The third and final installment of what’s going on locally this winter will highlight the “other” outdoor type stuff at the local mountains (ie, ice skating, tobogganing, etc) and elsewhere in Metro Van.
Grouse Mountain has a lot of activities outside of skiing and snowshoeing.
- Ice Skating: There’s no better way to experience winter than skating in the fresh mountain air on a smooth outdoor ice skating rink high above the city. So grab your skates and go for a glide on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000 square foot Ice Skating Pond – the only one of its kind on the West Coast.
- Sleigh Rides: Winter comes alive on an enchanting sleigh ride through Grouse Mountain’s snowy paradise. Take friends and family on a memorable journey around the mountaintop through snow-covered forests.
- Mountain Ziplines: The Air Grouse experience puts you high above the alpine rainforest, careening through the air at speeds of more than 50 km/hour. Your 3-line adventure circuit will give you a unique perspective on the Blue Grouse Lake region of the mountain, combining heart pounding thrills with an exploration of BC’s breathtaking old-growth forests.
- Helicopter Tours: Experience unforgettable sightseeing high above the peaks of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains – in a helicopter ride of a lifetime. Helijet offers breathtaking tours that begin at The Peak of Vancouver.
Cypress Mountain offers great snowtubing, and a small sliding hill for the little little ones.
Mt Seymour also offers snowtubing and tobogganing: “Mt Seymour’s Enquist SnowTube Park guarantees fun and laughs with your friends and family. Besides the thrill of sliding down a hill in one of our specially designed tubes, you’re assured to enjoy the easy ride back up by our custom tube tow”.
There are also a few other family fun outdoorsy type things going on:
- Scuba Claus is coming to the Vancouver Aquarium.
- Bright Nights are a Christmas classic in Stanley Park.
- For you crazies the annual Polar Bear Swim is always a great time.
As an aside, I just realized I subconsciously stole the title for this post from an article in the North Shore News called Gearing Up for the Long Winter Ahead, which I had bookmarked a while back, oops. Anyways, the article lists the stores on the North Shore where you can grab some outdoor gear, if you’re interested.
**Dec 17 Update: Miss604 has a post about tobogganing where people are commenting on their favorite local sledding hills.