Put up your hood and open your umbrella for 20 activities that can be enjoyed rain or shine
By JILL VON SPRECKEN
1. Stroll through Stanley Park. The city’s 400-hectare (1,000-acre) forested oasis is a can’t-miss activity. On a drizzly day, skip the seawall and head into the park’s interior for extra protection from the green canopy above.
3. Spend a day exploring all the fun alpine activities at the top of Grouse Mountain. Added bonus: grizzly bears Grinder and Coola often emerge from their cozy hibernation den in April.
4. Step out onto the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which sways 70 m (230 ft) above a river gorge. The stunning views are worth braving a little liquid sunshine.
6. Take note of local lore: rain in the city means snow on the ski hill. Skiing the local mountains or Whistler Blackcomb is a guaranteed way to forget the forecast.
9. Slip on your wellies and see some of the city’s public art pieces. Don’t miss favourites like Douglas Coupland’s “Digital Orca” and Yue Minjun’s “A-maze-ing Laughter.” And, of course, “The Drop” by Inges Idee—a tip of the hat to Vancouver’s wet climate and geography.
10. Meet all the adorable animals at Maplewood Farm. Need to dodge a deluge? Hide out in the “rabbitat,” greenhouse or livestock barn for awhile.
11. Marvel at how dry you are compared to all the fascinating aquatic animals at the Vancouver Aquarium.
12. Tour scenic Stanley Park the old-fashioned way with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours. The covered carriages are perfect for taking in all the park’s highlights.
13. Wander the cobblestone streets of Gastown, which is at its moody best in inclement weather. Cafes, boutiques, restaurants and bars are all safe havens from downpours.
14. Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola to its lofty summit, 915 m (3,000 ft) above sea level. Hike the trails, take a tour or simply enjoy the views of Howe Sound from one of the many viewing platforms.
15. Dodge raindrops as you dash between stores in hip shopping areas like Gastown, Robson Street and Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue. The high concentration of shops means you won’t even have to open your umbrella.
17. Get your daily dose of malt and hops at a few of Vancouver’s craft breweries. Many hoppy havens in East Van and along Main Street are close enough together to warrant brewery hopping in the rain.
20. Do as the locals do, and thwart chills with a warm, caffeinated drink. For a dose of serious coffee culture, head to local hotspot Revolver. Or for seriously delicious Lucky’s Doughnuts on the side of your cuppa, head to 49th Parallel. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.