Now that Christmas is (sadly) over, it’s time to move on to the next big thing: New Years. While you may be sad that all the Christmas festivities are over, no fear — we’re here to tell you that the new year also has some great gifts in store. And whether it’s a new year, same you or new year, new you, this article will help you kick off 2018 on the right foot.
2017 is (almost) out and 2018 is in. So why not ring in the new year with some fun filled times in the city? With every new year brings both new and returning events, activities, cafes and restaurants to be discovered in Vancouver. Who knows, maybe this list will help you with your resolutions.
We’re here to help you make your new year a memorable one. Check out our guide to Vancouver in 2018. Happy New Year Vancouverites and cheers to 2018.
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Walk through the Lights at Lafarge
Missing those festive vibes? They're continuing on until January 21, 2018 at Lights at Lafarge. Walk through 100,000 magical lights.
Walk through VanDusen Gardens
You've still got time to see (or re-see) one million lights lit up the VanDusen Gardens. Their extravagant light display will be open until January 7 if you still want all those Christmas vibes.
Cozy up at the Hot Chocolate Festival
Who's ready for one of the yummiest festivals of the year? The annual Hot Chocolate Festival will return to Vancouver from January 20, 2018 until February 14.
Check out Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Missing Christmas? The beautiful Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge will satisfy your festive nostalgia. The light display will run until January 28, 2018.
Experience the Sea-To-Sky Gondola with snow.
The Sea-To-Sky Gondola is beautiful in every season, but it is completely magical during the winter. The bridges, trees, paths and surrounding mountains become blanketed by snow with the end result being a quintessential winter wonderland.
Go on a getaway to The Most Romantic Places In BC During The Winter
With Valentine's Day around the corner and the romantic season of winter coming to an end, what better time to go on a cozy getaway? Cuddle up next to the fireplace or warm up in an outdoor hot tub.
Go ice skating at Robson Square
Go on this classic Vancouver winter activity before it's too late! The free rink will be until the end of February.
Go skating on a Magical Outdoor Skating Rink
Before we trade in our ski jackets for shorts, make the most of the season and go on a cute ice skating date. B.C. has plenty of picturesque outdoor skating rinks for your choosing.
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Go dog sledding with huskies
Looking to try something you've probably never experienced before? Why not go dog sledding with adorable huskies in Golden, B.C.
Go for a spa day at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont
Looking to get some R&R right in the city? The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim will satisfy with some TLC and amazing Instagram shots. Go on a boujee spa day because you deserve it! The Willow Stream Spa has a beautiful patio complete with outdoor hot tubs and luxe round patio chairs.
Zipline through the snow // Ziptrek, Superfly, Grouse Mountain Ziplines
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah through the beautiful snow dusted mountains and valleys of B.C. Warm up with some adrenaline this winter season! There are several different zipline companies in Vancouver, such as Ziptrek, Superfly, and Grouse Mountain Ziplines.
Take shotskis at the Kettle One Ice Room in Whistler
Upgrade your drinking game and add some Canadian flair with a shotski. If you're in Whistler for some spring skiing, stop by the Kettle One Ice Room at the Bearfoot Bistroand try different flavours of vodka. You'll be able to say that you've drank in the world's coldest sub-zero vodka tasting room.
Visit the Abbotsford Tulip Festival
The annual Abbotsford Tulip Festival typically returns in April to light up our city with blooming beauty and thousands of tulips. Walk through fields and fields of dreamy tulips.
Have a floral-inspired dining experience at The Botanist
Calling all plant lovers! You (and your Instagram feed) will love the dining experience at The Botanist. Both the interior and plates are botanically inspired.
Check out Honey Salt
One of the newer restaurants in Vancouver, Honey Salt is a chef driven, farm-to-table restaurant serving locally sourced food. The restaurant boasts a sophisticated space and contemporary menu.
Go for a spa day at Scandinave Spa
Reach new levels of bliss at the Scandinave Spa in Whistler. Their hydrotherapy practice and scenic surroundings will have you feeling some kind of way.
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Try some crazy foods at the Richmond Night Market
If you're looking to go on a wild food adventure in the city, the Richmond Night Market is one of your options. It's known to be home to some of the most outrageous, trendiest and aesthetic foods in Vancouver. The market returns on May 11th, 2018 and runs until October 8th.
Discover the tropics at Bloedel Conservatory
Love the tropics and itching for summer? Have a tropical date at the tropical garden dome at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Get dipped ice cream at Cacao 70 Dippery
Every day is ice cream day during the summer in Vancouver. If you want to try a different twist on your favourite treat, Cacao 70 Dip Shop is your answer. Soft serve dipped in different flavours of chocolate? Yes please.
Have a spa day at JJ Family Spa
For a cheap spa experience, look no further than JJ Family Spa. This Korean sauna will give you R&R for just $18 for an entire day. Detox your skin in the different healing rooms, like the Charcoal room, Earth room, Ice room, Salt room, and mineral pools.
With summer (almost) in full swing, grab a floatie and some brews and head on over to the scenic lakes of B.C. Experience beautiful British Columbia firsthand.
Ignore TLC and go chasing waterfalls. You'll be amazed at all the waterfall wonders B.C. has to offer.
Visit This Hidden Caribbean Blue Water Paradise near Vancouver
Who knew B.C. had it's own Caribbean like paradise? Only three hours from Vancouver is Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park, a place with some of the bluest waters in B.C..
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Get festival fever at Center of Gravity
Combining two great things, music and sports, Center of Gravity is an awesome festival to check out this summer. Every year Kelowna turns into a beach festival wonderland. COG returns July 27th to July 29th in 2018.
Go cliff jumping or rope swinging
Swing life away and jump into the beautiful lakes or ocean of Vancouver. There are so many cliff jumping options throughout B.C. to take advantage of! Just make sure to be extra careful and only jump at safe spots.
Treat yourself to a boujee sundae at La Glace
Want more sophisticated ice cream? La Glace is a whimsical French-inspired experience. This ice cream parlour has fancy flavours like Muscadine and Café àla Lavande.
Finish this bucket list of fall hikes in BC
Get outdoors and explore BC before the sun disappears for the winter abyss of Vancouver. Our bucket list of fall hikes has got you covered for hiking season.
Order an entire absinthe fountain at Prohibition.
Ready to get classy drunk? Prohibition is a 1920s themed underground bar that will take you back to the roaring days of flappers and jazz music.
Check out Shambhala Music Festival
This iconic B.C. electronic music festival is a must for music and nature lovers. The 21st annual Shambhala Music Festival returns to Salmo, BC from August 10th to 13th, 2018 with six different stages.
Relax at The Spa at Painted Boat Resort
Love infinity pools? Then you'll want to make a spa trip to The Spa at Painted Boat Resort on the Sunshine Coast. The SPA Garden costs $40 for entry. This will give you access to a sauna cave, outdoor glacial rain shower, multi-jet hot pool with waterfall, and warm saltwater flotation pool.
Finish this bucket list of Vancouver ice creams
We all scream for ice cream! Conquer this ultimate bucket list of Vancouver ice creams and eat your way through the city.
Go on a glamping trip to WOODS on Pender
Make the most of that short but sweet summer weather in Vancouver and experience a different kind of camping. WOODS on Pender is a 7.3-acre luxury campground with different types of glamping experiences for you to enjoy, such as airstreams, rustic cabins and more.
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Walk through the classical Chinese Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden.
Looking for a free tranquil escape? Check out Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden in Chinatown, which was created by 52 different artisans.
Beat a SmartyPantz escape room
Put your puzzle skills to the test in this fun group activity. SmartyPantz is one of the many escape rooms Vancouver has to offer.
Take a trip around the world and have travel inspired cocktails at HJU:Z Lounge.
Missing winter break or summer break? Transport yourself around the world on a cocktail exploration. HJU:Z Lounge will help fuel some of your wanderlust (for the time being) with their internationally inspired cocktails.
Play some pong at Back and Forth Bar.
Who doesn't love a good game of pong? Back and Forth Bar offers both cheap beer and actual ping pong tables. On Sundays and Tuesdays, the entire ping pong table is only $10/hr. Bring your crew and your competitive side.
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Harvest Haus
Every year the Oktoberfest spirit comes full force to Vancouver. Prost to the iconic German event and celebrate at Harvest Haus, which is one of the staple Oktoberfest events in Vancouver.
Check out the Vancouver International Film Festival
The VIFF is usually held for two weeks — during the end of September and early October. Ditch Netflix for the night and check out the cinematic talent at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Warm up in a B.C. hot spring
With the weather getting colder, keep it warm at a surreal B.C. hot spring. Get out into the beautiful wilderness and stay warm — a win-win situation.
Have a pizza and boardgames night at Pizzeria Ludica
Unleash your competitive side over some good ol' boardgames and classic thin-crust pizza. Pizzeria Ludica has a whooping 800+ board and card games and board game masters to teach you new games.
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Treat yourself to Happy Hour $1 oysters at these restaurants
Calling all oyster lovers! Get a steal at these Happy Hour $1 oysters restaurants.
Go for a standup show at Comedy Mix.
Looking to get some laughs during finals season? Check out a standup comedy club like Comedy Mix, from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Go stargazing at H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you... For a beautiful stargazing experience, check out the GMS Observatory at H.R. Macmillan Space Centre. Every Saturday night from 7PM to 11PM, entrance is by donation.
Grab freaking delicious and cheap Sunday brunch at these restaurants.
Eating out doesn't have to be expensive, if you know the right places to go to that is. If you've woken up early on a Sunday morning with a serious craving for brunch but you've only got $20... heck, you've only got $10 in your bank account, then these super cheap but delicious brunch spots will do you right.
Do a scenic winter hike
Hiking season never ends in Vancouver! Take in the wonders of B.C. firsthand through a picturesque winter hike.
Stay at one of these 9 Romantic Airbnbs To Rent For Cheap
Go on a cozy winter getaway! Our province has many beautiful Airbnbs to rent for cheap for a winter wonderland experience.
Have a spa day at one of these 9 Incredible Winter Spa Resorts In BC For Under $60
Want to get away from the winter cold? Check out a winter spa resort and experience the beauty of nature while staying warm.
Experience the Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain
Talk about a winter wonderland. The Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain is filled with picture perfect Christmas festivities.