Rainy Day Activities in Pemberton, BC
It’s vacation, a time to get away and enjoy Pemberton’s long summer days. But every trip is weather dependent. As those living in the Sea to Sky Corridor know, plentiful rain is what makes our forests so green and our fields so fertile.
But what is there to do in Pemberton on a rainy day?
The Pemberton Museum
A great place the family can spend a few hours is the Pemberton & District Museum & Archives Society located at 7455 Prospect Street. While the museum is not encompassed in one building, the historic houses are very near each other and protected by tree cover.
This small museum is easily digestible and provides a glimpse of what early settlers in Pemberton experienced, as well as information about the local Lil’wat Nation. On exhibit is William Morgan’s house, which he built after walking from Vancouver to Pemberton in 1894, as well as the Sam Jim House, which was built in 1929 along the Lillooet River and moved to the museum site. Examine farming implements and construction tools used by early settlers who first came to Pemberton. After a visit to the museum, you’ll understand why Pemberton still has a hitching post or two for horses!
The Museum is open for the summer season and admission is by donation. Please check the website, as their hours vary.
The Pemberton + District Public Library & Community Centre
Pemberton is proud of our beautiful library located in the Pemberton & District Community Centre at 7390 Cottonwood Street. Pop in on a rainy day with your little ones for children’s story time, or settle into a comfy chair and read to your heart’s content as you listen to the rain. You can also log on to a free computer and surf the internet or catch up on correspondence.
Need some exercise? In the same building, upstairs is the Community Fitness Centre. A work-out session is only $6.25 and classes are available throughout the day on a drop-in basis. At the Community Centre, you can easily satisfy both the book lover and the fitness enthusiast in one location.
The Pemberton Collective
At the funky Pemberton Collective, local artists and artisans exhibit their goods for purchase. There’s everything from locally made organic cosmetics, to handbags and jewelry, to housewares. If you would like Pemberton puzzles, t-shirts or other branded souvenirs, this is your spot! Artists whose work is on display are frequently on site and happy to talk about their work. This small stop is a bit of a hidden Pemberton jewel.
The Pemberton Farmers Market
A little rain never dampens enthusiasm at the Friday afternoon Pemberton Farmers Market.
You’ll find the large open-air community barn at 7444 Frontier Street. There is easily accessible parking at the far end of the barn. Local farmers sell tomatoes, squash, green beans, berries - the list goes on. The fertile Pemberton Valley grows arguably the best produce in British Columbia, with a strong local commitment to organic and sustainable farming.
Usually a local band provides tunes for enjoyment and children happily play under the soaring roof of the barn. Ice cream, pastries and a Lillooet winery offers treats for all ages and tastes. The Farmer’s Market is open each Friday from 3 - 6PM until the last Friday of October.
The Pemberton Visitors Centre
Located at 7374 Highway 99, the Pemberton Visitors Centre is an invaluable resource for guests on a rainy day. The Visitors Centre is centrally located with ample free parking. It is open seven days weekly from 9AM to 5PM. The staff at the Visitors Centre have lived in the area for years and are full of interesting stories, historical facts and local rainy day activities.
Whether you choose a comfy chair and a book at the library, a workout at the gym, the farmer’s market, or an educational morning at the museum, the sun is sure to shine again in Pemberton.
Local tip - after a Pemberton rain, you just might see a spectacular Pemberton rainbow!
Posted: Friday, July 28, 2023