rain gear, Vancouver
Miscellaneous: I walked out of the airport terminal and into a light rain. As we got downtown the rain was getting heavier, but the locals weren't even hurrying to get out of it. Most of them hadn't even broken out an umbrella. And so it went, there was rain the three days I was in Vancouver, there were periods of up to a couple of hours of brilliant sunshine before the skies opened up again. Make sure to pack a raincoat on your trip to Vancouver. It will be used:)
As a fisherman off the coast of Vancouver, I know the importance of staying dry and unlike most, I make my living outdoors all year long. If you're looking for rain wear that you can depend on, I bought mine through Rain Gear Pro, a business just outside of Vancouver. Website is http://www.raingearpro.com/.
I'll be honest, the stuff isn't the most visually attractive you can buy, but for those who are looking for a dependable product that will also keep you safe on the job (bright colours) in the outdoors, I definitely recommend it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Out of the 25 days I spent in Vancouver (10 in June/July, 15 in December) it rained every day but one! So yes, you've guessed it, I would highly recommend bringing a raincoat! I've been told that 2007 was a particularly bad year weatherwise so you might get more lucky than I did but still, if you wait for the rain to stop, you might find yourself spending a whole lot of time in your hotel room or at the nearest shopping centre. Plus, even on the most cloudy and rainy days, the sun would sometimes come out for a few hours and I was glad to be outside when it did. So just pack up a raincoat and don't let a few drops get in your way!
The local philosophy is that you should always expect rain when coming to Vancouver, but if it's sunny and clear out, consider it a bonus. Of course, this is more true in the winter months than in the summer, but it's something to take into consideration year round.
Raincoats and gumboots aren't necessary, but having a pair of shoes that won't get ruined or soaked in the rain is ideal.
Although some locals like to proclaim that no real Vancouverite uses an umbrella, I beg to differ. I recommend carrying one of those tiny umbrellas that can collapse into a backpack, especially when you're going outside for any length of time. The small umbrellas are especially useful around downtown when navigating around the sidewalk crowds.
Umbrellas aren't so useful when you're going hiking in the forest as the trees act as a natural canopy. For that, I recommend wearing a waterproof (GoreTex) jacket with a hood.
It doesn't *always* rain in Vancouver, but it's a good idea to bring a small, portable umbrella with you. A West Coast type jacket (that's rain proof) doesn't hurt either.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera because there are lots of beautiful photo opportunities.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It rains a lot in Vancouver (liquid snow, at least you don't have to shovel it) so bring an umbrella virtually any month of the year. A hardy lot, most Vancouverites don't both using one (unless they have a suit on) since, I guess, you get used to it. (However, in most Asian countries it's de rigeur.)
An umbrella is definetly needed as Vancouver is situated on a Rainforest. Between October and April, prepare to frequently be wet. This is not to say that is does not rain in the summer. In Vancouver we joke that we have 2 seaons "rainy and less rainy". The temperature is very mild year round though and it will not get as cold as the rest of Canada.
If you plan on going skiing/snowboarding, and have extra room than bring snow gear from home as costs can add up otherwise.
Also in the winter, remember to pack a wind jacket, lots of extra socks and clothes that dry easily
Bring a good pair of walking shoes. Alot of what Vancouver has to offer requires you to be on your feet! Leave your high heels at home.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen in the summer.
Photo Equipment: Vancouver photo labs are very up to date with technology. You can easily get your digital photos burned to CD when you memory stick gets full. London Drugs is a great place to go!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If your heading into the woods in the summer you may want to bring bug spray.
Miscellaneous: Bring a versatile jacket. Vancouver and surrounding areas are well know for our rain. You will see many Vancouverites walking around in gortex jackets. They are great for layering clothing under and they keep you dry. At the very least bring an umbrella!
Water proof clothing preferably breathable as you will probably be doing outdoor activities.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of photo equipment and be ready to shoot lots of pictures. There is sooo much beautiful scenery. Also film here is very cheap I recommend London Drugs where you can curently get 6 Fuji 200 Superia 24 exp for $20 (8 pounds sterling or 11 euros)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You will need very warm camping gear from Oct - May. There are lots of easy areas to get to but if you are on the beach or in the mountains always remeber to have decent gear, and definitely WATERPROOF!
Miscellaneous: Check out the local newspaper website and it will have weather reports and links on it.
Bring a waterproof coat, or buy an umbrella. It always rains. On the other hand, this is why it's so green and the air is clear.
Something I figured out long ago living here - skin is waterproof! Don't let the rain hold you back.
- A waterproof rainjacket or umbrella (got to love the rain!)
But...you can buy one there. So many places. Check my shopping tips section.
- Runners - for lots of walking and hiking
- Layers - It's never too cold or hot
Luggage and bags:
Standard backpack with enough room for rain gear.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are in Vancouver in the fall, winter or spring and are here for an extended period you will most definately experiece some kind of liquid sunshine. In the summer months the notorious stretches of rain are few and far between but pack a light rain coat just in case (always have an umbrella handy). The fall has been great lately (until late/mid-october) and even the late winter into the spring has been mild as of late. But this IS Vancouver and consistent weather is never consistent, so regardless of your season of visit to Vancouver be sure to pack appropriately.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you need is available in our pharmacies and you may find will be cheaper than the U.S.
Photo Equipment: Widely available. Costco is good for large amounts of film if you are a member. Bring lots as the city is very photogenic.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are a hiker or climber bring your gear. The North Shore mountains are great for hiking and climbing at the Chief is very popular. Free camping sites in southern B.C. are abound.
Luggage and bags:
If you have a napsack spray it with a waterproofing agent, or at least have a garbage back to put over it. It rains ALOT here and you will get very wet if you're not prepared.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing, Shoes, and Weather Gear should all be treated somehow or another so they are waterproof, or at least won't be damaged by the rain.
Miscellaneous: There's so many things to do here, that it would be too much to give all tips on what to bring. Something you can't do without is some rain-gear (for hikers) or an umbrella (for city-slickers). The climate here is very mild, but rainy as well. Fall, winter and spring tend to be changeable and also in summer you can have some showers. And here's a map to guide you around as well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When it comes to Vancouver, the watchword is WATERPROOF. Let's face it, Vancouver is WET. We get more rain than I care to think about and, I'm proud to say, THIS is the rain that WETS. If you have one, bring a Gore-Tex jacket; it will be your saviour. (Don't worry too much if you're coming during June-September, but otherwise, be prepared for some rain.)