Cradled amid skyscraping mountains and sparkling ocean, scenic Vancouver is one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations. In February, there will be snow on the mountains (but rarely on our city streets!) and festive celebrations. World-renowned cuisine, luxury hotels and unique venues all add up to an unforgettable conference experience. Visitors experience a modern, cosmopolitan city that blends culture and landscape.
With so much to experience in Vancouver, you will be well-entertained during your conference off time. Galleries and public exhibits for art enthusiasts, historical sites and districts for history buffs, and scenic hiking trails and botanical gardens for nature lovers are just a small sampling of the city’s diverse attractions. Find out more on Tourism Vancouver.
February Weather in Vancouver
Vancouver weather in February is warming up – and especially mild compared to the rest of Canada. You may even see some early blossoms. Don’t expect to see snow.
February continues to have a fair amount of precipitation, so be sure to dress for the weather.
- February average high: 7ºC / 45ºF
- February average low: 1ºC / 34ºF
Be prepared for rain on any given day in Vancouver in February; but don’t let the rain discourage you – there’s plenty to do in Vancouver on a rainy day. You don’t have to contend with snow in Vancouver. It rarely snows. Rain? Now, that’s another story. Though snow is rare in Vancouver, the surrounding region is bursting with snow. Whistler / Blackcomb is two hours away, but much closer are Grouse Mountain and Cypress Ski Resort. February ski conditions, especially in Whistler are great.
Can’t-Miss Vancouver Experiences
Experience the Seawall
Stretching 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano Beach – wrapping around Stanley Park along the way – the seawall that borders Vancouver’s coastline is the most popular recreational spot in the city. And while it might not be the ideal time of year to stroll Stanley Park, make sure that you at least take a drive around the perimeter or board a hop-on, hop-off bus to catch a glimpse of this huge, green space right downtown.
Explore Granville Island
A charming public market overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island Public Market, not to mention exploring the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek.
Just a 90-minute drive from Vancouver is the world-class resort of Whistler with some of the world’s best skiing in the winter. Even if you don’t ski, attractions like the Peak2Peak gondola linking the two mountains and the lively, walkable village make it worth a visit. There are also 3 local ski sites within 45 minutes of your conference hotel (Cypress, Grouse and Seymour).
Visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia
Another easy day trip from the city is Victoria, British Columbia’s charming capital city, located on Vancouver Island, a spectacular 35-minute floatplane ride away or 90 minute ferry through the Gulf Islands.
Meet the Creatures
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to more than 70,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon – the daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows are a must-see! Known for its marine stewardship and research programs, Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park is also a great choice for a rainy day, as is the 4D movie experience, FlyOver Canada
Visit Grouse Mountain
Just 25 minutes from downtown, Grouse Mountain offers more than just skiing and snowboarding. Along with the impressive views from the Eye of the Wind, check-out skating, light walks, and the Snowshoe Fondue tour. Grouse Mountain’s Skyride delivers riders to remarkable views and a huge range of on-mountain experiences: outdoor skating, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding in winter.
Admire First Nations Art
One of the best places to see the artwork of B.C.’s native residents is the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, with its collection of approximately 6,000 objects from B.C.’s First Nations. The Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Galleries in Yaletown and Gastown showcase contemporary master carvings, basketry, glasswork, jewelry and more. Also well worth a visit are the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver.
Visit Unique Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Exploring Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods is a great way to spend the afternoon, hanging out with the locals. Grab a coffee and wander downtown areas such as hip Yaletown, the beach-side West End, or historic Gastown. If you’ve got some extra time to head further afield, check out our neighbourhood guide for other suggestions.
Whether you need to pick up souvenirs for those at home, or treat yourself to something special, Vancouver’s shopping scene will not disappoint. Downtown shopping is centred around Robson Street, with Pacific Centre mall (home to both Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom department stores) anchoring one end. Stroll nearby neighbourhoods like Yaletown and Gastown for independent boutiques and shops, or hit McArthurGlen Designer Outlet (just two train stops from the airport) to fill your suitcase with deals.