7 Indoor Activities for Outdoor Lovers in Vancouver

A couple enjoys Flyover Canada

Photo: FlyOver Canada

While many Vancouverites like to go hiking in the rain, many choose to stay indoors on wet days. But you can still enjoy outdoorsy activities like rock climbing, wildlife viewing, mushroom picking, and more while staying inside. Here are our picks for the best indoor activities for outdoor lovers in Vancouver.

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7 Indoor Activities for Outdoor Lovers in Vancouver

Kids in Vancouver: 5 Places To Play On A Rainy Day

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Bloedel Conservatory | Image: Inside Vancouver Flickr

Vancouver is famous for its weather, which can quickly shift from sunny to soggy on any day of the year. Luckily, the bustling west coast city boasts an array of indoor activities that are perfect for keeping kids active and engaged on rainy days.

These 5 places to play will not only keep your kids busy during the wet months of Spring, but each destination offers amusement for all ages, so parents can enjoy a little fun too!

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Kids in Vancouver: 5 Places To Play On A Rainy Day

Got $6.50? Sick of Winter? Take a trip to the tropics, without leaving Vancouver

Photo credit: karen_neoh | Flickr

Photo credit: karen_neoh | Flickr

Ready to escape winter, already?

After a mild fall, cold weather has arrived in Vancouver.  The North Shore ski mountains are open, there’s frost on the sidewalks in the morning and the scarves and parkas have come out of the closet.

If a tropical vacation for the holidays isn’t in the picture, consider another option: Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.  Housed in an enormous 21-metre high geodesic dome, the conservatory is a little bit of the tropics – complete with birds and exotic plants – plopped down in the middle of Vancouver.

Enter through the sliding doors and you’re greeted with a rush of warm, humid air and the smells of the forest.   Continue reading:
Got $6.50? Sick of Winter? Take a trip to the tropics, without leaving Vancouver

The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Photo: Sequoia Company of Restaurants

There are few restaurants in Vancouver that can boast views as breathtaking as those at Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Perched on a hillside atop Queen Elizabeth Park—the highest point in the city—the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic patio take full advantage of the gorgeous vistas of downtown Vancouver’s skyline and the northern mountains. It’s one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View.

I had lunch at Seasons in the Park last week and was surprised to discover that this local favourite has been quietly making substantial changes over the last year. In the past, Seasons was best known as a fine-dining destination, a place for celebrations, family reunions, and other special occasions. Today’s Seasons is still worthy of special events, but it’s evolving away from its former “fine-dining” designation to a more relaxed one: it has changed its menu to include a wide variety of reasonably-priced (though still delicious) casual fare, has extensively renovated its Winebar, and has launched a new cocktail list, too.

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The “New” Seasons in the Park: Same Fabulous Views, New Attitude

Walk in the Tropics & Family Fun at Bloedel Conservatory

Inside Bloedel Conservatory. Photo: Dana Lynch

Looking for a fun way to warm up during these cold winter days? Why not take a Walk in the Tropics at the Bloedel Conservatory?

Now that the beloved Bloedel Conservatory—the iconic triodetic dome atop Queen Elizabeth Park—has been saved from closure by the VanDusen Botanical Garden, VanDusen is offering two new programs this winter to take advantage of the Conservatory’s balmy, tropical interior.

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Walk in the Tropics & Family Fun at Bloedel Conservatory

Rumble in the Jungle: Bloedel Conservatory Fundraising Gala January 30

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the upcoming closure (due to a budget shortfall) on April 30, 2010, of the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, the domed nature conservatory that sits atop Queen Elizabeth Park.

If you’re as upset about the impending closure as I am, you have a chance to do something fun and helpful this coming weekend: attend the Rumble in the Jungle fundraising gala on January 30, 2010.

Organized by the non-profit Friends of the Bloedel to raise funds to keep the Conservatory open, the Rumble in the Jungle gala will be a night to remember. Taking place at the Conservatory itself, 200 – 300 guests will enjoy jungle-themed food and drink, Tahitian fire dancers, live music from Vancouver musician Dal Richards, and “surprises galore”.

Tickets for Rumble in the Jungle are $125 each or $200 for a pair, and are available from Southlands Nursery, 655 Balaclava St. (604-261-6411), Bacci’s at 2788 Granville St. (604-733-4933) and Thomas Hobbs Florist, 2129 West 41st Ave. (604-261-5998).

For more information, call Terri Clark at 778-866-9875 or John Coupar at 604-818-2756, two of the event’s organizers.

Bloedel Floral Conservatory Scheduled to Close March 1, 2010

Image from Friends of the Bloedel

If you’ve been following local Park Board news, you already know that the Bloedel Floral Conservatory is slated for closure March 1, 2010, due to lack of funds.

I’ve written before about how much I like the Bloedel Conservatory. Aside from its iconic triodetic-dome exterior—without which the top of Queen Elizabeth Park would seem utterly naked—visitors love this Vancouver attraction for the same reasons I do: it’s the city’s only “garden under glass,” home to 500 species of plants and flowers and to 100 exotic birds.

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Bloedel Floral Conservatory Scheduled to Close March 1, 2010