The rainy weather has set in and I wouldn’t be lying if I said I missed the sunshine. Most of North America looks forward to the fall. I know I did; the changing leaves, starting school and new outfits all have a way of slowly working us up for winter. It felt good to want to cuddle up in a warm sweater, don toque and gloves and start sipping hot chocolates. But, I must confess, Vancouver does not lend the same feeling. First off it’s wet and cold and secondly there isn’t much to the promise of snow. Instead, we can look forward to months of rain or drizzle and a cold that chills to the bone. Luckily we are surrounded by mountains that do get snow so an escape to winter wonderland is a possibility and most of us are glad for the opportunity. What’s more, we hardly ever have to shovel!
In the spirit of fall and all things rain, I’ve devised a quick list of activities that can be enjoyed in the rain. I am not saying you’ll stay dry, umbrellas are strongly advised for outdoor activities as are rain boots and jacket but sometimes even us rain forest dwellers need a little push to get out in the rain.
- The planetarium; otherwise known as the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
- The Bloedel Conservatory
- Bald Eagle viewing in Squamish
- Watch the salmon run the rivers and streams, click here for a pdf of best viewing areas
- The Capilano Suspension Bridge, view my post on this attraction here
- Vancouver Aquarium Please note that there are outdoor exhibits at the aquarium, dress accordingly.
- Whale watching with numerous tour operators. No tours operate in the winter months.
- Science World
Work up a sweat:
- Indoor swimming pools
- Indoor rock climbing
- Indoor skydiving at The Fly Zone. Not operational during the winter months.
- Hit the gym, take a yoga class, try Barre Fitness, take a spin class. You name it, Vancouverites know how to get in shape and there are too many to list.
Arts and Culture:
- Visit an art gallery. There are numerous exhibits throughout Vancouver, this site lists them by area.
- The Vancouver Art Gallery
- Museum of Anthropology
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum, see my post here
- Granville Island Public Market
- Britannia Mine Museum
I hope that gets you started. The area is so beautiful that the rain can’t keep us from enjoying it. Many people get out every day to walk their dogs, stroll through amazing forests, bike, run and shop. And it wouldn’t be Vancouver without a trip to the local coffee shop.
ps. I hear there’s an excellent hot chocolate at Blenz!