Top 10 things to do on a cold winter day or night in Vancouver

For anyone that has dropped by over the years, you know we love lists and have featured a few here in the past.  One of our favourites is what to do in Vancouver when it rains but we figure this translates well for cold wintery nights as well when you simply want to be indoors.  And if you scroll down as a bonus you’ll also find out ten things about the Vancouver Aquarium!

01Recharge in the tropical heat of the glass-domed Bloedel Floral Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. Exotic plants, free flying tropical birds and colourful koi will make you forget all about the grey weather.  You might want to do this one soon since the Vancouver Parks Board is considering closing it!

02Enjoy a cocktail or two in the relaxed atomosphere of 1181 and watch Davie Street go by.

03Take a trek to the remote east-end dockside location of The Cannery Restaurant. Two fireplaces, one of the city’s best wine lists and a baker’s dozen of seafood choices make this a winner during inclement weather.  This is another Vancouver landmark that closes in March 2010 so you definitely want to get there before it is no longer!

04 Browse the books, magazines and other GLBT oriented products at Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium.

05Take in the dolphin show or watch the baby beluga at Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (see the Vancouver Aquarium spotlight below).

06Get lost in the incredible Museum of Anthropology. Arthur Erickson’s spectacular glass and concrete space gives the collection of majestic totem poles freedom to tower.

07Catch a matinée. Duck out of the cold and into one of Vancouver’s live theatres. Check www.ticketstonight.ca to see what’s on.

08Select some reading material from the 1.2 million books at the coliseum-like Vancouver Public Library.

09Stop for a hot chocolate at Melriches on Davie Street or Delany’s Coffee House on Denman.

10Take a three-hour culinary tour of Granville Island Public Market. Learn about B.C.’s local ingredients and what to do with them.

ten things about the Vancouver aquarium

Beluga at Vancouver AquariumHere’s a bonus list for you!  Ten things you need to know about the Vancouver Aquarium. We’re planning on a trip to the Aquarium soon so be sure to watch for our article in early 2010!

  1. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to more than 70,000 amazing creatures
  2. More than 33-million people have visited the Aquarium since its opening in 1956
  3. Qila, their 12-year-old beluga whale, was the first beluga conceived and born in a Canadian aquarium
  4. Celebrity visitors have included Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Audrey Hepburn, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah McLachlan, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Lucy Liu, Isabella Rossellini, Judi Dench, Ethan Hawke and Colin Firth
  5. Nyac, their 19-year-old sea otter is the oldest surviving otter in the world from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989
  6. Kavna, at 39, is the oldest beluga whale living in a zoo or aquarium
  7. The Aquarium’s lab has reared more marine species of fish than any other lab in the world
  8. It costs $22,000 to feed one sea otter each year. The Aquarium is currently home to four
  9. The Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue program has rescued and released over 1,600 animals
  10. 1.3 million students have splashed through aquatic education programs at the Aquarium
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