Things to do in Vancouver when it's cold and rainy!
Even though the weather is getting colder and wetter, there are still lots of things to do in Vancouver for people of all ages! Vancouverites learn to love the rain considering it keeps our forests lush and grass green all year-round. Visitors needn’t be put off by a grey day as the city offers a number of fun things to do when it rains.
Here are a few of our favorite things to do when the weather keeps us indoors:
- Bloedel Conservatory
o When it's cold and rainy ouside, one of the best things to do in Vancouver is the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, where it's always balmy and tropical inside. Situated atop Queen Elizabeth Park, the iconic Conservatory is small--families will likely spend about 45 minutes there--but it offers a great opportunity for bird watching, exploring and learning about ecology.
- Vancouver Aquarium
o Visiting the belugas--and 70,000 other creatures--who live at the famous Vancouver Aquarium is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day, whether you have kids or not. But if you do have kids, the Vancouver Aquarium provides the perfect mix of fun and education in one spot.
- Museum of Anthropology
o One of Vancouver's Top 5 Museums, UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is world-renowned for its collections of First Nations and Coast Salish peoples' arts, sculptures, and historic works, including magnificent large-scale totems. It's most famous artwork is the the iconic sculpture Raven and The First Men by the B.C. First Nations artist Bill Reid; an image of the Raven and The First Men sculpture appears on the back of every Canadian $20 bill!
Do you think that Farmers Markets are only for the summer? Not in Vancouver! The Winter Farmers Market returns to Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 2, for its eighth season. The unique weekly market, held Saturdays through April from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., features dozens of vendors selling seasonal produce, meat, seafood and cheese, as well as an assortment of home-baked goodies and even crafts. For many Vancouverites, trips to the market have become a winter tradition – a weekly way to ward off seasonal doldrums with fresh foods, fresh air and plenty of interesting personalities. Shoppers stream in with reusable canvas bags, winding their way through rows of stalls and past market musicians and performers. Vendors in tents are happy to talk your ear off with the stories behind their potatoes, cheeses and organic honeys. Kids and on-leash dogs nose through the crowds. And the leafy Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood, backed by the gardens and forests of Queen Elizabeth Park, makes for a great mini-escape from the bustle of downtown.
If you are already in the Christmas spirit then you should not miss the Vancouver Christmas Market. It opens on November 22 and is located on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The Christmas Market is guaranteed to make you feel festive! Stroll through the festively decorated outdoor Christmas village and be treated to row upon row of illuminated wooden huts offering handmade gifts and tempting treats. Listen to the sounds of bells, trumpeters and carolers. As day becomes night, thousands of Christmas lights sparkle and delicious aromas of mulled wine and spicy gingerbread waft through the air.