Weather in Vancouver in the Fall can be as unpredictable as well, the weather. Layers are always needed, tee shirts, hoodies, jackets and coats, you never know when you need to bundle or lose a layer. We figured there was no better way to challenge this, than to bring the kids on a trip to the Big City!
The initial reason for the trip was to visit a friend who had a grand opening for her amazing art at the Ian Tan Gallery (go check out her work - https://elysecreative.myportfolio.com/projects) so we figured we’d make a weekend out of it. We knew the weather could be wild, so we kept things flexible, but also made sure we had some back-up plans in case the rain and wind was too much for the kids! We grabbed a hotel in North Vancouver so that we’d have quick access to downtown, especially Stanley Park.
Upon arrival, we were met with some blue skies and relative calm in the weather, so we headed straight to Stanley Park to see what we could find! The girls were excited to hit the beach and look for shells and crabbies (something they LOVE to do). After that, we headed into town for a warm drink and to check out the big buildings!
Day two was wet. Very, very wet. But, those backup plans sure kicked in! And by backup I mean they were planned for a rainy day and the kids were about to be super excited. We packed everyone up and headed over to Science World - 3.5 hours later, we dragged out two tuckered out kiddos! 100% worth the cost, the kids learned a bunch and so did we! Lots to see, lots to touch and lots to do. We followed that up with some lunch at Granville Island and then off for another adventure.
The next rainy day spot was the remarkably beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park, in particular the Bloedel Observatory. Incredible colours, lots of fun birds and plenty of photo ops.
We rounded out the day with a wet evening walk through Gastown (just after a quick stop at my favourite brewery, Postmark Brewing) to show the kids the Steam Clock and Gassy Jack, as well as grab some dinner before heading back to the hotel. The following morning was a beauty, sunshine and clear skies after a big rain!
We were super happy to show the kids how amazing the city of Vancouver really is. Rain or shine, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world and no wonder it’s envied by so many. Did we have to bring a million layers, yes. Did we have to bring a ton of extra jackets? Yes. Did we have a bunch of sock changes? Yes. Was it worth walking in the rain to have a dance party downtown Vancouver? Yes.