Rainy Days in Vancouver

Rainy Weather Doesn’t Stop Vancouverites, Don’t Let it Stop You!

Fall has arrived and winter is not far behind, shorter days and rainy weather in Vancouver means it’s time take it indoors to get active, learn a thing or two and take in some exceptional exhibits at some of our best attractions.

Families should check out Science World at Telus World of Science, for a hands-on experience where interactive displays let kids and grown-ups explore the wonder of science.  Burn a little more energy when you visit the BC Sports Hall of Fame at BC Place Stadium, dynamic exhibits tell the history of sport, and BC’s sport heroes while the participation zone lets everyone test their athletic abilities.  Add a Behind the Scenes Tour of BC Place for a truly unique experience. Book these two great family attractions now and save 20% on your admissions, add a visit to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC, BC’s only natural history museum housing over 2.1 million specimens to discover, and save 25% on each attraction.


Anyone looking to have an arts and culture weekend, or week, should include visits to these three world class galleries and museums.  The Vancouver Art Gallery whose permanent collection features over 11,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia.  Currently on exhibit from the collections, is Emily Carr: Into the Forest,  significant as a landscape painter, this selection of artworks include some of her greatest canvases and oils on paper. These works demonstrate Carr’s profound regard for British Columbia’s natural environment and her remarkable ability to depict the vitality of our dense coastal forests.  While the featured exhibition Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers insight into two distinctly different modes of painting.  This exhibition traces the legacy of that debate and presents the work of 31 artists who have been active participants in the strong revival that painting enjoys in this country. Just a short trip across the Burrard Street Bridge or a 5 minute ferry ride takes you to beautiful Vanier Park, home of the Museum of Vancouver, where the story of Vancouver, from our indigenous roots to the turbulent 70’s is told.  Feature exhibition City On the Edge, 100 Years of Activism, is a photo based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity.  Tie it all together with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, this cultural destination is an ideal place to explore new ideas, learn about other cultures and view ancient and contemporary artwork. Buying all three of these cultural experiences in advance saves an adult visitor $14.50 and can be enjoyed whenever you like.

If a nature is what you are up for, grab your umbrella just in case, and start your visit at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden, with covered walkways and beautiful pavilions protecting you from Vancouver’s famous rainforest conditions! The jade green pond, koi fish, collection of 150-year old miniature trees and tai hu rock imported from China, are some of the delights the Garden offers. Built in 1986 by fifty-three master craftsmen from China and 950 crates of traditional material, it was constructed using 14th century methods.. Recently refreshed this attraction is a sensory overload on a rainy day, enjoy a complimentary tea and tour to make the most of your visit.  Pair this attraction with a visit to the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park, exotic plants, over 200 free-flying birds and colourful koi fish will make you forget all about the grey weather.  Carry on up the road to the VanDusen Gardens, encompassing 55 acres featuring 40 themed gardens this garden delights visitors every season, check out their monthly self-guided tours to make the most of your experience.  Book on line here and save 25% on all three gardens.

Have you just got one day? Start at the Top of Vancouver, The Vancouver Lookout, this 360-degree attraction 554 feet above the city will give you the big picture!  Look across to Vancouver Island, and to the North Shore mountains for some spectacular views, then map out the rest of your day as you gaze out to the many diverse neighborhoods of Vancouver.  Then, jump aboard a Vancouver Trolley, available right outside the Lookout’s front door, for a two-hour tour of the City, hop on and hop off as you wish, stops include many great Vancouver Attractions including stops in Stanley Park, where you can pick up a Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour, for a Story-Telling Adventure, Granville Island for lunch, then hop back on board and head to historic Chinatown, where you can visit the recently restored Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  Tickets to all of these attractions can be purchased from this website, buy all four and save 30%.  Maximize your savings by pre-purchasing your best combination of attractions.