If your Vancouver visit is cursed with an overly generous serving of liquid sunshine and you're looking to escape the deluge, head to Queen Elizabeth Park's Bloedel Conservatory. This glass-roofed, climate-controlled garden is a guaranteed warm-up spot on the wettest of Wet Coast days. Step inside (expect your spectacles to fog up) and you'll find tropical flowers, a balmy climate and hundreds of bright-plumed birds flying and strutting about as if they own the place.
- Shopping South Granville is busy with well-to-do locals buzzing around its designer boutiques, shopping bags in hand.
- Night out Cambie Village is popular for dinner at a local restaurant followed by an artsy flick at the one-screen Cineplex Park Theatre.
- Parklife Summertime cooling-down means Queen Elizabeth Park, where you can picnic on the grass and feel as if you're far from the city.
- Christmas Every December, locals flock en masse to VanDusen Botanical Garden for one of the city's top festive attractions: more than a million lights twinkling among the trees and foliage.