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What to Do in Vancouver: Cara McLeay's January Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in YVR from Vancouver Localist-at-Large Cara McLeay

1. Treat Yourself to Lee’s Donuts on Granville Island
Granville Island is the ultimate West Coast experience, and a must-see whether you’re visiting Vancouver or live here year-round. Take the ferry (Aquabus or False Creek Ferries) over and spend the afternoon exploring all of the shops and tasting all of the delicious food in the market. Or, check out the PuSh Performing Arts Festival that kicks off on January 19! Hot tip: I never leave the Island without a donut from Lee’s—they are the ultimate treat!

What to Do in Vancouver January

Lee’s Donuts are a must for any trip to Granville Island.

2. Get Schooled at Urban Winery
If you’ve ever wanted to know a bit more about what you’re drinking, but don’t want to turn into a total wine snob, this is the Sunday School for you. Have fun while learning about wine from local sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cookat the Urban Winery (55 Dunlevy Ave.). The laidback environment encourages lots of laughter and, of course, delicious wine. Book online at

What to Do in Vancouver January

Urban Winery offers classes and tastings of local West Coast wines.

3. Drink Hot Chocolate on Top of a Mountain
For those looking for that ultimate Instagram photo, this is it! Climb aboard the Gondola for a breathtaking ride up to the peak of Grouse Mountain. Then perch yourself at The Observatory restaurant for a hot drink and super cool view. And if you’re up for it, there’s always skiing, zip lining, snowshoeing or skating.

4. Master the Art of Homemade Pasta
Have you ever dreamed about making that perfect fresh pasta? Or maybe it’s your New Year’s resolution to add more vegetarian meals into your routine? The Dirty Apron Cooking School (540 Beatty St.) offers all of this and more in a super fun class setting—a great place to meet new people and pick up a few new skills to show off in the kitchen.

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Learn to craft impressive appies at Dirty Apron Cooking School.

5. Fly Over Canada
This virtual flight ride over Canada is seriously a must for everyone if you haven’t tried it already. And what makes it even more perfect: it doesn’t depend on the weather, so plan this for your next rainy day outing. Get tickets at FlyOver Canada is located at 999 Canada Pl.

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