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And then the rains came – Welcome to Raincity!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I must apologize for the absence of Blogs the past few weeks….November is generally the time when staff go on their vacation as the hotel tends to wind down after the busy summer period.

Coming back to Vancouver in the middle of November is like returning home to an unfamiliar city – gone are the glorious blue skies of summer, now replaced by the seasonal Pacific storms that barrel the coast like an unrelenting train (which in actual fact is the case). For some this can seem like a drab nightmare, but there is a great charm to the weather that makes the Pacific Northwest so unique.

We feel that rain should never stop you from venturing out, if anything, get the wellies and anorak on and brave the elements…the colors of the sky are not as dull gray as you may think…and Stanley park comes alive with the passing weather, its this time of year when you realize and notice that Vancouver is nestled in a temperate rain-forest, so take a good look as the fronts sweep by and watch the trees breath out the condensation in the park, it truly is a living and breathing ecosystem.

There are plenty of things to do in the city that is undercover, such as Granville Island Public Market, the Big Bus city tours, Museum of Vancouver alongside the Macmillan Space Center and Police Museum near Kitsilano Point at Vanier Park.

http://www.granvilleisland.com/

http://bigbus.ca/home/

At Kitsilano Point there is a great story that sums up our “Raincity”. Which has been carved onto a large rock, it is a lovely testament to the inclement weather.

This story stone, entitled “Vancouver in the Rain” is one of ten across the city. Here it is….

“It is probably fair to say that one of the things for which Vancouver is most famous is rain. It is true that it can and will rain here for weeks on end. Several years ago I found myself coming close to being thoroughly disgusted with the rain, unusual for me as it usually bothers me not at all.

I was walking home from work and was mumbling under my breath the whole way, carrying on about how this weather was suited only to ducks. The building I lived in at the time was a large square building surrounding a brick courtyard. I came around the corner into the courtyard and there, to my amazement, was a beautiful Peking duck, having a ball in a huge puddle in the middle of the courtyard. It was quacking and splashing with such obvious delight that I had to smile, glad that such joy could be found in the gray wetness of such a day.

I really love the rain in Vancouver. I have been told that the Inuit have hundreds of words for snow. I have often thought we don’t have nearly enough words for rain, for there are so many types of rain. There is soft rain and hard rain and sideways rain, rain that makes you instantly wet, and rain that leaves soft kisses on your cheek, like the wings of a butterfly. There is cold rain and warm rain, go out for a walk rain and stay in bed with the cats rain. There is booming rain and whispery rain, rain that lulls you to sleep and rain to sing you awake. The rain brings us all the shades of gray, but it also brings us the wonderful greenery which surrounds and blesses us.”

Major attractions to visit in August.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The city is in between festivals at the moment so this will be a good time to explore some of the major attractions around the city. Here we can give you a sneak peak at some of Vancity’s most popular tourist destinations and a little bit more.

Vancouver Art Gallery
A staple in the city, the Vancouver Art Gallery has been the hub of all the attractions in the city and is certainly a must see attraction. The fountain area is also the assembly point for many protests and political gatherings!

Every Tuesday after 5pm the gallery is by donation only and is open later till 9pm. Current exhibit of interest at the VAG, is the Henry Matisse display. There are also daily tours around the Gallery.

www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology is located at the University of British Columbia campus, it is a truly stunning setting and is home to one of the major Anthropology classes in the world. The museum is certainly one to spend the whole day at, there are so many exhibits and artifacts that it would be a shame to just breeze through for a couple of hours.
Here you will get to learn about the culture of the local First Nations in the area and much more in the way of world culture.

http://www.moa.ubc.ca/

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

Located at Queen Elizabeth Park, a jewel in the crown for anyone that loves Flowers, Parks and amazing scenery, the gardens are part of an old quarry network, and the park itself is actually one of the highest vantage points in the city, on a good day you will be greeted with a 360 degree view of the city.

Museum of Vancouver – Space Museum – Maritime Museum – Bard on the Beach

These attractions are located in Vanier Park, just a stones throw away from the stunningly beautiful kitsilano beach. To get to these areas you can take a small boat ride using False Creek Ferries (round trip $5.50) and running every 15 minutes.

The Museum of Vancouver has a great exhibit that shows the Stanley Cup Riot Boards of 2011 that were in place around the city, and, specifically The Bay store. A interesting insight into the sense of community that arose during a dark patch during an event that was meant to bring everyone together, but in an unexpected fashion.

http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

The HR Macmillan Space Center will delight the young keen astronomer in anyone one of us, a perfect attraction for aspiring young Scientists!

www.spacecentre.ca

The Maritime Museum is home to a cool collection of Boats from the past and present!

Bard on the Beach, a staple in the Vancouver summer season, watch Shakespearean plays in the open air with a stunning backdrop of the city behind you.

http://www.bardonthebeach.org/