Taylor-Capilano3

A woman exploring Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

One of my favorite trips is one where I don’t have to experience heavy crowds. A great way to enjoy the best of what a large city offers without mass tourism is by visiting during the off-season. Vancouver, British Columbia is a great place to visit in winter!

Vancouver is a beautiful seaport in Western Canada. It is known to be the country’s most ethnically diverse city and is surrounded by the beautiful North Shore Mountains. By visiting Vancouver in winter, you can fully explore the culinary scene, visit the iconic suspension bridges and hike!

During January 2022, I made a memorable Vancouver winter trip with Caitlin of My Darling Passport. This article discusses the best Vancouver winter itinerary for your first trip in January and February.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Vancouver, JW Marriott Parq hosted me for two nights and I also partnered with Destination Vancouver. I was also hosted for a meal at Honey Salt.


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Vancouver Winter Itinerary

Traveling to Vancouver in Winter:

Evergreen trees in British Columbia, Canada

Caitlin and I traveled to Vancouver by taking a flight from Newark Airport in New Jersey to Vancouver International Airport with a layover in Montreal. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

During our time in Vancouver, we mainly got around by taking Uber since it is a larger city. If you’re looking to make day trips from Vancouver, such as Whistler or Victoria, renting a car is best.

Where to Stay in Vancouver in Winter:

A woman enjoying a spa day at JW Marriott Parq

The best hotel to stay at in Vancouver during winter is the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. It’s a five-star luxury hotel that is in downtown Vancouver. The hotel features stunning views of the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, the city’s False Creek and is surrounded by the lively neighborhoods of Gastown and Yaletown.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver has beautifully designed accommodations, world-class restaurants and lounges, a luxury spa, a fun casino and a relaxation terrace with stunning views of Vancouver.

Staying at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver:

JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver

During our time at JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver, Caitlin and I stayed in the 2 Queen Guest Room on the hotel’s higher level, which included a beautiful waterfront view of False Creek.

Our room had two comfortable queen-sized beds and a cozy workstation with residential-style amenities like illy espresso makers. There was also an en-suite bathroom that included Molten Brown bath products.

Overall, I loved how luxurious and comforting our room was. JW Marriott hotels have the best robes that will keep you warm and cozy during your stay and there is always internet-connected television and high-speed WiFi in each room.

Check out the other incredible rooms and suites at JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver!

Dining at JW Marriott in Vancouver:
A woman enjoying breakfast in Vancouver

When it comes to eating at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver during your Vancouver winter trip, there are eight restaurants and lounges led by James Beard Award-nominated foodie masterminds – Elizabeth Blau and her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla.

The list of restaurants at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver are The Victor, which is a steakhouse; Honey Salt that is a farm-to-table Canadian, bistro-style restaurant; BC Kitchen, which is a comfort food lounge that features gourmet pizzas, burgers and Mexican street food; MRKT East that is inspired by Singapore night markets where chefs prepare creative dishes for diners; Centre Bar, which is a cocktail bar located on the gaming floor of the casino; Lotus Whiskey & Tea Lounge that is a great spot to sip on tea and sample whiskey; D/6 Lounge, which is a vibrant rooftop bar to enjoy cocktails and light bites; Le Doux Ciel that is a coffee house featuring comforting warm beverages and dessert and lastly, Passione Gelato, which is a gelato shop.

Breakfast at Honey Salt in downtown Vancouver

While in Vancouver, Caitlin and I enjoyed a lovely breakfast at Honey Salt. We savored various dishes and drinks, from coffee to smoothies/juices, croissants to pancakes and eggs to the British Columbia smoked salmon board. Everything was delicious and I loved how adorable the restaurant was.

Rejuvenating Experiences at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Winter:

In addition to a great dining experience, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver has a spa with services designed for your well-being, ranging from massages to facials and manicures/pedicures to body scrubs.

JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver also has a fitness studio and the Aqua Lounge that features a hydrotherapy tub, yoga space and lounge seating. What is remarkable about the Aqua Lounge is its gorgeous city views.

Best Things to do in Vancouver in the Winter:

A woman exploring the best thing to do in Vancouver

From experiencing the best restaurants to adventuring through Vancouver’s mystical nature, follow this incredible 2-day Vancouver winter itinerary.

Day 1: Arrive in Canada and Enjoy What Vancouver in the Winter has to Offer

Have Lunch at Miku:
Aburi Oshi sushi

After arriving at Vancouver Airport, check into your hotel and get settled. If you get in around lunchtime, I recommend grabbing lunch at Miku. Vancouver is known for its incredible Asian food and most of the restaurants we ate at on this trip were Japanese.

Located on the Burrard Inlet, Miku is a waterfront restaurant with gourmet Aburi cuisine. If you’ve never heard of Aburi before, it is the innovation of flame-searing seafood or pressed sushi made with a rectangular shape. Enjoying this type of sushi without soy sauce is suggested because it usually includes a delicious special sauce.

During lunch or dinner at Miku, I recommend getting the Miku Signature Selection, which offers a chef’s selection of traditional sushi and sashimi, and Aburi Oshi, which is made with fresh salmon. The image above shows what I got. Everything was incredible!

In addition to sushi, Miku also has a great cocktail, sake, wine and beer list. Caitlin enjoyed the cold sake and I had the Bergamot Sour, which included earl grey amaretto, yuzu, lemon, egg white and togarashi.

Stroll around Stanley Park:
Stanley Park in Vancouver during winter

One of the best things to do in Vancouver in the winter is to stroll around Stanley Park. Yes, even in the winter, this park is magical!

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most extensive park! Visiting Vancouver in winter can be a bit tricky. Even though it is closer to Whistler for winter sports, Vancouver doesn’t get much snow due to its climate. A positive about this is that temperatures are average in the city. The coldest it usually gets in Vancouver during winter is 45° Fahrenheit.

Overall, Stanley Park is a 400-hectare West Coast rainforest where locals and visitors can enjoy beautiful nature and the iconic Seawall. Throughout the park are peaceful beaches and walking and hiking trails. There is also an aquarium, restaurant and cafés in Stanley Park.

Visit a Museum – Winter Activities in Vancouver:
Vancouver in the winter

The only thing about visiting Vancouver in the winter months is that it tends to bring rainy days. If the weather is too rainy to enjoy the outdoors in Vancouver, there are plenty of excellent indoor museums to check out!

With Destination Vancouver, you can enjoy unforgettable experiences like FlyOver Canada, which utilizes state-of-the-art technology to feel like you’re flying over the world. It’s a great way to learn more about Canada and see beyond Vancouver.

Another one of the best indoor things to do in Vancouver in winter is to visit the Moon & Back Gallery. This gallery is a dreamy and immersive experience that allows you to enjoy 16 mirror light installations.

The Van Gogh Museum

Visiting Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition during a winter travel experience in Vancouver is another great thing to do. I visited the Van Gogh Museum in New York City during the summer of 2021; it was incredible!

Overall, the Van Gogh Exhibit is one of the world’s top-selling shows and will take you back to Vincent Van Gogh’s time. The immersive experience was created by Massimiliano Siccardi, who is a renowned Master of Digital Arts in Italy. He is known for his installations in Paris.

In addition, Vancouver is recognized for its music scene and many incredible venues to enjoy live entertainment. Theater is also significant in Vancouver and there are numerous shows for you to see during your winter trip. Click here to learn more.

Enjoy Dinner and Karaoke at Kamei Royale in Vancouver at Night:

A fun spot to enjoy dinner at on your first day in Vancouver, Canada in winter is Kamei Royale. There are two locations – on Broadway and in the Richmond area of the city.

At Kamei Royale, you can savor delicious Japanese dishes like sushi rolls, gyoza, rice and udon dishes, plus more. This restaurant also has an excellent craft cocktail menu!

In addition to the restaurant, there is also a lounge with karaoke where you can have fun with friends and sing to the latest worldwide hits!

Day 2: Experience the Best Winter Activities in Vancouver

Brunch at Honey Salt in JW Marriott Parq:
Honey Salt at JW Marriott Parq

As mentioned above, Caitlin and I enjoyed a lovely brunch at Honey Salt in JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, situated in downtown Vancouver. It’s a place that cannot be missed during winter in Vancouver.

Explore through the Enchanting Forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park:
A woman enjoying Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver during winter

My favorite part of my winter trip to Vancouver was exploring Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver with Destination Vancouver. It’s 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

During your time at the park, you can admire the beautiful totem poles and learn about British Columbia’s indigenous culture and history. The name Capilano is indigenous, belonging to the Squamish Nation. It was initially spelled Kia’palano, which means beautiful river. (It was also the name after the chief of the tribe.)

Totem Poles from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Overall, you cannot miss out on visiting this incredible spot during a first-time trip to Vancouver and if you go during the holiday season or around Valentine’s Day, the bridges are decked out in dreamy lights.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge was built in 1889 with hemp ropes. Nowadays, it is held with cables strong enough to hold a fully loaded 747 airliner. When you cross the bridge, you’ll enter an enchanting evergreen and cedar-scented rainforest.

Treetop Adventures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Located inside the forest is Treetop Adventures, which includes seven suspended footbridges with beautiful views. It is dreamy! At this park, there is also a Cliffwalk that you can enjoy, which consists of labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.

Also located at the park are cafés and gift shops to enjoy. When you visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, you will see why it is considered one of the best landmarks in Canada!

Explore Granville Island during Vancouver’s Winter Months:
A woman exploring Granville Island during winter in Vancouver

One of the most incredible spots to discover in Vancouver, British Columbia, all year round, is Granville Island. It is a fun area for locals and visitors. My friend Elaine, a Vancouver local and business mentor was our guide as we explored this thriving area. I probably wouldn’t have seen most of these spots if it weren’t for her.

At Granville Island, a public market is open daily for you to enjoy shopping, food and drinks, culture, history and more. It’s like Pike Place in Seattle, with floral displays, fresh fruit and produce to pick out along with art galleries to explore.

Other great things to do in Vancouver at Granville Island are to visit a brewery, distillery and numerous coffee shops. You can also walk along the waterfront and catch up with friends at the public spaces within Ron Basford Park.

Capture 360-degree Views of Vancouver:
Top of Vancouver during winter

Another cool thing to do during your first-ever winter trip to Vancouver is to enjoy 360 views at Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant.

It is a restaurant and bar that moves slowly in a clockwise direction. It takes around an hour to circle the entire restaurant and see all of Vancouver’s beautiful landmarks and buildings. (On a clear day, you will also see the nearby mountains and the Pacific Ocean.)

Top of Vancouver offers continental dining at 553 feet. The windows in the restaurant are precisely angled for incredible viewing of the city below. It’s a great place to enjoy drinks!

Savor the best Japanese Tapas at Kingyo:
Japanese tapas at Kingyo in Vancouver

The best restaurant we visited during our Vancouver winter trip was Kingyo. It’s a lively izakaya, a Japanese bar specializing in small dishes with drinks.

Kingyo was the first izakaya restaurant I’ve ever been to and I was amazed by how tasty the food was. We split a bunch of Japanese tapas during our evening at this incredible spot. We got the shrimp tempura, mackerel sushi in Aburi style, uni miso udon (sea urchin udon noodles), and the kanu meshi, which is a snow crab fried rice.

Check Out the Gastown Steam Clock:
Gastown Steam Clock in Vancouver, British Columbia

A trip to Vancouver is only complete with seeing the whistling Steam Clock in the famous area of Gastown. It is partially run by a steam engine and is one of the only few in the world to exist still.

Gastown is a touristy area within Vancouver, but it was one of the city’s first settlements. It’s a charming place to stroll and enjoy boutique shopping, trendy restaurants, quaint cafés and fun dessert spots.


North Vancouver in winter

Love a good winter trip? Here are other winter vacations to take.

Top Things to do in Val Gardena during Winter

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I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best 2-day Vancouver winter trip itinerary. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Canada:

Currency: Canadian Dollar, Capital: Ottawa, Ontario, Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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Click here to shop my Poshmark closet!

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on February 4, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    This was such an inspiring blog on Vancouver and Whistler. After reading this guide, it makes me want to go there to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, snow covered mountains ~ lovely forests with snow capped trees~ the views look amazing, the outdoor spas, hot chocolate, fire pits and so much more! Definitely on my bucket list for a wonderful winter vacation. So many great activities to enjoy! Fabulous photos of beautiful you and beautiful western Canada! Awesome blog ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩♥️⚘

    • Taylor Deer on February 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Thank you mom! It was such a beautiful place. I loved my ski trip there. <3

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Taylor-Capilano3

A woman exploring Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

One of my favorite trips is one where I don’t have to experience heavy crowds. A great way to enjoy the best of what a large city offers without mass tourism is by visiting during the off-season. Vancouver, British Columbia is a great place to visit in winter!

Vancouver is a beautiful seaport in Western Canada. It is known to be the country’s most ethnically diverse city and is surrounded by the beautiful North Shore Mountains. By visiting Vancouver in winter, you can fully explore the culinary scene, visit the iconic suspension bridges and hike!

During January 2022, I made a memorable Vancouver winter trip with Caitlin of My Darling Passport. This article discusses the best Vancouver winter itinerary for your first trip in January and February.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Vancouver, JW Marriott Parq hosted me for two nights and I also partnered with Destination Vancouver. I was also hosted for a meal at Honey Salt.


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Vancouver Winter Itinerary

Traveling to Vancouver in Winter:

Evergreen trees in British Columbia, Canada

Caitlin and I traveled to Vancouver by taking a flight from Newark Airport in New Jersey to Vancouver International Airport with a layover in Montreal. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

During our time in Vancouver, we mainly got around by taking Uber since it is a larger city. If you’re looking to make day trips from Vancouver, such as Whistler or Victoria, renting a car is best.

Where to Stay in Vancouver in Winter:

A woman enjoying a spa day at JW Marriott Parq

The best hotel to stay at in Vancouver during winter is the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver. It’s a five-star luxury hotel that is in downtown Vancouver. The hotel features stunning views of the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, the city’s False Creek and is surrounded by the lively neighborhoods of Gastown and Yaletown.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver has beautifully designed accommodations, world-class restaurants and lounges, a luxury spa, a fun casino and a relaxation terrace with stunning views of Vancouver.

Staying at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver:

JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver

During our time at JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver, Caitlin and I stayed in the 2 Queen Guest Room on the hotel’s higher level, which included a beautiful waterfront view of False Creek.

Our room had two comfortable queen-sized beds and a cozy workstation with residential-style amenities like illy espresso makers. There was also an en-suite bathroom that included Molten Brown bath products.

Overall, I loved how luxurious and comforting our room was. JW Marriott hotels have the best robes that will keep you warm and cozy during your stay and there is always internet-connected television and high-speed WiFi in each room.

Check out the other incredible rooms and suites at JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver!

Dining at JW Marriott in Vancouver:
A woman enjoying breakfast in Vancouver

When it comes to eating at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver during your Vancouver winter trip, there are eight restaurants and lounges led by James Beard Award-nominated foodie masterminds – Elizabeth Blau and her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla.

The list of restaurants at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver are The Victor, which is a steakhouse; Honey Salt that is a farm-to-table Canadian, bistro-style restaurant; BC Kitchen, which is a comfort food lounge that features gourmet pizzas, burgers and Mexican street food; MRKT East that is inspired by Singapore night markets where chefs prepare creative dishes for diners; Centre Bar, which is a cocktail bar located on the gaming floor of the casino; Lotus Whiskey & Tea Lounge that is a great spot to sip on tea and sample whiskey; D/6 Lounge, which is a vibrant rooftop bar to enjoy cocktails and light bites; Le Doux Ciel that is a coffee house featuring comforting warm beverages and dessert and lastly, Passione Gelato, which is a gelato shop.

Breakfast at Honey Salt in downtown Vancouver

While in Vancouver, Caitlin and I enjoyed a lovely breakfast at Honey Salt. We savored various dishes and drinks, from coffee to smoothies/juices, croissants to pancakes and eggs to the British Columbia smoked salmon board. Everything was delicious and I loved how adorable the restaurant was.

Rejuvenating Experiences at JW Marriott Parq Vancouver in Winter:

In addition to a great dining experience, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver has a spa with services designed for your well-being, ranging from massages to facials and manicures/pedicures to body scrubs.

JW Marriott Parq in Vancouver also has a fitness studio and the Aqua Lounge that features a hydrotherapy tub, yoga space and lounge seating. What is remarkable about the Aqua Lounge is its gorgeous city views.

Best Things to do in Vancouver in the Winter:

A woman exploring the best thing to do in Vancouver

From experiencing the best restaurants to adventuring through Vancouver’s mystical nature, follow this incredible 2-day Vancouver winter itinerary.

Day 1: Arrive in Canada and Enjoy What Vancouver in the Winter has to Offer

Have Lunch at Miku:
Aburi Oshi sushi

After arriving at Vancouver Airport, check into your hotel and get settled. If you get in around lunchtime, I recommend grabbing lunch at Miku. Vancouver is known for its incredible Asian food and most of the restaurants we ate at on this trip were Japanese.

Located on the Burrard Inlet, Miku is a waterfront restaurant with gourmet Aburi cuisine. If you’ve never heard of Aburi before, it is the innovation of flame-searing seafood or pressed sushi made with a rectangular shape. Enjoying this type of sushi without soy sauce is suggested because it usually includes a delicious special sauce.

During lunch or dinner at Miku, I recommend getting the Miku Signature Selection, which offers a chef’s selection of traditional sushi and sashimi, and Aburi Oshi, which is made with fresh salmon. The image above shows what I got. Everything was incredible!

In addition to sushi, Miku also has a great cocktail, sake, wine and beer list. Caitlin enjoyed the cold sake and I had the Bergamot Sour, which included earl grey amaretto, yuzu, lemon, egg white and togarashi.

Stroll around Stanley Park:
Stanley Park in Vancouver during winter

One of the best things to do in Vancouver in the winter is to stroll around Stanley Park. Yes, even in the winter, this park is magical!

Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most extensive park! Visiting Vancouver in winter can be a bit tricky. Even though it is closer to Whistler for winter sports, Vancouver doesn’t get much snow due to its climate. A positive about this is that temperatures are average in the city. The coldest it usually gets in Vancouver during winter is 45° Fahrenheit.

Overall, Stanley Park is a 400-hectare West Coast rainforest where locals and visitors can enjoy beautiful nature and the iconic Seawall. Throughout the park are peaceful beaches and walking and hiking trails. There is also an aquarium, restaurant and cafés in Stanley Park.

Visit a Museum – Winter Activities in Vancouver:
Vancouver in the winter

The only thing about visiting Vancouver in the winter months is that it tends to bring rainy days. If the weather is too rainy to enjoy the outdoors in Vancouver, there are plenty of excellent indoor museums to check out!

With Destination Vancouver, you can enjoy unforgettable experiences like FlyOver Canada, which utilizes state-of-the-art technology to feel like you’re flying over the world. It’s a great way to learn more about Canada and see beyond Vancouver.

Another one of the best indoor things to do in Vancouver in winter is to visit the Moon & Back Gallery. This gallery is a dreamy and immersive experience that allows you to enjoy 16 mirror light installations.

The Van Gogh Museum

Visiting Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition during a winter travel experience in Vancouver is another great thing to do. I visited the Van Gogh Museum in New York City during the summer of 2021; it was incredible!

Overall, the Van Gogh Exhibit is one of the world’s top-selling shows and will take you back to Vincent Van Gogh’s time. The immersive experience was created by Massimiliano Siccardi, who is a renowned Master of Digital Arts in Italy. He is known for his installations in Paris.

In addition, Vancouver is recognized for its music scene and many incredible venues to enjoy live entertainment. Theater is also significant in Vancouver and there are numerous shows for you to see during your winter trip. Click here to learn more.

Enjoy Dinner and Karaoke at Kamei Royale in Vancouver at Night:

A fun spot to enjoy dinner at on your first day in Vancouver, Canada in winter is Kamei Royale. There are two locations – on Broadway and in the Richmond area of the city.

At Kamei Royale, you can savor delicious Japanese dishes like sushi rolls, gyoza, rice and udon dishes, plus more. This restaurant also has an excellent craft cocktail menu!

In addition to the restaurant, there is also a lounge with karaoke where you can have fun with friends and sing to the latest worldwide hits!

Day 2: Experience the Best Winter Activities in Vancouver

Brunch at Honey Salt in JW Marriott Parq:
Honey Salt at JW Marriott Parq

As mentioned above, Caitlin and I enjoyed a lovely brunch at Honey Salt in JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, situated in downtown Vancouver. It’s a place that cannot be missed during winter in Vancouver.

Explore through the Enchanting Forest at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park:
A woman enjoying Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver during winter

My favorite part of my winter trip to Vancouver was exploring Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver with Destination Vancouver. It’s 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

During your time at the park, you can admire the beautiful totem poles and learn about British Columbia’s indigenous culture and history. The name Capilano is indigenous, belonging to the Squamish Nation. It was initially spelled Kia’palano, which means beautiful river. (It was also the name after the chief of the tribe.)

Totem Poles from Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Overall, you cannot miss out on visiting this incredible spot during a first-time trip to Vancouver and if you go during the holiday season or around Valentine’s Day, the bridges are decked out in dreamy lights.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge was built in 1889 with hemp ropes. Nowadays, it is held with cables strong enough to hold a fully loaded 747 airliner. When you cross the bridge, you’ll enter an enchanting evergreen and cedar-scented rainforest.

Treetop Adventures at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Located inside the forest is Treetop Adventures, which includes seven suspended footbridges with beautiful views. It is dreamy! At this park, there is also a Cliffwalk that you can enjoy, which consists of labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.

Also located at the park are cafés and gift shops to enjoy. When you visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, you will see why it is considered one of the best landmarks in Canada!

Explore Granville Island during Vancouver’s Winter Months:
A woman exploring Granville Island during winter in Vancouver

One of the most incredible spots to discover in Vancouver, British Columbia, all year round, is Granville Island. It is a fun area for locals and visitors. My friend Elaine, a Vancouver local and business mentor was our guide as we explored this thriving area. I probably wouldn’t have seen most of these spots if it weren’t for her.

At Granville Island, a public market is open daily for you to enjoy shopping, food and drinks, culture, history and more. It’s like Pike Place in Seattle, with floral displays, fresh fruit and produce to pick out along with art galleries to explore.

Other great things to do in Vancouver at Granville Island are to visit a brewery, distillery and numerous coffee shops. You can also walk along the waterfront and catch up with friends at the public spaces within Ron Basford Park.

Capture 360-degree Views of Vancouver:
Top of Vancouver during winter

Another cool thing to do during your first-ever winter trip to Vancouver is to enjoy 360 views at Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant.

It is a restaurant and bar that moves slowly in a clockwise direction. It takes around an hour to circle the entire restaurant and see all of Vancouver’s beautiful landmarks and buildings. (On a clear day, you will also see the nearby mountains and the Pacific Ocean.)

Top of Vancouver offers continental dining at 553 feet. The windows in the restaurant are precisely angled for incredible viewing of the city below. It’s a great place to enjoy drinks!

Savor the best Japanese Tapas at Kingyo:
Japanese tapas at Kingyo in Vancouver

The best restaurant we visited during our Vancouver winter trip was Kingyo. It’s a lively izakaya, a Japanese bar specializing in small dishes with drinks.

Kingyo was the first izakaya restaurant I’ve ever been to and I was amazed by how tasty the food was. We split a bunch of Japanese tapas during our evening at this incredible spot. We got the shrimp tempura, mackerel sushi in Aburi style, uni miso udon (sea urchin udon noodles), and the kanu meshi, which is a snow crab fried rice.

Check Out the Gastown Steam Clock:
Gastown Steam Clock in Vancouver, British Columbia

A trip to Vancouver is only complete with seeing the whistling Steam Clock in the famous area of Gastown. It is partially run by a steam engine and is one of the only few in the world to exist still.

Gastown is a touristy area within Vancouver, but it was one of the city’s first settlements. It’s a charming place to stroll and enjoy boutique shopping, trendy restaurants, quaint cafés and fun dessert spots.


North Vancouver in winter

Love a good winter trip? Here are other winter vacations to take.

Top Things to do in Val Gardena during Winter

Things to do in Quebec City during Winter

Mount Snow, Vermont Activities

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best 2-day Vancouver winter trip itinerary. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Basic Facts of Canada:

Currency: Canadian Dollar, Capital: Ottawa, Ontario, Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

Shop my Vancouver Look:

Click here to shop my Poshmark closet!

2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on February 4, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    This was such an inspiring blog on Vancouver and Whistler. After reading this guide, it makes me want to go there to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, snow covered mountains ~ lovely forests with snow capped trees~ the views look amazing, the outdoor spas, hot chocolate, fire pits and so much more! Definitely on my bucket list for a wonderful winter vacation. So many great activities to enjoy! Fabulous photos of beautiful you and beautiful western Canada! Awesome blog ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩♥️⚘

    • Taylor Deer on February 8, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Thank you mom! It was such a beautiful place. I loved my ski trip there. <3

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