Visiting or going on a road trip around BC this winter? Oh, the things we have in store for you! British Columbia is absolutely stunning during the winter, with snow laden mountains and thousands of dazzling lights decorating local parks.
From natural hot springs and winter wonderland hikes, to German Christmas markets and castles, there is so much to do in BC that you won't find in a travel guide. So drop that flimsy old guide of yours or exit out of that out-dated travel website, and check out this list of super bad ass things to do during the winter in BC to celebrate the true Pacific Northwest.
1. Stroll around the new Glow Christmas lights display.
It's going to be Vancouver's biggest and baddest lights display ever - even bigger than Enchant!
2. Go skiing or snowboarding down the slopes at Big White in Kelowna.
And after a long day of boarding, you can visit their winter wonderland town at Light Up Big White.
3. Drink glühwein at the Vancouver Christmas Market.
Don't miss out on Vancouver's biggest Christmas market. It's not Christmas unless you're stuffed full with German sausage and drunk on mulled wine.
4. Warm up and relax in a natural hot spring at Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park.
Hot springs aren't only for the summer, but also for the winter! Whiteswan Lake has a beautiful natural hot spring (a.k.a. Lussier Hot Springs) that is perfect for some serene peace and quiet.
5. Rent a romantic Airbnb getaway in BC for a weekend.
Christmas time can get hectic. Runaway with bae or your BFFs for a weekend and rent out a romantic (aka super cute) airbnb.
6. Get into the holiday spirit at Peak of Christmas.
In Vancouver for the holidays? Then you have to visit one of the most iconic Christmas event in the city, Peak of Christmas. With light tunnels, breakfast with Santa and stunning views of the city.
7. Go ice skating at Butchart Gardens' lit up outdoor skating rink.
There are tons of festive outdoor skating rinks in BC during the holidays, but one of our favourites is the one at Butchart Gardens - it's bright and beautiful, cheery and Christmasy.
8. Go for a spa day at Harrison Hot Springs.
Harrison Hot Springs is a tried and true relaxing spa getaway. The only way to beat the winter chills is to warm up in a hot spring.
9. Stay at these adorable tiny cabins for a cozy weekend.
What's cozier or more romantic than staying in and cuddling with bae all winter long? Cuddling with bae all winter long in an adorable tiny cabin in Tofino.
10. Check out the surreal Hatley Castle and feel like royalty.
X-Men, Deadpool and Smallville, just to name a few, have all been filmed at this majestic location. Check out the Hatley Castle and see what all the fuss is about!
11. Shred some serious powder at Whistler Blackcomb.
Time to bust out those skis and snowboards because Whistler Blackcomb opens tomorrow!
12. Get on board the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park.
It's our favourite time of year in Stanley Park (of course besides summer). It's the time of year when the park gets decked out in thousands of Christmas lights that are simply sight for sore eyes.
13. Take a stroll through this enchanted Christmas village in Burnaby.
Every year, Burnaby Village Museum decorates their little village into a Christmas town that makes you feel like you're in the North Pole. Bring bae and take some awesome Christmas-y insta pics.
14. Escape the winter chills and relax at the Tigh Na Mara Grotto Spa.
Named Canada's #1 spa, the Tigh Na Mara Grotto Spa is a truly unique experience that will help you de-stress and relax. Best part, pool access is only $40.
15. Take a walk through a 1.2km Christmas lights tunnel at Lights at Lafarge.
Lights at Lafarge is opening next week and we couldn't be more excited! Head on over to Coquitlam in Greater Vancouver for this holiday experience.
16. See Canada's official Christmas Train pass through the city.
Once every year, Canada has a Christmas Train that passes through every province in the country and brings Christmas cheer to us all. This year, they will be stopping at over 20 cities in BC.
17. Spend a relaxing spa day with your bae or BFF at Scandinave Spa.
If you been all across BC soaking in the beautiful hot springs and you still need a spa getaway, drop by at Whistler's Scandinave Spa for a true Scandinavian bath experience.
18. Get away without having to go away this Christmas at this adorable cabin bar in Vancouver.
With two locations in Vancouver, The Black Lodge is one of the coziest places to go drinking in the city. The interior makes you feel like you're in a cabin the alpine mountains.
19. Go on a winter wonderland hike at Logger's Lake Riverside Trail in Whistler.
If you're up in Whistler, then you have to go on this enchanted snow blanketed hike. Okay, so the snow may not be 100% guaranteed, but the enchantment will be.
20. Get started on the Christmas festivities at Yaletown's Candytown.
Get ready for lifesize gingerbread men and candy canes because next Saturday, Vancouver's Yaletown will be decked out in holiday cheer and good tidings.
21. Hike through the beautiful Hollyburn Mountain at Cypress.
If you love to hike even during the winter time, then Hollyburn Mountain is the perfect spot for you. Trudge through the snow and then enjoy gorgeous views at the viewpoint along Cypress Bowl.
22. Rent out a real igloo in northern BC.
This isn't just normal camping roughing it out, this is the real northern BC experience where you can stay overnight in igloos. Feel Canadian AF on these wilderness adventures for an unforgettable winter experience.
23. Visit the magical Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
If you haven't visited Capilano Suspension Bridge during the winter yet, it's time you did. The entire park gets decorated with thousands of twinkling lights that will make you feel like you're in a fairy tale.