6 Reasons Why Vancouver Businesses Are Using Storage Units

Our storage units provide additional storage space alongside a wide range of benefits that Vancouver businesses need at competitive rates. Here are top six reasons why Vancouver businesses are using our storage units:

Store inventory

If a business has recently acquired more inventory, downsized to a smaller space, seized operation, or wanted to store items from the previous season to create more room for in-season fashion items, they can most definitely use our storage units to securely store their products or office items! We offer month-to-month no-commitment contracts which mean that businesses can store their items for a couple of months when they need the extra storage space and stop using storage units once they have enough space in their offices or stores.

Store vehicles

Businesses use our car storage facility at our U-Lock Self Storage Burnaby and Vancouver location to store their vehicle during their off-season. For example, a home improvement company may experience slow periods during certain months in a year and can pause insurance of a few of their company vehicles and store the vehicles at our Vancouver facility. Doing this helps the company save tremendously on auto insurance and protects the vehicles from external damages if the vehicles were parked out on the street or a parking lot where there’s minimal security. Our car storage unit is located in our storage facility which is protected by gates and fences and monitored 24 hours a day with an HD surveillance system. Each storage unit is installed with individual alarms so when a burglar attempts to break in a storage unit, the alarm would sound and security and police enforcement would escalate to the storage facility to remedy the issue.

Store Home Decorators, Home Staging Props or Real Estate Signs

Realtors, home decors, or professionals who are associated with the real estate industry need a place to store their home decors, home staging props, or for sale signs. Using a storage unit offers you the right solution to temporarily store the items adjacent to their business, such as various types of furniture needed to stage a house for sale in order to make it more appealing. In storage, the items will stay clean and undamaged, especially in a climate-controlled unit.

Store Office Supplies During a Renovation

Renovating or relocating are also times when businesses can enjoy the benefits of storage units as they can temporarily store their stock and a range of other items during the process. Select a storage facility that offers moving truck services for convenience. With various businesses come various needs, so you might want to store diverse items such as desktop computers, file cabinets and documents, cubicle dividers and break room appliances. In the unfortunate event of a fire or storm, you can safely store your business-related items in a storage unit until you can begin carrying out your business as usual again.

Store Documents

More businesses have gone digital nowadays by using cloud services such as Google Drive or Microsoft Azure Cloud to store company documents and these businesses no longer need cabinets to store future company documents. That said, some companies may still want to retain physical copies or certain documents or don’t want to replicate digital companies of certain important or confidential documents and upload the documents onto the cloud. These companies would turn to storage units to store old company documents so these documents aren’t laying around in the office and the companies can use the additional office space for other purposes.

Maintain eCommerce Inventory

Many retail businesses today are strictly digital, meaning that they’re strictly an eCommerce company and they don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, and they need space to hold their inventory. These businesses have turned to storage units to store their inventory. These businesses are using storage units as their “warehouse”. We have a wide variety of storage unit sizes, from 7.5 sq.ft. to 273 sq.ft; businesses can select the right unit size at the right price based on their business needs!

Have questions? Feel free to call us at 1.866.647.8673 or submit a contact form at https://www.selfstorage.ca/contact-us and our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Want to reserve a unit at a storage unit rental facility near you? Check out our self storage facilities:

  1. Self storage Burnaby or Vancouver
  2. Self storage Chilliwack
  3. Self storage South Surrey or White Rock
  4. Self storage Parksville
  5. Self storage Nanaimo
  6. Self storage Victoria

11 Things About U-Lock Storage Units We Bet You Didn’t Know

We offer Month-to-Month Contract With No Commitment

We understand that today’s world is changing constantly and it’s difficult for businesses, students, and people in general to solidify a plan for the future. To accommodate people’s needs and the dynamic environment, we offer month-to-month contracts with no commitment to give our customers the flexibility they need.

No Security Deposit

A security deposit is money that is given to a landlord, lender, or owner of a property as proof of intent to move-in and care for the domicile. Security deposits can be either refundable or nonrefundable, depending on the terms of the transaction. A security deposit is intended as a measure of security for the recipient, and can also be used to pay for damages or lost property.

At U-Lock Self Storage, we don’t require security deposits when customers are renting storage units at our facilities. This significantly minimizes the amount of move-in cost when you rent at one of our storage facilities.

Fully Fenced with Gated Facility

The security and protection of our belongings are top priorities for us. To ensure that all the units are secure, all of our facilities are fully fenced and gated which tremendously prevent burglary or theft of any sort.

Individually Alarmed Units

In addition to a fully fenced with gated facility, we’ve installed individual alarms for all the units. The alarm triggers when a burglar attempts to forcefully and illicitly enter a storage unit and our security and local law enforcement will be notified of the attempted break-in and attend the respective facility to remedy the issue.

24-hour Video Monitoring with HD Video Surveillance System

We’ve also installed 24-hour video monitoring with HD video surveillance to monitor and address any suspicious activities 24 hours a day and document all activities nearby our facilities with our HD video surveillance system. The surveillance system further strengthens  the facilities’ security and prevents malicious activities from occurring. 

Industrial Size Elevators

If you have a variety of items that come in different sizes that you want to store in our storage unit and you’re worried that you can’t get the items through with our elevator, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!

Our industrial size elevators allow you to essentially transport items that a person would typically store such as household items or retail products seamlessly up and down the stories.

Wide Variety Unit Sizes

We offer a wide range of unit sizes to meet your needs! Our storage unit sizes include:

  • 5 x 5
  • 4 x 7
  • 5 x 7
  • 5 x 8
  • 5 x 9
  • 5 x 10
  • 7 x 8
  • 6 x 10
  • 6.5 x 10
  • 5 x 14
  • 7 x 10
  • 7.5 x 10
  • 8 x 10
  • 8.5 x 10
  • 9 x 10
  • 8 x 12
  • 10 x 10
  • 8 x 13
  • 6 x 18
  • 10 x 11
  • 10 x 12
  • 10 x 12.5
  • 10 x 13
  • 10 x 13.5
  • 10 x 14
  • 12 x 12
  • 10 x 15
  • 10 x 15.5
  • 10 x 16
  • 10 x 17
  • 10 x 18

Regardless of the large number of items or the few items you want to the store, we have a unit size at a competitive price catered for your needs.

Access hours 6am – 9pm (extended hours on request), 7 days a week, 365 days a year

To accommodate our customers’ schedules, we offer extensive access hours from 6am to 9pm 7 days a week, all year long. If you want to access your storage unit outside the standard access hours, you’re more than welcome to request extended hours! We’re more than happy to accommodate your needs!

Car Storage Availability

Yup – we also offer car storage! At the U-Lock Self Storage Burnaby/Vancouver facility, we offer car storage services that are ideal for those who are:

  • Travelling out of town and want to park their vehicles in a secure location
  • Moved into a city in or around Metro Vancouver recently and haven’t attained parking spots
  • Need additional parking space because the current parking spot such as a garage is fully occupied

Like our storage units, our car storage rentals don’t require initial security deposits and are highly secured in fences and are in a gated facility. More, the car storage rental units have individual alarms installed while being monitored 24 hours a day using a HD video surveillance system.  

Move-in Special Promotions 

Each month, we have special move-in promotions! For example, we offer first month free or special rates on select units across all of our six facilities. To learn more about our special promotions, please feel free to get in touch and our staff would be more than happy to let you know about our latest promotion: https://www.selfstorage.ca/contact-us.

Moving and Packing Supplies Available

We have packing and moving supply for sale at our facilities. If you need supply for your next move, come to one of our storage facilities and you can purchase everything you need!

Have questions? Feel free to call us at 1.866.647.8673 or submit a contact form at https://www.selfstorage.ca/contact-us and our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Want to reserve a unit at a storage unit rental facility near you? Check out our self storage facilities:

  1. Self storage Burnaby or Vancouver
  2. Self storage Chilliwack
  3. Self storage South Surrey or White Rock
  4. Self storage Parksville
  5. Self storage Nanaimo
  6. Self storage Victoria

Security Features To Look For When Renting A Storage Unit

Security is one of the most important features to look for when choosing a self-storage facility.

Security Features To Look For When Renting A Storage Unit

Security is one of the most important features to look for when choosing a self-storage facility. When you are putting your items into self-storage, you want to have peace of mind that your items will be safe and protected by choosing a storage facility that utilizes the latest in security features. Regardless of what you are storing, here are some of the security features to look for in a self-storage facility:

Perimeter Fencing & Main Gate

Does the storage facility have a strong initial layer of security? Make sure the storage facility has perimeter fencing around the property to keep out anyone who isn’t working or storing at the property. How do people enter/exit the property? Look for a property that has a main gate with electronic gate access that can only be opened or closed when a code is entered on an electronic keypad. This ensures that the storage provider is aware of who is coming and going from the facility at all times.

Digital Video Surveillance

You want to afford yourself with peace of mind knowing that your items will be safe in storage. Look for storage facilities that have multiple cameras strategically placed throughout the property, ensuring nothing goes unseen. Digital video surveillance that is run 24/7 ensures that whether or not the staff is on-site, the facility and property can still be monitored at any time. Research also shows that just the mere presence of security cameras is enough to ward off potential thieves or trespassers.

Individually-Alarmed Storage Units

Controlled access to your storage unit is a must. Make sure that your indoor storage unit or outdoor storage unit is fitted with an alarm system that prompts an alarm if someone attempts to break into your unit. With individually-alarmed units, each renter is given a unique access code to the property, which they enter at the main gate and/or facility entrance doors to disable the alarm on their unit. When exiting, the renter will enter their access code again, thus, re-arming the unit alarm and ensuring their items are safe and protected.


As the renter, you are required to use your own lock. Ensuring the storage units are secured with a high-quality storage lock should be the priority of any storage facility and self-storage renter. Many storage facilities of a selection of self-storage locks available for purchase, but which type do you buy? When choosing a lock to protect your storage unit and valuable items, consider the following self-storage locks:

Disc Locks: A popular lock in the self-storage industry, these thickly built locks are extremely tamper-proof and are drill-proof, pick-proof, resilient against impacts. Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, these locks have a disc-like shape and built-in shackle that fits tightly around your storage unit door latch, making them very difficult for anyone to cut with bolt-cutters or grind off. Removing these locks requires electrical equipment, as well as a lot of time and effort.

Cylinder Locks: Becoming the new industry standard, like disc locks, these tamper-proof self-storage locks are drill-proof, resilient against impacts, and virtually impossible to pick. These locks have a cylinder shape, which means they have no locking bar and are inserted internally inside the storage unit latching system with no part of the lock extending out from the door, making them impossible to be cut off. Not all self-storage facilities have this configuration, so it’s always best to call your storage provider before you arrive and inquire if their roll-up doors support cylinder locks or not.


Lighting is an effective crime deterrent and a must for on-site safety. Make sure the property of your storage provider is well-light both inside and out. If you have an outdoor storage unit, you want to make sure the property has excellent exterior lighting and is well-light at night to avoid accidents and ensure you feel safe. When inside your storage unit, you want to make sure you’re not having to hold a flashlight at all times when sorting through your items, so look for self-storage facilities with good interior lighting with well-lit hallways and aisles.

Looking for secure self-storage?

If you’re getting ready to move your items into storage and need a safe and secure storage unit for your belongings, contact your nearest U-Lock location and speak to our storage specialists. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, tell you all about our security features, and set you up with the right storage unit to fit your needs. 

Water Bottle Label Design Contest

Attention all artists, graphic designers, doodlers and the all around creatives, we need you to design our water bottle! Moving is hard work, that’s why we always have a cold water available to our tenants when they need to quench their thirst. Want to see your artwork on water bottles across all U-Lock Mini Storage locations? Submit your design for a chance to win!

The design is totally up to you! You can create just about anything your crazy imagination can conjure up. 

Contest Rules:

  • Your design must be an original design (do not use copyrighted material, trademarks, service marks, or artwork)
  • Include the U-Lock Mini Storage logo.
  • Please design your artwork using the water bottle template (download below):

    Download the 500ML SMOOTH SHAPE Water Bottle Label

You can either print out the template and hand draw your design or submit any of the following formats:

  • PDF (preferred)
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat

The U-Lock Mini Storage Water Bottle Design Contest will run from now until July, 15, 2020. Please submit your artwork to contests@selfstorage.ca or drop-off your submission to any U-Lock location. The winner will have their design printed on water bottles that will be handed out across all U-Lock Mini Storage locations and be rewarded with a stainless steel water bottle with their design on it! 

Once all entries are received, our staff will pick and vote for their favorite. The design that receives the most votes will be named the winner. The winner of the contest will be announced on after July 15, 2020.

U-Lock Mini Storage logos!

Need some inspiration to get started? Check out the designs from our last contest winners!

Common Self-Storage Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Are you getting ready to move your belongings into storage? To help you save time and stress, and ensure you get the most out of your storage unit, here are a few common self storage moving mistakes to avoid:

Not labelling your boxes

Amidst the rushing around and chaos that is moving, many people often skip labelling their boxes to save time. Fast forward a month later when you need to grab something from your storage unit, but you have completely forgotten where you packed it. There is nothing more frustrating and time-consuming than having to rifle through every box to find what you came for. Save yourself a lot of time and stress in the future and label your boxes. We recommend labelling boxes by room with a number and keeping a detailed record of all the items that are in each box. That way, you can reference your inventory list and quickly find what you need when you need it.

Trying to reserve a moving truck the day of your move

The most common days people move are the first and last day of any month, which means reservations on moving trucks fill up fast. More often than not, people wait until the last minute to book a moving truck only to be told that there are none available in their city. Don’t wait until moving day to start finding a moving truck. To get the time slot and moving truck you want, start your search 1-2 months before your moving date. 

Not giving yourself enough time

Not giving yourself enough time to organize and properly stack your items in your storage unit will make it a nightmare to access. You want to be able to access your storage unit without having to rearrange it every time. If you leave everything to the last minute on moving day, you’ll likely find yourself tossing boxes and furniture into your unit in a rush – potentially damaging your belongings, hurting yourself, and creating a cluttered disaster. Do yourself a favour and plan your moving day well in advance. Check the hours of the storage office and storage facility and make sure you plan to give yourself and/or movers enough time to get your storage unit properly organized and accessible.

Not getting the right boxes

Whether you’re storing your items short-term or long-term, it’s important to pack your belongings in the right boxes. Using weak boxes that aren’t designed for absorbing weight won’t up stand up well during the move or in storage as they can bulge, tear or collapse. Instead, invest in moving boxes designed for moving and storage. Try to stick to 1-2 different sizes of boxes so you can efficiently stack your boxes and utilize your storage space to the fullest. Use larger moving boxes for lighter items and smaller moving boxes for heavier items. When stacking, be sure to place heavy boxes at the bottom and lighter boxes at the top. 

Avoiding Self Storage Mistakes

Need a few more storage tips? If you’re getting ready to move your items into storage and need some expert advice, contact your nearest U-Lock location and our storage specialists would be happy to answer your questions and set you up with the right storage unit that best fits your needs.

2020 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, taking place in more than 400 communities across the country.

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s is Canada’s biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, taking place in more than 400 communities across the country. In 2019, Canadians participating in the Walk raised an amazing $6.2 million. These funds go toward local programs and services that improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their families in our communities and support awareness and education about dementia.

U-Lock Mini Storage is pleased to be a sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Walk this year. The Walk was originally to take place on May 3rd but has been rescheduled to May 31st at 9:30 am. Due to COVID-19, the Walk is now a Virtual Walk in which participants can follow virtually or create their own walk (i.e. around their house, around their neighborhood).

Don, from our White Rock location, and his team are raising money in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. by participating in the online IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 31.

To visit their donation page, please click here.

If you can, please donate today and help Don and his team reach their fundraising goal! By supporting their team, you are helping the Alzheimer Society of B.C. continue to make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia.

Thank you again for your generous commitment and support!

Statement regarding COVID – 19

To our valued Customers,

We wish to advise you that we remain open at this delicate time.

U-Lock Mini Storage takes the health and well-being of our staff, customers, and tenants very seriously. As such, we continue to monitor the COVID -19 situation very closely. We are following all federal, provincial and local advisories and doing what we need to keep everyone safe. 

We have increased cleaning in all areas of our facilities and offices, paying specific attention to areas that are frequently used by our customers including but not limited to pin pads, doorknobs, elevators, and handcarts. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to stop the transmission of the illness. We have implemented a special contingency plan for staff and offer them the support to stay home if they are not feeling well to prevent the spread of any viruses.

Please remember that payments can be made over the phone or via our website www.selfstorage.ca. If you require any assistance with accessing your account online please contact us.

We wish you well and ask that you stay safe, enjoy time with family and support each other as well as our local community and businesses.


Your U-Lock Team 

4 Ways to Organize Your Digital Clutter

Imagine a world in which your computer desktop has a minimalist, pristine background, your files are perfectly named and easy to find, and you have useful file folders that actually have the files you were looking for! In honor of Clean Out Your Computer Day, here are a few tips to help you organize your digital world and get your computer running more smoothly!

1. Declutter Your Desktop

Our desktops are always the most cluttered area of our computers. They are a catch-all for files that don’t yet have a home, like screenshots, duplicate files, or digital sticky notes. First things first, go through all these files and drag those that serve no purpose (aside from taking up memory) and move them into the trash. To make sure your desktop stays tidy and organized, here’s a few tips:

  • Don’t use the Desktop as your default save location. Instead, save all your new files to your “Downloads” folder.
  • Use your desktop as a temporary working area and only save files to your Desktop for as long as you need them. For instance, your Desktop is a convenient place to save files while you’re working on them, but once you’ve completed the task or project, move those files to the folder they belong to. 
  • Backup your computer. It makes it much easier deciding which files or documents to delete if you know you’ve backed-up your computer’s data to a physical hard drive. 

2. Empty Your Downloads Folder

When was the last time you looked through your Downloads Folder? If it’s been a while, chances are it’s packed full of unnecessary files, like images, memes, screenshots, media files, and documents. Over time, these files can accumulate and take up a lot of memory on your computer. Drag files you no longer need into the trash and delete them. If there are files in there you can’t make a decision on right now, make a “To Be Sorted” folder and move those items into there for a later day.

3. Delete Useless Apps

Do you have apps on your computer that you downloaded and never opened? Or gave up on years ago but it’s still installed on your computer? If there’s an app on your computer that doesn’t bring joy or value to your life, delete it. You’ll be amazed at how much storage you can clear up.

4. Organize Your Files & Folders

Now that you’ve sorted through your digital clutter, it’s time to organize the files you are keeping into folders. You have documents for work, school, personal, as well as videos and photos, but these files should be kept separate. The system of organization you choose is totally up to you, but the best way to start is to create large, main folders and organize them by category, like “Personal,” “Work,” ”School,” or “Finances.” Once you have all your files in the appropriate main folder(s), you can now take your organizing a step further and create sub-folders within each main folder. For example, organize your videos based on dates taken or school work by class or subject. Once you’ve done organizing your files into the proper homes, create a universal naming system and stay consistent so you can always find what you need quickly and conveniently. 

New Year Resolutions for a Less Cluttered Home

Let’s make 2020 our least cluttered year yet! Get more organized and reduce clutter around your home with these new year resolutions!

Let’s make 2020 our least cluttered year yet! Get more organized and reduce clutter around your home with these new year resolutions:

#1 Tackle Your Worst Clutter Zones


Almost every room in the home has at least one clutter zone – the nightstand full of odds and ends; the desk drawer packed with unopened mail; the mountain of shoes stacked in the entryway; the infamous junk drawer piled with all those knick knacks you have no idea what to do. Often just casualties of daily life, these areas are clutter magnets for anything and everything. With the new year upon us, it’s time to put a few minutes aside and transform these out-of-control clutter zones into clean-and-tidy spaces! 

  • Completely empty out the spaces and organize everything into piles.
  • Throw out anything that belongs in the trash or recycle.
  • Put anything that belongs elsewhere back in its proper spot.
  • Try out a few different arrangements for your contents to find the one that’s right for you and stick with it.

#2 Wardrobe Update: Declutter Closet and Dresser Drawers


It’s super easy to accumulate clothing that you don’t wear anymore. As the years go by, our styles change, we outgrow things and we keep a lot of “just in case” or “back-up” options. Whatever the case may be, if you have clothing that’s uncomfortable to wear, haven’t touched in the past year, or hate the way it looks on you, donate it. If it’s stained, unusable or just falling apart, throw it away. To figure out what stays and what goes, try asking yourself:

  • Have I worn it in the past year?
  • Does it fit me?
  • Do I like the way I look in it?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then you have some clothes to get rid of!

#3 Kitchen Clutter Hotspot: Organize Your Pantry


The kitchen pantry often becomes of hotspot of clutter. There’s a lot of things in there you don’t need –  half eaten chip bags, numerous canned vegetables, opened boxes of cereal, snack bars and suspiciously old spices, to name a few.  We often see these things on the shelf so often that we stop thinking about them, accumulating more and more. Not anymore! The new year is the perfect time to give your pantry a much needed makeover. Throw out stale or expired items, donate anything you’re not going to eat to your local food bank and if there’s anything in there you don’t remember buying, probably safe to say that can go too.

Here’s a few pantry items to start with:

  • Suspiciously old spices 
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cooking Oils
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Brown sugar

#4 Cut Down On Paper Clutter


Paper accumulates in our homes fast. Our drawers and cupboards are full of receipts, unopened mail, take-out menus, instruction manuals and flyers. If you’re sick and tired of dealing with piles of paper in your home, here’s a few ways you can cut down on paper clutter:

  • Go digital. Change receiving your bank and utility statements and notifications from mail to email. Most banks and major utility companies will offer this.
  • Cut down subscriptions. Recycle your stacks of magazines and newspapers and switch to digital.
  • Buy a shredder. We often hold onto paperwork we don’t need because we’re worried about privacy. A small shredder is a simple solution for getting rid of that sensitive paperwork you don’t need.
  • Scan everything. Notes with information you want to keep, old photographs or artwork from your children are a few of the paper items you can get rid of but still keep forever. Scan everything you can and save them on your computer, external hard drive or cloud storage. A scanner is a relatively low-cost option that will help you cut down on a lot of paper.

Wanting to clear up more space in your home? U-Lock Mini Storage has convenient storage locations across British Columbia and can provide the storage unit and services you need to enjoy a clutter-free lifestyle.

2019 Best Festive Holiday Events

Looking for new ways to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family? Here’s a list of our top picks of fun holiday activities to get you into the holiday spirit! 


Take your family and friends over to the Morningstar Farm for a good ol’ fashioned Christmas celebration. There will be wagon rides, live music, storytelling and crafts. The Knockananna Grill will be serving fresh poutine, cheese & wine samples and pairings, free popcorn, marshmallow roasting, and hot chocolate.

  • When: Saturday, Dec 14th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Cost: $5.00 | Children under two: FREE

Walk the lighted grounds of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and enjoy a fabulous display of laser lights, hot chocolate and even a visit from Santa himself.

  • When: Fridays & Saturdays Dec 6th – 21st from 6pm – 8pm. 
  • Cost: Adults: $5.00 | Children (under 12): FREE. Admission is by pre-purchase only. Buy tickets online.


Check out this annual family festival of lights and music in the Gardens. Wander lighted trails through the forest and visit the Teddy’s Bear cottage, Santa’s Den, and Gingerbread House display. Visit the Milner House and discover the Storytelling Room, Christmas Gift Shop, the Camellia Tea Room, and listen to local musicians in the Dining Room. 

  • When: Dec 6th – 8th | 13th – 15th | 18th – 22nd from 5pm – 8:30pm
  • Cost:  Entry is by donation.

Enjoy special lighting & decor in this magical skating event happening at the Oceanside Place Arena in Parksville.

  • When: Dec 14th – 31st
  • Cost: Click here for the public skating schedule of free skating events.

Join Nanaimo Parks & Rec in a skate with Santa, prizes, draws and some hot chocolate and treats.

  • When: Dec 18th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Frank Crane Arena 
  • Cost: Regular admission rates apply
  • When: Dec 20th from 3:45 – 5:15 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre
  • Cost: FREE event courtesy of Coast Capital Savings


Enjoy 12 nights of holiday magic aboard the Christmas Express, a 1910 locomotive, and travel through thousands of twinkling lights across 100 aces of woods at the BC Discovery Centre.

  • When: Dec 6th – Dec 8th | Dec 13th – Dec 15th | Dec 18th – Dec 23rd 
  • Cost:  Adults: $14.00 | Children: $12.00 | Children 2 and under: FREE


The Festival of Trees is happening until at the Bay Centre in Victoria, BC. Tour a forest of hand-decorated trees done by local sponsors, businesses and organizations. Donate to vote for your favourite tree and help raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital. 

  • When: Now – Jan 6, 2020
  • Cost: Click here to donate to the BC Children’s Hospital 

Join us in helping BC’s kids by donating to our fundraising campaign by donating online or texting TREE014 to 45678. 

Stroll through the Twelve Days of Christmas display, have a cheerful time under colorful lights, sing along with carollers, or lace up your skates and step onto the outdoor rink. Then warm up by the fire with a hot chocolate at the Coffee Shop. 

  • When: Now – Jan 6, 2020
  • Cost: Adult: $27.95 | Youth (13-17) $14.00 | Child (5-12) $3.00. Buy online.

The first-ever Lights of Wonder takes place at Centennial Square. This outdoor event features themed light exhibits, four interactive light tunnels, and a 40-foot festive tree. With free admission and for all ages, Lights of Wonder offers live entertainment, warm nibbles, and magical light displays.

  • When: Dec 13th – Dec 30th
  • Cost: FREE


The eight tallest Christmas trees in the world?! – the 30-ton Douglas firs of Treetops Adventure receive the star treatment. Be amazed by hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon.

  • When: Now – Jan 26th, 2020 
  • Cost: Family Passes (at the gate): $109.00 | Buy online: $99.00.

The 10th Anniversary Vancouver Christmas Market features more than 80 huts of German sweets, treats, and treasures.

  • When: Now – Dec 26th 
  • Cost: $8 Early Bird Admission (at the gate) on Weekdays before 2pm | Buy tickets online.

Experience Canada Largest Winter Festival at Hastings Park/PNE. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and much more. 

  • When: On select nights now through January 5, 2020 (closed on Dec 3, 4, 10, & 11th)
  • Cost: Buy tickets online


Original Legends of Rock N’ Roll presents Holly Jolly Christmas, a tribute to Buddy Holly, Elvis and Brenda Lee. 

  • When: Dec 18th at 7:30pm
  • Cost: $49.00