With the long nights drawing in and the colder weather keeping us tucked up at home, its needless to say we are heading for winter. But while you may be missing that warmer weather, winter comes with its own joys and festivities with sledging, big knit jumpers and of course Christmas. Christmas is one of the most magical times of year, so why not do something a little different this year and visit a place that knows exactly how to do Christmas and all the exciting jubilation's that come with it. Vancouver is a bustling city right on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia. Here are a few great things to do there as a tourist.
This 400 hectare park, teeming with natural forests, quiet beaches and tranquil walking trials, this park is in its prime during the festive season. With the trees decorated from root to branch in colorful Christmas lights, the park is illuminated with the spirit of Christmas and a fantastic place to bring the kids. From Santa’s grotto to the cozy cabins glowing in the sparkle of Christmas lights you wouldn’t want to spend Christmas anywhere else.
For a place that will make you feel as though you are living a Christmas movie, Grouse Mountain is a winter wonderland like no other. With ski slopes and ice skating rinks, this mountain peak will reignite the childhood excitement that made Christmas such a special time of year. The Christmas festivities include sleigh rides, seasonal movies with their Theater in The Sky and gingerbread house displays. They run from November right through to January so you have plenty of time to book a week off at work and hop on over to where Christmas comes alive.
Vancouver Christmas Market
You can’t beat a wander around a cozy Christmas market in the chilly weather and Vancouver is a city that knows how to do it right. With a touch of European charm, these markets sell everything from tiny Santa souvenirs to fresh ginger bread and tasty mulled wine. In the back drop of the vibrant city of Vancouver you can enjoy an exciting city break and when you’re all shopped out at the markets there are plenty of train links up through the mountains to catch a glimpse of Vancouver’s natural landscape in its delicate frozen state.
Capillino Suspension bridge
This suspension bridge is magnificent and awe inspiring at any time of year but during the festive season this place is really is the stuff of dreams. With sparkling lights illuminating the canyon you can cross the bridges 110 feet above the forest floor and marvel at the enchanting scenery below. And with plenty of festive activities to do on either side of the bridges you can get your hands dirty with baking gingerbread's and singing along to the carols with the holiday band. This is the perfect place to make memories and make this Christmas one to remember.
Van Dusen Botanical Gardens
These enchanting gardens become something of a festive spectacle during the winter months with their annual light show. With something different every year, this show is displayed through the thousands of Christmas lights that decorate this botanical garden and really has the wow factor in terms of a visual experience. Just taking a walk through these fantastical light features illuminating the gardens will fill you with a magical feeling that Christmas exudes, and have you taken aback by the beauty of this well kept attraction.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to make memories with the kids or a romantic break in the wintery weather, Vancouver is a place that radiates the excitement of Christmas and the sense of closeness that brings us together at this time of year. With its natural landscapes lit up in the most decadent of Christmas lights this is a holiday you won’t forget any time soon. If you are travelling to Canada then don't forget to get your Canada Eta. You can obtain your Canadian Visa here.