Perhaps the only outdoor gear you'll need in Vancouver is a sturdy brolly to fend off the relentless rain. This family-run company started in 1935 and has just the thing, with hundreds of bright and breezy designs that should put a smile on the face of any tempest-addled visitor. Duck inside, choose a great umbrella, then launch yourself back into the storm.

In summer, the window is taken over by parasols; it's your duty to bring this old-school approach to sunny weather back into vogue. Make sure it's as frilly as possible.