Cold-remedy ideas in Vancouver

For Vancouverites, there are three certainties in life: death, high rent and an annual cold. If you were to remedy your cold with NeoCitran and Netflix every time you caught one, your other certainty in life would be constantly missing out. Here are a few low-key activities that’ll help you get out of the house and kick a cough, cold or congestion during the winter season.

Vancouver Soma Therapy

2460 Trafalgar St, Vancouver, BC V6K 3T3

Registered massage therapists are easy to come by in Vancouver, but not all are created equal. The skilled team at Soma can help you achieve a state of rest and relaxation, even when you’re feeling under the weather. After all, is there anything nicer than a trained professional kneading your aching muscles like dough? The atmosphere at each location, which flank the east and west sides of the city, is calm, quiet, and welcoming. Bonus: Soma also has TCM if acupuncture and Chinese medicine are your cold cure of choice.

Britannia Community Services Centre

1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4X4

I’m a fan of a spa treatment any day of the week, but my bank account doesn’t always feel the same way. The Britannia Pool at the Britannia Community Centre just off Commercial Drive is the perfect antidote when you’re achy and congested and need some medication for cheap. It’s not that swanky one-on-one treatment, but for less than ten bucks you can sweat it out in the steam room, sauna, or hot tub for hours. BYO cucumber water.

Burgoo Kitsilano

2272 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8

In my foggy-headed, runny-nosed state I tend to get degrade into a childlike state. I want couch, The Price is Right, and most of all, Mom’s soup. Unfortunately, I’m not 12 anymore and neither are you, so thank goodness for Burgoo. The nostalgic comfort food focused menu is packed with hearty, seasonal soups and stews that could probably outdo most of Mom’s. The Kentucky Burgoo is a solid go-to, but the Chicken Itza screams cold-cure: it’s a warmly spiced, tomatillo-broth soup that’ll karate-chop the snot out you.

Open Door Yoga Inc

4-175 15th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 2P6

Neglecting your regular exercise routine because of a cold sucks, but you have to be gentle on yourself. Instead of the all-or-nothing approach, meet your activity needs with a restorative yoga session. This type of yoga involves long, slow, supported movements, many of which are done lying down, which makes it perfect for people with injuries, restricted mobility, and chronic pain – and for those suffering from a head cold!

La Petite Cuillere

55 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3J1

Savour a specialty cup at this old-is-new-again Mount Pleasant teahouse that serves a huge variety of black, green, herbal, and iced teas in a room with enough traditional flare to charm your cold away. English bone china cups and saucers and floral tablecloths adorn the homey room, where you can also try an assortment of baked-in-house treats and the signature Huey Blend teas, made by the owner herself. Don’t want to socialize? Pick up a bag of loose tea to take home; it pairs well with tissues and your Snuggie.

People love to boast that Vancouver is the “only place you can golf, ski, and kayak in the same day.” I have lived here for over 10 years and have never met a single person who has actually done that. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but most of us are too broke or busy to pay our astronomical rent to have the time and money for that. That said, there are plenty of unique activities in Rain City to write home about.
Few events can create or strengthen friendships like shared tragedy and triumph. So the fact that memories and relationships blossom from a karaoke experience is not surprising. Vancouver has tons of great places where you can gather ’round the teleprompter for a booze-fuelled sing-along. Hit these local venues next time you want to belt out Queen hits on stage or croon to Roy Orbison in an intimate room full of fans.
“What do you guys want to do while you’re here?” It’s the inevitable question you’ll have to ask whenever your out-of-town guests come to visit. Playing tour guide for friends and family is easy thanks to Vancouver’s many attractions, but why rest on your laurels and go for the typical destinations? Next time, take them for a unique local adventure instead.
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