There are so many towns in BC to discover that beckon this time of year. We've brought together a bunch of places that are close to Vancouver where you can have a fun experience this winter!

If you don't have the time to enjoy a getaway from Vancouver in a cozy cottage, then you can get away just for the day. You get to have an adventure and sleep in your own bed!

Whether you want to chow down on the regions best charcuterie and doughnuts or get out in nature to explore the wild Winter wonderland, there's something for you on this list!

Here are 18 fun destinations near Vancouver that you need to check out this Winter:

Explore Roberts Creek On The Sunshine Coast

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours

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The Sunshine Coast might be a more popular destination in the summer, but when you visit in the winter your travel time is really reduced and you get more time and space to explore! Roberts Creek is a hidden gem in B.C. because they have incredible beaches to explore and a thriving cultural scene. There's plenty of good food and artistic things to see in Roberts Creek.

Fill Up On Fish And Chips In Steveston

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 35 mins

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Here's an insider's tip for you; the winter is the best time of year to eat Fish and Chips. That's because all the delicious grease and tartar sauce helps keep you warm during the cold season. Drive out to Steveston and enjoy this hearty meal on the waterfront, the way it was intended.

Find This Hidden Diner In Boston Bar

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 3 hours

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The drive out to Boston Bar is long, but if you love diner food then it's totally worth the trip just to have a meal at Fat Jack's. This place has been reviewed by the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail, so they must be doing something right! Their homestyle cooking is stick-to-your-ribs delicious and it's hard to find a more authentic diner setting than this obscure town just off the highway.

Go Ice Skating At Manning Park

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Manning Park is a great ski destination, but if you want to do something more casual, then why not try ice skating? You'll be surrounded by gorgeous natural scenery at their outdoor rink.

Throw Axes With Your Friends in Whistler

Driving Distance From Vancouver:1 hour 30 mins

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As if you needed another excuse to drive up to Whistler, you can bring your friends to Forged Axe Throwing. Channel your inner lumberjack and chuck axes at the wall! Don't forget to wear your plaid shirt. All Canadians have one, right?

Dip Into The Hotsprings At Harrison

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours 30 mins

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In the mood to relax this winter? There's no better time to visit hot springs than when there's snow on the ground. Treat yourself to a visit to Harrison and indulge!

See A Winter Wonderland Panorama In Squamish

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 50 minutes

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The Sea to Sky Gondola has a ton fun things to do outside if you love the snow. Take in the panoramic view of the wintry, snow-covered mountains around Howe Sound. The Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge is a can't miss and there's even a restaurant at the peak!

Sip Lattes At Oldhand Coffee In Abbotsford

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour 10 mins

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I'll be honest, there are very few reasons why I would leave the comfort and familiarity of Vancouver. One of those reasons would be the whisperings of this amazing cafe in Abbotsford! Their aesthetic is on point and cafe's offerings are homemade and delicious. 

Eat Incredible Italian Food And Cheese Boards In Langley

Driving distance From Vancouver: 50 mins

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This spicy and sweet rose pasta at The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar is easily worth braving the highway during rush hour. Just off the highway in Langley, this place serves amazing cheese boards, charcuterie, pizza and pasta in a chic setting.

See The Lights At Christmas Glow In Langley

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 50 mins

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Make the trek out to Langley to see this dazzling holiday lights display! From light sculptures and walks to interactive displays and photo ops, there's a lot of fun to be had just outside of Vancouver.

Get Playful at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour 20 mins

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There's never a bad time to hang out at Castle Fun Park! It basically has everything you need to play and have fun with your friends. They even have a Groupon deal right now that gets you 50% off on games. If you love arcade games and mini-golf,  then you'll love a spontaneous trip out here. 

Explore Pemberton’s Trails And Cafes

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours 15 mins

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Pemberton, AKA cool Whistler, is full of trails, shops and cafes to explore. Drop by Mount Currie Coffee and fuel up with a coffee for your winter adventure, whether that's shopping at local boutiques or exploring the backcountry on snowshoes!

Find Peace On Bowen Island

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour 10 mins, including the ferry ride

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Every Vancouverite has escaped to nearby Bowen Island at least at one point in their life! In the winter, there are far fewer tourists and you'll basically have the run of the place to yourself. Plus, you don't really need a car to get there! Take a walk through the forested park trails and unwind with a book at a local cafe for the ultimate peaceful day trip. 

Have A Luxurious Spa Day In Whistler

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 2 hours

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Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas? Drown your sorrows in the warm waters at the luxurious and Instagram-worthy Scandinave spa in Whistler. It's as close to perfection as you can get. 

Eat At Golden Ears Cheesecrafters In Maple Ridge

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour

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Fresh, local cheese is the kind of thing dreams are made of. Do yourself a favour and venture out to Golden Ears Cheesecrafters where you can eat at their cafe and shop from a variety of local products including their own delicious cheeses.

Walk Around The Twinkling Lights At Lafarge Lake In Coquitlam

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 40 mins

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Lights at Lafarge is one of the best free holiday lights displays around! It's not so far from Vancouver. You don't even need to drive, you can take the Skytrain! Enjoy a romantic stroll around the magically lit lake this Winter.

Eat Doughnuts At The Doughnut Hole In Chilliwack

Driving Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour 20 mins

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Attention all doughnut-lovers! This hidden spot sells homemade doughnuts in Chilliwack and it's the perfect day trip to satisfy your sweet tooth. We all know and love Lucky's and Cartems, but the Doughnut Hole might be an up-and-coming competitor!



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