My new life unfolded during the height of West Coast winter and my acclimation was swift. I learned that in Vancouver a light drizzle could shift jarringly into a downpour (sometimes of the vertical variety), but it was apparent that this did little to deter the locals. This city sees an average of 1,153 mm (45 inches) of rain per year, meaning residents have no choice but to get serious about their apparel if they want to be outside.
I discovered that Gor-Tex is paramount, layering a preferred style. I was introduced to BC-based brands like Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and Arc’teryx, anointed into an outdoorsy crew that embraced the positives of precipitation. Coming from a place where heaps of snow and plunging temperatures would chase me indoors, I was eager to join the fun, swapping my toque for an umbrella, my winter boots for wellies.