Ten Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Vancouver

  1. Recharge in the tropical heat of glass-domed Bloedel Floral Conserva-tory at Queen Elizabeth Park (vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx).

  3. Take a culinary tour of Granville Island Public Market with the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts or Edible Canada

  5. Enjoy the tranquillity of weekend afternoon tea by the fire at Bacchus Lounge in the Wedgewood Hotel (www.wedgewoodhotel.com)

  7. Warm your insides with a tongue-tingling jalapeno or chilli pepper-and-chocolate gelato from La Casa Gelato (www.lacasagelato.com), where more than 500 flavours await

  9. Hit the spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (www.fairmont.com/pacificrim)

  11. Embrace the rain with a guided rainforest tour and gourmet picnic lunch (www.rockwoodadventures.com) in Lighthouse Park. Discover lichens, mosses and some of the Lower Mainland’s oldest cedar trees

  13. Select some reading material (or take in a free author reading) at the Vancouver Public Library (www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca)

  15. Roll out your sleeping bag and overnight next to the beluga whale tank at the Vancouver Aquarium (www.vanaqua.org)

  17. Get lost in the incredible Museum of Anthropology (www.moa.ubc.ca). Arthur Erickson's spectacular glass and concrete space gives the collection of majestic totem poles freedom to tower.

  19. Catch a matinée. Duck out of the rain and into one of Vancouver’s live theatres. Walk-ups are welcome at the Granville Island Stage and Waterfront Theatres on Granville Island, and the Firehall theatre downtown. Check www.ticketstonight.ca to see what’s on or to buy half-price, day-of tickets to select shows