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When it comes to dancing the night away on December 31st, no place does it up like Whistler, as renowned for its nightlife as it is for skiing and mountain biking. But there are lots of other fabulous places—and ways—to ring in the New Year in BC. Here are some of the best, from raucous to relaxed.
Want to work for your fun? Cross-country ski 13.5 km (8.5 mi) to Journeyman Lodge. A charming, off-the-grid chalet in the glacier-rimmed Callaghan Valley wilderness just south of Whistler. Once you get there, cosy in the lodge by the fireplace or play billiards, ski the untracked area or build your own adventure with a guide, and detox later in the wood-fired sauna. For 12/31, feast on homespun fare of roasted pork loin with mint-pea puree and scalloped potatoes at the communal dining table, then linger in the living room with a glass of wine and some guitar music. If you want the retreat without the effort, you can opt for the snowmobile or heli-shuttle service.
Vancouver is filled with glitzy hotels and trendy restaurants. And you might want to join the see-and-be-seen set at the swanky OPUS Hotel, classy Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, or Fivesixty nightclub for a circus-theme gala. But if you’re looking for something more original, head to the outdoor food trucks and fireworks show at the waterfront at Howe and Burrard, the city’s biggest fiesta of all. There’s free live entertainment for six hours, 20-some food trucks, and fireworks illuminating Coal Harbour when the clock strikes 12. Be sure to get your hot ticket in advance for this alcohol-free event.
If you’ve got a more cultured foodie fest in mind, Merridale Ciderworks has a three-course, field-to-table pre-countdown NYE dinner waiting for you—with a dessert glass of Winter Apple, of course. The homegrown cidery and distillery just outside Victoria tosses in a private cider tasting into the mix with nips of undiluted juice-fortified ciders and spirits, such as gin, vodka, and brandy. This local favourite makes its ciders from only Vancouver Island heritage apples. The place is decked out for the season, too, with a romantic twinkle-lit courtyard and glittering holiday displays. Warm up with mulled cider and let the celebrating begin.
If you’re seeking good old-fashioned fun, the Winter Wonderland at Grouse Mountain is the place. Countdown to the New Year from the West Coast’s only public outdoor ice skating pond, overlooking the glittering Vancouver lights far below, plus take a sleigh ride, snowshoe through the frosted trees, watch fireworks, go tobogganing, and munch s’mores by the fire. The gondola ride up and down is also beautiful at night.
The Torchlight Parade makes the festivities at Sun Peaks Resort on one of its biggest nights on the calendar. It’s a red-glowing spectacle of fire dancers and torch-toting skiers and snowboarders schussing down the hill of this popular Kamloops resort, Canada’s second-largest after Whistler. The hoopla kicks off with an aerial skiing and snowboarding show called First Flight Big Air and closes with a fireworks display reflecting off the white mountain. And that’s when all the after-parties begin.
Featured image: The crowds and concerts at the Vancouver New Year’s Eve celebration at Canada Place downtown. Photo: Brandon Klemets/Tourism Vancouver
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