2018 is moving way too fast. With Halloween out of the way and Remembrance Day fast approaching, Winter is literally right around the corner. It's time to stop making excuses and get out there to do the things you actually want to do!
Anything you had on your Fall bucket list gets carried over to Winter because we don't want you to miss out on a single cool thing in our Province. We've rounded up all the fun spots, annual Winter activities and a few surprises on this list to make this best Winter ever.
Get ready to make your own bucket list by hitting up these holiday festivities, amazing new spots and fun events that will keep you occupied all Winter long! Pro tip for surviving winter: book yourself a cheap getaway to lift your spirits with this list of roundtrip flights from Vancouver less than $400. You might not even need a getaway since there are so many cool things to check out in B.C. this Winter!
Hike To A Frosted Waterfall
Lord knows we love our waterfalls in British Columbia, but in the Winter when they're totally frozen over, they're even more magical! Experience the quiet beauty of your favourite falls this Winter.
See The Lights In Victoria
A visit to our provincial capital is literally always a good idea, no matter the time of year! In Winter, the twinkling lights at Parliament and the nearby Fairmont Empress really elevate the experience. Bundle up and wander Victoria at night, hot chocolate in hand, as you take in the beauty of the old buildings lit up for the season.
Go On A Winter Road Trip
Since the roads are less busy in the Winter, why not head out on a little road trip? Whether you want to check out a far-flung corner of the province or just visit the next town over, going on a road trip is a cosy way to have fun this Winter. Stay safe out there, kids. Make sure you have snow tires where applicable.
See The Holiday-Themed Improv Show Merry Kiss-mas
Whether you love holiday rom-coms or hate them, you'll be laughing at this improv comedy show! Like snowflakes, each improv performance is unique in its own special way so you'll never know what to expect from this hilarious pack of comedians.
Ride A Zipline Above The Snow
Looking for adventure this Winter? Fly high above the snow on a zip line. You'll get views of gorgeous snowy scenes without your feet getting cold in your boots!
Go Storm Watching In Tofino
Storm watching and storm chasing in Tofino is insane! Mother nature really puts on a show. Imagine being cosy in your hotel or Airbnb, watching the massive waves crash on the wild shores. Just be sure that you're watching from a safe distance!
Be A Kid Again At CandyTown
This totally free holiday festival in Vancouver is your chance to get excited about the season. On Saturday, November 28, Yaletown will transform into a magical Winter Wonderland. There will be live music, holiday shopping, food and unforgettable opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride!
Seek Out The Most Magical Hot Springs
Winter is the best time to check out hot springs in the province. The cold air juxtaposed with the cold water is not only healthy for you, but it's also invigorating and exciting. Find your own oasis this Winter and melt into the warm waters.
Visit an Adorable Small Town Nearby
Small towns look even more charming when dusted with leaves or snow! Visit a small town near you this Winter to check out their independent bookstores, cafes and antique shops.
Check Out Canyon Lights At The Capilano Suspension Bridge
See the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver become a Winter forest from a fairy tale at Canyon Lights. You can explore the park done up in lights and even decorate your own gingerbread cookies at this annual celebration all Winter long.
Snowshoeing is just like going for a really epic walk in the snow. It's great exercise and lets you check out the snowy backcountry without your double black diamond ski certification. Find a place where you can rent snowshoes and head out on a Winter adventure as soon as the snow comes!
Stay In A Winter Wonderland Airbnb
With the advent of Airbnb, hotels still haven't responded to the consumer demand for cheaper accommodations! No matter, the province is full of wonderful Airbnbs for you to enjoy a budget-friendly getaway. Bring your S/O or your besties and treat yourselves to a Winter getaway at a picturesque cabin!
Get A Taste Of Italy At La Tana
Winter conjures up thoughts of Italy, in part because of the iconic Italian Alps but also because I find Italian food to be super comforting in the colder months! Check out this new spot on Commercial Drive this winter. This old world inspired Italian cafe is a traditional alimentari, serving espresso, small meals and selling groceries both locally sourced and imported from Italy.
Hit Up A Ski Resort
Dust off your snowboard or skis! It's almost time to hit the slopes again. Be you a season pass holder or a little snow bunny, you'll be in your element this Winter on the slopes.
Shop At A Holiday Craft Fair
Winter is synonymous with shopping because of Christmas. Instead of looking at your list like it's a chore, why not have fun shopping and find inspiration at a holiday craft fair? Circle Craft in Vancouver is the big one due to start this weekend, but your local community centre or arts co-op will probably have their own craft fair where you can check out local artisans and crafters.
Go On A Winter Hike
Few things are so Canadian as a Winter hike. Getting out there and enjoying nature in freezing temperatures is what we were born to do! Bonus points for wearing plaid while you're out there on the trails with a double-double in your thermos.
Celebrate The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is fascinating. It's the longest night of the year and it marks when the days will start to slowly become longer. Celebrate this amazing phenomenon with your community! Join in the Granville Island celebrations with a lantern parade, lantern walking meditation and plenty of cheerful and festive events that bring light to the darkest night of the year.
Sip Winter Cocktails At A Secret Patio
The Reflections Winter Patio opens on November 15! This sophisticated patio is where to go for wintry cocktails and enviable Instagram photos. Come here for a fancy night out with friends!
See Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
Calling all Jane Austen fans! This show is a modern follow-up to Pride and Prejudice. All holiday rom-com and period drama fans will be front and centre for this unbelievably cute show.
Indulge In High Tea At Origo Club
Do you want to know a secret? Winter is the best time to go for tea. Coming in from the cold and wrapping your hands around a fine cup of tea is one of those exquisite pleasures life has to offer! The Origo Club in Richmond just started their tea service so you'll be among the first to be dazzled by their decadent, Asian-inspired spread.
Shop For A Real Christmas Tree
If you're lucky enough to live in a place that allows you to have a live tree, then you have to take advantage! Sure, they're messy and pokey and a little sticky, but a fresh tree at home offers fragrance and substance that makes your Winter way more magical. Even if you can't bring one home, check out a Christmas tree farm with your friends for a good time and some fun photo ops.
See The Nutcracker Ballet
Even though The Nutcracker is out in theatres, there's nothing like seeing the real thing! Check out Goh Ballet's Nutcracker or the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Nutcracker to see this elegant Winter classic live in-person.
Celebrate Lunar New Year In Richmond
Richmond goes all out when it comes to celebrating Lunar New Year! There are usually two weeks of celebration in lead up to New Year's Eve. See Dragon dances, dine out at a classic Chinese Seafood restaurant and see the floral arrangements at the Buddhist Temple for more ways to celebrate.
Splash In A Sea Of Lights At The Vancouver Aquarium
Make time to see visit the Vancouver Aquarium this winter to see their new interactive experiences and their annual holiday traditions. From an electric-eel powered Christmas tree and jellyfish snow globe to a Scuba diving Santa Claus and a 4-D showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, there's so much to see in the Winter at the Aquarium!
Sip On Seasonal Brews At B.C. Breweries
There's no bad time of year for craft beer! If you're into porters and darker flavours of beer then the Winter is the best time for a good local brew. Visit your local brewpub, try their newest creations and fill up a growler to take home.
Discover A Hidden Gem in B.C.
We tend to spend a lot of time indoors in the Winter and we get bored with our day to day stuff. It doesn't help that it's so dark outside! Even in the Winter, you can still discover a hidden gem in our province that will light up your day.
Hot Yoga Classes
If you're the kind of person who's always cold in the winter, warm up and stoke your inner fires at a hot yoga class! You'll feel warm in no time and the whole experience is energizing and rejuvenating. Plus, you'll get a head-start on detoxing for your New Year's resolutions!
Go Island Hopping
Winter is the low season for the Gulf Islands and the touristy spots tend to slow down or even close altogether. That just means that your travels will be all the more authentic and even challenging. Island hop on BC Ferries and check out an island you haven't seen yet like Denman or even Bowen Island! Being out on the ocean in the Winter is pretty spectacular.
See B.C.'s Glaciers
Explore the glaciers in your own backyard this Winter! Garibaldi, with its own clear lake, is particularly beautiful, but further up north you'll find even more glaciers.