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#Contest Closed Giveaway – Family Pass for the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

 

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park rings in the holiday season with a brand new twinkling feature!

Congratulations Marie!

Until January 8th you can head to the Canyon Lights to check out the new light feature this year, ‘Fireflies’. Fireflies is an interactive lighting display in the rainforest. Using magic flashlights, guests can awaken waves of tiny lights that glimmer and twinkle like fireflies and then venture onto the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon has been transformed into a world of festive lights and dazzling visual enchantment. Lights will illuminate Capilano River and the canyon’s cliff face. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall and growing!) and search for the glowing owls in the Snowy Owl Prowl. The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! Visitors are invited to sing-along to carols with the holiday band, decorate gingerbread cookies, make Christmas crafts and take family photos throughout the park.

We have a giveaway for a family pass to the park!

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Canyon Lights will donate partial proceeds from admissions to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund for fire and burn education in schools throughout British Columbia. To date, Canyon Lights has donated over $222,000 for this worthy program. In addition, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will continue hosting 12 community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, North Shore Disability Resource Centre, Covenant House, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals, Ronald McDonald House, BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, Family Services of the North Shore, Harvest Project, Special Olympics BC, Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland and Kids Up Front.

Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano operates a free shuttle to and from Canada Place.

For general information, including the shuttle schedule, please visit www.capbridge.com or call 604.985.7474.

Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 11:00am – 9:00pm daily *except Christmas Day when the park is closed.

It’s Not Over Yet – Vancouver Festivities

How are you feeling about the holidays? We’re a little tired over here, but still have some energy to round out the season with some of the sites and scenes we missed while celebrating in the Okanagan. If you are quick you can have some more holiday fun too!

The Nutcracker Ballet BC

Set in turn-of-the-century Imperial Russia, an era noted for its opulent grandeur, this extravagant production displays more than a million dollars in stunning sets and costumes; including more than 100 children from local dance schools, mice dressed as Cossack soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as Russian princesses. This sparkling spectacle offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky’s glorious musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Treat your family to the joy, excitement, and unforgettable adventure of The Nutcracker this festive season!

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Fly Over Canada

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FlyOver Canada has transformed  into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season. Guests will have fun helping Santa Claus search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and on to the North Pole.

The complete experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes and include an extended holiday edition of FlyOver Canada that leads guests on to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. Some may even be able to catch a whiff of Mrs. Claus’ baking as they swoop over her Gingerbread factory! FastLane tickets here.

Until January  5th, 2016 Daily from 10AM until 9PM

Vancouver Christmas

Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Glittering lights, towering heights and festive nights – Canyon Lights returns for its 10th season!

Celebrate Canyon Lights until January 3, 2016. Thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.

Canyon Lights is on until Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 11AM – 9PM CANYON LIGHTS TICKETS are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm

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Enchanted Nights at Bloedel

See a miniature world built for fairies and sprites

Bring your imagination and explore the whimsical wonders inside the Bloedel Conservatory until January 3. Walk through a miniature world of artisan fairy and sprite villages with magical lights, holiday music, and live entertainment set amongst the dome’s tropical plants and exotic birds. The fun continues outside on the Queen Elizabeth Park plaza. Grab a treat, take a pony ride, and snap a selfie at the highest viewpoint in the city!

Want to enjoy 2 events for the price of 1? All Festival of Lights tickets include free entry to Enchanted Nights at Bloedel!

For more information and tickets, please visit: Vancouver.ca/EnchantedNights Until January 3

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Open Until January 3 2015

Glittering Lights, Towering Heights and Festive Nights

You still have time to catch Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree – 152 feet tall.  In fact we still haven’t go there yet and it’s a must for me every year!

The entire park, including the famous suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk, is lite up with thousands of magical lights. Warm up in the comfort of the new Winter Pavilion. Have some fun with their scavenger hunts, decorate some gingerbread cookies or sing-a-long to some carols.

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Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm until January 3, 2015.  Admission is $69.00 (two adults plus one or two children including annual passes for BC residents) or $32.95 for adults, $12.00 for children (6-12).

For general information, including the shuttle service schedule, please visit our website www.capbridge.com or call 604.985.7474. F

 

Canyon Lights Reaches Record-Breaking Heights for 2013

canyon lightsLove the Capilano Suspension Bridge’s light displays and now there is the world’s tallest live Christmas tree! GLV

Canyon Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday light display is adding some spectacular sparkle for the holidays as it lays claim as the home of the world’s tallest living Christmas tree.

Standing 46.4m (152 ft.) tall, the towering Douglas-fir is adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights.

Though other communities claim to have the tallest living Christmas tree, Capilano’s 250 year old Douglas-fir appears to rise above the competition. (In 2012, Ferndale, California claimed the tallest living Christmas tree on record at 150ft.)

Hundreds of thousands of lights will also adorn the rainforest canopy, the Suspension Bridge and CLIFFWALK. A children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band and glass blowing with Malcolm Macfadyen are all back by popular demand!

Canyon Lights runs Saturday, November 30, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014. Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm. Capilano will be operating free round trip shuttle service from Canada Place.

Partial proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Capilano will continue hosting community nights for local charities including Canuck Place, Special Olympics BC, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, North Shore Neighbourhood House, Easter Seals and Kids Up Front.

For more information on event times, dates and shuttle service schedules, visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.

What:              Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

When:             November 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014

Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 11:00am – 9:00pm daily

*except Christmas Day when the park is closed

Price:              $65.00 for a family (two adults, two children – includes memberships for BC residents)

or $31.95 for adults, $12.00 for children (6-12) 

Where:            Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)

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Canyon Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday light display adds extra sparkle to the 2012 holiday season with extended hours and dates.

A winter tradition on the West Coast, Canyon Lights is a breathtaking event with hundreds of thousands of lights twinkling throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on CLIFFWALK, the Park’s newest attraction. Back by popular demand, Canyon Lights will also feature a scavenger hunt for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demonstrations with Malcolm Macfayden, and sing-a-long carols with the holiday band.

Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day, with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 9:00pm daily from Saturday December 1st, 2012 to Saturday January 5th, 2013.

New this year, Capilano is operating its free shuttle service from Canada Place every hour on the hour from 10am – 7pm on a first come, first served basis.

Proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, with a goal of raising $20,000 for the organization to support Burn Awareness Week in BC elementary schools. Over the past five years, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has donated over $112,000 to support the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

For more information on event times, dates and shuttle service schedules, visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.

What:              Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

When:             December 1, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 10:00am – 9:00pm daily  *except Christmas Day when the park is closed

Price:              $65.00 for a family (two adults, two children – includes memberships for BC residents) or $31.95 for adults, $12.00 for children (6-12)

Where:            Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)

Canyon Lights illuminate the holidays at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Lights, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s popular holiday light display adds extra sparkle to the 2012 holiday season with extended hours and dates.

A winter tradition on the West Coast, Canyon Lights is a breathtaking event with hundreds of thousands of lights twinkling throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on CLIFFWALK, the Park’s newest attraction. Back by popular demand, Canyon Lights will also feature a scavenger hunt for children, gingerbread cookie decorating, glass blowing demonstrations with Malcolm Macfayden, and sing-a-long carols with the holiday band.

Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day, with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 9:00pm daily from Saturday December 1st, 2012 to Saturday January 5th, 2013.

New this year, Capilano is operating its free shuttle service from Canada Place every hour on the hour from 10am – 7pm on a first come, first served basis.

Proceeds from admission will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, with a goal of raising $20,000 for the organization to support Burn Awareness Week in BC elementary schools. Over the past five years, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has donated over $112,000 to support the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

For more information on event times, dates and shuttle service schedules, visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.

What:              Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

When:             December 1, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Holiday activities from 4:00 – 9:00pm; Park is open from 10:00am – 9:00pm daily  *except Christmas Day when the park is closed

Price:              $65.00 for a family (two adults, two children – includes memberships for BC residents) or $31.95 for adults, $12.00 for children (6-12)

Where:            Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)

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CLIFFWALK adds sensational new glow to annual event

Canyon Lights opens Friday evening at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park with the biggest and brightest holiday light display to date.

CLIFFWALK, the park’s latest attraction and a hit with guests since it opened in June, brings an exciting new holiday thrill during the winter chill.  The narrow 700-foot cliff-side walkway, split into ascending and descending staircases and viewing platforms takes guests along the colour-washed cliff-face, through an enchanting light display high above the rushing waters of Capilano River.

In addition to the breathtaking sight of hundreds of thousands of lights twinkling throughout the park, across the Suspension Bridge and throughout Treetops Adventure, Canyon Lights continues its popular traditions – gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, and blown glass ornament demonstrations with Malcolm Macfadyen.

“We are so pleased that Canyon Lights has become such a wonderful holiday tradition,” says Nancy Stibbard, owner and CEO.  “Since 2007, we have raised over $87,000.00 for the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.  Our goal for this season is to raise $20,000 this year to support Burn Awareness Week in BC elementary schools in 2012.”  Burn Awareness Week targets children ages 5 to 12, who are considered high-risk for burns, teaching them to be responsible for their own safety and making their families aware of potentially harmful situations.

Canyon Lights will be on display from December 2, 2011 to January 1, 2012 from 5:00 – 9:00pm daily, except on December 25, when the park is closed all day. The cost for an adult is $25, children (6-16) are $5 or $50 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children).

For daily information on Canyon Lights, including countdown contests and prizing, please visit our blog www.capbridgeviews.com, Follow Us On Twitter, or join our Facebook Fan Page .

For general information, please visit our website www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.  For information on the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, please visit www.burnfund.org.

Capilano Suspension Bridge is part of the Capilano Group of Companies (CGC), which comprises retail, lodge and attraction businesses including Moraine Lake Lodge and Cathedral Mountain Lodge near Banff, Alberta.

CLIFFWALK Opens at Capilano Suspension Bridge on June 3

At 300 feet (91 metres) above Capilano River, CLIFFWALK is an adrenaline-pumping series of narrow suspended stairs, bridges and walkways. A signature u-shaped bridge cantilevered over the river canyon and glass-bottomed decks highlight the 700 foot (213 metre) journey, offering spectacular river, canyon and rainforest views. Educational signage with ecological information from the David Suzuki Foundation also provides guests with background on the previously unexplored environment.

CLIFFWALK, along with the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge, award-winning Treetops Adventure, Kia’palano, the Totem Park, interpretive exhibits and tours, seasonal entertainment and Raptors Ridge, completes a multi-faceted experience highlighting BC culture, history and nature. In addition, guests can also enjoy shopping at the Trading Post Gift Shop and dining at the Bridge House Restaurant, Canyon Cafe and Loggers’ Grill.

For daily information on CLIFFWALK, please visit our blog www.capbridgeviews.com,

Follow us on Twitter, or join our  Facebook Fan Page.

For general information, including admission rates and hours of operation, please visit www.capbridge.com or call 604-985-7474.

What: CLIFFWALK Opens at Capilano Suspension Bridge

When: June 3, 2011

Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge (3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver)

Still all Bah Humbug? Activities around Vancouver to get you in the mood!

If you are still not in the holiday spirit, get out on the town and throw yourself into the holiday mood. There’s no point sitting at home downing double rum and eggnog when there’s fun to be had around town. So get out the santa hat and get your holiday groove on.

1) The Vancouver Christmas Market, located on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood! Stroll through the festively decorated outdoor Christmas village and be treated to row upon row of illuminated wooden huts offering handmade gifts and tempting treats. Listen to the sounds of bells, trumpeters and carolers. As day becomes night, thousands of Christmas lights sparkle and delicious aromas of mulled wine and spicy gingerbread waft through the air.

2) Canyon Lights at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. With over 250,000 sparkling lights adorning the Bridge and Rainforest in 2010, this annual winter event ensures the holidays are merry and bright. From Friday, December 3, 2010 until Sunday, January 2, 2011, guests will be treated to the ultimate seasonal sensory celebration, including gingerbread cookie decorating, seasonal music from the Holiday band, glass ornament blowing with Malcolm McFadyen and of course, the splendor of magical twinkling lights throughout the park.

3) Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain November 27th – December 24th 2010 Sleigh bells ring, choirs sing! During the month of December, the spirit of Christmas comes alive with a magical celebration and a multitude of festivities on top of Grouse Mountain. Bring your family to Santa’s Workshop and meet reindeer, or take a sleigh ride* through our mystical alpine forest. You can also experience the tranquil beauty of skating on our 8,000 square foot mountaintop Ice Skating Pond, surrounded by snow-topped trees. Learn more about Santa’s reindeer at our daily ranger interpretive talks or have a digital photo taken with Santa to keep a memento of your Peak of Christmas visit! Visit the Theatre in the Sky to enjoy classic Christmas movies on our large high-definition screen. Or listen to joyful Christmas carols sung by the enchanting voices of Vancouver choirs. Visit the spectacular SOS Children’s Village Parade of Trees in the Spirit Gallery starting December 2nd. These fabulous Peak of Christmas activities are all complimentary with your Grouse Mountain Admission, Annual Membership, Winter Pass, or Lift Ticket.

4) 13th Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park November 26, 2010 to January 2 (Closed Christmas Day) 3pm – 10pm (farmyard open to 9pm) The Vancouver Park Board and British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund invite everyone to nights of magic and illumination for the 13th annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Get in the spirit of the Holidays – take a train ride through our forest transformed with two million twinkling lights, see the animated displays and listen to holiday sounds as you enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts. Mortal Coil’s  fabulous creations bring laughter and artistry to the Park. Christmas tunes serenade you as you ride the train. Professional and community choirs and bands will also be in the Plaza on special nights. And don’t forget to visit Santa in his workshop! Student volunteers act as festival ambassadors. Individuals, companies and foundations donate goods and funds to ensure that the over 200,000 annual visitors to Bright Nights enjoy the event called “the most spectacular lighting display in Canada”.

5) Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village  Enjoy the boughs, red bows and all the other old-fashioned ornaments and decorations throughout the village and farmhouse. The season features traditional entertainment, demonstrations, hands-on activities and exhibits from the early 1900s. The craft is a popular with children as is a chat with Father Christmas. Complete each visit with a whirl on the C.W. Parker Carousel. 2010 Christmas Traditions, Past and Present – Scenes from seasonal storybooks and songs bring Christmas memories to life at the museum. The smell of cedar and pine boughs, the sight of festive wreaths with bright red bows, and the sounds of carollers remind visitors of Christmases past and present. Also, look for decorations inspired by: The Nutcracker Suite, Twas the Night Before Christmas, O Tannebaum, The Gingerbread House.  Father Christmas listens to children’s wishes. (Father Christmas represents the spirit of Christmas and is depicted as a lean man wearing a long belted robe & hat.) Footlight Theatre returns to entertain visitors for another season with the children’s play Of Course There are Fairies by Karin Asbrand and readings of The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. During  Heritage Christmas, they perform over 42 times! Admission to these performances is included with museum entrance.Party in the Farmhouse Parlour. Enjoy the Canadiana Costume Society’s display in the parlour of the Love Farmhouse. Party outfits from the 1890s will adorn six mannequins – 2 women, 1 man, 2 girls and 1 boy. The costumes reflect the time period in which the Farmhouse was built. Twelve Days of Christmas” scavenger hunt. Items mentioned in the song have been placed throughout the site: pick up your check list, locate all the items, and earn a small prize.

6) Woodwards Window Displays Home for the Holidays! The Woodward’s Windows have been a Vancouver Christmas tradition since the 1960s, delighting shoppers with holiday scenes and characters from years gone by. The displays have been a treasured part of the Christmas magic at Canada Place since 1993. For the first time in 17 years these historical treasures will be viewable in the newly-restored Woodward’s building and in five additional locations in Vancouver’s downtown core. A Walking Tour to visit the six grand displays will take you on a nostalgic journey back in time. Get bundled up, snag a warm eggnog and enjoy. Learn more about the Woodward’s Windows Walking Tour. Be sure to make a donation to Strathcona Community Centre at the Woodward’s TD Canada Trust! Take part in the BC Ferries Vacations contest as part of the Woodward’s Windows Walking Tour. Christmas at Canada Place proudly supports the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children, an essential program that helps to feed children on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Musicians, entertainers, demonstrators, story tellers, community choirs and heritage crafts are also scheduled throughout the season.

7) Van Dusen Festival of Lights 

Highlights include

  • Santa’s Living Room: Dec. 10 – 24 with Santa appearances 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 p.m.
  • Svend and Jens, our Scandinavian Christmas Elves appear nightly in the Centre Court
  • Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake: starting at 4:30 p.m. Two different shows – one show on the half hour and a different one at the top of the hour. Two different shows repeating in sequence throughout the evening.
  • Gingerbread Wood
  • Golden Chain Walk
  • Community Choir Concerts on the Deck at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm – view choir schedule
  • Make-a-Wish Candle Shrine
  • Candy Cane Lane
  • Sparkling Spruce in the Centre Court
  • Candy Cane Express model train

Food services

  • Dinner nightly at Shaughnessy Restaurant, reservations recommended 604-261-0011
  • Dr. Waffle serving up fresh-made sweet and savoury waffles, real apple cider and Thomas Haas Hot Chocolate – Cash Only
  • Mrs Claus’ Kitchen next to Santa’s Living Room and Shaughnessy’s Patio both serving: Hot dogs, smokies, fresh-popped kettle corn, chicken fingers, fresh-baked apple-walnut-cranberry turnovers, and other sweet treats along with hot coffee/tea , hot cider and hot chocolate, pop and bottled water – Cash Only
  • Mr. Doughnut serving up hot, freshly made mini-doughnuts – Cash Only

Dates and times  4:30 to 9 p.m. every night, December 10, 2010 through January 2, 2011 except December 25th when the Garden is closed.
NOTE: In the case of heavy snow storms or other extraordinary weather conditions: please call the Garden Shop 604.257.8665 to confirm that FOL has not been closed for that one evening.

VanDusen Botanical Garden thanks event sponsors Blenz Coffee, Vivid Lighting Solution, Western One Rentals and Sales as well as media sponsor The Vancouver Courier for their support of the 2010 Festival of Lights.
Ticket and price information

8)  Vancouver Aquarium November 27, 2010 to January 3, 2011
A Winter Wonderland in Canada’s Arctic Exhibit
This holiday season experience the Magic of the North as you explore the fascinating Canada’s Arctic exhibit, transformed into a winter wonderland. You can join Santa’s helpers with holiday crafts, write a letter to Scuba Claus and sing along to holiday carols.
Christmas Tree Switched On By Our Electric Eel
A traditional Vancouver Aquarium holiday favourite is back by popular demand. Witness the sparkle and lights of a special Christmas tree that our electric eel helps light through electricity generated when it feeds.
The Polar Express 4-D Experience
Hop on the board The Polar Express 4-D Experience – a 20-minute cinematic adventure combining the high-definition excitement of a 3-D film with amazing sensory effects. Feel the rumble of the train and the magical falling snow. Plus, smell the heavenly scent of hot chocolate on this mystical ride to the North Pole.
Scuba Claus Returns
Back for his annual dive into the Strait of Georgia exhibit, watch Scuba Claus swim with ease amongst the halibut, herring, sturgeon or sea stars. Weekends starting November 27th and daily from December 18 to 23rd.
A Gift of Belugas
This Holiday season put a smile on the face of a child in need. Purchase a plush beluga for 50% off the regular price and it will be donated to the CTV Toy Drive. All donations will go to the Salvation Army (.. more)

9) Arts Club Theatre’s Holiday Theatre – Check out the Patron Saint of Stanley Park, White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life and you’ll being feeling all warm inside in no time!

10) Twelve Days of Christmas In Richmond – Shop, Eat, Wine, Farms and more in Richmond!

Explore the North Shore

Looking out from my Kitsilano apartment, I can see the snow-capped mountains to the distant north.  While snow is something Vancouverites do not handle well on our downtown city steets, there are many who, like myself, are more than happy to see it creep down the hills calling to us  “come out to play”. 

Growing up in the Okanagan, we packed our family jeep full of ski gear and drove over an hour to get to Big White, Silver Star or Apex for a day of skiing, but Vancouver is lucky enough to have several spots much closer to home.  In fact, it’s just a quick trip across the Lions Gate Bridge to a mountain that certainly knows how to celebrate the holiday season – Grouse Mountain.  With skating, skiing, boarding, zip trecking, fine dining, sleigh rides and even Santa on the scene, its a must for the holiday season.  And this is just one of the spots the North Shore has to offer to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

This winter we decided to take a staycation in North Vancouver in order to experience a night out without having to worry about the drive home, and the chance to explore a neighbourhood other than our own.  Until January 2, 2011 the Pinnacle Inn at the Pier is offering “A Christmas Rainforest Getaway”.  (starting at $339 and if booked before Dec. 4 it was $239).  Along with a night at the hotel,  there is entry to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and Canyon Lights, Guided Rainforest Eco Tour at Lynn Canyon and Capilano Canyon, $50.00 gift card for Park Royal Shopping Centre with 250 stores to choose from, a Bottle of Wine and a Rainforest Experience Experience Umbrella.  

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The hotel opened just last winter and is still shiny and new, and it’s is conveniently located right near Lonsdale Quay, so we were able to wander about the shops.  My boyfriend even bought a hat and we got a bit of Christmas shopping out of the way.

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Recently the Pinnacle brough on Chef Joel Green to lead the kitchen in the Pacific West Coast menu.  Our dinner included Oceanwise a delectable screwer scallops and prawns, Dungeness crab cakes and perfectly cooked duck for me and steak cooked as requested, very rare.  The servers are on their game here, friendly and knowlegeable.  The wine list has an assortment of BC and International labels and there’s many tasting cocktails, such as the mango mojito, if you just want a drink or two.

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Too full for dessert we took a chocolate cake back to the room in case a craving hit us later.

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Unfortunately as it was just prior to superbowl Sunday, I was forced to watch some football highlights, but they bored me right to sleep, and since the beds were so comfortable it didn’t take long. 

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 In the morning we were up early and had a a substantial breakfast before checking out and heading back across the bridge where room service is not an option.  I definitely understand how many of the rich and famous chose to live in hotels rather than a private residence.

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Since the holiday lights weren’t up yet on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, I waited until the following Monday until returning to check out both lights and to head up to Grouse Mountain for some winter fun. Playing tourist in my own town, I even took the seabus over from the downtown Vancouver waterfront to the Lonsdale Quay.  It’s hard to believe the trip costs just regular bus fair.  I met Jane from the North Shore, Cindy from Tourism BC and Cheryl, another travel writer and broadcaster at the Pinnacle and after a quick warm up coffee, we ventured up to Grouse for some zip trecking (I’ve copied the details for rates, etc from the website below). 

I managed to get some pictures and video with my Blackberry, but didn’t want to lug my camera along, so they’re a little bit distorted.  I highly recommend zipping in the winter.  Once you are bundled up it’s pretty cozy and these lines are have just the right amount of thrill factor.  As you can see from the video Jane and Cindy were definitely in the enjoyment zone!


Mountain Ziplines
Let Grouse Mountain take your breath away on the most unforgettable outdoor experience in the Lower Mainland! Start with the stunning trek around Blue Grouse Lake on the first few lines and then zip at top speeds of 80km/hr across the peaks of Grouse Mountain and Dam Mountain. Traverse the canyon and tell your friends. The lines 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. Along the way you will learn about indigenous flora and fauna and its significance to First Nations people.

Cost & Times:

  • $105 + tax including Skyride & dual-track, five-line Zip circuit
  • $75 + tax for Grouse Mountain Members
  • Tour duration is approximately 2 hours
  • Monday – Friday 11am-3pm (departing every 2 hours) 
  • Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm (departing every 1 hour)
  • Group Bookings are available with a minimum of 48hrs advance notice

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We warmed up with dinner up the mountain, where fine dining, burgers and pizza and middle of the road fare are all options with the various dining areas.  Pictured above are the mussels, pork tacos, gumbo and steak salad from Altitudes Bistro.  I also made a note to get up to the Observatory for fine dining again sometime soon. 

The Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension  are on the way down from Grouse and with over 250,000 lights sprinkled through the Rainforest and across the bridge, its a not to miss experience.  Walking through the tree tops, decorating cookies, glass blowing and music from the Holiday band are added bonuses.  For the kids there are magical glowing reindeer are hiding in the Rainforest. See how many you can find and report back to Guest Services to be entered in a draw to win a very special prize.

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After experiencing a night away at the Pinnacle, Grouse Mountain and the lights of the bridge, I’m right in the holiday spirit.  Now I just to get someone to help me to string up holiday lights!