5 B.C. Destinations Worth a Winter Visit

Come wintertime, Canada’s left coast is arguably the best coast! This snow-capped province brims with activity in the winter months, making it the perfect destination for all Canadians. From comedy shows and slope-side festivals to whale watching and skiing by lantern-light, there’s something for everyone this winter in Canada’s Pacific Province.

1. For Those with an Adventurous Palate: Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival

From January 22 through February 4, Vancouver transforms into a foodie mecca as part of the city’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival. For over two weeks, Van City’s culinary world comes to life with special supper clubs, guided tastings, World Chef Exchanges and culinary walking tours.

Over 300 of the city’s top restaurants offer discounted prix fixe menus, giving budget-conscious foodies the chance to sample dishes from some of the city’s best and brightest. With buzzy restaurants like 1886 and Honey Salt offering Dine Out reservations, now’s the time to check a great meal off your foodie bucket list.

To browse menus and book reservations, visit: https://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

2. For Nature-Loving Night Owls: Manning Provincial Park’s Winter Event Series

Manning Provincial Park is a year-round playground for outdoorsy types – especially so, in the winter. Visitors strap on snowshoes for a hike through the valley and up forested hillsides. Skiers and snowboarders also enjoy the park’s powdery slopes and gorgeous vistas.

Adventurers willing to stay up late can take advantage of Manning Park Resort’s special night-time excursions. For $30 or less, guides will take you on starlight-guided snowshoe tours through the back-country and lantern-lit ski downs with optional headlamp rentals. These after-dark adventures are a unique way to enjoy Manning Provincial Park this winter.

For a full calendar of events, visit: http://manningpark.com/event-calendar/

3. For Aspiring Mountaineers: Fernie’s Griz Days

Fernie’s Annual winter carnival celebrates the resort’s mythic mascot: a broad-chested mountain man who fought a full-sized bear as a child - and won!

In his honour, Fernie hosts a three-day party featuring a parade, hockey tournaments, a lumberjack contest, free concerts, and a country stomp. Brave mountaineers can also sign up for the Extreme Griz Competition: a series of skill and strength-testing mountain challenges. Past years have involved pancake-eating contests, snow shoe races, log-throwing competitions and Jeep pulls. Spectators are welcome and encouraged.

For a full listing of events, visit https://fernie.com/events/griz-days-winter-festival/

4. For Those Who Prefer Sea to Land: Tofino’s Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Every Spring, Tofino residents are treated to the sight of Grey whales migrating north past their shores to cooler waters. To celebrate the yearly migration, Tofino hosts a two-week festival devoted to these majestic creatures and to the environment in which they thrive.

The festival is family friendly, with art exhibits, craft fairs, rubber fish races, and sea creature cookie decorating. Don’t miss the Chowder Chow Down, which will pit local chefs against each other in a chowder cook-off to the death. The festival will close with a raucous Tug-O-Whale rope – a hilarious event to bring the community together.

For those willing to dole out a little extra, Zodiac whale-watching tours will get you up close and personal with marine wildlife.

For a full schedule of events, visit: https://www.pacificrimwhalefestival.com/events

5.  For City-Dwellers with a Sense of Humour: Vancouver’s JFL Northwest

Vancouver is THE place to be for comedy-lovers this winter! JFL Northwest comedy festival kicks off March 1 and runs ten full days. The festival attracted over 30,000 comedy fans last year and is sure to do the same in 2018, with such huge names as Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Maria Bamford, and Jay Pharoah set to perform.

Venues around the city will host breakout comedy stars, improv shows, sketch comedy troupes, and podcasts. The festival will also feature the first ever JFL Northwest Film Fest, with hilarious short and feature film screenings, premieres, industry speakers, panels, and an ‘in conversation’ series.

Single tickets are still available for most major acts. For a schedules and ticket information, visit: http://www.jflnorthwest.com/