To experience underwater life, head to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre in Stanley Park, where the Pacific Canada Pavilion gives you a glimpse of life in the Strait of Georgia. A huge aquarium houses a massive kelp bed and a school of 3,000 herring and other marine creatures. In addition, the Vancouver Aquarium offers the most unusual accommodations in Vancouver. When evening falls, the 35 people who've signed up for the Night Lights Sleepover program have the aquarium to themselves. The highlight of these monthly events comes when the participants roll out their sleeping bags next to the beluga tank in the Arctic Canada exhibit. The room is dark, the five white whales glow in the black water, and you can hear their whistles and chirps through the glass.
Does overnighting in an aquarium seem a bit too watery an experience? If so, spend a rainy Vancouver evening someplace cozy and dry. Bridges restaurant on Granville Island offers three levels of dining: comfort food by the fireplace in the pub, a more ambitious menu in the bistro, and formality and haute cuisine in the dining room. All three rooms have spectacular views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Another warming option is Bacchus Restaurant in the Wedgewood Hotel. Here you'll find some of Vancouver's best food, such as seared foie gras and rack of lamb, plus an excellent wine list and cozy fireside tables. With pleasures like these, who cares about a little rain?
For information about Vancouver, contact the Greater Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau at (604) 683-2000 or www.tourismvancouver.com. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Area code is 604 unless noted.
Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park. $3.60. 33rd Ave. and Canby St.; 257-8570.
Museum of Anthropology. Closed Mon; $7, free 5-9 Tue. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.; 822-3825.
Science World. Features an Omnimax theater. 1455 Quebec St. at Terminal Ave.; 443-7443.
Umbrella Shop. 1106 W. Broadway Ave.; 669-9444 or (877) 427-6559.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. $13.85, $9.15 ages 4-12; Night Lights Sleepover $94, $83 ages 4-12. Stanley Park; 659-3474 or www.vancouver-aquarium.org.
Bacchus Restaurant. At the Wedgewood Hotel. 845 Hornby St.; 608-5319.
Bridges. 1696 Duranleau St.; 687-4400.