Winter Meetings


Winter Meetings in Vancouver - Know Before You Go!

If you’re attending a meeting in Vancouver this winter, you’re in for a treat! You’ll want to make sure that you allow a little time to see the city while you’re here, but even if you have a two-hour break between sessions, we’re here to help you make the most of your time in the destination. There’s snow on the mountains (but rarely on our city streets!), festive celebrations, and plenty of delicious delicacies to sample.


Winter in Vancouver


Temperatures in Vancouver over the winter months are relatively mild (at least, by Canadian standards), and while there’s a good chance you’ll encounter rain, snow is a rare sighting in the city. If you’re heading up to Vancouver’s local mountains, expect snowy conditions and the temperature to be colder than downtown. Check Vancouver’s current and historical weather conditions here

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What to Wear

Because the temperature is quite mild, it’s best to dress in light layers, so you can easily adjust for a sunny day. Make sure to pack a rain jacket and an umbrella. If you’re thinking about heading up to the local mountains, make sure you bring warmer layers (or your ski gear) as well as gloves, a scarf, and a hat. Bring some good walking shoes – Vancouver is a great place to explore on foot!

Vancouver at Night

Getting Around

Connect from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to downtown Vancouver with the Canada Line – Vancouver's rapid transit rail. Taxis, Lyft, and Uber are also available.  

Downtown Vancouver is compact and walkable. Visit our Getting Around page for more information.

Delegates at Waterfront, VCC

Grab A Deal

Your delegate badge comes with perks! You’ll save on admission to some of our top attractions, enjoy special offers at some of our favourite restaurants, as well as savings at spas, boutiques and tours. See a list of offers here

Winter Highlights

Vancouver is a fantastic place to indulge in the holiday season. The city is decorated with millions of twinkling lights (like Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge and the VanDusen Festival of Lights), and holiday spirit fills the city, as the Vancouver Christmas Market sets up at Jack Poole Plaza. 

If you’re looking to add some rhythm to your Vancouver visit, the city’s music scene is at the ready. Jazz lovers should head to Frankie’s where they’ll find live music four nights per week. Looking for something heavier? Check out listings for the Commodore Ballroom and the Orpheum.

Vancouver’s winter festival schedule runs the gamut, from holiday celebrations and the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, through to the multidisciplinary PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and the Just For Laughs comedy festival.

Watching sport in winter comes down to one thing: hockey! Check out the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, playing at Rogers Arena. If you’re not able to score tickets, the next best thing is to catch a game on the big screen, surrounded by local diehard fans (like at the Shark Club!).

Check our Calendar of Events for more information about what's happening in the winter.

Winter Activities

Grouse Mountain Winter Light Walk

Adventure on Grouse Mountain 

Just 25 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain offers more than just skiing and snowboarding. Along with the impressive views from the Eye of the Wind, check-out skating, light walks, and the Snowshoe Fondue tour.

Aquabus Ferries

Set Sail to Granville Island  

Grab a False Creek Ferries or Aquabus mini-tugboat over False Creek to Granville Island. The spot is famous for its public market, but you’ll also find plenty of tempting cafes, artisan studios and other souvenir-worthy diversions. 

Vancouver Culinary Scene, Dining at Anh and Chi

Taste Vancouver's Culinary Scene

From ocean-fresh seafood to innovative farm-to-table creations, Vancouver’s eateries offer a global culinary journey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Sample local delicacies or try celebrated flavours at Vancouver's MICHELIN Recognized restaurants.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Admire Vancouver's Art Galleries

The city’s galleries range from the acclaimed Vancouver Art Gallery right on Robson, through to smaller, independent spaces such as Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery and Uno Langmann, Delve into Indigenous Northwest Coast Art with a visit to the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art or the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (temporarily closed until June 2024).



Discover Vancouver's Neighbourhoods

Exploring Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods is a great way to spend the afternoon. Grab a coffee and wander downtown areas such as hip Yaletown, the beach-side West End, or historic Gastown.

Shopping in Kitsilano Old Faithful

Shop 'Til You Drop

Whether you need to pick up souvenirs for those at home, or treat yourself to something special, Vancouver’s shopping scene will not disappoint. Downtown shopping is centered around Robson Street, with Pacific Centre mall anchoring one end. Stroll nearby neighbourhoods like Yaletown, Kitsilano, and Gastown for independent boutiques and shops, or hit McArthurGlen Designer Outlet  to fill your suitcase with deals.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Lights

Experience Vancouver Attractions

Capilano Suspension Bridge will give you a glimpse into our temperate rainforest – while there, thrill seekers should check out the attraction’s Cliffwalk feature! Stanley Park is also a great choice for a rainy day, as is the 4D movie experience, Flyover

Hop on Hop off Westcoast Sightseeing Tours

Tour the City

Westcoast Sightseeing’s hop-on, hop-off buses have stops at most of Vancouver’s top attractions. Tours offered during the winter include Landsea Tours & Adventures Vancouver Delights excursion.

Snowshoeing at the Sea To Sky in Winter

Explore British Columbia

Vancouver makes a great starting point to explore BC. Whistler is just 2hours from Vancouver, offering opportunities to ski or take in the mountain scenery. Victoria makes a charming day trip, especially if accessed via a scenic 35-minute float plane ride.

Vancouver's top attractions offer endless adventures to all. The heart of the city is full of opportunities to experience Vancouver’s sights and culture, easily walked or cycled to. Book just two attractions and start to save, build a sightseeing tour of unique Vancouver downtown experiences, and save as much as 35% through the Vancouver Attractions Group.

Looking for more ideas? Visit our Winter in Vancouver Itinerary for a suggested two-day schedule to get the most out of your stay. 


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