Vancouver has a reputation of being a very rainy city. I was warned that although it may not snow and be -30 in the winter, the weeks of continuous rain with no glimpses of the sun aren't great either. I had never needed an umbrella in Edmonton but after the first few months in Vancouver I decided to get one. From Norwegian brand Swims, this umbrella smoothly opens and closes with the press of a button. So far it has worked well and has felt study. Even more remarkable is that I haven't lost it yet. Gravity Pope carries them in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.