Top 10 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Vancouver
Yes, it’s true! It does rain quite a bit in Vancouver. But these do not have to be gloomy days—there is always something to do on a rainy day in the city. Sometimes the rain can be comforting and soothing; other days it can be a bit depressing. This list will provide you with ideas for a rainy day in Vancouver and allow you to experience culture, art and even educate yourself.
Take in Some Art
Head to the Vancouver Art Gallery for the day and educate yourself in the world of fine art. It isn’t too expensive to enter and it always has some fabulous exhibitions going on. You can see anything, from the dialogue with Emily Carr to almost 10,000 permanent works of art. Visit the Web site at www.vanartgallery.bc.ca or call the gallery at 604-662-4719.
Walk and Talk it Out
Take a walk in the rain on the seawall with a loved one. Vancouver may be wet, but it shouldn’t stop you from grabbing an umbrella, putting on your boots and heading out for an exhilarating walk with a family member, partner or friend.
Make a visit to the Vancouver Public Library where you can sit, chill and read numerous books, both non-fiction and fiction. It is a great source of information and visitors spend hours at times just reading. There is also Internet access for library members and they have a foreign language section to experience. If you get hungry or thirsty you can go to the Library Square Public House, located in the bottom of the library. You can also buy a snack from one of the little pizza, bagel, sub or coffee houses within the library. Check out the library Web site atwww.vpl.ca for their hours of operation.
Go Out for Lunch in Yaletown
Milestones Restaurant in Yaletown has been newly renovated and is extremely cozy. If it is raining, then go out for a bite to eat, have some wine to warm you up and spend some time with a friend. Visit the restaurant Web site at www.milestonesrestaurants.com or find it at 1109 Hamilton Street. It isn’t as expensive as some of Yaletown’s other establishments and the staff is extremely friendly.
The Science World Experience
Why not educate yourself on a rainy day? If you have kids they will love this attraction. It is a hands-on interactive place celebrating science and scientific discoveries. Sometimes they have exhibitions going on as well. Visit the Web site at www.scienceworld.bc.ca or call 604-443-7474 for more information and location.
Light, Cameras, Action!
Go to the movies on a rainy day. Vancouver has a few theatres to enjoy in the downtown area, such as the Scotiabank Theatre located at 900 Burrard Street and the smaller Garnville 7 Theatre located at 855 Granville Street. Both of them offer fabulous new releases and all the concession stand trimmings. Check out Granville 7 Theatres online atwww.empiretheatres.com or call Scotiabank Theatre at 604-630-1407.
Sea Otters, Fish and Beluga Whales! Oh My!
Take the family or go with friends to the Vancouver Aquarium. When it rains, many people choose to stay indoors, so you might get lucky and find it not too crowded. Visit the Web site atwww.vanaqua.org or call the aquarium at 604-659-3474 for hours of operation and entrance fees.
Take a bus or taxi over to Granville Island and visit the many craft stores they have available. You can make your own necklaces, teddy bears and so much more. This is sure to help you beat the rainy day blues! Visit the Web site at www.granvilleisland.com.
Be One with Nature
A great idea is to visit Stanley Park on a rainy day. The rainforest is so thick in places that it almost protects you from the rain, and there is a lot to see as you hike around and see totem poles and lush trees. Visit the Vancouver Park Board Web site at www.vancouver.ca to find out what is going on at Stanley Park.
Shop ’til you Drop!
Get out and do some shopping. Shopping is a great activity to do on a Vancouver rainy day and the department stores are the best places to visit. At the intersection of Granville and Robson Streets you will find Sears Canada and Winners and you’ll find an amazing variety of shops on Granville Street. If you head North on Granville you will also find the Hudson’s Bay and a Vancouver landmark mall called the Pacific Centre.