It’s no secret that Vancouver tends to rain much of the year—approximately 1,588 mm (62.5 inches) of the wet stuff falls per annum. That means creative ways must be found to beat the rainy day blues.
By LAURA DENNIS
Simulated golf at One Under. (Photo: Joann Pai)
Hidden beneath Granville Street is One Under, with its six state-of-the-art golf simulation bays. Play a round or two at one of the best courses in the world without worrying about the weather. Create some friendly competition in a closest-to-the-pin contest, or blow off steam by smacking balls at an abandoned building. If all that swinging works up an appetite, grab a charcuterie plate or pizza—try Italian sausage and fennel—from the menu. Wash it down with one of the many craft beers on offer, or sip a scotch from the extensive list.
Join the experts at Academie Duello, the world’s largest school of Western swordplay, where they combine the traditional European martial art with fitness. Workshops involve the use of deadly tools like the longsword, rapier, dagger, sword and shield, and spear. Scared of sharp objects? Try an umbrella self-defence class—Vancouver’s most used accessory can also help keep assailants at bay. Strike and block while using the brolly sword-style or as a fearsome bayonet or club.
Fight fear, claustrophobia and time itself at Smarty Pantz. Get locked in one of five themed rooms—from a doomed Soviet submarine to a serial killer’s basement—each with an extensive backstory. The detailed rooms found inside a Gastown heritage building were designed by professional prop masters in the film industry. Solve puzzles as a team and use logic to escape before the 45-minute time limit is up.
Beach volleyball at 6Pack Indoor Beach
Any day can be a beach day: 6Pack Indoor Beach has enough sand to cover five full-sized volleyball courts and satisfy summer cravings without having to wait for sunnier months. Young ’uns visit the Kidz Beach for sandcastle building, while the more rambunctious try archery tag, which combines paintball, dodgeball and archery as teams battle it out with bows and foam-tipped arrows.
Literally bounce off the walls at this playground for kids of all ages. The 3,902 sq m (42,000 sq ft) of interconnected trampolines at Extreme Air Park allow for endless—and bouncy—entertainment. Practise flips into a foam pit, or dunk like the pros on the zero-gravity basketball court. For those with a competitive streak, drop in for a spirited game of 3D dodgeball: hurl balls at opponents while executing impressive dekes on a trampoline court.