• People overlooking scenic views of trees and rivers in North Vancouver


posted by: Holiday Inn and Suites North Vancouver on: March 21, 2019

Photo by auntmasako.

It’s officially spring, but some of our favourite winter activities are sticking around longer so make sure you check them out! 

24 Hours of Winter 

It’s not what it sounds like - it’s better. Starting Saturday March 23rd, Grouse Mountain is open for 24 consecutive hours of winter fun! Didn’t have enough time to hit the slopes this year? Get it all done in one day. 

With regular admission, you can dance, skate, and ride on the slopes until the sun comes up. There will be many special activities and events taking place such as a snow cave and fondue tour, a torch parade, and complimentary sunrise (or midnight) snowshoe tour! This doesn’t even begin to touch the tip of the iceberg as there will also be live snow sculptors and a “Office Boys - Coffee and Donuts” snowboarding slalom competition. Check out the full list of special activities here, including details about Grouse Mountain’s complimentary shuttle service for the day.

Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium

The winter season of Riley Park Farmers Market is ending on April 28, 2019, so be sure to make a stop there before the season is over! The Market features over 70 different vendors each week with the finest variety of goods to try. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh bread, local seafood, or artisan cheese, there’s something for everyone. The market also has prepared food, and a number of hot food and drink vendors on site, if you’re looking to grab a bite before being on your way. This free event happens every Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Nat Bailey Stadium. Be sure to check out a Market Map so you can hit all the stops! 

13th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

If you’re done with winter, the 13th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from April 4 to 27, 2019 at various locations across the city. The event captures the iconic cherry trees in bloom, before the fragile blossoms move on. Most of the festival events are free to attend, with the only ticketed event being the Sakura Night at Stanley Park Pavilion. Snack under the views during The Big Picnic at Queen Elizabeth Park on April 13 or Bike the Blossoms at John Hendry Park on April 27. Or you can just soak up the magic of the trees in bloom. Feel free to check out the neighbourhood maps to find festival locations and where the cherry trees are located. 

Whether you’re excited for spring or wish for a few more days of winter, staying at Holiday Inn and Suites in North Vancouver is always in season. Close to the mountains yet still only 20 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, the location is the best of both worlds. As the months get warmer, Vancouver gets busier so book your stay early to avoid disappointment! 
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