10 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Vancouver

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It’s no secret that Canada’s West Coast sees its fair share of rainy weather, particularly during the fall and winter months. Fortunately, Vancouver has plenty of exciting things to do indoors, whether you’re looking for family activities or romantic things to do as a couple. Here’s a list of our favourite ways to stay warm, dry and entertained on a rainy day in Vancouver.


  1. Escape the rain by spending the afternoon at Science World, a hands-on museum where kids and grownups can learn about outer space, dinosaurs, health science and more. Save more than $30 when you buy a family pass, which includes admission for two adults and up to four children.
  2. Roll out your sleeping bag and spend the night next to the beluga whale tank at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. This unique sleepover gives families an up-close look at marine creatures and their underwater habitats — all while staying dry.
  3. Warm your insides with a tongue-tingling jalapeño or chili pepper-and-chocolate gelato from La Casa Gelato, the only retailer in the world with more than 500 gelato flavours. Kids and adults alike will be amazed at the range of choices, some of which sound like a Willy Wonka invention.


  1. Vancouver has some unbelievable dining spots, so when the weather gets gloomy, make a reservation at one of the city’s splurge-worthy restaurants. The chef’s tasting menu at West Restaurant is sure to impress with its extensive lineup of decadent courses and optional wine pairings.
  2. Escape the dreary weather with an afternoon of full-body pampering at Vida Spa inside The Sutton Place Hotel. Relax with your sweetie while enjoying a warm sugar body scrub, private shower and steam for two and side-by-side massages.
  3. Round up your significant other and travel around the world at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This cultural destination is an ideal place to explore new ideas, learn about other cultures and view ancient and contemporary artwork.

Solo Travellers

  1. Get lost in the literary world at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. This nine-storey, Coliseum-like structure holds more than 1.3 million books, periodicals and reference materials, and its downtown location is near a variety of retail shops and restaurants.
  2. Duck out of the rain and into one of Vancouver’s live theatres for a matinée. Walk-ups are welcome at the Granville Island Stage, where the Arts Club Theatre Company performs everything from complex comedies to musical love stories.


  1. Escape to the heat of the tropics in the glass-domed Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. Exotic plants, free-flying tropical birds and colourful koi fish will make you forget all about the grey weather. Take advantage of the discounted seniors’ admission of $3.48 per person, and make sure to catch one of the daily orchid tours.
  2. Enjoy the tranquility of afternoon tea at the Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge in the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa. Here, you can warm up by the fireplace while sipping tea and nibbling pastries, gourmet cakes and petite sandwiches.


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