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Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
It's 22km long, but you don't have to do all of it. We started at the and walked a short section from Cardero Park to Canada Place, and in that time we saw a dozen sea planes take off and land, not to mention a cruise liner head off on its way to...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
The Vancouver Art Gallery is always the first, or last, place I visit when I stop in the West Coast city. This image was taken during one of its best international exhibits—the Surrealism exhibit with classic works by Dali, Ernst, Breton,...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Granville Island Market was pulsing with energy from musicians, tourists, and a frenzy of food markets. After living in a desert region for so long, it was awesome to get a hold of fresh fish, fresh fruit, and the German sausage was pretty amazing...
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325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
If you’re a coffee nerd, Revolver is the place to go for personal-size, pour-over coffees brewed from their unique lines of beans. Hang out for a while and you’ll run into everyone who lives at this end of Gastown. (604) 558-4444. As told to...
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350 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E8, Canada
Jennifer MacKay’s clothing boutique is the go-to store for fashionable locals, who know they’ll find pieces exclusively in her shop. I have a weakness for the shoes. (604) 685-8885. As told to Rhonda May. This appeared in the September, 2012...
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1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1, Canada
First spot prawns of the season prepared by Tojo at his namesake Vancouver sushi restaurant.
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1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
Stop by to visit this incredible sushi spot after a trip to Granville Island, it’s the place where many sushi chefs in the city go to eat on their day off. The fish quality is incredible and the flavours are clean and simple; you won’t find...
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1226 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z8, Canada
Probably one of the most traditional sushi bars in the city, Maumi is a tiny spot just off Davie Street at Bute. You’ll need a reservation and they don’t serve alcohol but you’ll just be coming here to experience superb seafood from Japan made by...
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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
I’ll come clean: I have a huge food-crush on chef Taka, I really respect the commitment that he and his team have to maintaining our oceans and seafood with their strict 100% Ocean Wise menu policy. I always love absolutely everything this...
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1000 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada
Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest Shakespeare Festivals. Now operating for over 25 years, these custom built tents offer a spectacular background for plays all summer. But this is not your typical Shakespeare; while sticking to the...
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Science World is pretty exciting before you even get inside, thanks to being housed in a super-cool shiny geodesic dome –which changes colours at night and reflects across the water– creating instantly Instagram-able photos. Inside are two stories...
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This beachfront hotel conjures thoughts of a more genteel era, thanks to its Virginia Creeper–clad brick and terra-cotta walls and heritage building status. Erected in 1912 as an apartment building, the Sylvia transformed into a hotel...
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31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Canada’s first aboriginal arts hotel opened in 2014. Part luxury hotel and part social enterprise, Skwachays Lodge ticks all the right boxes. On the luxe side: plush linens, Hypnos beds (the same as the British royal family sleep on),...
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2881 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4, Canada
This comfy eatery—with Mario Bellini–designed leather chairs and a cherrywood bar—makes the most of the region’s bounty from both the land and the sea. The restaurant’s strong suit is classics with a spin (tomato-and-gin soup with a...
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45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7, Canada
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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Bora Bora, French Polynesia
On Tetiaroa, a private island in the Society Island group that is owned by Marlon Brando's estate, the Brando Resort (accessed via private plane transfer) has been getting good press since its recent opening. Brando bought the Tahitian royal...
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Maupiti, French Polynesia
I love Maupiti, which is the smallest and most isolated of the Society Islands, and feels like an unblemished tropical playground, where tranquility trumps everything else and romantic love stories of deserted sparkling white-sand beaches...
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Lesser known (and less expensive) than its sister island Bora Bora, Moorea is just as beautiful with as many (or as little) activities as you can jam into a day. Although the best thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the gentle breezes,...
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Huahine, French Polynesia
Welcome to the vagina island, no joke (the rough English translation of the word Huahine is vagina). And although no one knows exactly where the name originated, historians think it has to do with the important role women played in the island's...
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French Polynesia
Bloody Mary's, entertaining tourists since it opened in 1979, is one of those Bora Bora experiences that simply must be done. The ambience is beach-bar hip, with sand floors, colored lights, and coconut stools in a dining room under a thatched...
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Nunue, Bora Bora, Vaitape 98730, French Polynesia
Half of the overwater villas at Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort are on the main island. The other half stretch out from a private island inside Bora Bora’s ephemeral lagoon. Because of the secluded nature of the latter and staggering...