Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the first half of 2022!

As the snow melts and temperatures rise a bit, it’s time to get over the holiday ‘hangover’ and look forward to what the new year really has to offer.

Here’s our list of fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend.

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Things to do this weekend

Enjoy a decadent cup of hot chocolate

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2021

Photo: Instagram / @hotchocolatefest

One of the most anticipated annual winter events, the Hot Chocolate Festival returns this weekend. Every year, coffee shops, bakeries and chocolate retailers are creative with their cups of cocoa. These delicious treats are perfect on a cold winter day, and to get into a “sweet” mood before Valentine’s Day.

Wear stretchy pants and go out to eat

dine out vancouver

Photo: Mahony’s Tavern

It’s that time of year again where you can now try a number of restaurants on your bucket list for only a fraction of the price. Your Out Vancouver is back from January 14th to January 31st with 328 restaurants and it’s the perfect excuse to try something new. Check out some suggested menus to try, there is a steal of a deal.

Hit Up Street Food City

Vancouver events

Photo: @streetfoodvancouver / Instagram

This amazing street food festival returns to celebrate their 10th anniversary in Vancouver. Street Food City X takes place on šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, just outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. The event extends over nine days from 15 – 23 January 2022.

Go ice skating under the sky

Enjoy soaring in this iconic space in the heart of downtown. Ice skating here is truly magical and feels like something out of a Christmas movie. Best of all, bring your own skates and the experience is free!

Check out The Shipyards Skate Plaza

Shipyards Ice Rink North Vancouver

Photo: City of North Vancouver

The shipyard’s large, covered outdoor space in North Vancouver has been transformed into a free ice rink for the season. Skating rentals are also available on site along with helmets and skating aids. It is open daily until 28 February from 13:00 – 20:00

Enjoy junk food as art

There is a fun new gallery in Richmond where many beloved snacks and delicacies are exhibited in a super fun and interactive concept. The Junkfood Gallery is on display at the Lipont Gallery in Richmond. The best part is that it is completely free.

Experience ‘Light with heights’

Canyon light

Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

With great anticipation, Canyon Lights returned to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park this year. You can watch the Capilano River lit up as you cross the 140-meter breathtaking suspension bridge. The entire rainforest and the infamous Treetops Adventure are also illuminated with dazzling lights. The exhibits will be on until January 23rd.

Enjoy DaVinci’s art and best inventions

The DaVinci Exhibition is an exclusive multi-room exhibition and a unique interactive experience showcasing Leonardo da Vinci’s work. This is the first time this art exhibition is coming to Canada and has attracted millions of visitors worldwide. Also check out the educational program that is available for children. Take advantage of the exhibition now before it is gone forever.

Check out The New Bridge in West Vancouver

bukkebro vancouver

Photo: British Pacific Properties

Another beautiful path is now found among treetops here in BC. The latest addition is a 200 m long tree “Trestle Bridge” in West Vancouver, on the way up to Cypress Mountain Resort. The trail offers stunning views of Burrard Inlet and the Burrard Peninsula. Note, however, that some areas are still under construction and hours may be limited.

Check out The Art of John and Yoko

If you’re a fan of John Lennon or Yoko Ono, you may be interested in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition “Growing Freedom: The Instructions of Yoko Ono and The Art of John and Yoko”. The exhibition looks at the couple’s collaborative projects as well as artistic instructional work by Yoko Ono.

Experience the Sistine Chapel in Vancouver

Sistine Chapel Vancouver

Photo: The Sistine Chapel Exhibition

If you love the art of the times, experience Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Vancouver Exhibition. The exhibition is now on Canada Place. Without going to Rome, this will allow you to see a life-size close-up of Michelangelo’s greatest masterpieces. The exhibition runs until 23 January.

Go on a child-friendly winter hike or hike

Get together and go for a winter walk in many of the beautiful places here in BC. There are some parks and trails that are even more beautiful in the winter. Queen Elizabeth Park, Green Timbers Forest or Pacific Spirit Regional Park are just a few things that are perfect for a walk with children and are exceptionally beautiful in the winter. However, make sure to wrap and wear the right footwear, it is slippery out there.

Get tickets for a new immersive cocktail experience

alice in wonderland event vancouver bar

Photo: Explore hidden

A new fun cocktail experience is coming to Vancouver, which will replace the former Wizard’s Den and Tinseltown. This time it will be a mysterious and imaginative cocktail event that will mimic the story of Alice in Wonderland. The experience will be filled with themed decor and drinks and is expected to sell out.

Play inside unique exhibits in the moon and the back gallery

This immersive experience in Richmond is a fun indoor activity to check out. The Moon and Back Gallery is best known for its themed rooms combined with augmented virtual reality, perfect for your next trippy Instagram photo.

Try snowshoes

Snowshoe Grind Mountain Run

Photo: @lynnalipp / Instagram

Don’t let the snow stop you from exploring this winter! Strap on your snowshoes and go outside with some beautiful snowshoe trails in BC. As with many of the local mountains, it is a good idea to check waiting times and make reservations in advance.

Whatever you do, we hope you have a warm, safe and enjoyable weekend.

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