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Set on the water and surrounded by the Coast Mountains, this cosmopolitan city basks in its natural setting. Vancouver, including historic Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island, is compact and easy to explore on foot. With one of the mildest Canadian winter climates (average lows of 4 C, 40 F), it’s a great destination for those who don’t like the cold or who are planning a winter adventure with smaller children. The weather in the winter months can often be rainy, cloudy and dark, but there’s plenty to do and things around the city are often less expensive.

Vancouver is filled with cultural and culinary highlights, but it’s also close to alpine areas where you can enjoy classic winter activities, such as zip lining at Grouse Mountain and tubing at Cypress Mountain. Gastown and Yaletown are great for exploring contemporary Canadian culture and Vancouver’s Chinatown is also widely considered one of the best in the world. This multicultural city also has a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment options. The Museum of Anthropology examines First National culture and history and is a great activity for a rainy afternoon. Don’t miss ice skating on Robson Square ice rink and the Sea to Sky Gondola, which takes you to snowshoeing trails and a chocolate fondue restaurant at 884 m (2,903 ft).

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