Rain rain go away! Until then, get out your umbrella ella ella! Living around Raincity means you’re already well-equipped with rain jackets, cozy boots and life-saving umbrellas. But now you need something fun to do! Here’s 24 rainy day activities to do in and around Vancouver:
750 Hornby Street
Visit the VAG and peruse its diverse permanent collections or special exhibits. Find perspective, get inspired or just admire some meaningful art. The gallery was first founded in 1931 and moved to its current location, a former courthouse, in 1983. It’s one of the country’s largest art galleries and was designated a National Historic Site in 1980. Become a member to help support the institution of culture while skipping the lines! Tuesday evening general admission is by donation from 5-9pm.
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Put your pipes to the test at a karaoke bar. We all have that one song we`ve been perfecting in the shower, now you just need some drinks and a stage to perform it.
22 Game Night
Storm Crow Tavern
1305 Commercial Dr
Regret not keeping your favourite childhood board games or too lazy to dust them off from storage? Grab some friends and umbrellas and head out to Vancouver’s ‘original nerd bar’ Storm Crow Tavern at 1305 Commercial Drive for board and card games galore. They have a huge library of games from checkers and Sorry! to Scrabble and Monopoly.
21 Trivia Night
Hop on down to your favourite watering hole for a pub quiz and trivia night. Put your brain cells to work, one pint at a time, as you see who the smartest person in the room is.
1669 Johnston St
Roam the rainy streets checking out unique boutiques or get some refuge at the indoor Granville Island Public Market. It’s open 7 days a week from 9am – 7pm, meaning you can grab a fresh artisan breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack at anytime of day. Farmers market, shopping, dining and more all in one place!
Turn your doodles into real art as you wine and dine and paint the night away. You can have your own paint party with friends at a local pub or restaurant.
4600 Cambie St
Take a gander to Queen Elizabeth Park and check out the Bloedel Conservatory. This domed tropical paradise sits at the top of the park and operates year-round. What better way to get out of the rain than to be around exotic birds, plants and flowers without leaving Vancouver? Grab a 5-visit pass for some savings.
4Cats Main Street
3573 Main St
Try something different like a pottery class or art workshop. 4Cats art studios have multiple locations around BC including Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and the Fraser Valley.
16 Brewery Tour
601 W Cordova St
It’s no secret that the region is a craft brewery hub, so pick your favourites and take the tour. You can join a public tour or arrange a private group tour. The best part is that transportation is provided so you always have a designated driver. Drink local!
845 Avison Way
Learn about the conservation of aquatic life while admire some magnificent life forms at the Vancouver Aquarium. The non-profit public aquarium serves as a major tourist attraction and facility for marine life research, conversation and re-rehabilitation. Can you find Nemo?
1100 Chestnut St
Get out of the rain by leaving the planet! Check out the H.R.MacMillan Space Centre for a planetarium and museum day. You can embark on your own space exploration learning about the cosmos, rockets and our own planet.
1100 Chestnut St
Connect to the city and to being a Vancouverite at the Museum of Vancouver. Stories, objects, displays and experiences depict the past, present and future of the place we call home. Who said Vancouver doesn’t have any culture?
1905 Ogden Ave
From model ships to an entire vessel exhibition, the Vancouver Maritime Museum celebrates ocean and waterway exploration. Grab a Vanier Park Explore Pass for a visit to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Maritime Museum.
11 Escape Room
289 Abbott St #100
Don’t want to be stuck in the rain? How about stuck in a room with family, friends or colleagues? Book a SmartPantz Vancouver escape and adventure room for some fun themed problem solving. There’s even Virtual Reality rooms!
6Pack Indoor Beach
13180 Mitchell Rd #115, Richmond
Missing the beach? Get your feet in some sand at an indoor beach for some volleyball! Drop-in or join a league to get competitive. Also great for team events or parties!
14380 Triangle Rd, Richmond
Get extreme at an indoor trampoline and air park! Activities at Richmond’s Extreme Air Park include zero gravity basketball, 3D dodgeball, vertical volleyball, an extreme workout course, a jump park, a trampoline park and more.
201 – 999 Canada Place
There’s no weather delay for this flight across Canada. Now a staple Vancouver tourist attraction, the Fly Over Canada experience at Canada Place also attracts locals who want a quick get away. It’s cinematic experience not to be missed.
TBC Indoor Racing
2100 Viceroy Place Richmond
Do you have the need for speed but hate driving in the rain? Rev up with some indoor go kart racing. TBC in Richmond has Happy Hour pricing and other promotions to take advantage of.
1455 Quebec St
Get your science on at Telus World of Science. You’ll feel like a kid again as your imagination runs wild. Explore the many interactive exhibits and displays, learn something new or just have a fun afternoon.
5 Spa Time
Pamper yourself at the spa or make it a date!
6393 NW Marine Dr
Worldly arts and culture are on display at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. First Nations and other cultural communities of British Columbia are featured in the West Coast themed museum.
If you just need some quiet time, hold yourself up at a public library and immerse yourself in literature. As Arthur the aardvark would say “having fun isn`t hard when you`ve got a library card“.
Bad Axe Throwing
8132 130 St #109, Surrey
Let out some aggression with some axe throwing. The backyard activity is now a competitive sport with clubs and leagues. It takes a lot of skill and a good arm.
Paintball, dodgeball and archery combined! This thrilling sport uses foam tipped arrows and true bows in an indoor archery tag course.
By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch
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