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10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this January

Daniel Chai Jan 02, 2018 12:25 pm 1,545

Enjoy the great outdoors in January with our list of 10 great Vancouver outdoor events.

From Brackendale Eagle Festival to a Moonlight Ski Down and more – get moving and have fun!

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Brackendale Eagle Festival

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Bald eagle (Ian Duffield/Shutterstock)

  • What: The 32nd annual Brackendale Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration of eagles, featuring a special line-up of concerts, lecture series, art shows, group tours and the annual Bald Eagle Count held on the first Sunday in January.
  • When: Until January 29, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Various venues
  • More Information: Online

Peak of Christmas

  • What: The Peak of Christmas is popular annual tradition. Visitors can take a spin on Grouse Mountain’s 8,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice skating pond or zip down the multi-lane snow sliding zone.
  • When: Until Sunday, January 7, 2018
  • Where: Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Family Rate for Peak of Christmas festivities includes admission for 2 adults and 2 children/youth (under 18) for $89.95. All festive Peak of Christmas activities are complimentary with an Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass, as well as regular Alpine Experience tickets.

Robson Square Ice Rink 2017

  • What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site. A concession stand on the side will also serve warm drinks and snacks.
  • When: Now to February 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 9 pm from Sunday to Thursday; 9 am to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street & Howe Street)
  • Admission: Free for all ages if you bring your own skates. Skate rentals are $4, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.
  • Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only.

Headlamp Hikes

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Hiker wearing headlamp (AYA images/Shutterstock)

  • What: Discover pristine solitude in the outdoors on a guided sunset headlamp hike or snowshoe. If conditions permit, the group will snowshoe instead of hike.
  • When: Daily until January 7, 2018
  • Time: 4:15 pm
  • Where: Plaza at the Sea to Sky Gondola Summit Lodge
  • Register: Online, $10 (not including lift ticket). Snowshoe/crampon rental $5, headlamps provided.

Whooo’s Hoot Owl Prowl

  • What: ​Join naturalists on a night prowl for owls and discover why owls are such great hunters of the night.
  • When: Friday January 19, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park
  • Register: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Conifer Walk

  • What: ​​​Get to know your tall green neighbours – the common conifers in the temperate rainforest.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 2 pm
  • Where: Capilano River Regional Park
  • Register: Online, $8 per adults, $4.25 per adult 65+

Nest Box Program

  • What: ​​Help service more than 200 nest boxes that provide homes for wood ducks, flying squirrels, swallows and chickadees. Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association.
  • When: ​Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Moonlight Ski Down

  • What: Enjoy a winter tradition in Manning Park’s true Alpine wilderness. Experience Nordic skiing in the magic of winter after dark with Manning Park Resort’s Moonlight Ski Down.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Where:  Manning Park Resort
  • Tickets: $15 per person, includes classic cross country ski rentals, an evening trail pass, shuttle ride, and safety patrol. Prices adjusted if you bring your own skis.

Lookout Society Vancouver Chilly Chase

  • What: The 5K, 10K, 15K and Half Marathon routes take walkers and runners along an out and back course along the Seawall. This is a quick, flat course with a gorgeous winter views of Vancouver, and all participants earn a great souvenir finishing medal.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $55-$65

Hike the city yourself

  • What: The New Year is here, and with it come a thousand resolutions, which will inevitably fall by the wayside. But here’s one you can keep right away – go hiking. Metro Vancouver and beyond has so many trails recommended all year round, you can easily venture out to visit our coast, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls right now. here’s our list of 56 hikes for January. Be sure to read our guide to winter hiking too.
  • When: Throughout January
  • Time: Be sure to allow for the shorter daylight hours
  • Where: All over Metro Vancouver
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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