Visiting the Vancouver Coast
There’ll be no lack of exciting things to see and do during your next visit to Vancouver. A metropolitan city brimming with charm, glamour, thrills, and more, Vancouver is one of the premier destinations in British Columbia, home to exceptional attractions and welcoming locals. During the winter and into early spring, Vancouver will be buzzing with excitement – plan your visit and see for yourself.
Any winter visit to Vancouver should certainly include time spent on the slopes. Check out three of the BC’s premier ski areas during your visit – Grouse Mountain is just across the bay in North Vancouver, while Cypress Mountain was the host venue for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and can be found in West Vancouver.
Travel north from downtown Vancouver and check out Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, which features 200 marked runs, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, and a total of 8,171 skiable acres. You can also make the short drive in from Maple Ridge, Langley, or Surrey.
The Rogers Arena is arguably the premier event venue in Vancouver for live performances. You can find it in downtown Vancouver adjacent to BC Place along Expo Boulevard. Rogers Arena is also home of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL.
If your visit to the Vancouver Metro Area is slated for the holiday season, you’ll find much to do and see with the whole family. In nearby Harrison Hills, just north of Chilliwack, enjoy the annual Christmas at Kilby each December, hosted at the Kilby Historic Site, part of BC’s Museum of Rural Life.
Closer to downtown Vancouver, the VanDusen Botanical Garden will be hosting their annual Festival of Lights in December, and you won’t want to pass on the free ice skating found at Robson Square Ice Rink.
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Agritourism Around the Vancouver Coast
The Sunshine Coast in the southwest corner of British Columbia offers a wealth of agritourism opportunities for food lovers and those who want to learn about local artisans.
The sculpted shoreline winds around the Coast Mountains and one of the best ways to travel through it is by ferry. Take ferry tours around the region to explore the local communities, sample local food, or spend the day fishing.
Discover the Wineries
Enjoy an afternoon of wine tastings at several vineyards and wineries along the coast. From Flame Hill Vineyard with views of Montville to the Ocean View Estates in Mt. Mee, you’ll find plenty of excuses to unwind with wine.
If you’re interested in beer instead, enjoy the island lifestyle as you explore the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail, one of the best ways to sample BC’s craft beer culture.
Hit the Links at Area Golf Courses
Relax and soak up the sunshine with a few rounds of golf at the country club or area golf courses. From the Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Roberts Creek to the Blue Ocean Golf club 18-hole championship golf course, you’ll find something for all skill levels.
Head to the driving range of get ready for tee time with family and friends to make the most of your visit.
Skiing & Snowboarding Activities
Even though the coastal climate is milder than other parts of BC, you’ll find plenty of skiiing, snowshoeing, and snow hiking opportunities around the mountains.
Spend your days trekking the trails around Dakota Ridge, Tetrahedron Provincial Park or other destinations around the Sunshine Coast Trail for an unforgettable winter adventure.
Annual Events and Festivals
From Oktoberfeset in downtown Sechelt to the winter lights extravaganza at the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, you’ll find plenty of annual events and festivals to participate in during your visit to the Vancouver coast.
Craft beer festivals, art crawls, a polar bear swim, and other seasonal events are some must-do activities in this region.