While British Columbia often enjoys lots of sun-dappled blue-skied days at this time of year, we all know that rain looms just around the corner. But relentless tempests don’t mean you have to stay at home or in your hotel room watching raindrops race down the windows. Richmond is full of brilliant indoor activities where the weather is never a factor. Read on for a few rain-free recommendations.

Climb the wall at Apex Adventure Plex

Rock climbers are often dissuaded from outdoor pursuits at this time of year but Apex’s new indoor bouldering wall means you can satisfy your climbing urges and still stay dry—apart from your well-earned sweat, of course. There’s also a full range of additional action to explore at this family-friendly activity complex, including trampolining, bubble soccer, and a ninja obstacle course. Plan ahead and you can also dive into regularly scheduled special sessions such as Toddler Time or Club Apex nights.


Take the inside track at TBC Indoor Racing

The fully indoor circuit at this adrenaline-rushing go kart course is the perfect way to raise your heart rate. Welcoming drivers aged 11 and over (and a minimum of 58” tall) to its zippy, 13-turn track, you’ll soon be racing at speeds of up to 70km/hr in one of TBC’s Sodi RT8 carts. Need a race break? There’s also a pool table and video games here to keep you busy.

Work up a sweat at the Richmond Olympic Oval

The city’s landmark 2010 Winter Olympics venue is now a popular community sports facility offering a wide range of classes and activities (many of them open to drop-in visitors). But the dramatic riverfront building is also home to a popular visitor attraction: Canada’s only official Olympic Museum. Participate in interactive challenges, and hop aboard a wide range of state-of-the-art sports simulators. Fancy kayaking this fall without heading outside? There’s a simulator here for that.

Richmond Olympic Experience
Test out the kayaking simulator at Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval. | Photo: ​Tourism Richmond

Bowl a strike at Lucky 9 Lanes

It’s easy to forget all about any inclement weather with a visit to one of Metro Vancouver’s favourite bowling alleys. There are 28 10-pin and 12 five-pin lanes to hone your techniques on here. And when it’s time for a breather from all those strikes you keep bowling, there’s also a gaming arcade and a menu of burgers and wood-fired pizzas to keep you indoors a little longer. Still not ready to head outside? Monkey 9 Brew Pub is just a few steps away and their fortifying Silverback Stout is highly recommended.