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10 things to do on a rainy summer's day in Vancouver

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 19, 2016 3:13 am

Lets not beat around the bush: this years’ summer has been God awful less than stellar. Grey clouds, torrential downpours, and fall-like temperatures have plagued July in Vancouver, disappointing many after such a promising start back in April.

Unless you’re hardcore, you’re probably a fair weather hiker/runner/outdoorsman just like the rest of us, which means you’ve been inside more than you care to admit this summer.

Well, if the wet weather continues, you should still try and make the most of your summer. Here are 10 great (indoor) activities you can partake in if the rain is bumming you out.

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Sunday Afternoon Salsa

  • What: Salsa dancing returns to Robson Square for the Summer 2016 season, offering free lessons, performances and social dancing. Swing by and check it out – it’s fun just to watch if you’re too scared to hit the dancefloor! Robson Square has a handy overhead cover so you’ll stay dry as you dance the night away.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday in July and August; lessons at 3 pm, performances at 5 pm, social dancing all afternoon

Find some nicknacks at the Eastside Flea

Whatever you’re looking for, the Eastside Flea probably has it. With over 50 vendors, five artisan showrooms, DJs, and even a pinball machine, it’s a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. It’s now open for the season.

Check out a comedy night

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View some strange collections at the Museum of Vancouver

  • What: Corsets, vintage prosthetic limbs, pinball machines – these are just a few of the wacky collections curated by Vancouverites on display at the Museum of Vancouver. All of the collections have an interactive component.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Learn to play an instrument for free

You can now borrow instruments from the Vancouver Public Library for free thanks to a new lending program. All you need is a library card and you’re set!

Hit up Granville Island

Granville Island is a tourist-tested hot spot. Not only does the Granville Island Market have a load of great local grocers and food spots, there are restaurants, breweries, and cafes galore. If you’re looking for a bit of entertainment, you can even take in a play at the Granville Island Theatre.

Head to FlyOver Canada

One of the city’s most unique activities, FlyOver Canada will blow you away. Pitched as a “flight ride,” FlyOver sits you in a moving seat under a domed screen, with a variety of programs like “Flight of the Dragon.” It’s like taking an outdoor trip across Canada without having to be outside.

Try an Escape Room

The Escape Room craze is sweeping the globe, and Vancouver is no exception. Something about being locked in a weird room with only your wits to guide you really speaks to people. Metro Vancouver has over a dozen locations, with themes ranging from Heist to Mummy’s Tomb. E-Exit, Smartypantz, Krakit – no matter where you are in Vancouver there’s something nearby.

Check out the Vancouver Art Gallery

Take in a little culture if it’s raining cats and dogs. With tons of great exhibits, including one on Picasso, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon, especially if you cap it off with a glass of wine in the gallery café afterwards.

Spend a day at the races

Bring out your fascinators and bowties and head to Hastings Racecourse to take in a day at the track. With a view of the North  Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet, your day is sure to be a win, even if your ticket says the opposite. As long as you don’t venture into the trenches, you can stay undercover with dry seats and food service. Place your bets!


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