Skating & Snowshoeing in Vancouver: Where to Go

Vancouver Skating

Sure, the cold weather and snow lose their appeal shortly after the holidays are over, but every winter in Canada is a long one, so we might as well embrace it. And what better way to do that than to get moving with your loved ones until your cheeks go bright pink. Here are two fun ways to make the most of our winter weather as a family.

Public Skating

Robson Square

Head to Robson Square for a healthy dose of public skating. Did we mention it’s free? (If you bring your own skates, that is). Rentals are also available on site if you need them. If you prefer a larger indoor skating venue, try the Richmond Oval’s beautiful facility, where you don’t have to bundle up to the same extent, and an indoor concession serves everything from muffins to hot chocolate.

Or, check out one of the eight indoor skating rinks in Vancouver with drop-in public skate times here. Now, lace up those skates and get moving!


Hiking takes on a new purpose when you strap on snowshoes. Head to Grouse Mountain’s Munday Alpine Park for a fantastic variety of novice to expert trails. The tram ride itself is part of the fun, delivering you into a snowy paradise. Snowshoes are available for rent at the Fireside Hut, located beside the skating area.

Good to know: New moms can even take a ‘Baby & Me’ Clinic, so you can get outside and meet other parents and their babies over an hour and a half guided tour followed by snacks and beverages. Fun!

If you have your own snowshoes, hike up Hollyburn Mountain on Cypress for free. Park before the cross-country ticket booth and follow the poles. The trail is also dog-friendly.

So, are you ready? Bundle up and get out there! And let us know if you’ve got any suggestions for some other great places to hit up in the winter.


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