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Events and Social Gatherings
1 Dec

Traveling in Vancouver – The COVID Guide

The rules and regulations regarding protection against COVID 19 have meant that many people might feel stumped for activities if vacationing in British Columbia. The fact of the matter is that after the December 7th end to the stricter COVID rules, you’ll be able to enjoy much of the city’s vast wonders. Whether staying at the L’Hermitage Hotel Vancouver, with family or friends, there’s plenty to explore whilst keeping COVID friendly.

Whilst it might be a little colder, winter is a time to enjoy everything that Vancouver has to offer. It never rains too heavily, and the arctic winds that blow over the rest of Canada don’t reach Vancouver due to the looming Rocky Mountain Range, which blocks the city from these winds. This means that you won’t have to bear extreme temperatures and can enjoy the great outdoors with less protection than other parts of the country. This blog will provide some unique starting points for great things to do in Vancouver and it’s surrounding area, bearing in mind the COVID regulations.

Vancouver Events

Whilst many of the Vancouver outdoors events and entertainment dates have been postponed this year, there are still a few that you can enjoy over the Christmas period. Whilst the popular Aurora Winter Festival has been cancelled, Vancouver guests using the L’hermitage Vancouver parking can still enjoy the PNE Winter Lights Festival is running a special drive-thru show between the 11th and 23rd of December. Furthermore, the Festival of Lights in VanDusen Garden is still going to run from 8th December till January 3rd.

Vancouver Museums

Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, BC, Canada

After the lockdown ends, museums such as the Vancouver Maritime Museum and Art Galleries will still be open to visitors, albeit in a socially distanced, limited capacity format. Furthermore, tourists can still enjoy Westcoast Sightseeing Tours and other boat-based and city walking tours.

Shopping in Vancouver

Over the stricter regulations, many non-essential shops have been shut to avoid infection spikes. After the lifting of these regulations on the 7th of December, souvenir starved guests at the 2 bedroom hotel suites of Vancouver can expect to find the flea markets and shopping malls open up again, albeit with hygiene standards at maximum levels.

Dining In Vancouver

Much like the shopping options in Vancouver, in-store dining has been tightened for the November restrictions. However, you can still eat in if you wear a mask when not at your table and adhere to the safety guidelines of the restaurants, which themselves must be safety standards approved to operate. Guests at the L’hermitage restaurant can still enjoy takeaway, room-service and lounge table reserved meals from the L’Orangerie.

Exploring The Great Outdoors

Young attractive cheerful woman walking in city in cloudy weather

With Vancouver’s mild weather, exploring the great outdoors during your visit is a perfect way to keep physically and mentally fit throughout the tighter restrictions. Whilst popular attractions such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge remain closed, you can still enjoy many of the nearby lakes, provincial parks and nature reserves across the area.