How to Get out and Enjoy Winter in Vancouver
What better way to welcome a new year than to slip and slide into it with those you cherish most. Here are some frosty fun ways to make the most of our winter weather.
Go Snow Tubing
As you drive up Cypress Mountain (snow tires or chains necessary) Vancouver turns into a magical Narnia-like world, and the Snow Tube Park, located past the cross-country ticket booth, will not disappoint. Sliders must be 42 inches or taller and minimum age of six, and a ticket is good for two hours of screaming fun. If all that fresh air makes you hungry, hotdogs and hot chocolate are available for purchase at the nearby concession. Good snow boots mandatory.
Relive your childhood and show your own children a great time by heading to Mount Seymour's tobogganing area. Good for all ages (and all danger levels, only walk up as far as you want), you can bring your own toboggan or buy a slide for $10. A family of five costs $48 for a two-hour session until February 22 (the price drops after that date). Dress warmly for best results.
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: 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.
Head to Robson Square for free public skating. That's right, we said free, which we can't say often enough, so long as you bring your own skates. (Rentals also available on sight.) 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.