Many people share the misconception that Vancouver is a rain-saturated city, where umbrellas are part of everyday life and the sun seldom peaks out. But the truth is, Vancouver enjoys one of the mildest climates in Canada. And all the rain Vancouver is supposed to get? Its precipitation is on par with New York and Quebec City.
Nevertheless, it can rain and when it does, Vancouver offers a plethora of wonderful activities and attractions. We've put together a list of five of the best.
Put on a slicker and enjoy a brisk walk through Stanley Park. The rainforest canopy provides ample coverage from the rain.
· Stanley Park is located at the western edge of downtown. Head west on Georgia and follow the signs. While there, you may also spend the day with otters, octopi and other sea-dwelling creatures at the world-famous Vancouver Aquarium (Adult admission is $22.05, Youth are $17.05 and children 4-12 are $14.05)
View masterpieces by Emily Carr and a world-class collection of other artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
· Located downtown at Howe & Robson St.
· Adult admission is $19.50, kids 5-12 only $7
Make learning fun with the interactive and fascinating exhibits at the Science World.
· Look for the silver, golf ball-looking building east of downtown (1455 Quebec St.)
· Parents get in for $23.75 (including a movie at OMNIMAX), while kids cost $20.25
· A family pass is $65.50 and includes two adults and up to four kids.
Wander the shops, boutiques and galleries of bustling Granville Island.
· Located beneath the Granville St. Bridge off 4th Ave.
· Parking can be scarce, so consider transit (#50 Granville Island)
Feed your inner shopaholic at any of Vancouver's malls, from Downtown's Pacific Centre to the 470 shops and services at Metropolis at Metrotown in nearby Burnaby.
· Pacific Centre can be accessed on Pender St. between Granville and Howe St
· Metrotown is at 4700 Kingsway in Burnaby, but is best accessed via the Skytrain (Expo Line to Metrotown Station)