99 ways to keep busy in Vancouver (and a little further beyond) during the winter season.
We wanted to write a piece that would inspire residents to explore their city and show visitors Vancouver, British Columbia as locals know it. Whether you’re looking for an activity to escape the wet weather, a snowy outdoor adventure or to spend an afternoon admiring the arts, you’re sure to find it on the list. Maybe you need date-night inspiration or simply can’t think of a single thing to do on a ‘blah’ day. We challenge you to remain bored with 99 things to do in Vancouver at your fingertips.
1. Ride the Stanley Park Train
Description: Clickety-clack along the tracks. Wind your way through tunnels and forest for two kilometres aboard the Stanley Park Train. It’s a model replica of the Canadian Pacific Railway #374, well known for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. This is a popular Vancouver attraction and it runs throughout the summer, and for seasonal events like Halloween, Easter and the Bright Nights Train. There is a matinee train that runs in the afternoons, and an after dark evening ride.
Price: The matinee train is $6 per person; the night train is $12 for adults. $9 for youth and seniors and children under two years old are free. If you only want to view the lights and not ride the train, entry is by donation.
Location: Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, take the West Georgia Street park entrance.
Description: Get into the Christmas spirit at the market, with food, drinks, entertainment and a wide variety of artisan gifts. There will be a total of 55 vendors at this years’ market. Take a spin on the carousel, sip Glühwein and listen to the semi-finalists singing in the X-Mas Factor competition on Friday evenings. A winner will be determined on December 19.
Date & Time: Nov. 21 to Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24.)
Description: Come out to enjoy the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, where over one million lights will make the gardens twinkle and sparkle. There are interactive themed areas, a Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, a gnome performance and the Vancouver Public Library’s Tales For A Winter’s Night. All tickets to the Festival Of Lights will gain you entry into the Enchanted Nights at the Bloedel Conservatory. There, you can walk through a miniature world made for fairies and sprites.
Date & Time: Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, except on Dec. 25, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. From Dec. 18 to Dec. 23, the event runs for an extra hour, until 10 p.m.
Price: Adult tickets are $16, senior and youth tickets are $12, children from three to 12 get in for $9 and children under two years old are free. A family pass, for two adults and their children, is $36.
VanDusen Botanical Garden: 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Bloedel Conservatory: 4600 Cambie, Vancouver
4. Explore Peak Of Christmas
Description: Come out to Grouse Mountain to experience the Peak Of Christmas event. You’ll walk into Santa’s Workshop and meet his reindeer, or you can take a sleigh ride through the mountain’s forest. Bring your skates and spend time twirling on the 8,000-square-foot mountaintop ice skating pond. You can have your photo taken with Santa, watch a Christmas movie at the Theatre In The Sky or listen to Vancouver’s choirs singing Christmas carols. Don’t forget to stroll through the SOS Children’s Village Gingerbread Village in the Spirit Gallery.
Price: Skating is free with your own skates. Skates and a helmet are $4 to rent; ice cleats are $2 to rent.
Location: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
6. Go Snowboarding
Description: Strap onto a single board and start your descent down one of Vancouver’s popular mountains – Cypress, Grouse and Seymour – only a 30-minute drive from the city. Snowboarding on these North Shore mountains runs from December to April, depending on conditions.
Description: Step onto two swift skis and start your descent down one of Vancouver’s popular mountains – Cypress, Grouse and Seymour – only a 30-minute drive from the city. Skiing on these North Shore mountains runs from December to April, depending on conditions.
Price: Price is dependent on the mountain you choose and the type of pass. Please refer to the above websites for more information.
Cypress Mountain: 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, Vancouver V0N 1G0
Grouse Mountain: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver V7R 4K9
Mount Seymour: 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver V7G 1L3
8. Go Snowshoeing
Description: Snowshoeing season can start as early as November near Vancouver, and last right through to April. The most popular places to snowshoe include Cypress, Grouse and Seymour mountains, but some more adventurous snowshoers hit the trails in nearby provincial parks. Always check trail signs before heading out. Many trails that are suitable for cross-country skiing do not allow snowshoeing, as it ruins the groomed trails. If you’re not interested in a self-guided hike, or feel you’re not quite experienced enough to go out on the trails alone, consider booking a snowshoeing tour with a nearby company.
Description: Grab your tube and hit the slopes! Perfect for those who don’t ski or board, tubing provides fun for the whole family. Cypress Mountain offers a snow tube park for people over six years old, and is equipped with six chutes that are about 100 metres long. There is also a snow tube tow to pull you uphill. Mount Seymour also offers a snow tube park for everyone over six, in specially designed tubes, and there’s a tube tow to get you back up to the top.
Price: Prices vary, so check the above websites for more details.
Cypress Mountain: 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, Vancouver V0N 1G0
Mount Seymour: 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver V7G 1L3
10. Go Tobogganing
Description: For a gentler experience, or for family with children under six years old, there are great tobogganing hills around Vancouver. Both Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain are good options. There are also tobogganing hills at Cleveland Park, Trimble Park, Kensington Park, Falaise Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Douglas Park, Sutcliffe Park, China Creek Park, Vancouver Aquatic Centre and Coal Harbour Hill.
Description: Although not within the city, if you really want an exhilarating winter experience you need to try bobsledding or the skeleton (going down head first) at the Whistler Sliding Centre. An icy track, 1,450 metres long, with a vertical drop of 152 metres – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that!
Price: The Thunder On Ice ride – one bobsleigh ride with a pilot and two other guests – costs $169 plus tax, per person.
Location: 4910 Glacier Lane, Whistler
13. Try a Snow-Limo
Description: This is the perfect activity if you don’t really like winter and all of the strain that comes with going up and down a mountain. Grouse Mountain’s snow-limo tour features a personal chauffeur that takes you on a tour of the ski areas in a sled-like piece of equipment. You can leisurely ride along anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, bundled up and enjoying the view. You can also take a snow limo ride at Big White Ski Resort and Sun Peaks Resort, both in B.C.
Price: Tours range from $59 for the bronze tour, $89 for the silver peak tour and $299 for the romantic getaway tour.
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
14. See the Canyon Lights
Description: Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge to see it lit up for the season. Hundreds of thousands of lights are currently twinkling throughout the park. Canyon Lights runs from Nov. 27, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016, and is closed on Christmas Day. And if all those lights don’t get you in the spirit of the holidays, check out the world’s tallest living Christmas tree – 46 metres tall!
Description: Monday, Dec. 21, will mark the 22nd year for the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. This festival shines a light on the longest night of the year, illuminating inky skies with lanterns and fire. There will also be singing, drumming, music and dancing.
Location: Yaletown, Granville Island, Chinatown – Vancouver
16. Heritage Christmas at the Burnaby Village Museum
Description: Wander through a historic museum decked out in lights, admiring beautiful sculptures and taking in special performances, such as choirs, street characters and musicians. Do some baking in the old farmhouse, and get your photo taken with Father Christmas while you’re at it!
Price: Regular admission fees apply – $7.80 for adults, $3.90 for youth, $6.55 for senior and a family pass for $19.60.
Location: 23433 Mavis St., Langley
18. Tour Maplewood Farm
Description: Set on five acres in North Vancouver, Maplewood Farm is a fun and educational place for the young, and young at heart. What started as a dairy farm has grown into a genuine, rural experience with over 200 animals and birds for visitors to enjoy.
Price: $23 for adults, $17 for seniors and children between three and 15 years old, $21 for students over the age of 16 with ID and children under two years old are free. A family pass, for two adults and three children, is $73.
Location: 5048 264 Street, Aldergrove
20. See the Vancouver Canucks
Description: Cheer on Vancouver’s all-star NHL team!
Price: The Canucks recently introduced a change in their ticket pricing for single game tickets. Fans can expect the prices to rise or fall based on factors such as opposing team, rivalries, standings, star players, day of the week and supply and demand. Check the website for exact prices of the game you’d like to attend.
Location: Rogers Centre, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver.
21. See the Vancouver Giants
Description: Catch the Vancouver Giants in action – Vancouver’s major junior hockey team, playing in the Western Hockey League.
Price: 2015/2016 regular season tickets are $24.50 for a gold ticket (premium seating), $19.75 for a red ticket and $15.50 for a blue ticket (there’s no alcohol in the blue section and seating is limited).
Location: Pacific Coliseum, Hastings Park, Vancouver
22. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium
Description: Since opening in 1956, over 35 million people have visited the Vancouver Aquarium to view the wide array of wildlife. The aquarium dedicates itself to conserving aquatic life through its displays and interpretations, education, research and action.
Description: Mark the season with a picture with Father Christmas himself! Malls across Vancouver are hosting a photo session with the big man, so get in line today! Go early as lines tend to form even before Santa first arrives.
Location: Kids Market at Granville Island, Metropolis at Metrotown, Richmond Centre, Kerrisdale Village, Vancouver Christmas Market, Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain, Bright Nights at the Stanley Park Christmas Train, the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the Santa Claus Parade and Vancouver Winter Wonderland.
24. Vancouver Winter Wonderland
Description: From Dec. 11 to 20, take part in one of Vancouver’s largest Christmas events! There will be activities, attractions, arts and crafts, a three-story snow globe, a giant Christmas tree, games, gifts and food!
Location: PNE Forum, 2901 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
25. FlyOver Canada
Description: Utilizing amazing new technology, guests will hang suspended, with their feet dangling, in front of a 20-metre spherical screen and watch as they are whisked across Canada to view some of our country’s stunning landscapes. It literally feels as if you are hang gliding from coast to coast. During the holiday season the program has been altered slightly to include a special visit to the North Pole!
Description: Take a walk through North America’s oldest police museum. Housed in what was once the Coroner’s Court, the city morgue and autopsy facilities and the crime lab, the Vancouver Police Museum is home to over 20,000 artifacts, photos and documents that depict the history of crime and law enforcement in Vancouver.
Description: The Vancouver Art Gallery houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 pieces of artwork, and that collection continues to grow. The gallery also features specific exhibitions, such as a collection of Canadian landscapes by famous artists.
Price: Adults are $21, seniors and students with a valid ID card are $15.75, children aged five to 12 are $6.30 and a pass for a family of four is $52.50.
Location: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
32. Visit the UBC Museum of Anthropology
Description: Take a look through history at the Museum of Anthropology. You’ll find a stunning display of Northwest Coast First Nations art (one of the finest collections in the world), as well as other collections from all over the world, temporary feature exhibits and guided tours.
Price: $16.75 for an adult, $14.50 for students/seniors:
Location: 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
33. Visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum
Description: The museum tells the maritime story of the Pacific Northwest and the Arctic. Its main exhibit is the St. Roch, an Arctic exploration vessel that was used by the RCMP. You’ll also find a wide variety of model ships, a Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, collection of maritime art and a large library and archives. Outside, you’ll find the NASA undersea research vessel Ben Franklin and the boiler from the Beaver, the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest.
Price: Adults will pay $11, youth, students with a valid ID card and seniors will pay $8.50 and children under five are free.
Location: 1905 Ogden Ave. in Vanier Park, Vancouver
34. The Bloedel Conservatory
Description: Be transported to a tropical paradise as soon as you step into the Bloedel Conservatory. The conservatory features more than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers in a temperature-controlled environment. The conservatory strives to cultivate a “better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.”
Price: Adults will pay $6.50, seniors and youth will pay $4.50, children three to 12 will pay $3.25 and a family pass is $15. Children under three years old are free.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
35. Visit the BC Sports Hall of Fame
Description: Visit the history of sports in B.C. at the Sports Hall of Fame. Galleries include: Vancouver 2010 Gallery, great women in sports, B.C. at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Hall of Champions Gallery, Aboriginal Sport Gallery, Terry Fox Gallery and so much more.
Price: Adults will pay $15, seniors, students with ID and youth are $12 and children under five years old are free. A family of four can get in for $40 and a You & Me pass for one adult and one youth is $25.
Location: Gate A of BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver V6B 4Y8)
Description: Book a tour with Vancouver Brewery Tours and experience some of the best locally sourced, handcrafted beer in the city. The company’s goal is to encourage patrons to drink locally and support local breweries.
Price: $165.90, per person, for the four-hour, hands-on class.
Location: 540 Beatty Street, Vancouver
40. See The Nutcracker, by Goh Ballet
Description: From Dec. 17 to 22, see the classic masterpiece The Nutcracker come to life on stage. It will enchant audiences of all ages and features more than 200 glittering costumes and stunning sets.
Description: For the 14th year, residents along the 2400 to 2900 blocks of Trinity Street light up their homes and invite everyone to walk their streets and take in the stunning sights. It’s a little bit of Griswold Family Vacation right here in Vancouver.
Location: 2400 to 2900 blocks of Trinity Street in East Vancouver
42. See the Carol Ships Parade of Light
Description: For over 50 years, ships off the coast of Vancouver have been lighting up their boats with Christmas lights, much to the enjoyment of those on shore. Book a ride – the ships run Dec. 4 to 23.
Price: To book a ticket or event bookings, call 604-438-4960
Location: The boats visit the marine communities at False Creek, Burrard Inlet, West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park, Fisherman’s Cove, Eagel Harbour, Coal Harbour, Port Moody, Deep Cove, Woodlands, Brighton Beach, Bedwell Bay, Bellcara Park, Indian Arm and Bowen Island.
43. Christmas in Kerrisdale
Description: Every Saturday and Sunday in December, enjoy all the Christmas season has to offer at Kerrisdale Village. There will be free horse carriage rides, and Santa and roving quartets, all set against beautiful decorations in the village.
Description: Join the crowds and hunt down the best deals on the day after Christmas.
Website: Visit your favourite stores to see what they have going on sale.
Price: Whatever you’re willing to spend!
45. Join the Polar Bear Swim
Description: On Jan. 1, thousands of people jump into the icy water of English Bay as part of the annual Polar Bear Swim, hosted by the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club. The swim usually takes place at 2:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Price: $95 per person, and your group must have at least six people.
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
47. Family First Night at Mount Seymour, New Year’s Eve
Description: Enjoy one of Vancouver’s finest family-friendly New Year’s Eve events. Enjoy snow tubing and tobogganing, live entertainment, and a fire-spinning routine. There are food vendors available and fire pits to enjoy hot apple cider and s’mores. You can even go on a guided snowshoe tour, or on a Snowquest. And don’t miss the fireworks at 9 p.m.
Price: $20 for adults and $15 for children. Children under two years old are free. Tickets include tobogganing.
Location: 1700 Mt. Seymour Rd., North Vancouver
48. New Year’s Eve Gala
Description: Come out and enjoy an event truly worthy of ringing in a brand new year: Harbour NYE Gala. There will be a massive balloon drop, CO2 cannons, confetti, indoor fireworks and so much more. Ring in the New Year in style!
Description: Try your hand at rock climbing, indoors and under supervision. There are two facilities in Vancouver that offer this type of opportunity: Cliffhanger Climbing and The Edge Climbing Centre.
Ciffhanger Climbing: This facility offers annual passes ($620 for an individual, for example) and also day passes for $18. Equipment rentals are extra.
The Edge Climbing Centre: This facility also offers annual passes ($555 for an adult), as well as day passes – $18.80 in peak season over the winter.
Cliffhanger Climbing: 670 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
The Edge Climbing Centre: #2, 1485 Welch St., North Vancouver
Price: Two hours, $12; Four hours, $20; All day, $30.
Location: #312, 8495 Ontario St., Vancouver
54. Take a Dive
Description: While summer is made for taking a swim in a beautiful outdoor pool, if you still want to swim in the winter months the City of Vancouver has nine indoor pools available! Take a swim at your leisure, drop in for an aqua-fitness class or relax in the hot tub or sauna. Most have family-friendly change rooms, slides, lazy rivers, beach-style entry and inflatables.
Price: Check each pool for one-time pricing. The City of Vancouver offers flexipasses, giving users access to fitness centres, pools and arenas in the city. A one-month flexipass is $45.28. There are also passes for three months and 12 months.
Location: Throughout Vancouver
55. Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Description: The Dine Out Vancouver Festival runs from Jan. 15 to 31, and offers guests a delicious and varied dining experience. Patrons can make reservations at any of the participating establishments serving up a set menu at a set price.
In addition to feature set menus, there will be specially hosted food events. Check out the events that run during the 17-day event and pick your favourite, such as a craft beer and food pairing tour, an 8-course tea gastronomy experience, the “Let’s Get Baked and Buzzed Tour,” learning how to take practically professional photos of your delicious meals and so much more.
Description: In just 10 minutes visitors shoot skyward, ascending a total of 885 metres above sea level. Once at the top you’re greeted by panoramic views of Howe Sound and the enveloping mountains. Here you’ll also find a restaurant, Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, opportunities for snowshoeing, a tube park and access to backcountry skiing. Explore the three viewing platforms that offer jaw-dropping views. (You’ll know what we mean once you get there!) Dare you to look down.
Price: Adult general admission, for a reserved seat: $43.
Location: Concerts are played in Burnaby, the North Shore, Surrey, Delta and downtown Vancouver. Check the website to get tickets in your preferred location.
59. See the Vancouver Chamber Choir perform
Description: Watch one, or both, of the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s signature Christmas performances – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, performed on Friday, Dec. 18, or A Charlie Brown Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 19.
Description: For the fifth year in a row, Street Food City offers one convenient location for you to try delicious offerings from Vancouver’s food trucks. Last year, over 20,000 people attended the event, which runs from Jan. 16 to 24, and 20 of Vancouver’s finest street food vendors participated.
Description: PuSh has been described as a showcase of Canada’s best creative minds and an ‘incubator of brilliant new work’. For three weeks in January the festival will feature live performing arts that push the envelope. What can you festival-goers expect? Multi-disciplined, totally original and genre-bending are a few pervasive themes.
Price: PuSH passes are available, which saves up to 30 per cent off single ticket prices. These come in four or six-show passes and industry passes for six shows plus the Assembly Industry Series events. Passes start at $103. Single ticket prices depend on the show.
Location: Events take place at several venues in and around the city.
63. Taste BC Festival
Description: Join the Taste BC event on Jan. 22, 2016, for a chance to sample delicious offerings from Vancouver’s finest wineries, restaurants and breweries. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
64. Attend the Whistler Pride Festival
Description: A celebration of the gay community in one of the most beautiful places on Earth – Whistler! The event runs from Jan. 23 to 31 and there are several events taking place. Of course there will be skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing too.
Price: Full-week passes for men are $399. Full-week passes for women are $289. There are mid-week or weekend passes, as well as tickets for individual parties. See website for details.
65. Shop the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
Description: Every Saturday from Nov. 7, 2015, to April 23, 2016, you’ll be able to find locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen. Additionally, there will be cheeses, breads, herbs, seasonal plants, baked goods, prepared food and local crafts. Also good to know – there are food trucks on site and parking is available nearby.
Description: Take the elevator to the observation deck of the Vancouver Lookout that sits atop the Harbour Centre. Enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views of the city. Go right after a fresh snowfall to admire the impressive powder-dusted North Shore Mountains. A complimentary guided tour is included in the admission cost.
Price: Adults are $16.25, seniors are $13.25, students & youth are $11.25 and children 6-12 are $8.25. Children under 6 are free and family passes are available.
Location: 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
67. Attend the Talking Stick Festival
Description: February 18-28, 2016 marks the 2016 Talking Stick Festival. Presented by Full Circle First Nations Performance, the festival is a collection of creative and artistic works by Indigenous peoples. You’ll find a rich presentations of theatre, dancing, drumming, music to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia.
Price: Details have not been released at time of writing.
Location: Various venues in the city
68. Visit the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Description: The gallery showcases the permanent collection of acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid. Highlights include incredible gold and silver jewelry, sculptures and a towering totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.
Price: Adults are $10, seniors and students are $7 and children/youth 5-17 are $5.
Location: 639 Hornby Street, Vancouver
69. Attend LunarFest
Description: From Feb. 20 to 22, 2016, attend LunarFest and “experience a contemporary expression of Asian arts and culture.” According to the event website, “LunarFest is a festival that brings together Soul, Art and Life on one stage.” You’ll find various performances, activities and exhibitions during the event.
70. Attend the Vancouver International Wine Festival
Description: The 2016 event, which runs Feb. 20 to 28, will highlight Italy as its theme country. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is a premier event and attracts owners, winemakers and winery representatives from all over the world. For the wine lover, this is a don’t miss event.
71. Join the Take A Hike Foundation’s Moonlight Snowshoe
Description: The Take A Hike Foundation is an alternative education program for at-risk youth. The foundation’s 10th annual Moonlight Snowshoe is taking place Feb. 25 and you can anticipate an evening of snowshoeing under the moon. There will be food, music and prizes, all to support this worthwhile program! The foundation’s goal is $60,000 and 120 participants.
Location: Mount Seymour – The Hut, 1700 Mount Seymour Rd., North Vancouver
72. Find the Purr-fect cup of Coffee
Description: Vancouver now has its very own cat cafe. No, you can’t bring your own cat, but if you’re suffering from winter blues, perhaps a coffee and snuggle will lift you up. The cafe is a sort of part-time foster home for adoptable rescue cats. Visits last one hour and you should make a reservation as there will only be space for two walk-ins each hour.
Price: $5 per person with a purchase or $8 without.
Location: 88 W Pender St #2035, Vancouver V6B 6N9
73. Karaoke Christmas Lights – A Trolley Tour
Description: Join the Vancouver Trolley Company for a Christmas karaoke event. Every evening from Dec. 1 to 30, except Dec. 25, the trolley will leave Canada Place and shuttle singers on a three-hour journey around the city. The trolley is beautifully decorated and equipped with karaoke machines for your singing pleasure! After pick up, guests will ride through the city to Bright Nights at Stanley Park, where you can get off and walk through the park. The tour will then continue on, stopping again at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Festival of Lights.
Price: You can rent a court by the hour, from $16 or $21 an hour, depending on when you book during the week. There are also drop-in prices, starting at $3 a person.
Location: 13100 Mitchell Road, Vancouver
75. Attend the Contact Winter Music Festival
Description: Running Dec. 26 and 27, come out to the Contact Winter Music Festival for an amazing line up of artists! You’ll find talent such as Above & Beyond, Hardwell, Steve Angello, DJ Snake, Vanic and so much more.
Price: Two-day, general admission passes are $175. Single day passes are $109 for general admission and $150 for VIP. There’s also a two-day VIP pass for $250.
Location: BC Place: 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver V6B 4Y8
76. Attend the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Description: Come out in your ugliest Christmas sweater and party for a good cause. Taking place Friday, Dec. 18, funds raised go to the Children’s Wish Foundation. You ticket purchase includes one beer, cookies and candy canes. You’ll also get a visit from Santa, live music and a DJ, a festive sing-along, dancing, prizes and so much more!
77. Dinner and a show at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
Description: With several entertainment venues and restaurants, the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is the place to be for music, entertainment and comedy. Check out their events schedule and pick the one you want to attend!
Price: Price depends on the show. For example, the Christmas Show on Dec. 11 has a $25 cover. Other events might not have a cover price.
Location: 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam
78. Attend the Chutzpah Festival
Description: Check out the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival 2016 Chutzpah! and see comedy, dance, music and theatrical performances. The festival runs from Feb. 18 to March 13.
Price: Regular price, single tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for seniors and $21 for students with valid ID. There are also tickets for the opening night gala and to see the Rotem Sivan Trio.
Location: Located at different venues in the city. Check the website to see where your preferred event will be held.
79. Take part in the No Pants Skytrain Ride
Description: In an effort to make people laugh, Vancouver Improv Anywhere is encouraging people to participate in the No Pants Skytrain Ride event on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2:30 p.m. The only requirement: that you’re brave enough to take your pants off on the Skytrain. Oh, you’ll also need a backpack to store said pants.
Location: BC Place: 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver V6B 4Y8
81. Attend the Gluten Free Expo
Description: Attend the largest gluten free event in the city. You’ll find samples of new products, deals on your favourites and you can learn more about leading a gluten-free diet from dietitians, doctors and chefs. Donations of gluten-free food are being accepted on site for the food bank.
Price: General admission is $12 and a weekend pass is $20.
Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
82. Break out of an Escape Room
Description: Picture yourself locked in a room. A scenario has been described to you. Maybe it is a crime scene or perhaps a post-apocolypic world. Maybe the lights are off, maybe they’re on. You’re surrounded by what seem like random items, but actually they’re clues. Can you crack the riddle or solve the problem to unlock the next step? Will you escape the final obstacle before the clock runs out? This is the fun presented by escape rooms, which have popped up all across Metro Vancouver. Take the challenge, put on your creative cap and get to work.
Price: Comb LivingSocial.com or Groupon.cm for discounted entry; usually runs $15-25 per player in pairs or groups of four.
Description: Go careening through the air on a zip line, taking you across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains. You can go for a five-line tour or a three-line tour and it lasts about two hours.
Price: Five-line tour is $109 and a three-line tour is $70.
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
84. Themed Walking Tour
Description: Explore the mysteries and notorious figures in Vancouver’s shadowy past with Forbidden Vancouver. Their holiday tour War for the Holidays has sold out, but you can be sure they will be back in winter with murder mysteries like Prohibition City, Who Killed Kraft Bier and Secrets of the Penthouse. In the meantime you can independently visit some of Vancouver’s haunted spots.
Description: The museum is Vancouver’s natural history museum. Come face to face with the nation’s largest blue whale skeleton and explore biological collections of birds, insects, fish, fossils and more.
Price: $10-25, depending on day of the week and notoriety of the comedian
Comedy Mix: 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver V6Z 1Y5
Yuk-Yuks: 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver V5Z 3Y8
88. Grab Brunch
Description: Brunch is taken pretty seriously by Vancouverites. Really, who doesn’t love a Caesar with their Eggs Benny? Peel yourself out of bed, get dressed and find the best brunch spots in the city to dine.
Location: Amazing brunching locations listed on the website above
89. Sip Spirits at a Distillery
Description: Two options exist for downtown distilleries serving up gin, vodka and something called railspur. Sample spirits in both tasting rooms by zipping from Granville Island to Sunset Beach via False Creek Ferries/Aquabus.
Price: $8+ per drink; Liberty Distillery tour $10 per person
Longtable Distillery: 1451 Hornby St, Vancouver V6Z 1W8
Liberty Distillery: 1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver V6H 3S6 (Granville Island)
90. Catch a Cirque du Soleil Show
Credit: OSA Images – Cirque du Soleil
Description: The mind blowing acrobats and performers of Cirque have returned. Kooza is a family-friendly performance and homage to the traditional circus. Expect to find high-wires, hoops, a ‘wheel of death’, clowning, comedy and more.
Dates: October 29, 2015 – December 27, 2015. Performances every day of the week with the exception of Mondays.
Description: If you have the experience and equipment, heading out into untouched backcountry makes for memorable winter experiences. Head into Garibaldi Provincial Park and stay overnight at Elfin Lakes Hut, or drive towards Duffey Lake Road and snowshoe out to Keith’s Hut. Daytrippers can explore Seymour Provincial Park’s Second Pump Traverse.
Read more here: bcmag.ca/Backcountry_Adventures
92. Try Sword Fighting
Description: You get to learn how to become a sword master. What more needs to be said? Popular programs at Academie Duello include weapons mastery, warrior fitness, youth swordplay, stage combat and a self-defence course.
Price: Daily admission for the general public is $30. The price includes the gun, insurance, safety gear, an introductory lesson and a range officer. There are additional costs for ammunition and targets.
Location: 1655 Broadway St., #201, Port Coquitlam
94. Attend a Movie at the Morgue
Description: Presented by the Vancouver Police Museum, Movies in the Morgue is a monthly movie showing held in the old Vancouver city morgue.
Location: Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
95. Play a Board Game…in a Bar
Description: The friendly competition that comes with playing a board game, fueled by food and social beers. Sounds like a great night out! The bars listed are well-known for providing their patrons with fun board games to play while they eat, drink and socialize.
Location: There are several bars listed in the above website
96. Adopt a Dog, Part-Time
Description: Let’s say you love dogs but don’t have the time or space to own one. Or, you do own a dog, but you work during the day and your furry friend could use a dedicated secondary person who wants to take him or her out for walks and cuddles. That’s where Part Time Pooch comes in. The website connects dog owners with dog lovers who are looking for a part-time furry companion.
Description: Geocaching has really taken off as a way for people to get outside and find some adventure. All you need is a smartphone and the app. Then get hunting! Geocaching can be a solo adventure or something you do with family and friends.
Price: Free but it will require you to use your phone’s data
Location: All over! Anywhere and everywhere. I once found a geocache stuck to a lamppost.
99. Float in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
Description: Lie suspended in ten inches of water filled with dissolved Epsom salt. The water temperature is set to match the air such that you can no longer really feel the water. What’s more, it’s light-proof, sound-proof and neutral smelling. Does this sound like the escape you need? Most people float for 90 minutes, with some even booking back-to-back appointments.
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