The chill has settled in. Fog drifts in from the Pacific and the mountains surrounding Vancouver are blanketed in snow. Whether you’re looking to explore or escape the city this season, our Vancouver Winter Guide offers up some of the best places to eat, stay, and visit during the city‘s coldest months.
In the City
Old Faithful Shop
Home Cooking Store
Nestled in the historic Gastown district, this boutique sells furniture and objects by Japanese and Scandinavian designers.
Open 5 until late, this trendy Gastown wine bar serves up glasses and bottles of natural wine with a lively atmosphere.
Pepino’s Spaghetti House
This neighbourhoodspaghetti house serves up Italian food family-style in a cozy, wood-panelled interior.
Located in Vancouver’s Fraserhood, this quaint family-style café serves up a seasonal menu made up of local ingredients, from morning to night.
Helmed by Montreal-born chef Jean-Christophe Poirier, this elegant Japantown eatery offers French fare inspired by Poirier’s Québecois heritage.
Pizza Coming Soon
Despite what its name would suggest, this colourful Chinatown hotspot offers Japanese bites alongside a selection of draft beer, whiskey, and sake.
Escape the City
Kitoki Inn is made up of three forest cabins and a Japanese bathhouse nestled away in the natural beauty of Bowen Island, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. In the cooler months, guests are invited to soak in the spa’s hot baths or cozy up by the bathhouse fireplace.
Nimmo Bay Resort
This luxury wilderness resort offers guests an escape from the everyday in the heart of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. From whale cruises and helicopter rides to West Coast fine dining, experience the Pacific Northwest wild as never before.
Free Spirit Spheres
Spend a magical weekend in Vancouver Island’s lush forestland at this treehouse resort, which houses three unique spherical treehouses.
Get away to the coastal town of Tofino at this boutique oceanfront resort. Originally built in the 1960s, this property offers modern A-frame cabins that allow vacationers toenjoy the comforts of home away from home.
Wolf in the Fog
This sea-view restaurant offers a taste of Tofino via inventive plates sourced from the surrounding forest, ocean, and shoreline.
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