Rarely does Vancouver get significant snow, and when it does, it generally melts away in a few days with the inevitable warming and rains. Winter of 2008 was special however - much of the Lower Mainland stayed frozen and mostly snow-covered from early December, right through the end of January 2009. In areas of higher elevation, snow remains deep even into early February 2009, with the bulk of the accumulation remaining from before Christmas! (In case you're wondering about the above comments, this gallery wasn't posted until February 1, 2009.)
These shots are from a variety of days and locations as follows: photos 1-9 are from Vanier Park on December 14th, photo 10 is a statue of "Emily Carr and Friends" near Granville on December 17th, photos 11-14 are from Queen Elizabeth Park on December 20th and then 15-24 are from a very cold evening at Granville Island also on the 20th. Finally, the last shot is a photo of my dad's driveway, after I shoveled nearly 5 foot high piles of snow on Christmas Eve. See my Snowy December Walk gallery for more snow scenes!