Springtime in Richmond is typically sprinkled with rainy days. But so long as you have an umbrella or waterproof jacket with you, there’s no reason to hunker down at home or in your hotel room. Here’s our guide to the city’s best sheltered spots, perfect for those damp days when precipitation dominates the schedule.
But before we get started, don’t worry if you have kids in tow. There are plenty of family-friendly things to do here when it’s raining. Consider the pools and slides at Watermania; the interactive exhibits at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site; or the interpretive displays inside the Nature House at Richmond Nature Park – where, if the sun suddenly pops out, you can quickly hit the outdoor trails.
Travelling without kids? Read on for 5 of our favourite ‘Wet Coast’ activities on a rainy day in Richmond.
1. Shop for great deals
Forget all about the raging tempest – or shop for better rain boots – inside one of the city’s popular malls. CF Richmond Centre has 200+ stores to explore plus a large and inviting food court. And while the synchronized fountains at East-meets-West-themed Aberdeen Centre might remind you of the showers outside, a visit to its Japanese discount store Daiso offers bargain-priced disposable rain jackets to slip into your bag for later.
2. Sip on craft beer and wine
If it’s still raining, sip away your weather-related blues with a beer flight at Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks (fortifying Bean Me Up Stout recommended). Alternatively, take a winery tour at Canada Berries or Lulu Island Winery – tasty samples included. But if you need a warm libation instead, aim for a cozy afternoon tea at London Heritage Farm.
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks | Photo credit: Tourism Richmond
3. Enjoy an indoor escape
One of the best ways to deny the very existence of rain is to avoid looking out the window. Richmond’s intriguing escape rooms – including Exit – offer inventive ways to immerse yourself in an indoor environment. But if you want to enter another world without working quite so hard, check for showtimes at the city’s Gateway Theatre.
4. Get your adrenaline pumping
Alternatively, sweat up a storm with some adrenaline-triggering indoor action. Apex Adventure Plex offers parkour, trampolines and bubble soccer, while 6Pack Indoor Beach serves up volleyball and archery tag. And if you want to be active without getting too sweaty, try the cool sports simulators – from bobsled to racecars – at the Richmond Olympic Experience.
6Pack Indoor Beach | Photo credit: Tourism Richmond
5. Visit an inspiring exhibition
Finally, consider an extended visit to the free-entry Richmond Cultural Centre. It’s home to both the Richmond Art Gallery, with its innovative contemporary exhibitions, and the Richmond Museum, with its fascinating exhibits on the area’s colourful history. The museum is open until 9:30pm on weekdays, which means you can stick around and enjoy the museum for even longer.