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Trip Guide to Vancouver, B.C.

Martin Morrell Looking toward Sunset Beach and downtown from Vanier Park, in Kitsilano.

Photo: Martin Morrell

Merging Pacific Rim cool and British Commonwealth comforts, Canada's third-largest city has a quirky appeal that's rocketing it into the global spotlight. Like other great North American ports, Vancouver contains a colorful array of districts, with personalities that range from posh to punk. The peninsula city's visible borders are defined by green parks, beige beaches, blue waters, and white-capped mountains. Read the article

Inspired by: Vancouver Rising — by David A. Keeps, Published Jun. 2006

Hotels (3)

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    Listel Hotel

    This 129-room gem of a hotel set on trendy Robson Street doubles as an art gallery. Guests find themselves among remarkable modern sculptures the m

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    Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

    With its understated blue awnings and relatively small size (83 rooms), this Relais & Châteaux property is sometimes overlooked by visitors drawn t

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    OPUS Hotel Vancouver

    Metrosexual to the max—starting with the model-hot doormen—the Opus packs in guests who want to sample the city’s trendiest neighborhood. With just

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Restaurants (7)

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    Sophie's Cosmic Café

    This retro diner in Kitsilano channels a casual, welcoming vibe with its garage-sale decor and cozy red-vinyl booths. Wall art consists of framed a

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    Lumière, Vancouver

    Rob Feenie, who worked for both Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, puts a French spin on the Anglo-Americanisms of Canadian cuisine at Lu

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    Lift Bar Grill View

    The Friday-night crowd, jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan set.

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    Chopstick Café Shiru-Bay

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    Vij's

    No matter who you are or whom you know, you’ll need to wait for a table at this celebrated 60-seat Indian restaurant (where no reservations are acc

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    Feenie's

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    Rangoli

    Part Indian restaurant and part ethnic market, this popular stop-in in Fairview is a moderately priced alternative to Rangoli's next-door 'world re

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Activities (15)

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    Urbanity

    Wearable art from B.C. designers and Norway's Oleana.

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    Richard Kidd

    The fashion atelier was built as a glass row house in a former parking lot between two brick buildings.

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    Pleasant Girl

    This boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood carries a carefully selected collection of jackets, knits, dresses, and other casual wear for wome

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    Peridot

    The trendy South Granville shopping district is home to this popular home decorating boutique known for its feminine style. Twinkling chandeliers,

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    Obakki

    International design house Obakki sells clothing for both work and play that's geared toward young (and young-at-heart) career women. Founded by Tr

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    Lululemon Athletica, Vancouver

    Founder Chip Wilson opened the flagship store of his global yoga apparel chain, Lululemon Kitsilano, back in 2000. The brand is known for fashion-f

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    Inform Interiors

    Set on the main drag of trendy Gastown, this high-end showroom carries contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories from high-end brands like

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    Eugene Choo

    Girly dresses, fitted tees, tailored suits, and even, on occasion, handmade shoes, from Canadian designers pepper the racks in this Mount Pleasant

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    Douglas Reynolds Gallery

    The namesake owner of this 1995-opened gallery is passionate about the First Nations artists whose work he carries. Some of the finest modern work

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    Caban

    Caban, part of the Club Monaco chain, mixes contemporary furnishings, linens, and tableware with spare, sleek designs.

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    Alexander Lamb Exotic World Museum

    Created in the style of a traditional European "cabinet of curiousities," the back room of Alexander Lamb's Wunderkammer Antiques displays unique m

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    Bayshore Bike Rentals

    Located just two blocks from the park entrance, this West End rental shop gears up sightseers for two wheeled adventures through the trails of Stan

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    Aquabus

    This short-haul ferry service/mini tour offers an easy and inexpensive way to take in Vancouver's False Creek waterfront with stops in trendy Yalet

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    Grouse Mountain Skyride

    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 t

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    Motherland

    At the forefront of Main Street's growing reputation as a design Mecca, this quirky Mount Pleasant clothing boutique stocks locally made art-house

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