Staying Dry: 11 of the Best Rainy Day Activities in Vancouver
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When the weather outside is terrible, the indoor adventures can be quite enjoyable. Here are some of the best rainy day activities in town – no Gore-Tex required.
Learn sword fighting
Channel the spirit of Brienne of Tarth or Conan the Barbarian at Academy Duello. This daring school teaches sword fighting and archery, which means you’ll be wielding a weapon like Aragorn or Inigo Montoya in no time. Liven up a birthday party or corporate team building event by booking one of their private courses.
Play a round – virtually – at Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes, Nicklaus North, Cabo Del Sol or several other of the world’s best golf courses One under. Right in the heart of the downtown financial district, this luxurious club offers six golf simulation bays, as well as handcrafted cocktails, a range of craft beers, and tasty bites like slider, charcuterie, banh mi, and pizza.
Watch live ice hockey
Come on Canucks, go! Root for the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena when NHL hockey returns for a full season after two shortened seasons due to the pandemic. Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, JT Miller and the rest of the boys are slated to play 82 games, and fans will be cheering them live at the arena for the first time in over 19 months. Can the unfortunate team – which was devastated by COVID and ended up last in the North Division earlier this year – manage to rehabilitate themselves? Only time can tell.
Spend a leisurely morning wandering through the Vancouver Art Gallery and admiring works by Emily Carr (VAG has the largest collection of their work in the world) and other BC artists, and thought-provoking rotating exhibits. Vancouver Special: Disorientation and Echo (until January 2nd) deals with contemporary art in the greater Vancouver area. Jan Wade: Soul power (until March 13th) draws on the artist’s mixed cultural heritage and her lived experience as an Afro-Canadian. FREEDOM GROWING: The Instructions of Yoko Ono / The Art of John and Yoko (October 9th to May 1st) shows Ono’s solo works as well as collaborations between Ono and Lennon.
Roll the dice Park Vancouver. Whether you’re a high roller, a newbie, or somewhere in between, you’ll find the right game of blackjack, craps, baccarat, or poker for your skill level. Try your luck at the roulette wheel or the slot machines and then refuel at Honey Salt for the kitchen from the farm to the table; The Victor, for steak and sushi; or BC Kitchen for home cooking. Discover top tricks in the Lotus Whiskey Lounge or the D / 6 Bar & Lounge. If you’re really lucky, you might even stumble across the secret lounge at D / 6 (tip: check out the bookshelf).
Making magic potions
Attention, witches and wizards: put on your most beautiful robes, grab your wands and hurry up The Sorcerer’s Cave. At this charming pop-up bar on Granville Street, under the careful guidance of the Potions Master, you can sip mead as you brew potions and cast spells. Don’t hesitate because this magical place will disappear after October 31st.
Throw an ax
Let go of your inner lumberjack Urban ax throwing in Port Coquitlam. Throwing axes for an hour or two releases tons of tension and provides good upper body workout, and striking the ax that hits the target is surprisingly satisfying. Plus, ignoring your mom’s advice and throwing sharp, heavy objects is just fun.
Visit a peloton showroom to test a bike and find out why so many people are obsessed with this brand of training. Some people rave about the convenience of a group fitness class at home while others love the choice of thousands of cycling classes, both live and on-demand, ranging from 10 to 90 minutes. For the residents of Raincouver, the advantage is obvious: cycling all autumn and winter without having to venture outside.
Learn to cook
Improve your cooking skills at The dirty apron cooking school. The practical courses start with clear, easy-to-understand instructions and end with everyone sharing their culinary creations over a glass of vino in the dining room. There’s a class for almost every palate, from French, Italian, and Thai to Hawaiian, brunch, and vegetarian. And remember: calories expended in the pursuit of knowledge do not count. (That’s a thing right?)
Raise a glass Vancouver brewery tours, which gets eager hop heads to sip, taste, and enjoy handcrafted local beers in popular brewery districts. Depending on which tour you choose, you might visit Brewers Row, Brewery Creek, Yeast Van, or North Van. But bring a raincoat – and a spirit of camaraderie – if you choose to do one of the North Van tours on a 14-seater party bike. Thank you very much!
Watch a movie
Movies are really ideal activities for rainy days. Watch the latest movie by a. Reserve private movie night in the Cineplex. You and 19 friends can upload a new publication or an old favorite such as Bridesmaids, Mean girls, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park or Mamma Mia! Don’t forget the popcorn.