One Awesome Thing: The top 3 places to visit in Vancouver when it’s raining

Bloedel Conservatory/Brenna Temple

Every morning we deliver you One Awesome Thing – an article that makes you want to get out of bed and rule your day.

If you haven’t already looked out your window, it’s raining!

But that’s not much of a surprise for anyone who’s resided in Vancouver for at least one year, requiring a wardrobe transition to clunky rubber boots and the classic rain jacket that’s pretty much essential in this city!

It’s true – we’re feeling a little miserable, but what if we exerted all that energy into doing things that actually make you feel better?

If the rain’s getting to your head, I’ve listed three great places where you can be happy and, well, stay dry.

The Art Gallery

Image: Vancouver Art Gallery

Whether it’s during your time off or an escape from the rain on a lunch break, this is where you need to be. Emily Carr’s forest-themed exhibit ends on December 3, so if you haven’t already had the chance to visit this mystical exhibit, you still have a chance! And don’t forget about the latest Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit that’s literally fit for a queen (the queen approved it for travelling) called the Royal Collection – up until February 4.  The Royal Collection is comprised of more than 80 works and consists of paintings depicting portraits of artists and artists at work. It’s hauntingly beautiful and definitely a must-see.

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology


There’s something special about touring UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, especially when it’s raining because you can hear it softly pitter-pattering upon the roof as you stare at the ceilings towering above you. This makes for a truly calming activity seeing as the museum tends to be a very calm, quiet place. There is more than one exhibit right now, but In a Different Light comes highly recommended. It consists of more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks that represent creativity to the highest standard.

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory/Brenna Temple

Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory is the perfect place for finding some relief from the rain. Can’t afford a vacation to Hawaii? Want to breathe in the warm air of a rainforest? No problem! The inside of this place is literally a rainforest and contains tons of different tropical plants and animals, namely birds.

Bloedel Conservatory/Brenna Temple