5 Things to do this Winter Break
Fans wave at t-shirt cannon during UBC Thunderbirds game vs. Alberta Pandas. Photo Credit: Kabir Hundal
Kids at the Doug Mitchell Centre. Photo Credit: Kabir Hundal
Written by Kabir Hundal
1. Bumper Cars On Ice
The name says it all, crash into friends or strangers at high speeds on slippery ice! originally originating from Melbourne, Australia, Bumper Cars On Ice makes their way to Vancouver to spread a little winter fun. Go with friends (if you have any) and get on the ice for 12 minutes for 20$. Included is a live DJ and food/drinks. However it’s unknown where or when this limited time event will be held, some say as late as February 2020, some earlier. A variant can also be enjoyed in Summer, called Bumper Cars On Water at Harrison Lake, which surprisingly is not by the same people.
British Columbia is home to arguably the world's best and most famous skiing and snowboarding destination: Whistler, which is blessed with many mountains for riders of all different skill levels. If you’d like to stay a little more local, Grouse Mountain, Seymour, and Cypress are all great options.
3. Ice Skating
There are many ice rinks in Vancouver! Here at UBC we have the Doug Mitchell Centre, where you can drop in and skate at designated times and rent skates, for a reasonable price; they also offer discounts for students/UNA members!
4. Thunderbirds Hockey Games
Thunderbird Hockey tickets are cheap and sometimes even free! Last game a party was held with free ice-skating before the game, a bouncy house, craft-making, and giveaways. Even if you’re not into hockey, half-time and pre-game activities such as Who-Can-Yell-The-Loudest competition or taking pictures with the mascot, Thunder. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next recipient of a Thunderbirds t-shirt launched out of the t-shirt cannon at half-time?
5. Van Dusen Festival of LightsThe Van Dusen Festival of Lights is a popular attraction for locals and non-locals alike located in the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and features food, a maze, displays, craft-making, water features, and of course, lights. Last year over 1 million lights were put up! There is also a small train to ride in and tour it without walking, and hot chocolate, mini donuts, and other food trucks! Best of all, donations and ticket proceeds go towards the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, to aid burn victims.
Hopefully this winter break you’ll make some memories and reminisce about this decade and your holiday experiences before school resumes on January 6th, 2020!
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