The Playground: Mountain Fun

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Welcome to The Playground, a place for Vancouver families. I’m always on the lookout for fun stuff to do, so if there’s something happening that you think I should know about, don’t hesitate to contact me.

All these rainy days in the city has made for lots of snow higher up.   You don’t need two planks or a board to enjoy the local mountains.  Here are some family friendly activities offered by the local mountains that are a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season:

Grouse Mountain

Until December 24th, Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas is a one stop Christmas wonderland.  Children can visit Santa’s workshop and let the big guy himself know what they want, say hi to Dancer and Vixen, skate on an outdoor pond, warm up with some classic Christmas films, stroll through a gingerbread village and more.  If you are looking for a White Christmas than look no further than Grouse Mountain.  All activities included in the skyride admission.

For fearless bigger kids (minimum 70 lbs.), check out the zip lining tour.  Guides will take you to five different zip lines and each one gets increasingly higher and higher. All the lines are dual so you can ride along side your child and soar above snow covered trees.  The tour lasts about two hours.
5 line tourse are $109 per person and 3 line tours are $70 per person.

Seymour  Mountain

No need to wait for a large dumping of snow in Vancouver to enjoy some tobogganing. The Toboggan Park on Seymour Mountain is open to all ages with no height restrictions and is a great area for families to enjoy the snow. $10 per person or $40 for a family of 5.  Mt Seymour’s Enquist SnowTube Park also promises a great time for families.  In addition to the thrill of sliding down a hill in one of their specially designed tubes, kids will also enjoy the easy ride back up via the tube tow. $20 per person for 2 hours or $80 for a family of five.

Cypress Mountain

Cypress has a huge Snow Tube Park with 6 chutes roughly 100 meters in length and a tube tow to do the work of bringing you back to the top. Kids must be 48″ tall or approximately 6 years of age to enter the tube park.  $17 for two hours (includes Tube rental).  For those too small to tube there is a gentle Sliding Area. Families can bring their own sled (no inflatable devices permitted) or purchase one on the mountain. This area has a gentle slope and is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years old and is small enough for little ones to walk up and slide down on their own.  $10 for two hours.