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Head out for a fun few hours paddling in North Van with Takaya Tours, a First Nations-owned eco-tourism outfit who mix outdoor adventure with cultural interpretations of the Coast Salish People’s history. Experienced guides lead guests on an...
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8501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Vancouver has two really fabulous outdoor, public, beachside swimming pools, which are great places to cool off in the summer. I love Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park becuase of the views of English Bay and all the kids it attracts. The pool is...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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159 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H5, Canada
This Whistler-based family bakery does extremely well at Vancouver farmer's markets, and finally opened up a downtown bakery on Hastings Street. This is particularly handy if you grab a sandwich at Meat & Bread around the corner, and want...
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370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada
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Like the name says: just braised or slow-roasted meats, served on ciabatta buns. They are known for their hand-carved porchetta, but I order the daily special—that is, if I can get there before 2 p.m. The restaurant is first come, first served, so...
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45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7, Canada
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This little hideaway in a back alley, with its communal tables and chalkboard menus, is where I go with friends when we want to share snacks. They match wines to "tasting trios" selected from their cheese and charcuterie cellar. It’s best to let...
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261 E 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 0B4, Canada
A departure from the familiar, tried-and-true brands of downtown Vancouver, the stores on this Mount Pleasant thoroughfare embrace an independent spirit. There are design boutiques selling eco-fashion labels and vintage furniture, funky record...
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455 W Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E8, Canada
The first time I took a trip on Helijet I can remember whooping with excitement as we slowly hovered about ground and then –swoop! Off we went. It’s a thrilling way to travel over this most picturesque city and to get a birds' eye view of the...
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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Sure, in the summer there is absolutely no better place to be than on the patio at Joe Fortes, enjoying their lavish hospitality in their sun-trap garden in the heart of the city, but really, every smart Vancouverite knows, that Joe’s is great...
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700 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7, Canada
To try a taste of traditional UK-style tandoori, look no further than my beloved Soho Road truck which you’ll usually find outside the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station. There’s nothing I don’t adore about this little black van that makes the...
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3715 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N8, Canada
I adore this little boutique on Main Street that’s simply stuffed with gorgeously girly styles and flirty retro clothes. You can find plenty of Canadian designers here too, and there’s an especially good selection in the jewelry section. While you...
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201 - 999 Canada Place, Canada, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada
This is such a fun attraction and despite being only 8 minutes long (the rest of the time is taken up with a pre-show and boarding) it’s honestly worth the ticket price. FlyOver Canada is a virtual flight experience which takes you gliding from...
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1300 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, Canada
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You’ll find me brunching here most weekends. There is nothing I don’t love about Forage! If I’m up earlier I’ll catch their ‘Hair of the Dog’ brunch special which runs from 9-10am and serves up a classic Benny with either a caesar, mimosa or beer...
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350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
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Pidgin may be known for their deceptively simple East-meets-West Asian-inspired menu with a decidedly French edge, but their cocktails are all kinds of fantastic too, and in a casual but cool spot like this, it’s most fun to combine the two. Try...
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Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R8, Canada
One of the best ways to see Vancouver is from the water, and unless you have a friend with a boat, the best (and cheapest) way to do that is by buying an all-day pass on False Creek Ferries which allows you to hop on and off all day long. The...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
The city's very own mountain soars above the Downtown core, just 20 minutes drive away from town. If you're feeling active try the 'Grouse Grind', a punishing 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother...
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1154 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
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There’s no better place than Vancouver to try a Vancouver cocktail, it’s the perfect pre-dinner sharpener, although it works rather well as an after-dinner treat too. It’s said to have been created at the Sylvia Hotel down on English Bay in the...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
The Vancouver Seawall is the most popular recreation location in the entire city, if not in all of Canada, and it's for good reason. This stunning 22-km long trail leads from downtown along the shoreline of Stanley Park and offers some of the most...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
Western Canada’s largest public art museum weighs in at almost 12,000 works. The collection here is strong on Emily Carr, a modernist compatriot of the Group of Seven (Canadian landscape painters from the 1920s who were deeply...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
In my opinion the Aquabus is Vancouver's most fun mode of transportation and if you've taken a ride I'm sure you'll agree. The Aquabus is a mini ferry that taxis around False Creek, an inlet just south of downtown. It is popularly used to get to...
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639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
No visit to coastal British Columbia is complete without some immersion into Northwest Coast Canadian Indian art. If you don’t have a chance to get to the UBC Museum of Anthropology or to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria (or even if you do), do not...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
For many visitors it comes as a shock to discover that Canada has several internationally award-winning wine regions. Just a few hours drive beyond Vancouver is the Okanagan wine region, which excels in Rieslings and Chardonnays on the whites and...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
Part of the University of British Columbia, this museum houses one of the finest collections of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art, including bentwood boxes, feast dishes, totem poles, and canoes from the Haida and Coast Salish people. Some of...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
In Canada, there’s life, and there’s death and then there’s hockey! Nothing gets a Vancouverite more fired up than talk of their beloved Canucks. The boys in blue play down at the Rogers Arena throughout the season, however, games can be on the...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Spring blooms early in Vancouver, and around late February, or early March the first pom-pom blossoms of the cherry trees begin to show. The West End of Vancouver is particularly good for the ‘hanami’ of the ‘sakura’ (that’s Japanese for viewing...