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rainy day activities

11 Rainy Day Activities in Montreal

By JOANNE LATIMER

Photo: Rachel Barenblat

1. Bowl and dine at Notre Dame des Quilles. Throw a strike at this hip new bowling bistro. It serves classy comfort food, like mac ‘n’ cheese with jalapeño chutney, alongside real ginger ale and cheap pints. It opens at 3 pm for afternoon fun. Cash only. 32 Beaubien St. E., at St. Laurent; 514-507-1313. Open daily from 3 pm.

2. Pamper yourself with a massage. Massages at Bota Bota spa ($90 for 60 minutes) are accompanied by a live harpist and you can also tack on a sauna or eucalyptus steam bath. Once a seaworthy vessel, this five-storey ship was retrofitted as a chic spa in 2010. 358 Commune St. W.; 516-284-0333. Open daily by appointment. (more…)

32 Indoor Escapes in Vancouver

AROUND THE HARBOUR

Step inside one of the province’s iconic attractions and take in Royal BC Museum: Behind the Scenes, an ongoing exhibit designed to give visitors an insider’s look at the museum’s 124-year-history of scientific research. Part one of this intriguing exhibit runs through fall 2011, showcasing the work of the museum’s natural history department. The 929-square-metre exhibition features thousands of natural history specimens, ranging from preserved sea cucumbers, clawed frogs and pythons, to a 225-million-year-old fossilized Saurichthys (reptile fish). (more…)