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What to do in Vancouver, in the Rain, with Kids

What to do in Vancouver in the Rain with Kids

What to do in vancouver in the rain with kids

The suburbs of Vancouver have been my home my entire life; I’m pretty adept at dealing with the 9 months of rainy weather we receive. Although i had planned to post this on a rainy weekend in October, a rainy day in August seemed just as fitting. With kids out of school, families on holidays and plenty of visitors in the city a guide on what to do when the weather doesn’t quite cooperate with your plans seemed fitting. When we want to get out as a family and the weather is not great here are a few of our favourite places to go. 

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1. The Vancouver Aquarium

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. You can browse the countless tanks with an array of fish and other sea creatures. The underwater viewing tanks of the resident belugas allow you to see them up-close as they gracefully move about their habitat. There are also penguins, otters, a tropical zone and many other exhibits to see. There is still quite a bit to see outdoors (such as the penguins and sea otters) so bring an umbrella or rain jacket!

TIP FOR VISITING: In the summer months, get there early as it gets pretty busy. If you have young kids, bring a sippy cup because their cafeteria does not provide lids or straws for their drinks in order to prevent them accidentally ending up in the outdoor tanks.

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2. Granville Island Public Market / Kids Market / Aquabus

Take the covered Aquabus around False Creek, stop at Granville Island and explore the Public Market where you will find all kinds of foods, local artisans and unique shops. Then make your way over to the Kids Market. The Kids Market at Granville Island has over 25 shops and services, all with kids in mind. There is a multi-level jungle gym located inside called the Adventure Zone, which also includes arcade games. If visiting in fall, spring or winter, be sure to pack for your winter city break. While it is not freezing cold, it is always wet!

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3. Science World

From Granville island you can also take the aquabus to Science World (or visa-versa), where you will discover various interactive activities and they always have special exhibits going on. Kids will love getting to touch and play and you can catch a film at the OMNIMAX theatre which boasts a 5 story high screen!

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4. Blodel Conservancy

The Blodel Conservancy is an indoor domed structure located at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. It is open every-day and is home to over 200 exotic birds and over 500 plants and flowers. If its grey and drizzley outside, step into the steamy jungle-like atmosphere and watch the birds flying around the dome and snap some photos of the beautiful flowers.

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Photo by GoToVan

5. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Visit the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and experience what it is really like to live in the rainforest. Yes you will get wet, bring an umbrella and boots. It is a beautiful place and you will likely avoid any crowds if it’s rainy!

Check out this post on the Best Rainboots for Kids 

Did you know? That Vancouver gets an average of 168 days of rain per year?

6. Shopping

Go shopping at one of the indoor malls in the area. Pacific Center Mall is in the heart of Vancouver or take the skytrain to Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. Who doesn’t love some retail therapy? Ok maybe toddlers wont appreciate it, but there is a cute train at Metrotown to ride around the mall (and it only costs $1)


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7. HR Macmillan Space Center

HR Macmillan Space Center is the home of Vancouver’s planetarium and is located in Vanier Park. It contains displays and interactive exhibits that the kids will love.

8. Fly over Canada

Fly over Canada is a flight simulation attraction and one of Vancouver’s newer attractions. It features a 30 minute experience including a theatrical ride while your feet are hanging above the ground in front of a 20 meter screen. You will see some of Canada’s amazing sights, and diverse landscapes as you travel coast to coast in this thrilling ride. It also contains other special effects such as mist and scents to enhance the experience. TIP FOR VISITING: you will save a bit of money by booking online on their website. Children must be 40” (the height of an average 4 year old, to enter)
Have you been to any of these attractions to avoid the rain? What is your favourite rainy-day activity in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments

If you are looking for some other ideas, check out


40 Things to do in Vancouver

Weekend Trips from Vancouver

20 Best Things to do in Vancouver

If you want some more ideas of Canadian Winter activities, click here.

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  1. […] If you’re visiting Vancouver before or after your cruise and it’s wet out then take a look at this list of things to do in Vancouver when it’s raining! […]

  2. Geography Tees says:

    Excellent list! I want to visit Vancouver so much. Hopefully soon!

  3. Kate says:

    The aquarium and the science centre were our saving graces when we lived in Vancouver! I wish I’d known about the Blodel Conservancy sounds amazing!

  4. Matthew Gimble says:

    No matter how many times I visit Vancouver, Stanley Park is the one place I have to go to each time. The rose gardens are beautiful, the Sea Wall, the many trails, the horse carriage tour are all worth seeing.

  5. I do hope that when I get to Vancouver I’ll experience some good weather. πŸ™‚

  6. I have long wanted to visit Vancouver and the bridge and aquarium in particular both look like a lot of fun!

  7. We were in Vancouver this summer and fell in love with the city – what an amazing place! Fortunately we had incredible weather but on the one day it did rain we headed straight for the aquarium – it was amazing! Hopefully we’ll get the chance to visit the city again πŸ™‚

  8. Unfortunately I didn’t have time when I was in Vancouver, but I’d love to visit Science World! The building itself looks pretty neat πŸ™‚

  9. Rinckle says:

    Perfect List not just for Kids but for Everyone out there you wants to enjoy to its epitome when in Vancouver !!

  10. Kate says:

    I’d love to visit the Conservancy no matter what the weather was like, it looks fantastic. Great tips here. I haven’t been to Vancouver but this is giving me serious inspiration!

  11. bridge looks like fun! If I ever find myself around Vancouver, I need to go there πŸ™‚

  12. Sarah Ebner says:

    It is always good to know what to do in the rain! We live in London so we are also kind of expert at it – and it sounds as if there is loads to do in Vancouver too. Would love to get the chance to visit.

  13. Elena says:

    Great suggestions. That bridge looks like it would be a hit for my daughter and I!

  14. Matt Hilton says:

    The Lynn Canyon suspension bridge looks incredible! I’ve now got a few more adventures to add to my Canadian bucket list!

  15. Dan Vineberg says:

    I had the chance to do Fly Over Canada last time I was in Van. It’s a thrill ride that’s great fun for kids or adults, and will make you proud of Canada – nearly brought a maple-syrup flavoured tear to this canuck’s eye πŸ˜‰

  16. Jessica says:

    That conservancy looks so cool! Haven’t been to Vancouver just yet, but it’s definitely on the list and hope to go there sooner than later since we just moved to San Francisco (a bit closer than NYC)!

  17. Rain? In Vancouver? Never! This is such a key list because rain is a really frequent experience on the west coast.

  18. Bobbi Gould says:

    I’ve been to Vancouver quite a few times, and yep.. boy does it RAIN! Wish I had these around the first few times I went! People that blog with kids- I have no idea how you manage! πŸ™‚ THANKS!

  19. I love rain it scares the tourists off and makes places less crowded.

  20. The Blodel Conservancy sounds great! I’ll have to remember this for when we end up visiting Vancouver. This and the suspension bridge, of course. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a bridge like that, to be honest.

  21. Ohh Fly Over Canada sounds SO cool! There’s a similar ride at Disneyland called Soarin’ Over California and it’s one of my favorites. I’ll have to try it when I go!

  22. Robin says:

    What an excellent list! Vancouver is great rain or shine!

  23. Stacey Valle says:

    I haven’t been to Vancouver, and these places sounds fun! What really caught my eyes is the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, I believe I heard a lot about that place!

  24. Sarah says:

    These look great. Seeing it rains a lot in Vancouver pinning the list so I have it for next trip!

  25. dannielle says:

    Aquariums are fab on a rainy day to keep kids busy and also really educational. I hope to get to Vancouver one day, hopefully in the sun!

  26. Erin Buhr says:

    Great ideas! It was beautiful when we visited in the Fall but tried to plan ahead in case there was rain – this would have been helpful.

  27. chrysoula says:

    I like all your ideas and they seem very fun for the adults as well!

  28. TravelGretl says:

    Aquarium and science world would be my favorites I think πŸ™‚

  29. Ferna says:

    Awesome post. I love that there are also some indoor activities that’s exciting.

  30. Mel Jones says:

    These are great Lindsay, I might I say excellent for the big kids too πŸ˜‰ I’d love to see Vancouver, the Suspension Bridge looks especially awesome! Thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

  31. noel says:

    Wow, there’s a lot of great choices for indoor activities and a nice one under some tree canopies, excellent tips.

  32. Connie Reed says:

    These all sound like fun things to do with or without kids.

  33. I would love to cross over that bridge!! I think it’s great to have alternative ideas when it rains or plans that can be adapted so it doesn’t ruin the day!

  34. Heather says:

    Great ideas! Will try these soon! ?