Stay Dry: 11 of the Best Rainy Day Activities in Vancouver
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When the weather outside is scary, adventures inside can be quite delicious. Here are some of the best things to do on a rainy day – no Gore-Tex required.
Learn sword fighting
Channel the spirit of Brienne of Tarth or Conan the Barbarian to Duello Academy. This swashbuckling school teaches sword and archery, which means you’ll be using a weapon like Aragorn or Inigo Montoya in no time. Host a birthday party or corporate team-building event by booking one of their private lessons.
Play a round – virtually – at Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes, Nicklaus North, Cabo Del Sol or many other of the best golf courses in the world at A coin. Right in the heart of the downtown financial district, this luxurious club offers six simulation golf bays as well as craft cocktails, a range of craft beers and delicious snacks such as sliders, cold meats, banh mi and pizza.
Watch live hockey
Come on the Canucks, come on! Root for the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena as NHL hockey returns for a full season after two abridged seasons due to the pandemic. Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, JT Miller and the rest of the boys are set to play 82 games, and fans will cheer them on live in the arena for the first time in over 19 months. Can the ill-fated team – which was ravaged by COVID, then finished last in the North Division earlier this year – can they manage to redeem themselves? Only time will tell.
Admire the art
For a quiet morning wandering the Vancouver Art Gallery and admire works by Emily Carr (the VAG has the world’s largest collection of her work) and other artists from British Columbia, as well as stimulating temporary exhibitions. Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo (until January 2) takes a look at contemporary art in Metro Vancouver. Jan Wade: the power of the soul (until March 13) draws on the artist’s mixed cultural heritage and her lived experience as an African-Canadian. GROWING IN FREEDOM: Yoko Ono’s Instructions / The Art of John and Yoko (October 9 to May 1) presents both the solo works of Ono and the collaborations between Ono and Lennon.
Roll the dice at Vancouver Park. Whether you’re a heavy gamer, a beginner, or somewhere in between, you’ll find the right game of blackjack, craps, baccarat, or poker for your skill level. Try your luck at roulette or the slots, then refuel at Honey Salt, for farm-to-table cuisine; Le Victor, for steak and sushi; or BC Kitchen, for comfort foods. Discover the best drinks at the Lotus Whiskey Lounge or the D / 6 Bar & Lounge. If you’re really lucky, you might even stumble upon the secret lounge inside D / 6 (hint: examine the library).
Make magic potions
Watch out, witches and wizards: put on your best dresses, grab your magic wands and hurry to The sorcerer’s lair. This deliciously watered pop-up bar on Granville Street will have you sip mead while brewing potions and casting spells under the careful tutelage of the Potions Master. Don’t delay, because this magical place disappears after October 31st.
Throwing an ax
Free your inner lumberjack at Urban ax throwing in Port Coquitlam. Throwing axes for an hour or two releases tons of tension and provides a good upper body workout, and the thud of the ax hitting the target is surprisingly satisfying. Plus, it’s just plain fun to ignore your mom’s advice and throw sharp, heavy objects.
Visit a Peloton showroom to test a bike and find out why so many people are obsessed with this brand of exercise. Some people rave about the convenience of taking a group fitness class at home, while others enjoy the selection of thousands of cycling classes, live and on demand, ranging from 10 to 90 minutes. For the residents of Raincouver, the advantage is clear: to cycle all fall and winter without the need to venture outside.
Learn to cook
Perfect your cooking skills at Dirty apron cooking school. Hands-on lessons begin with clear, easy-to-follow instructions and end with sharing their culinary creations over a glass of wine in the dining room. There’s a class to appeal to almost any palate, from French, Italian, and Thai to Hawaiian, brunch, and vegetarian. And remember: calories consumed in the pursuit of knowledge don’t count. (It’s one thing, isn’t it?)
Raise a glass for Vancouver Brewery Tours, which carries hopheads eager to sip, taste and savor local craft beers in popular brewing quarters. Depending on which tour you choose, you may find yourself visiting Brewers Row, Brewery Creek, Yeast Van, or North Van. But bring a rain jacket – and a spirit of camaraderie – if you choose one of the North Van tours given on a 14-seat party bike. Cheers!
Watch a movie
Movies are really ideal activities for a rainy day. Watch the latest movie by booking a private movie night at Cineplex. You and 19 friends can enjoy a new version or an old favorite such as Bridesmaids, Bad girls, Back to the future, jurassic park Where Mom Mia! Don’t forget the popcorn.