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Winter Activites in Vancouver

Now that winter has arrived in Vancouver, there are lots of fun activities to do around town. Getting out and finding something fun to do is always easy this time of year.

One of the most popular is outdoor ice skating at the Robson Square ice rink, which is a short walk from the school. Skating is free and for just $5 (Cash Only), you can rent skates. The Rink will be open now until February 20th. There are many other fun holiday events happening around the area during this holiday season, including the 12 Days Of Christmas music festival. It’s definitely a great place to check out at some point during the next month.

Canadians love to ice skate

Another fun activity is the Christmas Market. Based off the traditional idea that many German towns host a Christmas market during December, Vancouver’s Christmas Market has all the old world charm of a European village. It’s located at the Olympic Cauldron, which is only about 5 minutes from the school and will be open until December 24th. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the gate. Once inside you can eat Christmas food from European countries, buy souvenirs and presents, and enjoy various special events. We recommend the glühwein (mulled wine), gingerbread, and raclette. Make sure you go hungry and take your friends!

Gingerbread is a classic Christmas cookie

If you want to get into the Christmas mood once of the best places to do this is at the Burnaby Village Museum.  Admission is free and the Heritage Christmas event will run until January 4th. You will want to take the 144 SFU bus from Metrotown Station. This is an reconstructed 1920’s outdoor village with a number of buildings what you can explore, including a school, some houses, a general store, and a church. Dress warmly, and walk around this small village and see what a traditional Christmas was like for Canadians one hundred years ago. If you get cold, you can always warm up in the café with a cup of hot chocolate.


Burnaby Village Museum                  Instagram Credit @livevicariously