View of Vancouver city lights at night from Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver

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Vancouver Winter Getaways

Winters in Vancouver offer the best of all worlds. Within 30 minutes of downtown are three ski hills that host a range of winter activities, complemented by amazing city views. Mild weather at sea level makes it possible to enjoy an equally broad range of outdoor activities in the city, even in the middle of winter. Winter events, such as Vancouver's Chinese New Year celebrations, add to the fun. All this in a cosmopolitan city, with a stunning ocean and mountain backdrop.

Things to Do

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Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver & proud to continue to provide our skiers, riders & sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts & some of the best snow conditions on the highest skiing & riding peak of Vanc...
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Grouse Mountain Ski Resort

Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you to some of the best in local skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice skating. With 26 runs - 15 open for night skiing - the latest in lift technology & one of the ...
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Insider Tips

One of the many great things about the mild Vancouver winter is you can still pursue your favourite outdoor activities. Kayak around English Bay, stroll along uncrowded beaches or bike around the Stanley Park seawall while admiring the snow-capped North Shore mountains

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to entertain the family? Head to Robson Square where there is a covered outdoor rink where ice skating is free

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Places to Eat

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Vancouver Dining

Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.

Cardero's Restaurant & Marine Pub

Lat: 49.2914561357511
Lon: -123.127575841549
Coal Harbour, Downtown
Seafood, Cajun/Creole, Canadian (New)
393 reviews
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Lat: 49.3011719151891
Lon: -123.157158550614
West End
307 reviews
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Food Trucks

Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.

North Shore Dining

Fine food meets sweeping views in North and West Vancouver, known locally as the North Shore.... Read more Enjoy stunning vistas across the inlet and city, at West Vancouver’s Salmon House on the Hill or try mile-high dining atop Grouse Mountain. Back at sea level, sample West Coast fare with sunset scenes at Dundarave Pier, or French cuisine at La Régalade.  If you’re heading to Whistler, stop at Horseshoe Bay for a casual lunch at the Olive & Anchor. For desert, treat yourself to some Chocolate Sparkle cookies at Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, or a maple glaze doughnut at Honey Doughnuts and Goodies in Deep Cove.

Gusto Di Quattro Restaurant

Lat: 49.3105145
Lon: -123.0802596
Lower Lonsdale
41 reviews
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Salmon House On the Hill

Lat: 49.3438122404604
Lon: -123.167011492135
93 reviews
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The Observatory At Grouse Mountain

Lat: 49.3790102202533
Lon: -123.083366339843
Canadian (New), Wine Bars
93 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites North Vancouver

Holiday Inn & Suites North Vancouver is conveniently located off Highway 1, nestled at the base of the North Shore mountains. AAA 3 Diamond hotel with spacious rooms featuring in room microwave, fridge, safe, hair dryer. Complimentary parking & Wi...
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Lonsdale Quay Hotel

Fantastic waterfront boutique hotel located in a vibrant market. Near popular attractions, BC Ferries and BC Rail. 70 rooms. Tantra waterfront lounge & grill. Full meeting & banquet facilities.
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Westin Bayshore

On the shores of Coal Harbour overlooking the stunning North Shore Mountains, The Westin Bayshore Vancouver offers the best of both worlds: an invigorating urban lifestyle & a rejuvenating resort-like experience. Located close to the downtown busi...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Vancouver International Airport

YVR is Canada's second busiest airport, serving more than 17 million passengers in 2013 and handling more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways.

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Canada Line

The Canada Line, part of the SkyTrain network, is a high speed light rail line running from downtown Vancouver to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. It whisks arriving passengers from the airport to downtown in just 25 minutes. The Canada Line is also a great way to reach attractions in South Vancouver and Richmond. Hop on the Canada Line to see The Village on False Creek (formerly the Olympic Village and Vancouver's newest neighbourhood), the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory, the shops at Oakridge Centre, and the Asian restaurants and night markets in Richmond.
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Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Vancouver Trolley Company

Hop-on & hop-off our replica San Francisco-style trolleys to enjoy the best of Vancouver. This live-commentated, 32-stop sightseeing tour is your transportation link to Vancouver's major attractions, parks, gardens, shopping & restaurants or to si...
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Enjoy the sights of Vancouver's busy harbour as you sail from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver on the SeaBus, part of Vancouver’s transit system. On the 12-minute harbour crossing watch for tugs, cruise ships, floatplanes and views of the Vancouver skyline. Lonsdale Quay, home to shops and lively public market, is a great place to enjoy the waterfront from a fresh angle; from here, buses run to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and other North Vancouver sights.
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False Creek Ferries

Lat: 49.2716139
Lon: -123.1362291
Granville Island/False Creek
39 reviews
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Lat: 49.27077
Lon: -123.13278
Granville Island/False Creek
Boat Tours, Ferries
96 reviews
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