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

Attend a Secret Pop-Up Soda Shoppe, August 30

Photo credit: Flickr user Shovan Sargunam

Looking for a sweet end of summer bash? Swallow Tail Culinary Circus is setting up a Pop-Up Soda Shoppe this Thursday, August 30. The 1950s malt-shop-style restaurant is open for one night only, serving grown up (boozy) ice cream and botanical sodas, fancy doughnuts, artisan chocs and macarons.

As with all Swallow Tail signature pop-up events, the location is a secret and will be disclosed to ticket holders after purchase.  Secrets are no fun…unless there are tickets left. And there are. The Pop-Up Soda Shoppe still has room for guests during the 9-11pm slot. Tix are $15.

Pop-ups offer diners a surreal, one-of-a-kind experience. The secret location is a turn on if you’re used to queuing outside your favourite Vancouver restaurants, even with a reservation. The concept is half food and half art – resulting in weird and wild creativity. The scene is sociable; expect to make friends.

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Attend a Secret Pop-Up Soda Shoppe, August 30

Uncover Van’s Mushroom Bounty Nov. 6 at Stanley Park

Edible chanterelle mushroom by Flickr user K3ntFIN

Fungus is among us–lots of it. Macrofungi, a.k.a. mushrooms, thrive in B.C.’s soggy coastal rainforest climate. Seasoned mushroomers know that wild mushroom hunting is an ideal way to combine a forest nature walk with finding a meal that some people would pay oodles for. But finding and identifying edible mushrooms takes savvy, and that’s why you should enroll in a class like the popular “Fungus Among Us: Mushrooms Galore” run by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6. Continue reading:
Uncover Van’s Mushroom Bounty Nov. 6 at Stanley Park

Catching Dungeness Crab with Swallow Tail Tours

Casting the crab trap (Photo: Swallow Tail Tours)

Swallow Tail Tours specializes in exploring the wild foods and boutique wineries of British Columbia.  On offer are a range of tours ranging from fishing for Dungeness crab, mushroom hunting and plant foraging to cycling, snowshoe and hiking.

I took part in the Dungeness Crab Fishing day trip on the weekend.  The day included canoeing, crab trapping and cooking instruction followed by a 3 course lunch .We met at the Jericho Sailing club where we were greeted by Robin, our guide for the day, who took us down to the pier to discuss the day’s itinerary.  Our first task was to paddle out in the canoe to drop our first crab pot. Once back at shore we tried our hand at throwing in a crab trap from the end of a pier. This was the part I most enjoyed. Casting out our trap and then pulling it in every 15 minutes to check our booty was a lot of fun.

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Catching Dungeness Crab with Swallow Tail Tours