10 ways to weather the weather; or, how to keep your chin up when it’s coming down

'Tis the season

It never rains in Vancouver except for maybe in November. And a bit in December and January. Well, and February too, but hey–you don’t have to shovel it!

Still, I struggle with our wet winters. Grey is grim when it’s showing on every channel. So I have perfected a strategy for keeping my chin up when it’s coming down.

Herewith, my Top 10 ways to lighten a dark day in Vancouver (with a request that you’ll share some of your own tips and distractions below):

1. Tuck into a steaming bowl of soup at one of the city’s terrific Asian eateries: I like the fat won ton in the food court at Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre, the Vietnamese pho at Pho 101 on Hastings, and the Tom Yum at Thai Pudpong in West Vancouver.

2. Head to Point Grey where cloudy skies only heighten the moody atmosphere of the Museum of Anthropology, a celebrated repository of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art at the University of British Columbia.

3. Look up when it’s coming down: rain below often means snow on the nearby North Shore mountains. I like to snowshoe at Cypress.

4. Warm your bones in the steamy surroundings at the domed Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, always alive with birds, butterflies and lush blooms.

5. Wait out the monsoon in a matinée: visit Tickets Tonight for last-minute, half-price tickets to local arts events or settle in at a neighbourhood cinema.

6. Drop your brolly and your shoulders and say spaaaaaaah. My favourite sanctuary is still the Absolute Spa chain, now with a new location at Park Royal in West Vancouver.  Flower market at Granville Island

7. Spend a morning indoors at the Granville Island Public Market and come home an armload of cheerful flowers. Or even better–an umbrella covered with flowers from the venerable Umbrella Shop just under the Granville Street bridge.

8. Lose yourself in the Vancouver Public Library. I never get tired of the main branch on Georgia Street.

9. Live vicariously: spend an afternoon watching the planes take off from the new Public Observation Area on Level 4 of Vancouver International Airport‘s domestic terminal. Kids love it.

10. Walk the seawall–any seawall. But first, invest in some new Gore-Tex. Seasoned Vancouverites know that winter joy starts with a visit to Mountain Equipment Co-op for wet-weather gear. Good prices, good quality and good green values…

How about you? How do you keep the rainy day blues at bay?

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