Vancouver umbrella shops for wet-weather necessities

They don’t call it Raincouver for nothing! Cloudy skies and wet weather are plentiful in Vancouver, especially during the grey winter months. Next time you need to shield yourself from a light drizzle or a full on thunderstorm, these local shops will have you covered (so to speak) with sturdy umbrellas and protective rain gear.

Hudson's Bay

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674 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1Z6

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of black umbrellas that blanket the downtown core every time the clouds open up. Why not standout from the crowd and show off your patriotic spirit with a brightly coloured brolly from this longstanding Canadian retailer? You’ll find the Hudson’s Bay Company signature multi-stripe design available in an easy-to-carry compact umbrella and in a larger walking-stick style. The Bay also carries a wide variety of pretty patterned styles from iconic British brands such as Fulton and Lulu Guinness with prices ranging from $14.99 to $48.99.

Burberry

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1101 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 4T9

The umbrellas from this British luxury label will have you praying for rain. Renowned for its iconic plaid prints and timeless trenches, Burberry is the go-to designer for luxurious wet-weather gear. The Vancouver flagship shop, located on upscale Alberni Street, stocks a range of check-lined umbrellas in foldable and walking-stick styles for both ladies and gentlemen. Hand-crafted in the U.K., these sartorially inclined accessories are a serious splurge (prices start at $250 and up) but are a worthy investment for any style savvy Vancouverite. Add a matching trench coat and a pair of rubber boots to complete the look.

Daiso

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1080-4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7

This 26,430-square-foot department store in the Aberdeen Centre is a veritable treasure trove of Asian goodies. Stocked with more than 100,000 imported products from Japan, China and Korea, Daiso is brimming with affordable housewares, accessories, beauty products, foodstuffs and much more. Most products are around $2 and range from practical must-haves (cleaning supplies, kitchen gadgets) to totally whimsical indulgences. Pick up transparent plastic umbrellas in a variety of colourful patterns for less than $5 each. If you can’t make it to Richmond, visit Daiso’s sister store, Yokoyaya, at the Tinseltown mall.

London Drugs

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710 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1E4

Caught in a rainstorm without the proper protection? Pop in to this ubiquitous drug store for a grab-and-go umbrella for just $6.99. And while these no-frills brollies will certainly do the job in a pinch, London Drugs also stocks a number of sophisticated rainy-day accessories from local brand Vancouver Umbrella. Wood, fiberglass and aluminum umbrellas are available in basic black and range from $14.99 to $19.99 depending on the size. And hey, why not pick up a decorative umbrella stand for your home while you’re in store.

Army & Navy Department Store

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36 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9

It’s easy to be rain-ready with lightweight automatic umbrella from this discount department store. The handy accessories are large enough to protect you during inclement weather but short enough to collapse and fit into a purse or a pocket. And at just $9.99 a pop, you can afford to invest in a few different colours and patterns to coordinate with your outfits.

Urban Outfitters

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822-830 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

From graphic tees to novelty housewares, the Granville Street outpost of this trendy chain is packed with of-the-moment fashions and irreverent goodies for guys and gals. Check out the accessories department for a variety of bubble-style umbrellas, available in tinted colours, stripes or classic clear. Traditionalists will love the sleek look of the bubble umbrella from iconic British brand Hunter; the fashionable-yet-functional brollies feature sleek transparent covering with a bold contrasting trim and a crook handle covered in soft polyurethane for superior grip.

Barrington Brolly

This Gibsons-based company specializes in bespoke umbrellas and parasols as well as historic reproductions. Personalized umbrellas start at approximately $150 and are made to order with a number of different add-on options such as an additional half-canopy, matching protective case, embroidery, monograms, ribbons and ultra-sophisticated Italian sterling silver handles. You definitely don’t want to forget one of these customized beauties in a cab.

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