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Things to do in the Rain

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.

But…

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.

Science World

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.

Touring Gastown

Touring Gastown

One of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods and the original downtown core, Gastown is one the coolest most eclectic places to visit in all Vancouver.  You can walk down Water St, or sneak down the little side streets, but for today here are some of the interesting things to see and do on Abbott Street.  Next trip make sure you do a complete tour of Gastown, you’ll love it there.

Start your trip down Abbott Street with lunch at Jules Bistro, a French bistro,  grab a table on the patio and people watch.  The head chef hails from Dijon, France and Jules offers classic French cuisine.  Next head over to The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda to grab a drink as you continue your stroll.  Lots of in-house teas and sodas, the Indigenous owned business takes it’s inspiration from their Squamish Heritage and using locally sourced ingredients to craft their wares.

Now for Some Shopping

Gastown has some incredible shopping, from boutique streetwear over at Livestock and beautiful one of a kind designer wear over at Nouvelle-Nouvelle.  Now onto the really cool stores, first, pop into the Italian Hat Shop Cappelleria Bertacchi.  Try on a Fedora imported from Tuscany and if that’s not to your liking grab a Panama Hat or a French Beret.  For some shoes to match your new hat try Nika Design, built from an old elevator shaft they have beautiful shoes, bags and leather jackets imported from Europe.

Touring Gastown

For something a bit more casual grab a new shirt over at Tees.ca.  Cross between a t-shirt shop and art gallery, find a print you like then buy it and wear it.  Tees.ca works with new artists both here and abroad to put their art work on t-shirts in limited editions.  You can’t tour Abbott Street without seeing Montauk Sofa, this place  is more than just sofas it has beautiful tables and chairs.  They have a cutely named “Misfits” section where you can find a deal or two.

The Nightlife

You have a wide variety of entertainment, if you want a quiet drink The Metropole Pub is an old English style pub with exposed brick, stained glass and plenty of character.  You can feel good about patronizing this place as the Pub donates 25% of its profits to charitable donations throughout the Downtown East Side.  If live music is more your thing, then the Revel Room is the place to be.  6 nights a week there Rockabilly Swing and screaming pianos, you can grab a late dinner here they keep the kitchen open late.

The Clough Club is dark and dreamy place to grab a sophisticated cocktail.  The brilliant bartenders will mix you a fine drink, leaving you no doubt it contains alcohol.  Housed in a historic 110 building and on weekends stop in and grab a lazy brunch.

Vancouver has a lot of things to brag about, it’s a great city to visit or live in, but Gastown is by far one of the coolest parts of the city.  Next time you’re in town spend some time touring Gastown.  If you’re a local rediscover Gastown.