10 Reasons to Visit Vancouver this Fall/Winter 2016
In collaboration with Expedia.ca
Looking for an excuse to use up those vacation days? A great escape to one of Canada’s most beautiful cities sounds perfect to us! With a beautiful backdrop of mountains and beaches, the scenic city has so much to offer. But if you’re still hesitant on why you should pack your bags and book that flight, we’ve got 10 reasons why you’ll want to travel to Vancouver this Fall/Winter.
Earlier this year, Grouse Mountain launched an irresistible 360-degree view platform on the roof of the Skyride cabin and the experience is available all Winter long! Included in the ticket price is an Alpine Experience ticket which includes the World Famous Lumberjack Show, Birds in Motion demonstration, Ranger Talks at the Bear Habitat, Theatre in the Sky and so much more.
November 17th marks the beginning of a four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival which sees more than 25,000 visitors joining 475+ artists in their studios across 78 buildings. The Crawl goes through the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the waterfront in Vancouver. The art is diverse, the artists eclectic and the installations spectacular. Visiting the studios (with many of them live/work spaces) offers an eye-opening experience that is often complimented with snacks and adult bevies, loud music, free swag and lots of mind-expanding visuals.
If you’ve never been to Vancouver, Stanley Park is a must. The Seawall is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world, with 9km of it in Vancouver’s most popular park. After taking in the stunning views and changing leaves, stop into one of the park’s popular restaurants, like the Teahouse or Prospect Point, for a delicious bite to eat.
If Vancouver’s known for anything, it’s their world-famous scenery and the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver will blow your mind. Hanging feet above the Capilano River is a swaying suspension bridge which stretches 450 feet across a canyon. The park is open to visitors all year round, with an adrenaline pumping cliff walk, thrilling treetop adventures, and an enlightening glimpse into the lives of BC’s First Nations people’s history at Kia’palano. From November 24 to January 8, the park will be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland, with festive lights, the world’s largest living Christmas tree, a live holiday band and more.
Spend an afternoon at Granville Island’s public market and explore everything from fresh fruit and veggies to meat and fish to baked goods and flowers. After you’ve browsed the vendors, take a tour of the tempting food stalls and have your fill of delicious Japanese, Indian, Greek, Mexican, vegetarian, or whatever you’re craving, ‘cause they’ll definitely have it! Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to discover it all or you’ll surely regret it!
Hockey season is already underway and now White Caps fan fever has been replaced with the Canucks’ fans marching their way from the Granville Entertainment District, down Robson Street, chanting and cheering all the way to Rogers Arena. The team’s website has an extensive community, news and stats pages that allow hockey lovers to follow the Canucks, enter contests, leave their favorite players messages and buy tickets to games.
On December 2nd at Rogers Arena, one of the biggest names in comedy brings her shocking, raunchy, sex-obsessed narrative to the city. We hope that the hecklers come out in force so we can witness firsthand the powerhouse mouth (and sexy brain) that is Amy. Hecklers, please join us so we may have the pleasure of the Norwegian toss.
From December 15th to December 20th a city tradition begins. The classic tale of the Nutcracker featuring principal dancers from the National Ballet of Canada, accompanied by The Vancouver Opera Orchestra will perform live Tchaikovsky’s score. An evening of wonderment with 200 glittering costumes, dramatic sets, and an Evil Mouse King.
This year, the market will be moving from its original home at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to a much bigger and better seaside site at the Jack Poole Plaza, surrounding the 2010 Olympic Cauldron with more merriment than one can imagine. From November 26th to December 30th, experience 50,000 sq ft of Christmas craziness. The German-inspired festivities combine colorful decor, gifts, savory food and drink for a cultural awakening not soon forgotten.
Vancouver is host to one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Swims in the world with over 2,550 people taking part in 2014. Hardy swimmers take the plunge in the West End’s English Bay on New Year’s Day. The swim generally takes place at 2:30pm but swimmers, wannabe swimmers, and gawkers arrive before noon to swap tales and take photographs. Even the Greater Vancouver Food Bank gets in on the action, accepting donations of nonperishable food or cash.