10 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 25 to 31

Jan 25 2021, 3:00 pm

Please note:Ā As recommended by BCā€™s provincial health officials, gatherings of any kind and unessential travel in the province is not recommended at this time. Please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask or face-covering in public indoor and retail spaces. If you are sick, please stay home.Ā 

A new week means new things to do around Vancouver. From online events to physically distanced outdoor activities and more, here are 10 things to keep you busy this week.

Hot docs podcast festival


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What: Come listen, learn and share your love of podcasts! Curated for both podcast-makers and enthusiasts alike, this digital festival will feature over 25 events and is available to stream worldwide. Go behind the scenes of your favourite shows, get exclusive creative insight, and be transported by the power of a good story.

When: January 27 to 29.
Where: Online
Admission/Tickets: Full Festival pass tickets are available for $94 for Hot Docs members, and $99 for non-members. Some events are also available for individual purchase. Tickets for these events are free for Festival pass holders and Hot Docs Members, and $14.99 regular price.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum online collections tour

What: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum on the UBC campus is offering online tours of its impressive exhibits for groups during the pandemic. Discover tetrapods, marine invertebrates, the herbarium, entomology, fish, fossils and their connection to BC with an interpreter. The tours can be catered to school groups, families, or community groups. There’s a maximum of 30 people per group.
When: Choose a date through the museum’s online booking form.
Where: Online via Zoom
Time: Tours are available at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm
Admission/ Tickets: $60 per group

Grouse Mountainā€™s Light Walk

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Grouse Mountain Light Walk/Grouse Mountain

What:Ā If youā€™re looking to take a sparkling snowshoe stroll this winter, you can head toĀ Grouse Mountainā€™s Light Walk, full of lustre and lanterns.

When:Ā Now through the entire winter season
Where:Ā Grouse Mountain ā€“Ā 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Admission:Ā Family RateĀ for a Mountain Admission Ticket, which includes admission for 2 adults and 2 children/youth (under 18), is $79.50.

iMade Online MarketĀ 

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What: iMade is a west coast curated artisan market that showcases local makers and artists. Support local by shopping online this year.

When: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Where: Online
Time: 10 am
Price: Free

A Brimful of Asha on the digital stage

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A Brimful of Asha/Surrey Civic Theatre

What: Surrey Civic Theatres presents an online recording of the award-winning show A Brimful of Asha. Join real-life mother and son duo Ravi and Asha Jain as they share their true and very hilarious story of generational and cultural differences.

When:Ā  Show available until January 31
Where: Online
Tickets: Available online. Pay what you can (suggested price $15)

Go skiing or snowboarding at one of Vancouver’s local hills

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What: All three of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains are now open for the winter season, welcoming skiers and snowboarders who make advance reservations. Check out Cypress Mountain with excellent views of the water, Grouse Mountain, which is transit-accessible, or Mt Seymour, the highest elevation of the three.

When: Now until the snow melts
Where: Cypress is at 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, Grouse is at 6400 Nancy Greene Way, and Seymour is at 1700 Mount Seymour Road.
Time: Times vary by the mountain, but they typically open between 9 and 10 am, and stay open for the evening until 9 or 10 pm.
Admission: Varies by mountain

Glow Gardens


Glow Gardens

What:Ā Christmas may have come and gone, but one of Vancouverā€™s most popular holiday activities is keeping the festive spirit going for just a little while longer.

Glow Gardens announced itā€™s extending its window of operations and adding several dates throughout the month of January. The event launched in early December and was scheduled to run until early January.

When:Ā Additional dates added ā€” January 28 to 30
Where:Ā 6690 216 Street, Langley City
Time:Ā 5 to 10 pm every night
Where:Ā 6690 216 Street, Langley City
Tickets:Ā Available online, $29.99 per vehicle

Check out the BC’s Black Pioneers online exhibit

What: This exhibit examines how 800 Black immigrants who were invited to settle in BC byĀ Governor James DouglasĀ helped establish and stabilizeĀ British colonial communities. The digital exhibit has been curated by theĀ BC Black History Awareness Society.

Where: Online
When: Any time

Take an illuminated snowshoe trek on Cypress Mountain


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What: Cypress Mountain is offering a magical snowshoe experience this winter with Lights to the Lodge, an LED lights-lit trail in the Old Growth Forest. The trail is a one-kilometre, self-guided, snowshoe trek lit with LED lights that lead to one of the most popular Cypress Mountain destinations, the Hollyburn Lodge.

When: Now until the snow melts
Where: Cypress is at 6000 Cypress Bowl Road,Ā 6000 Cypress Bowl Road
Tickets:Ā Various rates, check the website for details

Check out a new show

Disney Plus

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What:Ā Thereā€™s nothing but time these days, so itā€™s a perfect opportunity to catch up on your must-watch list. Binge away onĀ Netflix,Ā Amazon Prime, andĀ Disney+Ā — donā€™t forget the popcorn.

When:Ā Any day
Time:Ā Any time
Where:Ā Your phone, tablet, computer, or television
Cost:Ā $10 to $12 or a free trial

Try an online fitness class

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What:Ā New year, new you. A number of local studios and businesses offer online classes, giving you the perfect opportunity to keep your body moving and your mind active in 2021.

Here is a list ofĀ several online workouts and classes to try in Vancouver while supporting local businesses.

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