can try Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest food and beverage festival, runs from February 5 to March 7, 2021.


6. Go Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain

Snowshoeing is the perfect winter sport for everyone. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! All three local mountains Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mt. Seymour have scenic snowshoe trails. You can rent snowshoes and book guided tours right in your own backyard!


7. Visit the Polygon Art Gallery

Polygon gallery exterior

The Polygon Art Gallery is a vibrant art institution that hosts exhibitions with a focus on photography and new media. Even if you have just visited, there are always new things to see and do with there being many exhibitions this winter! Entry is by donation.


8. Visit Lonsdale Quay Market

Lonsdale Quay Market


Lonsdale Quay Market globally-inspired food court and boutique shops are a great place to find some unique gifts and delicious food with new businesses popping up all the time! Located indoors, it is a perfect rainy day activity to pick up essentials and grab some delicious grub — with something for every person in your bubble.


9. Visit Cleveland Dam

Cleveland Dam House

At Cleveland Dam to view the impressive 300-foot spillway. During a rainy period, you can see the water thundering over the falls. This is always a wonderful spot to head to with your household to shake off the cobwebs from staying indoors and breathe in the fresh air.


10. Support Business By Shopping Local

This year, local businesses need our support more than ever. As you shop for new ski equipment, indoor activities, or decor for upcoming spring cleaning put shopping for local businesses first. You can get inspired by our Support Local Gift Guide which includes options for shopping in person or online!


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