When It Rains In Vancouver

I knew it was too good to be true. One of the main pieces of advice people seemed to offer me before I arrived in Vancouver was to bring a rain coat.

After all, it is not known as the wet coast for nothing.

I had prepared myself to expect rainy days.

So I was extremely surprised to instead be welcomed to Vancouver with day after day of sunshine and lovely warm weather.

Then, almost two weeks in, the inevitable happened.

The heavens finally decided to open and it rained. It rained for days…

The smiley faces that I had encountered whilst the sun was out were now hidden under hoards of umbrellas.

The gloomy conditions that usually always come along with the rain made it difficult to get decent photographs.

Colours that stood out in the sunshine became dull.

However these bright brollies being held by tourists admiring the steam clock in Gastown certainly stood out…

I had pools of water in my trainers and scolded myself for not having brought better shoes with me.

Another unfortunate side effect of the rain was the disappearance of the stunning mountain views in Vancouver.

What was supposed to look like this…

Looked like this…

It rains approximately 166 days a year in Vancouver.

Most of the rain comes between November and March and it is not unusual for there to be 20 days of rain consecutively.

Even though I come from England, where it rains a lot, this seemed like a huge amount of wet weather to me.

I understood now why people had been making the most of the uncharacteristic dry May weather in the weeks prior to the deluge.

Vancouver looks like a different city in the rain.

In contrast, have a look at this sunny picture of English Bay I had captured just a few days earlier…

Funnily enough, as I write this, I am in another location along the wet coast: Seattle.

My umbrella seems to have gone missing so I am hiding out in a coffee shop getting some work done for the morning.

But I am not going to let the rain stop me from exploring this city and cannot wait to see what Seattle has to offer.

I already have a good feeling about this place…

What is the rainiest location you have ever visited? Did it put a dampener on the trip, or did you just get on with it?




  1. May 31, 2012 / 22:56

    It is good that you come from England and are used to carrying on despite the rain. Your pictures are beautiful.
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    • June 1, 2012 / 19:55

      Thanks Sheila, ha ha yes definitely used to the rain being from England :-) The rain feels different here though – it’s heavier and last longer.

    • June 1, 2012 / 19:55

      Thanks Sheila, ha ha yes definitely used to the rain being from England :-) The rain feels different here though – it’s heavier and lasts longer.

  2. June 1, 2012 / 07:41

    I am working in a Hostel in Prince Rupert. It rains 260 days a year here. People ask what the weather will be like tomorrow, we just say it will probably rain. But i’m from Tasmania and have spent time in England so it doesn’t bother me. You are right though, it really is a completely different place when the sun comes out. Enjoy Seattle. I plan to get down that way at some point.
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    • June 1, 2012 / 19:50

      Hey Michelle, expecting it will be raining and being pleasantly surprised if it doesn’t is probably the way to go :-) I’m enjoying Seattle so far. It has more of an edgy, urban and slightly dangerous vibe to it which makes it an interesting place to be. I don’t think there’s been a place I haven’t like yet. Am I just too easy to impress or am I just choosing the right places to visit, ha ha.

  3. June 1, 2012 / 21:45

    For me it kind of depends on the nature of the rain. I can deal with hard rain and love thunderstorms. The drizzley soaking wet is what gets to me. That and just cloudy days without rain seem somehow more depressing than rainy ones.
    As for rainyest place I have lived, probably Germany, despite living the sunniest part of it.
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    • June 2, 2012 / 23:31

      I didn’t realise Germany was so rainy. It’s awful when it’s gloomy as well, my whole mood is affected by it sometimes. I hate that type of rain that saturates you. My brolly didn’t do too well in Vancouver. It was too small and the water dripped off the edges onto my jeans!
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  4. June 1, 2012 / 22:37

    I’m glad you were able to enjoy the sun while it lasted. One of the best things about the amount of rain that we get in Vancouver is how much we all enjoy the sun when it does come out.
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    • June 2, 2012 / 23:35

      I could tell everybody was lapping up the sun, getting their dose of vitamin D for the year haha. It was a great opportunity to enjoy the beaches, which Vancouver seems to have a lot of. I really liked Sunset Beach and the whole English Bay area.
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  5. JP_Van
    June 8, 2012 / 11:05

    It’s very true, it feels like a completely different city when the sun is out!
    You’re photos are stunning. The colors are great!
    Could you tell me what camera are you using?

    • June 8, 2012 / 22:04

      Thank you, I have a cute little digi camera, which is the 16mpix Canon Powershot A3300. It’s a basic one but it doesn’t half take great pics!