“Vancouver’s food and cocktail scene is robust,” says Houston-based Virtuoso advisor Susan Butler. “Chefs and bartenders put creative spins on traditional drinks using hard-to-find ingredients that take inventiveness to a new level.” Come in late January to savor it all during Dine Out
. The 17-day food and drink festival – the country’s largest – offers culinary experiences, guided dining adventures, neighborhood food tours, and guest chef dinners at some of the city’s best spots. The party continues in February, when Vancouver’s large Asian population and visitors alike turn out for the Lunar New Year lion dances, paper lantern displays, and more festivities that celebrate ancient traditions.
Just 20 minutes from downtown is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
, a 27-acre park that holds the iconic bridge (a favorite with Instagrammers) and a series of connected treetop viewing platforms where you can venture from one century-old Douglas fir tree to another. The rain forest, the canyon, and the bridges twinkle with thousands of festive lights through January during the Canyon Lights
, a winter illumination festival.