Vancouver boasts a mild climate in comparison to its eastern counterparts Toronto and Montreal as the temperatures stay above freezing in the winter and the summers are sunny and clear instead of muggy and humid. Understanding the climate is key to enjoying the great outdoors that Vancouver has to offer year-round. Between Stanley Park, English Bay, Kitsilano Beach and Grouse Mountain, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities within striking distance of the downtown core. Locals have bragged for decades about their ability to sit on the beach by morning, go for a jog in the forest by afternoon and ski in the mountains by night–all in the same day. Elsewhere, strolling through the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vancouver and you’ll also want to be equipped for the damp climate and unpredictable weather. Yaletown and Robson Street offer some of the best shopping in Canada, whereas Chinatown, Gastown and the downtown Harbor offer some of the most elevated culinary experiences on the continent.
Canada’s Wet Coast
If you’re wondering if it will rain during your winter stay in Vancouver, the answer is yes. While the winters can be gray, the rain is more of a consistent drizzle than a torrential downpour. This means that ensuring you’re properly prepared for the damp weather means you can still enjoy Vancouver to the fullest. The only way the rain could possibly ruin your stay is if you’re not prepared for it. It’s really just part of the experience. This Columbia Norwester II Jacket is a great all-purpose winter jacket to tackle Vancouver weather by the winter. Not only does it boast wonderful waterproof and thermal properties that will keep you dry during the day and warm by night, but it provides the very best in urban style. This Maison Margiela Wool Ribbed Beanie is a plush addition hat will keep your top warm and cozy. For the ladies, this Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket offers similar weather-ready protection in a lightweight and versatile frame. The adjustable hood and zip hand pockets are subtle features that work just as well on a hike overlooking the Pacific Ocean as they do strolling through the Victorian-era Gastown.
Vancouver is the epitome of athleisure fashion. In so many ways, this is perfect for the city. Many locals you pass on the street will look like they just left a solid yoga session. The jaw-dropping topography of Vancouver draws the outdoorsy type, while there’s always been a strong emphasis on fitness, health and well-being. The winters also mean that on most days it’s warm enough to wear long leggings, so opt for this Lululemon Fast & Free 7/8 Tight to guarantee maximum comfort and freedom as you move from district to district during the day.This also means with the right layering, you can opt for something like this North Face Stretch Down Vest which will keep you comfortably warm as you stroll around during the day. This chic sporty look can easily take you from that massage appointment at the hotel spa to afternoon coffee in Kitsilano. For finishing touches both these Lululemon Show Me The Sherpa Earwarmer and Lululemon Keep Me Toasty Handwarmers are great additions to wherever your Vancouver exploration may take you.
Whether you head to Whistler to take advantage of some of the world-class skiing or you want to dive into the local arts scene and handful of fascinating museums, layering up is a great way to stay warm and maintain an aura of sophistication. This Bogner x White Cube Erik Wool Turtleneck Sweater is a wonderful, practical and stylish option that works equally well layered up under your coat as on its own. The plush virgin wool is warm, lightweight and comfortable–as close as you can get to a foundation piece in your winter wardrobe. Wear it under this Salle Privée Adrian Wool Overcoat for a refined outfit that will have you looking sharp and not out of place. The combination works especially well with a pair of these Lanvin Nubuck Chelsea Boots for a simple look that will take you around the city with ease.
Despite what some may say about Montreal and Toronto, Vancouver is the undeniable culinary capital of Canada. Between the vast array of authentic Chinese eateries to some of the Canada’s fine dining heavyweights in Gastown and Yaletown, Vancouver offers a gastronomic scene worth checking out. Cut with a V-neckline and backing, make that dinner reservation in style with this Marni Short-Sleeve Sequin Dress. The tea-length skirt, draped bodice and, of course, two rows of large sequin scales ensure up-to-the-minute style. Equipped with a sleek pointed toe, these Jimmy Choo Mirren 100 Linen Soft Patent Ankle Boots are the perfect complement for an outfit that is sure to take center stage. Finally, opt for this Jimmy Choo Bettina Rosewood Nappa Leather Zip Around Wallet for the perfect low maintenance option that you can carry around with ease. Characterized by its impeccable tailoring and oversized fit, toss this Max Mara Furetto Oversized Camel Hair Coat over top your outfit which will keep you warm as you arrive to your destination.