When Vancouver itself is turning into a winter wonderland, even we feel like a little adventure is in the cards. There are quite a few amazing outdoor activities to enjoy around Vancouver this winter, from skiing to snowshoeing (and even a couple of left-field picks). So, whether you’re looking to really embrace the chillier days, or make the most of the warmer ones, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some great outdoor activities to try around Vancouver this winter.

Snowshoeing

 

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While there are a ton of snowshoe trails to enjoy all around Vancouver, Grouse Mountain does boast ‘The Snowshoe Grind’, which is a tamed-down, winter version of the ever-popular trail up the mountain. Looking for something even more adventurous (and cheaper)? Then you might want to try a day trip to Squamish.

Where: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Cross-Country Skiing

While snowshoeing is a toss-up for the best place to go, cross-country skiing has a clear-cut winner. Cypress Mountain boasts some of the best, and most popular, cross-country trails in all of Canada. Head out during the day for a fun expedition, or, enjoy the 7.5km of lit trails at night!

Where: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver

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Snow Tubing

 

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Tubing (or tobogganing) is certainly a rare opportunity for Vancouverites. Luckily, you can enjoy both on dedicated hills at Mt. Seymour. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a family-friendly day trip, or as a way to unwind after a day on the actual slopes.

Where: 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver

Downhill Skiing

Speaking of actual slopes, we can’t forget that all three of Metro Vancouver’s mountains offer great, close-to-home on-piste options. This is a no-brainer pick, so all we’ll say is that you’re better off playing hooky during the week than trying to visit on the weekend.

Where: 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver, 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver and 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Ice Skating

We’re pleased as punch that both of Metro Vancouver’s ice skating areas have reopened for the winter! Head down to the Shipyards Skate Plaza and Robson Square Ice Rink for some hot laps with family or friends. Plus, if you bring your own skates, both of these options are free!

Where: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver and 800 Robson Street

Kayaking

Told you we’d have a left-field pick or two in here. Thanks to Vancouver’s (usually) temperate climate, winter kayaking is actually not as insane an idea as it sounds. But, instead of braving the Burrard Inlet or Horseshoe Bay, take the drive east to Port Moody for a much more relaxing (but still gorgeous) day on the water.

Where: 2156 Banbury Road, North Vancouver

Surfing

 

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Of course, our final pick is also for the most ambitious, and experienced, outdoors enthusiasts around. Take a weekend off and hop on the ferry, then make the drive to either Tofino or Ucluelet. The spot doesn’t matter, as both offer easy access to beaches with great winter surfing. It’s a bucket list experience for most Canadian surfers, and we stand by it.

Where: Tofino/Ucluelet, Vancouver Island

While we’re partial to a day of snowshoeing or some hot laps at the rink, we hope that this list of great outdoor activities to try around Vancouver this winter gave you some ideas! After all, this city (and the surrounding area) is a gold mine during the colder months. All you gotta do is look!