Health Benefits of Walking in the Rain

Healthy benefits of walking in the rain

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Get your umbrella and rainboots ready, Vancouver, we’re coming into rainy season. We don’t call it ‘Raincouver’ for nothing — but did you know a walk in the rain has healthy benefits? Here’s why you want to walk in the rain this fall.

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Health Benefits of Walking in the Rain

What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Last weekend, attempting an early start on my Christmas shopping, I visited Vancouver’s downtown core for a day of commerce and exploration.  Braving the elements, I ventured along the busy city streets in search of whimsical trinkets and treasures. Worn-out after hours of pounding the pavement, I decided to enjoy a well-timed, and well-earned coffee break in one of Vancouver’s welcoming corner cafes.  Savouring my drink, enjoying the warmth and ambiance and biding my time, I began to people watch.

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What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

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Photo: Flickr Dani V

When’s the last time you complained about the rain? We all do it. Vancouver averages 1117.2 mm or 43.98 inches of rain a year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of fodder for those who enjoy moaning about our wet winters. Personally, I appreciate a brisk walk in the rain. During a recent weather event, I ventured along Kitsilano Beach and took a moment to stop and read the story stone near Kits Point. The words of Regan D’Andrade are etched in the rock and serve to remind us all that the shades of gray bring us beauty.

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Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

Puddle Jumping at Spanish Banks

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Photo: R. Weiss

When is the last time you jumped in a puddle? Wholeheartedly, unabashedly, jumped in with both feet? Clearly the “Wet Coast” rains have arrived. As Vancouverites, we can choose to stay inside or we can embrace the inevitable and enthusiastically pull on our boots and seek out those puddles. There is no reason to stop walking just because the rainy season is here.

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Puddle Jumping at Spanish Banks

Top 5 Rainy Day Adventures in Vancouver

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In the winter of 1953, it rained in Vancouver for 28 consecutive days.  Not exactly 40 days and 40 nights – but pretty close.

This February has been a typically wet one in the city.  But never fear, spring is right around the corner (fingers crossed).  In the meantime, here are five, time-honoured ways to beat the rain in the city.

Got more rainy day ideas? Please comment below.

Bloedel Conservatory: It’s always a balmy, summer day inside this enormous bio-dome perched atop Queen Elizabeth Park.  Step inside and take off your raincoat for an instant vacation, with hundreds of tropical trees and plants, free-flying birds and more.  The price is right, too ($5 for adults).

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Top 5 Rainy Day Adventures in Vancouver

No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

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Spring in Vancouver is a time of cherry blossoms, pleasantly mild temperatures and frequent showers.  But just because mother nature refuses to cooperate doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.  Indoor activities to entertain, challenge and engage the whole family abound in the city.

Here are five ideas for soaking up all Vancouver has to offer on a rainy day:

Get up close and personal with the beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium:  Located in 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the aquarium is home to more than 60,000 marine animals, including a very popular family of white beluga whales.  Especially for the kids, there’s a unique 4-D theater with smell-o-vision, as well as a touch pool where they can handle starfish and anemones.

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No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

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

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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):

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