Keep busy, get active and stay dry on those rainy winter days.
Vancouver is lush, green and beautiful – and we have a large amount of year-round rainfall to thank for that. While the wetter months are inevitable in this city, there’s no denying that the rain can put a bit of a damper on your outdoor plans.
To ease the transition into this consistently-overcast time of year, we’ve curated a list of indoor activities to try to keep you active in Vancouver on a rainy day.
Go indoor rock climbing
Open to new and experienced climbers alike, these gyms offer a wide range of options to get you up the wall. With climb-only sessions, belay courses, technical training plans and bouldering available, you can start at square one to simply get your feet wet or build your skills to take your climbing to the next level.
Take a few laps at a public skate
Drop into a public skate at one of the many rinks located throughout the Vancouver area or put on your helmet and gloves to join a session of stick-and puck. Don’t own skates? Not a problem – most arenas have rentals available right at the rink.
Bound through a trampoline park
Where: Extreme Air Park
42,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines, a 50-foot half pipe and one big foam pit…need we say more? Put on your anti-slip socks and try your hand at a game of trampoline basketball or line up your group for a high-flying round of 3-D dodgeball.
Go for a swim
Get an aquatic workout or spend a family day in the pool with swimming lessons, steam rooms, saunas and aquatic classes. Try out any of the local pools or head out to UBC to their newly renovated Aquatic Centre.
Attend circus school
Where: Vancouver Circus School
Ever had the urge to run away and join the circus? Luckily, there’s a place for that. Head to Vancouver Circus School and try out the trampoline, aerial silks, acrobalance, unicycle and so much more.
Start up an indoor beach volleyball game
Where: 6-Pack Indoor Beach
Take off those shoes, it’s time to get your toes back in the sand at this indoor beach volleyball court in Richmond. Offering drop-ins, leagues, clinics and court rentals, you can bump, set and spike to your heart’s content all year round.
Strike out with 6-pin bowling
Slip on a pair of rental shoes and have some good old-fashioned fun. Leagues and drop-ins and welcome at both locations with Commodore Lanes also offering beverages and billiards.
Try your hand at curling
Where: Vancouver Curling Club
Toss a few curling rocks and learn the art of sweeping by renting one of Hillcrest’s eight ice sheets. With lessons available and the Last Draw Lounge just feet away for a post-curl beverage, this club is a great spot for any sized group of any experience level.
Play archery tag
Where: 6-Pack Indoor Beach
If paintball, dodgeball and archery every had a baby, this would be it. Drop into a Friday or Saturday night public game or challenge your friends and family to a competition using archery bows and foam-tipped arrows.
Take up a game of racquetball or squash
Looking for a high-paced, heart-pumping activity to share with a friend? Racquetball and squash are right up your alley. Book one of the many community courts or play out of the Robert Lee YMCA downtown.
Learn to sword fight
Where: Academie Duello
Transport yourself back to the days of the renaissance and prepare to be challenged to a duel. Choose your medieval adventure to include a rapier fencing fight, a knight’s sword duel, target practice with a bow and arrow, or even hop on a horse and learn to lance.