Best Way to Beat the Rain in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Sanafir-Bloedel-Little-India-VanAq-078-CustomWell, we had a good run.  But it looks like the wet stuff is finally here.

After an uncommonly mild spring, exceptional summer and very sunny fall, the clouds and rain have returned to Vancouver.  Sure, we’ll have a few bright, sunny days in the next few months … but don’t count on too many of them.

But that’s no reason to hunker down inside until next spring.  Vancouver is a city that comes alive once the liquid sunshine starts falling. With so many museums, great shopping, cafes and pubs and live entertainment options, there are plenty of ways to wile away an otherwise dreary afternoon out in the city.

In fact, the choices can be overwhelming, which is why I need your help.  What’s your favourite rainy day activity in Vancouver (apart from sitting on the couch watching Netflix)? Do you have a go-to place in the city when the skies are clouded over and the rain is falling? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

I’ll get things started with my top, all-time-favourite rainy day spot in Vancouver, a place where it’s warm and balmy 365 days a year – the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Best Way to Beat the Rain in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

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

The Best Summer Rainy Day Activity in Vancouver


Irene Kehler writes about fun things to do in Vancouver on her site Loving-Vancouver.com
Read below for her favourite summer rainy day activity in Vancouver.

You’ve got a summer day dedicated to exploring the wonderful beauty of Vancouver… but it’s raining. What’s there to do on a rainy summer day in Vancouver?

There’s indoor spots like the Vancouver Art Gallery and the UBC Museum of Anthropology. There’s shopping malls like Pacific Centre and Metrotown. But my favourite spot to hide from a rainy day in Vancouver is the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

It may be gloomy and grey outside…

But inside you will find a riot of colourful plants and birds. Meet the shy Casey, a yellow-crowned amazon parrot, coyly hiding in front of a bank of bright orange tiger lilies.

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The Best Summer Rainy Day Activity in Vancouver