Canada Travel Guide
In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.
What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.
Caban, part of the Club Monaco chain, mixes contemporary furnishings, linens, and tableware with spare, sleek designs.
Vancouver’s closest mountain for skiing and hiking sits eight miles north of Downtown, and it’s open year-round. A modern tram brings visitors to the summit, some 3,700 feet above the city (be sure to bring your camera—the views are stunning in every season).
Swoon over the heaps of handmade rugs and socks at the Co-op Artisanale in Cheticamp.
This self-described "wellness center" in downtown's Shangri-La Hotel offers Asian-style spa treatments in a sensual space. Completed in Vancouver in 2009, the Chinese luxury-brand hotel hosting Chi Spa occupies the first 15 floors of British Columbia's tallest building.
Located in the Vancouver International Airport, just past security in the U.S. Terminal, this outpost of the Canadian brand sells a selection of the company's quality leather goods and clothing items. Founded in 1973, the brand uses the quintessential Canadian animal, the beaver, as its logo.
The shop specializes in underground comics and illustrated novels, including titles written and produced by the store’s own publishing house.
Known for its immense diversity, the Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization) combines permanent historic displays with rotating, interactive exhibitions about everything from dragons to the evolution of hats.
Check out the unusual collection of rare Inuit sculptures and jewelry at dealer Britt Germann's gallery.
Edible BC, situated in its own room within the market, features tables and shelves stocked with delicious locally produced gourmet foodstuffs—including berry jams, coffee beans roasted on nearby Salt Spring Island, Thai cooking sauces, cedar planks (for baking salmon on), numerous gourmet vinegar
Even the weariest luggage schleppers can recharge at :10 Minute Manicure, a chain offering breezy mini-spa treatments at dozens of airports around North America.
Instead of hiking up north Vancouver’s infamous Grouse Grind, First Flight Paragliding offers a more adventerous alternative: soaring 4,100 feet above sea level, straight off Grouse Mountain’s peak.
For three weekends in late January and early February, Parc Jean-Drapeau becomes an outdoor celebration of winter with the Fête des Neiges, or snow festival. Family-friendly activities include snow tubing, ice hockey, zip lining, and outdoor skating along sections of the St. Lawrence River.