What to do in the Winter in British Columbia

With the world feeling a bit more scary these days, many Canadians are looking to stay local with their winter holiday plans. Not having to worry about leaving the country means you do not need to worry about having a passport. As well your dollar goes a long way when you stay local. winter in British Columbia may be just the vacation your family needs. If you book flights early enough, you can actually get a great deal traveling across Canada. Just be aware that the holidays seem to raise the price so be flexible with your dates if possible.

A great place for family travel in the winter is British Columbia. Go to the coast if you want more mild temperatures and light rain, or explore the interior and the mountains for some snowy adventures.

There are many winter activities to participate in the chilly winter months in British Columbia. In winter, the beautiful B.C. Mountains are covered with a gorgeous blanket of snow and not only are they stunning, but they also make it possible to participate in some exciting activities.

The province of British Columbia is very well known for it’s amazing snowboarding and skiing. Offering somewhere in the vicinity of three dozen different resorts throughout the province, there are no lack of options for those interested in participating in these winter activities.

There are over 50 Nordic Ski areas in British Columbia, many of which offer lit trails for those who want to get in a little night skiing. Skiing isn’t the only winter activity that BC has to boast about, in fact dogsledding, snowshoeing and ice-climbing are among some of many adventures you can have in the winter in B.C.

Winter Activities in B.C

Backcountry Skiing

The most important elements of backcountry skiing are huge mountains and big snowfalls both of which British Columbia Possesses. Cozy alpine huts and backcountry lodges allow for multi-day ski touring and the diverse terrain provides glaciers, untouched powder and incredible scenery.

Learn More Here: https://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/things-to-do/winter-activities/backcountry-skiing.aspx

Cross Country Skiing

With over 50 cross country skiing areas and an abundance of other options in National and Provincial parks, British Columbia is an amazing place to go cross country skiing. Abundant snowfall, spectacular terrain and beautiful ungroomed backcountry paired with world class trails groomed specifically for skate skiing and classic skiing offer an amazing experience.

Learn More Here: https://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/things-to-do/winter-activities/cross-country-skiing.aspx


No experience is necessary to take part in Dogsledding. Not only that but can even choose your experience. You can sit and just enjoy the scenery or you can participate and learn the unique commands from your guide. Dogsledding is a wonderful and unique way to experience winter in B.C.

Learn More Here: https://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/things-to-do/winter-activities/dogsledding.aspx

There are so many winter other activities to participate in during the winter in BC. Such as:

  • Ice Climbing
  • Snowboarding and Skiing
  • Sliding Sports
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Heli-Skiing and Cat-Skiing
  • Ice-fishing

Learn more about all of the activities you can enjoy this winter season in British Columbia here: https://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/things-to-do/winter-activities.aspx

If you are looking for something different, you can go to Vancouver island and so some storm watching. No matter where you go in BC you will be sure to have a blast and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Be sure to visit familyfuninbc.ca for more local sights, adventures and tips on exploring BC Canada.


  1. I have NEVER BEEN to BC but have always wanted to go – I used to competitively snowboard so I sort of NEED TO go in all honesty! Ha!

  2. Oh my goodness this sounds amazing! I have always wanted to go dog-sledding! I have never been though.

  3. British Columbia is such a gorgeous place! We were scheduled to go a couple of years ago, but we were never able to make it happen. =(

  4. I have a friend that recently went dogsledding up that way. It looked like so much one and a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  5. Catherine Sargent says

    These all sound like fun options. I would really like to go Dogsledding and try Backcountry Skiing.

  6. I’ve never been to BC before but would love to at some point. It looks beautfiul, and there seems to be lots to see and do!

  7. I’d definitely have to do some winter sports while there. Snowmobiling would be a ton of fun.

  8. I have wanted to go to BC for so long. I would love to try dogsledding. I also haven’t been on a snowmobile or skis since before I had kids.

  9. These are some beautiful photos. I have never been to British Columbia before. I’d love to go someday. It’s on my list of places I’d love to visit.

  10. Dog Sledding! Omg the photo’s are stunning I can’t wait to try some of the activities mentioned.

  11. Marissa Zurfluh says

    I’ve always wanted to visit Canada. It sounds like a gorgeous place with lots of fun to offer!

  12. Vanessa Delia says

    I absolutely love skiing. It’s one of my favorite vacations to take but I haven’t gone in so long. Sounds like Canada is the spot for skiing!

  13. Wendy Polisi says

    What a gorgeous area to visit. I would love to go here and it’s on my bucket list!

  14. British Columbia sounds like such a beautiful place in winter. I think I would enjoy snowmobiling! Your photos are really beautiful!

  15. I want to go to British Columbia and try some of those ski slopes! It sounds like a great place to visit for unique winter events. Dogsledding seems like it would be so much fun to try!

  16. Wow this looks so beautiful. I would love to visit here someday!!

  17. Oh, so beautiful! I’d be sending my husband and son off to do these wonderful things, while I sat indoors and enjoyed the view with a nice cup of hot chocolate.

  18. Oh wow this is so helpful! WE live in Texas but want to take a trip to Canada next year!

  19. Wow, so beautiful! I wish we could go with the family to Canada, it’s been on our list for a long time.

  20. This is such a beautiful place and I love that there are so many winter activities to do with the family. I’m sure it is a great place for family excursions.

  21. joanne darrell says

    It has been many years since I visited BC but I remember how beautiful it was.

  22. I have never been and will have to put it on my wish list

  23. I did live in BC for a time and it was stunning in winter! The dog sledding is something I’ve never done but would love to experience!

  24. Living in BC this is a great list to begin. I like winter activities of all sorts.

  25. Beautiful B.C. I have really got to get there one of these days. I would love to visit both in the winter and the summer.

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