Vancouver On A Rainy Day: 5 Things You’ll Love

You’ve already done the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Aquarium, Science World, and FlyOver Canada. You’ve decided today will be your city day but it’s raining. So where to go now when you’ve exhausted all the typical Vancouver attractions?

Pack a raincoat, pull on your boots, and head off the beaten track. Maybe grab your camera too – it’s the perfect weather to experience the Pacific Northwest.

1. Soak up the rainforest at the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Today Lynn Canyon Park is 617 acres and contains second-growth rainforest. Most of the trees here are around 80 to 100 years old. The suspension bridge sways 50 meters above the canyon floor and was built privately in 1912 when the park opened.

Girl on the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge

Lynn Canyon also offers a selection of walking and hiking trails that connect to other parks in the region such as Lynn Headwaters, Rice Lake, and Inter River Park.

Cost of admission: Free
Where:  North Vancouver
When: Lynn Canyon Park is open daily all year. During the winter months dusk falls very early. Use extreme caution and allow plenty of time to return to the park entrance before dark. June to September: 10 am to 5 pm. October to May: 12pm to 4 pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Free tours: Free drop-in walking tours in Lynn Valley are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 7th to August 25th at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

2. Then get warm and toasty at Matchstick Coffee

Matchstick is one (or three) of our favourite place to meet up with friends, warm up after long walk, or get a cheeky plate of baked beans and poached eggs on a slow Sunday.

Based in Vancouver, the Fraser, Chinatown, and Riley Park, Matchstick Coffee cafes all reflect their own community. Each has freshly roasted coffee and pastries baked daily.

Cost: Coffee $3.50 – $4.50, Poached Eggs & Baked Beans, $10
Where:  We have a soft spot for the Chinatown cafe on E Georgia St (and Main)

3. Catch a classic film matinee at The Cinematheque

Cinematheque is dedicated to bringing you what they like to think of as “essential cinema”. Whether new releases, classics or rarely seen gems, these are movie experiences that stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

The Cinematheque Vancouver

Movies that inspire you by their craft and beauty; movies that really stir the emotions; movies that make you question your assumptions; movies that give you a genuine insight into the local, national and global communities to which we belong. The perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.

Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique was established as a film society four decades ago, and since that time has been one of the most active film organizations in North America, with more than 500 curated film exhibitions annually.

Cost of admission: Single feature $11, double bill $16
Where: 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
When: Lynn Canyon Park is open daily all year. During the winter months dusk falls very early. Use extreme caution and allow plenty of time to return to the park entrance before dark. June to September: 10 am to 5 pm. October to May: 12pm to 4 pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

3. Pick up a pint of ice cream for the road at Ernest

Small batch and seasonal – the only way ice cream should be. It’s also the best vegan ice cream in the world. Working in small batches allows Ernest the flexibility to experiment with local foraged ingredients like fresh spruce bud and elderflower.

Ernest ice cream vancouver

Cones or pints are your options are Ernest Ice Cream, and they’re the only ice cream maker to pack their delights in reusable glass mason jars. They feature rotating seasonal flavours alongside classics like salted caramel and mint chip. They also serve espresso and affogatos (espresso poured over ice cream) using locally roasted coffee.

To Die For Flavours: 33 Acres of Malt, Matcha Green Tea, Vegan Chocolate
Where:  We love the original on 3992 Fraser St Vancouver, BC

5. Watch a 360º sunset from the Vancouver Lookout tower

Hopefully by the time you sunset comes around the clouds will lift and give you a clear view of the city lights. The Vancouver lookout tower is high-up on the “typical tourist attractions” list, but don’t go in the middle of the day. Wait until golden hour or sunset to get the best views of the skyline and mountains.

Sunset seen from the Vancouver lookout tower, British Columbia,

To get to the top you’ll take the 40 second glass elevator ride to the 360º observation deck, 553.16 feet (168.80m) above the downtown Vancouver streets.

Cost: Adults, $17.50. Students, $12.50
Good to know: tickets are valid all day, so if you get there in the day time and the weather is poor just come back later

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If you’re heading to Vancouver after staying with us in Whistler, ask our front desk staff for more recommendations when you check out. We’re all local, love the city, and have a pocketbook full of our own personal favourite things to see and do in the big city.