Vancouver is an extraordinary city. Canada’s third largest city is home to more than 2 million people and it has lots to brag about. Nestled on the Pacific Ocean it boasts beautiful beaches, vibrant night life, it’s culturally diverse and it’s just a little over an hour away from some of the best skiing in the world. Vancouver also has one of the mildest climates in Canada so enjoying the outdoors year round is usually not a problem.
What Vancouver does get a fair amount of is rain. It rains A LOT. Fear not though, there are still plenty of things to do in the rain. Here are some Vancouver sites to check out rain or shine.
The Vancouver Art Gallery
The gallery houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 pieces of art with more 300 pieces on view at any given time. During the year it plays host to many different collections and exhibits, it also serves as home to the largest collection of works by Emily Carr. When Emily Carr passed away in 1945 a portion of work was bequeathed to the province. In 1966 the works were transferred to the Art Gallery, the collection now has 146 paintings, 45 ceramic works, 51 drawings and it also includes personal items and untitled sketches. There are tours available or you can browse the gallery at your leisure. Take a rainy afternoon and wander the gallery taking in some culture.
The Vancouver Aquarium
The aquarium should top your list of things to do on a rainy day. The Vancouver Aquarium provides a home to more than 50,000 animals from all over the globe and is a recognized leader in connecting its visitors to the marine world. It’s a non profit and self supporting organization dedicated to conservation, it sponsors studies and research into marine life and its preservation. Located in the beautiful Stanley Park it’s open to visitors 365 days a year. Spend an afternoon learning about marine life and how important they are to our world. Here is a video showing some of the amazing highlights of the Vancouver Aquarium.
Located near downtown Vancouver, Science World is a destination your kids will love. It has the Omnimax Theater that shows different nature and science films all throughout the day. Science World, uses exhibits and lectures to make science cool. Right now they have an exhibition showing all the interesting gadgets used in the world of spies. You can track down enemy spies using all kinds of high tech tools. Your kids will have a blast!
Even on dreary, rainy day there is a ton of things to do in Vancouver. Grab the kids and head over to one of the many educational facilities scattered throughout Vancouver. Rainy days don’t mean you have to stay home.