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  • Writer's pictureMary Johnson

Beyond the Umbrella: Unleashing Fun in the Rainy Canadian Summer

Hello, fellow rain-soaked adventurers! If you're anything like me, you've probably spent more time this summer acting like an indoor cat, stalking your prey - the sun - through the window, than you ever anticipated. Mother Nature seems to think Canada is her giant flower pot, and she's overwatering us just a smidge. I'm half expecting a giant sunflower to sprout from my navel...

The other day, I tried to tee off for the umpteenth time this season, only to see my golf ball sail into the water hazard that used to be the 9th hole. And by water hazard, I mean a newly-formed lake. But hey, who’s counting? At least the fish have a new place to hang out! And camping trips? More like damp-ing trips, am I right? My last camping venture felt like I had unknowingly signed up for a 'Survival in the Amazon Rainforest' reality show. The only thing missing was a troupe of capybaras, but I swear I saw a beaver giving me the side-eye from a distance.

But fret not! Let's not let a little (okay, a LOT of) water rain on our parade. Here are seven fantastic, rain-proof activities that you can enjoy in while our nation becomes Atlantis 2.0.

  1. The Epic Indoor Picnic: Picture this, a classic camping scene with those pesky ants swarming your food, replaced by your pet goldfish circling your living room aquarium. Exchange that drizzly outdoors for the cozy indoors. Your own comfortable carpet takes the role of the grassy meadow, with no threat of grass stains or creepy crawlies eyeing your sandwich. And guess what? You’re the climate control and the only ants you'll be dealing with are the animated ones on your TV screen during your post-picnic movie session.

  2. Virtual Museum and Gallery Tours: Embrace the inner hipster that appreciates art from the comfort of your sweatpants. Get lost in the magnificence of our Canadian culture without leaving your couch. Imagine being teleported to the Royal Ontario Museum without having to go through the trouble of finding a parking spot or sharing your personal space with strangers. You don't even have to hold back your tears at the beauty of the Group of Seven, for fear of being called over-emotional.

  3. Indoor Gardening: Turn your kitchen into a tiny Eden. It's your microcosm of Mother Nature, unaffected by the weather's tantrums. Watching a seed transform into a plant in your indoor garden is like watching a mystery movie unfold. The protagonist is the seed, the antagonist is time, and you are the audience watching the plot with bated breath. Your reward? Fresh herbs for your meals that will make your food taste like it was kissed by nature herself.

  4. DIY Home Improvement Projects: Who needs a handyman when the real Bob the Builder lives inside you? Your home improvement project might begin as an attempt to hide that stain on your wall, but soon, you'll find yourself transforming your living room into your personalized haven. And as a bonus, you finally get to use that power drill you bought two years ago!

  5. Cooking and Baking Challenges: Treat your kitchen as your own culinary laboratory. Fancy making a rainbow cake or a sushi platter? Why not! The fun isn’t in the Instagram-worthy end product; it’s in the failed experiments, the accidental discoveries, and the bouts of laughter that come with it. Every rainy day is a chance for a new Masterchef episode in your house, with your dog as the guest judge.

  6. Virtual Fitness Classes: Who said workouts were confined to gyms or sunny park lanes? Try a high-intensity workout in your living room and watch your coffee table tremble in fear. Your hallway turns into your runway, and your yoga mat becomes your dance floor. Best of all, you can grunt and groan all you want - your couch won’t judge you.

  7. DIY Spa Day: Forget beachside spas. Transform your bathroom into your personal wellness sanctuary. The candles flicker, the essential oils diffuse, and all you need to worry about is whether to take another sip of your chilled cucumber water or continue with your cucumber eye treatment. And when someone claims that you are avoiding the rain, just smile and respond, "I'm merely bathing in the indoor equivalent!"

As the great Canadian philosopher, Drake, once said, “You can't have the sun without the rain.” This wet Canadian summer is no different. So, let's toss away those feelings of dampened spirits and embrace our squelchy, soggy surroundings. Besides, who doesn’t love the sound of rain against the window as you’re snuggled on the couch with a book, or the smell of wet earth as you curl up with a cup of hot cocoa?

Remember, every cloud has a silver lining and after the storm, the sun will shine again. So, let's enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the rain, knowing that it's nurturing our beautiful Canadian landscapes for when we're ready to venture out once again. Let's make a splash this summer, come rain or shine. The rain may have commandeered our summer, but it has not and will not dampen our spirits!

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