Fall 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 Oomomo 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) or one of our other Breweries here - Britannia Brewing, Monkey 9  Brewing Co, Five Roads Brewing. Alternatively, why not visit one of our wineries for a tasting - Canada Berries or Lulu Island Winery.

A man and woman enjoy glasses of beer as they sit a table with a view of the brewery vats at Fuggles & Warlock in Richmond, BCFuggles & Warlock Craftworks | Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

3. Enjoy an indoor escape

It’s easy to forget all about any inclement weather with a visit to one of Metro Vancouver’s favourite bowling alleys, Lucky 9 Lanes Bowling. 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. Or why not check out Exit one of our intriguing escape rooms which offers inventive ways to immerse yourself in an indoor environment.

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. Or if you have a need for speed, challenge your friends to a race at TBC Indoor Racing. 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. 

A row of people take aim with bows and foam-tipped arrows at 6Pack Indoor Beach in Richmond, BC6Pack 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.