It’s a little colder, a little darker, and not quite Christmas yet. So what is there to do in Vancouver in November? The answer is—plenty! Enjoy the brisk fall days while they last, winter is coming!
That’s right, November can still be a great time for going on a hike. Think about it—it’s much cooler outside (and a hike should warm you up just enough!) and the trees are displaying their beautiful fall colours in all their glory. Just make sure to go earlier in the day, as the sun sets much earlier this time of year. Some of the best locations for a November hike include Buntzen Lake, Lighthouse Park, Stanley Park, Shannon Falls, The Chief and Deep Cove Lookout.
As it gets colder outside, it’s a great time to stay indoors and work on that winter body. Even though Halloween is over, it’s still pretty easy to find everything pumpkin spiced, from lattes to pies to beers. November is also a great time to try some amazing ramen in Vancouver’s “Ramen District” (Robson and Denman and the blocks between them) to warm up, or you could try some comfort foods like the French onion soup at Burgoo. And of course, you can never go wrong with a warm bowl of pho. If you are a true foodie, November is also the month of EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, featuring dinner series and classes.
Robson Square ice rink isn’t set to open until December 1st, but Grouse Mountain’s 8,000 square foot skating pond is ready to go now! Head up to their mountaintop winter wonderland for a magical, fun-filled time!
Winter Farmer’s Markets
Yes! You can still get fresh produce at TWO winter markets in Vancouver – Hastings Park and Nat Bailey, which are already up and running and will continue running until April 2018. There are lots of winter fruits and vegetables available such as apples, beets, chestnuts, gourds and parsnips. You can visit http://eatlocal.org/ for more details.
Step up your Instagram game
Show off the city in some gorgeous fall photos! Whether it’s strolling through Stanley Park, along the seawall in Coal Harbour, or around the UBC area. If you prefer to stay warm, head to the aquarium for the classic silhouette-with-jellyfish-background photo. Or perhaps visit Bloedel Conservatory for a tropical backdrop of greenery, flowers and birds (and for a moment, imagine you are on vacation somewhere warm). In any case, there is no doubt that Vancouver stays Instagram-worthy year round!
Watch some hockey
Nothing like going to a good ol’ hockey game. Support your local team and enjoy the action! You can check out the Canucks schedule here.
Start Celebrating the Holiday Season Anyway
Too soon? Never too soon? Everyone has a different opinion on the matter. Whenever you’re ready, there are LOTS of things to do in Vancouver that involve coloured lights, hot chocolate, music, crafts, and decorations. A few of the most popular events over the years include the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the German Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza, and Van Dusen’s Festival of Lights.