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Canada’s first Japanese Steak House offers an array of Fantastic Steaks, Succulent Seafood, Teriyaki Chicken and Garden Fresh Vegetables. Colourful Samurai style Chefs perform with flashing blades as you watch your dinner being cooked. Intimate cocktail lounge and Japanese country styled decor enhanced by priceless artifacts. Open Daily from 5:30 p.m. except holidays

One block from Robson Street.

Japanese Steak and Seafood House 1042 ALBERNI STREET

One half block west of the Hotel Vancouver.

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Be inspired by the iconic Eye of the Wind turbine, trek through pristine snowshoe trails, or delight in the month-long Peak of Christmas celebration. There’s a perfect winter day for everyone on Grouse Mountain.

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver Follow or friend grousemountain

Call 604.980.9311 or visit grousemountain.com


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Visitors’ ChoiCe VanCouVer is created and published three times per year by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. as part of a series of visitor map books produced for communities across British Columbia. For further information, please contact us through the numbers below. Visitors’ Choice is a division of Business in Vancouver Media Group. Publisher: Fawn Duchaine Editor: April Cuffy Business Development Manager: Greg Holmes Sales: Christina Kiperchuk, Faith Magallanes Graphic Designer: Annette Spreeuw Production: Soraya Romao Production Coordinator: Michelle Myers Controller: Marlita Hodgens Editorial Contributors: Annette Spreeuw, Bosco Anthony, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Carrie Kung, Cirque du Soleil, Danielle Prokop, Donnelly Group, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Greater Vancouver Zoo, Grouse Mountain Resorts, Howe Street Gallery, J. Koeman, Jay Shaw, Laurence Pearlman, Man-kay Koon, Maplewood Farm, Picture BC / Chung Chow, Picture BC / Jon Pesochin, Rogers Arena, Shutterstock, Sue Wong; tourism Vancouver: Burnaby Village Museum, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Coast Mountain Photography, Lonsdale Quay Market, Maritime Museum, MOA Bill McLennan, Tourism BC, Yaletown BIA; Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Wikimedia Cover Photos: top Left: Shutterstock top right: Wikimedia Bottom Left: Shutterstock Bottom right: Shutterstock Visitors’ Choice is a member of Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), Tourism Vancouver and Vancouver AM Copyright® 2011 by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. No part of this publication may be duplicated or reproduced in any manner without the prior written permission of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, however the publisher accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions. Head Office: 102 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1G2 Tel: 604.608.5180 Fax: 604.608.5181 Sales email: sales@visitorschoice.com Editorial email: editor@visitorschoice.com Publisher’s email: publisher@visitorschoice.com facebook.com/VisitorsChoice twitter.com/VisitorsChoice Printed in Canada using vegetable-based inks on recyclable paper products.


INTRODUCING CLIFFWALK Say hello to fear’s front porch. All that separates you from 30 stories of fresh air and terminal velocity is a two-inch handrail. Cliffwalk – a walk in the park on a 20-inch wide plank 300 feet above the canyon floor. 3735 CAPILANO RD, NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. 604.985.7474 CAPBRIDGE.COM


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events and cultural activities to keep you entertained, enlightened and engaged during your entire stay. On these pages we’ve selected the “best-of-the-best” Vancouver highlights for your planning pleasure! vancouver Aquarium

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Encounter dolphins, belugas and sea turtles in Canada’s largest aquarium and Marine Science Centre at the Vancouver Aquarium. Teach the whole family the importance of aquatic life conservation through interpretive gallery programs and dynamic underwater exhibitions. For a full-sensory experience, make time for a “4D Movie,” the only one of its kind in Canada, complete with mist, wind and dramatic lighting — free with admission! 845 avison Way infoline: 604.659.3521 visitvanaqua.org (Map 4, F5)

vancouver Lookout Whether day or night, take a thrilling glass elevator ride to the top of Vancouver Lookout to experience spectacular 360o views of the city’s majesty. Not sure what you’re looking at? The friendly staff offer free guided tours of Vancouver’s monuments and landmarks. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown harbour front, this experience is sure to amaze. 555 West hastings street | 604.689.5447 vancouverlookout.com (Map 1, C9)

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The seafood and edible-wildlife rich shores of Vancouver are populated by the Coast Salish peoples.

English Bay and Spanish Banks beaches are named for the British and Spanish naval officers who met briefly to discuss Vancouver’s future.

Explorer Simon Fraser successfully reaches Vancouver after a formidable journey across the entire country. The Fraser River and Simon Fraser University are named in his honour.


Capilano suspension Bridge Don’t look down! Dizzying heights will make you tremble as you cross this 137m (450-foot) span of wooden planks teetering 70m (230 feet) above the Capilano River. Or partake in the (slightly less terrifying) 30m (100-foot) high Treetop Adventure to learn about coastal rainforest ecosystems. Daredevils will want to experience CLIFFWALK: a chain of narrow (sometimes glass!) cantilevered walkways 90m (300 feet) above undisturbed rainforest vegetation. 3735 Capilano road, north Vancouver 604.985.7474 | capbridge.com (Map D, C4) photo: Capilano suspension Bridge

Did you know? vancouver is perfect for family adventures! With a ton of attractions geared just for little ones, there’s always something fresh and exciting to do. Check out page 62 for details grouse Mountain Ride the mile-long Skyride or witness breathtaking 360o views from 20 storeys high in the Eye of the Wind energy turbine viewpod. Check out Grey Wolves and Grizzly Bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Stay safely under cover during rainy days at the Theatre in the Sky to experience BC’s scenic majesty, or take a misty guided Interpretive and Eco Walk to learn about Grouse’s geological history. Afterwards, indulge with decadent fare and shop at the mountain’s peak. 6400 nancy greene Way | 604.980.9311 | grousemountain.com (Map D, a4) photo: grouse Mountain resorts Vancouver Fall/Winter 2011/2012 | visitorschoice.com

Dr. sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese garden Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this classical Chinese Garden by journeying back to 15th century China’s mysterious beauty and serenity. Bring the family for a stroll through magnificent arrangements of rocks, jade and mystical plants. Or take a quiet moment for solitary contemplation of simpler times from centuries past. 578 Carrall street | 604.662.3207 vancouverchinesegarden.com (Map 1, C11)

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John “Gassy Jack” Deighton arrives in Gastown, promising millworkers he’ll serve them whiskey if they build him a saloon. And they do! In one day!

Arriving in Vancouver, the Canadian Pacific Railway completes its first transcontinental train ride.

The first Capilano Bridge is constructed by local land owner George Grant Mackay. Predating the current Suspension Bridge, it was made of hemp!

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Uniquely Canadian, the iconic Five Sails of Canada Place welcome visitors to Vancouver’s downtown harbour. Take a relaxing break and watch cruise ships dock at the harbour, visit the official Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic cauldron, or explore the sculpture and architecture of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre West, next door. Enjoy stunning sunsets and amazing vistas of the waterfront and Vancouver’s North Shore. canadaplace.ca (Map 1, B8)

Museum of vancouver Events, exhibitions, family fun and education, make this museum so much more than just a great place to learn about everything “Vancouver!” With recent and ancient artifacts, the city’s life as we (used to?) know it, comes vividly to life. Permanent collections include Ancient Vancouver, Made in Vancouver, Hippie Vancouver and Neon Vancouver displays. 1100 Chestnut street | museumofvancouver.ca | 604.736.4431 (Map 1, J6)

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vancouver is one of north orth America’s most dog-friendly cities, with more than 30 off-leash parks and almost 40 pet-friendly hotels (Map 1 & 2) UBC Museum of Anthropology Admire streamlined modern architecture juxtaposed with the traditional Haida House complex at this Arthur Erickson-designed museum. Roam the Great Hall and browse the gracious First Nations permanent art collections, or explore featured artists and travelling exhibitions. Free guided tours available, as well as a Gift Shop featuring books, jewellery and original artwork. 6393 n.W. Marine Drive 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca (Map 2, C1) photo: tourism Vancouver / Moa Bill McLennan

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Finishing touches are made to the original Granville Street bridge, connecting downtown and South Granville over False Creek.

At 13 storeys tall, the Dominion Trust Building is Vancouver’s first-ever skyscraper. Keep a lookout for it today at Hastings and Cambie.

The Millionaires Hockey Team become Stanley Cup champions!

The University of British Columbia officially opens with 379 full-time students. The West Broadway location is temporary, but tuition is free!


stanley park Spanning 400 hectares (1000 acres) just north of downtown Vancouver, this park is home to a variety of West Coast wildlife and local tree species including hemlock, fir and cedar. Grab your camera and hit up one of many beaches and forest trails, or walk, jog, cycle and in-line skate around the 22km-long (13.7 mile) seawall. For a natural wildlife experience visit Lost Lagoon Nature House to learn about Stanley Park’s ecology systems. Visit vancouver.ca/parks/parks/ stanley for more info. (Map 4)

Richmond oval Get your fitness on like a champion at this state-of-theart, Olympic worthy indoor athletic facility. Featuring two Olympic-sized ice rinks, volleyball and basketball courts, plus indoor soccer and table tennis, the Richmond Oval is more than just your regular ice-skating rink! And with an impressive 23,000 sq ft fitness centre, you’re sure to stay in top shape for all your future victories. Plus, you’ll love basking in the gorgeous views of the Fraser River and North Shore Mountains. 6111 river road | richmondoval.ca 778.296.1400 (Map 2, F3) photo: pictureBC / Chung Chow

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Like a city within a city, Granville Island comes complete with brewery, hotel, Public Market, maritime museum and even a university! Walk cobbled streets to discover hidden lanes filled with must-have unique gifts. Or visit at sundown for dinner and a show along False Creek’s shores at one of many restaurants and theatrical venues. Dozens of artisans, specialty food retailers, idyllic parks and the famous Kids Market, make for an awesome family experience. 1661 Duranleau street 604.666.5784 | granvilleisland.com (Map 1, J8-9) photo: sue Wong

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Harry Houdini daringly suspends himself from the 17-storey tall Sun Tower. At the time, it was the tallest building in all the British Empire.

The Vancouver Art Gallery officially opens. Today, it’s one of Western Canada’s largest galleries, with a permanent collection of over 10,000 artworks.

The Vancouver Canucks become official members of the National Hockey League. Find them today at Rogers Arena.

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Featuring mesmerizing international music performances and captivating lecture series, this venue is a great place to spend your weekend evenings. Located on the stunning University of British Columbia grounds, the beautiful, natural setting and amazing talent will have you enthralled and astounded. An architectural sight to behold both inside and out; make sure to bring your camera for picture-perfect moments and an experience you won’t soon forget. 6265 Crescent road | 604.822.2697 | chancentre.com (Map 2, C1) photo: tourism Vancouver / Chan Centre for the performing arts

Bloedel Floral Conservatory Lushly tropical, this indoor climate-controlled garden is home to beautiful birds, exotic plants, tropical flowers and colourful fish. Living comfortably beneath the spacious Plexiglas domed roof, these inhabitants will delight and inspire everyone they meet. Open daily year-round, the Conservatory also features outdoor sculptures and distinctive landscaping, perfect for quiet reflection. 33rd avenue between Cambie and Main streets | 604.257.8584 | vancouver.ca/parks/parks/bloedel (Map 2, D6)

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Take a walk around Homer and West Georgia Streets, where this impressive engineering feat comprises the entire city block. Envisioned by internationallyrenowned architect, Moshe Safdie, the building creates inviting open spaces perfect for enlightened conversation and higher thinking. Make a day of it to browse the street-level bistros, cafes, gift shops and of course, the massive collection of library books and Vancouver archives. 350 West georgia street 604.331.3603 | vpl.vancouver.bc.ca (Map 1 , E9-10) photo: sue Wong

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Vancouver’s streets come alive with its first-ever Gay Pride Festival. Held every August, the week-long event now attracts over 500,000 supporters.

Modernizing the city and connecting New Westminster with Vancouver, the SkyTrain elevated transit system begins operations.

Vancouver celebrates its centennial by hosting Expo 86. Science World is built to be the Transportation-themed event’s “Expo Centre.”

The Vancouver Public Library and The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts host their grand openings. Both buildings are designed by award-winning architect Moshe Safdie.


science World Discover science in a new light through fascinating exhibits, demonstrations, hand-on experiences and OMNIMAX movies. A thrill for the whole family, this multi-faceted attraction has been a Vancouver favourite since its opening for Expo 86. Featuring a combination of travelling exhibitions and permanent collections, visitors will learn about topics such as how the body functions, planet Earth and spatial physics. Spend the whole day exploring, and save time for the Living Lab, plus special events and various daily and weekend activities. 1455 Quebec street 604.443.7443 | scienceworld.ca (Map 2, C6) photo: sue Wong

Rogers Arena More than a sports stadium, this dynamic facility regularly hosts Vancouver’s beloved Canucks NHL hockey team, as well as some of the hottest concerts and events in the city, such as Lady Gaga, Soundgarden and Kings of Leon. Take a backstage tour (check web for dates), take your photo in the Canucks Hall of Heroes, experience Olympic gold medal memories, and visit the dressing rooms of athletes and celebrities alike. You’ll feel like a star! 800 griffiths Way | 604.899.7400 | rogersarena.ca (Map 1 , D11) photo: rogers arena

Did you know? vancouver’s own harbour Air seaplanes is the world’s largest seaplane operator and north America’s first carbon neutral airline. In just 20 minutes this newly-renovated sports centre can transform into an open-air facility, perfect for watching the game all year-round. The cable-supported roof structure is the largest of its kind in the world. Now that’s a big breath of fresh air! Don’t miss the BC Sports Hall of Fame for the full story on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and be sure to have your picture taken on the podium. BC place: 777 pacific Boulevard 604.669.2300 | bcplacestadium.com BC sports hall of Fame: gate a, terry Fox plaza in BC place | 604.647.7414 bcsportshalloffame.com (Map 1, E11)

2009: Mayor Gregor Robertson launches the “Greenest City Initiative,” hoping to make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City by 2020.

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The world comes to Vancouver for one of the biggest, best parties ever: the XXI Olympic and X Paralympic Winter Games! Also, to watch sports.

Happy Birthday Vancouver! This gorgeous city turns 125 in 2011, but hardly looks a day over 50 ; )

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WhAt’s hAppEning eVeNts, FestiVALs & PerForMANCes sEptEMBER 22-oct 22

Circle Mirror Transformation A comedy of secrets. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com

24-Jan 22/12

Cirque du Soleil

The Distance Between You and Me: 3 Artists from Vancouver, Los Angeles and Guadalajara

Vancouver Art Gallery 604.662.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca

24-Feb 12/12 An Autobiography of Our Collection

Vancouver Art Gallery 604.662.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca

28-Feb 13/12

A Green Dress: Objects, Memory, and the Museum

Experience selected objects and media from MOA’s worldwide collection. Museum of Anthropology @ UBC 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca

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30-oct 15 30th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) More than 350 award-winning films from 80 global countries. Various Venues 604.685.8297 | viff.org

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Avril Lavigne

The Canadian singing sensation returns to BC for a stellar show. Rogers Arena ticketmaster.ca

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Vancouver ECO Fashion Week: Season 3

Indulge in sneak peeks at the latest spring 2012 collections from environmentally-friendly designers. Storyeum, Gastown 604.488.9758 ecofashion-week.com

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Visions of Vancouver

Four new short plays by five Vancouver playwrights. Part of Vancouver 125 celebrations. CBC Studio 700 604.629.8849 | vancouvertix.com

Reunite with the “King of Pop” through this captivating live Cirque du Soleil performance, set to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. November 5 - 7.

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Tosca Café

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Love Lies Bleeding

A radically original fusion of movement and theatre set in a world of love, betrayal and hope. Vancouver Playhouse 604.873.3311 vancouverplayhouse.com Stunning dance performances set to the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 604.732.5003 | balletbc.com

13-Aug 12/12

Neon Vancouver / Ugly Vancouver Explore the changing values of the city through this historical exhibition. Museum of Vancouver (MOV) 604.736.4431 museumofvancouver.ca

15-Feb 13/12

hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako Explore clothing and personal items from victims of the 1945 atomic bomb through 48 largeand small-scale photographs. Museum of Anthropology @ UBC 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca

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Mavis Staples with Special Guest Allen Toussaint

Two of America’s greatest musical treasures performing live. Chan Centre 604.822.9197 | chancentre.com

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24th Annual Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival

Join readers, writers and printed word-lovers for hot debates, inspiring readings and lively literary events. Various Venues, Granville Island 604.629.8849 | vancouvertix.com

ongoing Until october 24 Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story

Experience this interactive exhibit’s showcase of Vancouver’s vibrant Bhangra dance and music scene by playing instruments, listening to Bhangra playlists, taking dance lessons and attending concerts. Museum of Vancouver (MOV) 604.736.4431 museumofvancouver.ca

Until January 8, 2012 Offsite: Elspeth Pratt

Explore the Vancouver Art Gallery’s outdoor exhibition space, featuring rotating art projects. West Georgia Street (between Thurlow and Bute Streets) 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca

Until october 27, 2013 Grand Hotel

Vancouver Art Gallery 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca


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The Penelopiad

The untold story of the original desperate housewife. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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Foo Fighters

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Anthony Bourdain

The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts ticketmaster.ca

29-Jan 29/12 Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art From the Audain Collection

Vancouver Art Gallery 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Judas Priest

Rogers Arena ticketmaster.ca

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Sounds of Freedom: The Revival of Music in Afghanistan

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Kronos Quartet with Special Guest Homayun Sakhi Trio

American and Afghan rubab music blend together to create one sensational evening. Chan Centre 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

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Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour

Cirque du Soleil’s signature creativity set against Michael Jackson’s electrifying music and choreography.

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38th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market

Get in the holiday spirit with 280 artisans from coast to coast. Vancouver Convention Centre West 604.801.5220 circlecraft.net

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Warren Miller’s …Like There’s No Tomorrow

The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts ticketmaster.ca

17-19 3 Fold

Three new works from renowned Canadian and international dance choreographers. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 604.732.5003 balletbc.com

oCtoBER 14 - 31 Fright Nights

One of the scariest Halloween experiences you’ll ever have! playland @ the pnE | 604.253.2311 | pne.ca

26-Dec 24

La Cage Aux Folles

DECEMBER

Based on the hilarious stage play by Jean Poiret. Vancouver Playhouse 604.873.3311 vancouverplayhouse.com

1-24 The Patron Saint of Stanley Park

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27th Annual Cherie Smith JCCGV Jewish Book Festival

Panel discussions, film screenings, writing workshops, plus authors from Canada, the US and Israel. Jewish Commuity Centre of Greater Vancouver 604.257.5111 jewishbookfestival.ca

A magical holiday fable. Revue Stage 604.687.1646 | artsclub.com

White Christmas: The Musical

With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com

2-Jan 1/12 Canyon Lights

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is decorated with

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Blood Brothers

A musical for all time. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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Gordon Lightfoot

The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts ticketmaster.ca

23-Dec 11

M/HOTEL

A site-specific theatre piece, performed live in a hotel room. Holiday Inn on Howe Street 604.684.2787 ticketstonight.ca

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An in-depth discussion about recent efforts to bring music back to the people. Buchanan Building, UBC 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

Rogers Arena 604.280.4444 tichetmaster.ca

sAvE thE DAtE!

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Dance in Vancouver

A showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene. Scotiabank Dance Centre 604.684.2787 ticketstonight.ca

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sparkling lights for the holiday season. Truly spectacular! 604.985.7474 capbridge.com

2-Jan 2/12 14th Annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park

Ride the miniature train through Stanley Park to see the forest twinkle with dazzling lights. Stanley Park vancouver.ca

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Retro Design & Antiques Fair Christmas Edition!

Over 175 unique vendors, with vintage and estate items. Croatian Cultural Centre 604.980.3159 21cpromotions.com

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Watch the Throne: Jay-Z & Kanye West Rogers Arena ticketmaster.ca

29-Jan 1/12 Alberta Ballet’s

“The Nutcracker”

A holiday classic performed live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 1.855.985.2787 ticketmaster.ca

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Red

Powerful Tony awardwinning drama. Vancouver Playhouse 604.873.3312 vancouverplayhouse.com

19-Feb 11

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata

to the stage. Chan Centre 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

26-Feb 12

24 Berlin Nights/ Paris Days: The Art of Chanson – Ute Lemper with Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew

Calendar Girls

A revealing true story, set on stage. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

FEBRUARY 7-12 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Based on the movie. Queen Elizabeth Theatre broadwayacrosscanada.ca

9-Mar 10

Intimate Apparel

Your personal ads, set to music! Revue Stage 604.687.1647 artsclub.com

A richly textured love story. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1645 artsclub.com

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18-Mar 10

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca

Spain’s highly-acclaimed flamenco company brings their raw energy

Catalyst Theatre’s Hunchback

A fantastically re-imagined classic. Vancouver Playhouse 604.873.3313 vancouverplayhouse.com

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604.684.5050 Stand Up Comedy Tuesday to Saturday in the

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Gordon

A darkly funny homecoming Revue Stage 604.687.1648 artsclub.com

1015 Burrard Street www.thecomedymix.com

AfroCubism

Cuban and Malian musicians join together for one amazing night of world music. Chan Centre 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

8-10 Walking Mad & Other Works

Three amazing dance premieres in one evening! Queen Elizabeth Theatre 604.732.5003 balletbc.com

15-Apr 15

The Importance of Being Earnest A trivial comedy for serious people.

Chan Centre 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

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Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion

An evening of soothing Indian music, expertly performed. Chan Centre 604.822.9197 chancentre.com

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Scar Tissue

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Cats

The triumph of life over loss. Revue Stage 604.687.1649 artsclub.com

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing felinethemed musical production. Queen Elizabeth Theatre broadwayacross canada.ca

14-May 5

God of Carnage

A fast, furious and very funny comedy. Vancouver Playhouse 604.873.3314 vancouverplayhouse.com

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Svengali

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs this adaptation of George du Maurier’s novel “Trilby.” The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts 604.732.5003 balletbc.com

For more great events go to visitorschoice.com and visit the websites listed above. All dates were correct at press time.


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Culture in the City performing Arts With unique and historic venues all across the city, Vancouver is alive with a vibrant artistic community, offering theatregoers, dance lovers and live entertainment aficionados a place to enjoy spectacular culture. Home to some of Canada’s most talented performers and featuring a different culture experience every night, this city will satisfy your cultural cravings. Check out these favourite venues and companies for this seasons highlights and be sure to check our full events listings starting on page 12.

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Dance In Vancouver: get inspired with this electrifying showcase of BC’s contemporary dance scene (November 23 - 26 at Scotiabank Dance Centre).

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No city is complete without a bevy of live music venues, and Vancouver is no exception. You’ll find enthralling performances every night of the week, whether it’s undiscovered talent or the industry’s biggest names you’re looking for. Head to these local venues for a mix of them all!

Favourite venues: Rogers Arena 800 Griffiths Way | 604.899.7400 rogersarena.ca The Roxy 932 Granville Street | 604.331.7999 roxyvan.com The Yale 1300 Granville Street | 604.681.9253 theyale.ca Vancouver Opera | 604.683.0222 vancouveropera.ca Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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Live Music

Arts Club Theatre Company 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com Ballet BC 604.732.5003 | balletbc.com Broadway Across Canada 800.889.8457 | broadwayacrosscanada.ca Firehall Arts Centre | 280 East Cordova Street 604.689.0926 | firehallartscentre.ca Scotiabank Dance Centre | 677 Davie Street 604.606.6400 | thedancecentre.ca The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts 777 Homer Street | 604.602.0616 centreinvancouver.com The Cultch | 1895 Venables Street 604.251.1363 | thecultch.com Vancouver Playhouse Hamilton & Dunsmuir Street | 604.873.3311 vancouverplayhouse.com Vancouver TheatreSports League 1502 Duranleau Street (Granville Island) 604.738.7013 | www.vtsl.com


sculpture With a diverse and engaging collection of outdoor sculptural installations, and many fine art galleries displaying smallerscale works, Vancouver proudly supports the arts and announces unique messages through a myriad of voices. From Burrard Inlet to False Creek, you’ll find pieces ranging from unassuming decorative sidewalk tiles to large-scale masterpieces from local and international artists. Other sculptural hot spots include: the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place), English Bay (along Beach Avenue), Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street), VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street), as well as Stanley Park and dozens of city streets around Vancouver. To peruse and purchase souvenir sculpture, visit many of the fine galleries and museums, starting on page 20. Highlights include Hill’s Native Art’s selection of high-end Northwest Coast pieces, as well as Howe Street Gallery’s selection of international sculptors (pictured).

“Flying Too High: Icarus and Daedalus” by world-acclaimed sculptor Richard L. Minns, exclusively at the Howe Street Gallery of Fine Arts

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Finest collection of authentic Northwest Coast and Inuit arts and crafts in North America.

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In 2011, Vancouver celebrated 125 years of being a city, and to commemorate this milestone event, the City is hosting new outdoor artworks and installations throughout the year. Works include the “Changing Times” series, “Platforms” and “Mural Program.” For a full list of Vancouver 125 events and installations, visit vancouver.ca.

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Museums & galleries

Kristian Adam displays “Flat Tire in the Bog,” from November 4 - December 4, 2011 at Ayden Gallery.

Oil Painters of America president, Neil Patterson’s “Last Sun” (oil on board) and other works can be found on display at Howe Street Gallery of Fine Art.

ArtWorks Gallery

225 Smithe Street | 604.688.3301 | artworksbc.com

Ayden Gallery

88 West Pender Street (2nd floor, Tinseltown) 778.891.4310 | aydengallery.com

Bill Reid Gallery

639 Hornby Street | 604.682.3455 | billreidgallery.ca

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries

1760 West 3rd Avenue | 604.732.3870 | crystalworks.ca

Douglas Udell Gallery 1566 West 6th Avenue 604.736.8900 | douglasudellgallery.com

Elissa Cristall Gallery 2245 Granville Street | 604.730.9611 | cristallgallery.com

1445 West Georgia Street 604.682.1234 | buschlenmowatt.com

Equinox Gallery

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives

Heffel Gallery & Art Auction House

555 Columbia Street | 604.658.8880 | cccvan.com

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Crystalworks Fine Mineral Art Gallery

2321 Granville Street 604.736.2405 | equinoxgallery.com 2247 Granville Street | 604.732.6505 | heffel.com

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Hill’s Native Art

165 Water Street | 604.685.4249 | hillsnativeart.com

Howe Street Gallery of Fine Art

555 Howe Street | 604.681.5777 | howestreetgallery.com

Jacana Art Gallery

2435 Granville Street | 604.879.9306 | jacanagallery.com

Japanese Canadian National Museum 120 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby 604.777.7000 | jcnm.ca

Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

1070 Homer Street | 604.737.3969 | kostuikgallery.com

Kurbatoff Art Gallery

2427 Granville Street 604.736.5444 | kurbatoffgallery.com

Kardosh Projects

2423 Granville Street 604.685.1934 | marionscottgallery.com

Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue 604.732.5353 petleyjones.com

Rendezvous Art Gallery

323 Howe Street 604.687.7466 rendezvousart gallery.com

Roedde House Museum

1415 Barclay Street 604.684.7040 roeddehouse.org

“A Green Dress: Objects, Memory, and the Museum” displays at The O’Brian Gallery (MOA) from September 27, 2011 February 12, 2012.

Uno Langmann Fine Art

2117 Granville Street | 604.736.8825 | langmann.com

Museum of Vancouver

1100 Chestnut Street 604.736.4431 | museumofvancouver.ca

Vancouver Art Gallery

Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver Maritime Museum

6393 NW Marine Drive | 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca

Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive, Burnaby 778.782.3325 | sfu.ca/archaeology/museum

1905 Ogden Avenue 604.257.8300 | vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

Winsor Gallery

3025 Granville Street 604.681.4870 | winsorgallery.com

CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES

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Fine crystals, minerals, fossils gem carvings and jewellery

750 Hornby Street | 604.662.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca

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hether you’re shopping for fresh-off-the-runway fashion or high-end home goods and furniture, Vancouver is the place to be. With luxury retailers setting up shop all over this fair city, and especially in the downtown core, there’s no end to the shopping escapes to be found here. In Vancouver’s self-made Heritage District on Hastings West area, you’ll find a selection of the finest retailers with a focus on jewellery and fashion. Head to the Heritage District for retailers like Birks Jewellers, Cartier, Montecristo Jewellers, Mount Cashmere, and Palladio. In addition, the District is home to the Leone luxury department store, in the Sinclair Centre, which carries the latest trends from designers like Versace, Prada, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, and Lanvin, among others. theheritagedistrict.com For high-end home furnishings, head to both Yaletown and Gastown where you’ll find a selection of local and international retailers and brands to choose from. Yaletown highlights include: EntreNous Interiors, The Cross Décor & Design, Italinteriors, and Light Form. yaletowninfo.com In Gastown, you’ll find Nood Furniture & Design, Inform Interiors, Bulthaup and Parliament, one of the city’s premiere design houses. gastown.org After shopping, sit back and relax with a tasty meal or a soothing cappuccino at one of dozens of local eateries and cafés serving specialty delicacies and imported foods from around the world.

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Luxury shopping Alberni street With high-end retailers setting up shop at this destination location, it’s quickly becoming a favourite with local shopping aficionados. Heading west from Burrard Street, find upscale shops and deliciously refined restaurants. Shops include lingerie, fine men’s clothing, jewellery, leather goods and women’s wear from Canadian and international brands. Dining options include authentic Japanese, modern Italian, high-end steakhouses and West Coast fare. Indulge your senses and satisfy your shopping cravings at this hot downtown address.

heritage District

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The height of luxury and sophistication lives here: this is where local fashionistas and visiting celebrities get their couture on! Nestled between Richards and Burrard Streets on Hastings West, these 10 blocks house high-end, international retail brands in gorgeous historic buildings, along with Vancouver’s foreign and domestic commerce and banking firms. Strikingly streamlined and pristine, this district imparts a sense of grandeur as you stroll through reflective skyscrapers and glossy storefront windows. Indulge in a true “city” feeling, in this luxe Vancouver neighbourhood. theheritagedistrict.com

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Fashionable Finds In the city’s downtown core you’ll find high-end shopping centres like Holt Renfrew, Pacific Centre, Vancouver Centre, Sinclair Centre and Royal Centre, bringing the best in international runway trends and ready-to-wear collections. International brands such as Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Gucci, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers and Louis Vuitton are found in favourite shopping neighbourhoods like Heritage District, Yaletown, Gastown and Alberni Street. Outlying areas offer lots of options for stylish fashionistas, so be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit hot spots like Oakridge Centre for top-notch brands and famous design houses, as well as Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown for more than 450 unique shops and boutiques.


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his city is famous for its great food and amazing shopping, so we’ve gathered details on some of our favourite neighbourhood restaurants and retailers for your vacation pleasure. All you have to decide is which awesome place to hit up next! Grab your map and get shopping—you won’t be disappointed by Vancouver’s selections. Downtown / granville street

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Take the SkyTrain to one of six downtown stations, convenient to nearby amenities and shops. It only takes about an hour to walk this core district filled with international restaurants, unique boutiques, and big name retailers. Or head inside to a fabulous shopping mall like Pacific Centre, Sinclair Centre or Royal Centre for superior retailers featuring the most luxurious and trend-conscious fashions. On weekends when the sun goes down, the area comes to life, with theatre and concert venues, nightclubs and lounges pulsing with live music and glamorous faces. Granville Street is closed to vehicle traffic making it a pedestrian’s heaven. This is the district where locals and visitors meet up for good times, lots of laughs and memories to last a lifetime. downtownvancouver.net (Map 1, C-g8)

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604-684-2668 7 205 Carrall St. www.okbootcorral.com

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“Quite simply…the finest cuisine outside of India” 8 Powell Street | Tel: 604.687.0049 | www.sitarrestaurant.net

‘JADE, THE STONE OF HEAVEN’ Revered by cultures throughout the world for 1000s of years. Canada’s largest selection of jade direct from our mine in northern B.C.

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spas, as well as understated, design-conscious home furnishings retailers. Bring your most stylish walking shoes and delve into this 20-city block, modern warehouse district on foot, because on these trendy streets, pedestrians outnumber cars. When you’re worn out from shopping (if that’s possible) take a breather in one of the delectable, socially-responsible eateries and cafes along Mainland, Hamilton and Homer Streets. From fresh-roasted, fair-trade coffee, to Ocean Wise seafood restaurants, Yaletown is a foodie’s mecca. You’ll especially enjoy the year-round patios and celebrity sightings! yaletowninfo.com

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Best Bet neighbourhoods Robson street A local favourite, this street-side shopping destination is perfect for catching Vancouver’s vibrant sights and sounds. Big-name retailers make their home here, among specialty cafés, street-side food vendors, and fine dining establishments. The ultimate day-trip with good friends, Robson is like a vacation in itself. Treat yourself to a spa, makeover or that special something to commemorate the experience, and make sure to leave time for a spectacular culinary experience. robsonstreet.ca (Map 1, E4-10)

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West End From Davie Street, west of Burrard to Denman Street and Robson, this densely populated area defines what it means to be an “urban dweller.” Locals love the stellar restaurants, fabulous shopping, great cultural events and most importantly, beaches! Find home décor, unisex clothing shops, art galleries and book stores. And if you’re looking for some outdoor activity, there’s bike rental shops, rollerblading and walking paths along the shore, perfect for admiring this neighbourhood’s beauty. After exercising your body (or your wallet!), head to a local eatery, famous for their international food selections, and outstanding patios. westendbia.com (Map 1, F4)

Davie village Fun and playful, full of colour and life, Davie Village pulses with energy and exuberance while defining the meaning of inclusivity. As the epicentre of Vancouver’s LGBT community, visitors will find shops, restaurants and nightclubs celebrating diversity. Renowned for its literary and cultural scene, Davie Village is a great place to spend a day or a week! westendbia.com (Map 1, G6-7)

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Best Bet neighbourhoods granville island Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

The perfect spot to find extraordinary gifts and special indulgences, the Island is bursting with distinctive shops and exclusive artists’ studios. Fine jewellery, wooden carvings, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, as well as unique postcards and rare books are just some of the things you’ll find here. Stay late and enjoy dinner or a romantic stroll around the island’s harbour. The Aquabus and taxicabs operate late into the evening to accommodate your leisurely visit. Shop the streets and the Public Market for some of the finest specialty foods and freshest produce in the city. Every ingredient for an impressive meal can be found here, from appetizer to mouth-watering dessert—even accompanying wine and ale! granvilleisland.com (Map 1, J8-9)

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If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown, with a fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, each showcasing unique products, plus the finest in foodie delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit. Okay, stop. That’s enough torture. Come and browse for yourself and see just why words don’t begin to describe this delicious experience! granvilleisland.com

Railspur Alley gifts Looking for a unique gift? If you’re expecting shopping on Granville Island to be a little unexpected, then expect away. There’s nothing ordinary here. In fact, you’re almost guaranteed to find that one-of-a-kind discovery, perfect for a souvenir of your Vancouver travels. Railspur Alley is a favourite among locals for its art and unique fashions, plus gorgeous accessories. Here, you’ll be able to visit artists and artisans in their studios and workshops as they create original masterpieces right before your eyes. These gifts are so special, you might just end up keeping them for yourself! granvilleisland.com

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Best Bet neighbourhoods Chinatown

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Be transported to the far east without ever leaving Vancouver. Rich with history and looking towards its modern future, Vancouver Chinatown is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful. Discover authentic herbal remedies and luxurious fashions, amidst a neighbourhood vibrant with attractions (West Han Dynasty Bell and Jimi Hendrix Shrine), events (Vancouver Chinatown Festival), and culture (Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives). Not to mention some of the most majestic architecture and finest Chinese restaurants in the Lower Mainland. vancouver-chinatown.com (Map 1, B12)

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Lower Lonsdale Take in a piece of the North Shore’s history by stepping back in time to visit its oldest neighbourhood. Lower Lonsdale is comprised of a bustling pier and quaint streets lined with markets, active wear clothing and skate shops, as well as an array of seaside restaurants that will have you wishing for more time to visit. Absorb the sights and sounds of the harbour as you peruse vendors’ wares and sip cocktails from serene patios. Enjoy fresh seafood and handmade confections from the market and local retailers. Perfect for a trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city! (Map 2, A7)

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Positively lifestyle-oriented, Kitsilano is famous for its active motivation. Rich with yoga and Pilates studios, visitors will find themselves attracted to this area’s energetic pulse and lively atmosphere. In between exercise classes, take a break to discover dozens of active wear, outdoor recreation clothing, and wellness retailers. Or grab a coffee and head to the beach for a quiet place to admire Vancouver’s skyline. The best part of Kitsilano, however, is found in its restaurants. With so many to choose from you might just have to come back again and again. kitsilano4thavenue.com (Map 2, C3-5)


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Best Bet neighbourhoods south Main & Mount pleasant This hipster neighbourhood (affectionately called “SoMa”) features an abundance of up-and-coming fashion designers, retro-minded retailers and specialty cafés and restaurants. A 30-minute walk from Broadway to King Edward Avenue will leave you enchanted with the unique shops lining these bustling streets.

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Better known as “The Drive,” this eclectic area is known for its laid-back atmosphere and cultural diversity. Shopping on The Drive uncovers some of the city’s best fashion and food bargains, from vintage finds and local designers to free-range butchers and thrifty kitchenware shops. Afterwards, savour culinary decadences from Italian bakeries and international restaurants, or sit down with a friend for some Vancouverroasted coffee and locally brewed craft beer. Historically, this was the Italian district lending to The Drive’s love of life, great shopping, amazing food and superb coffee, so go ahead, relax a little. thedrive.ca (Map 2, C7)

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As one of the gateway communities into downtown Vancouver, Burnaby is a great retreat from the “big city,” and if you’re looking for adventure, it has that too! Featuring beautifully landscaped parks and gardens, perfect for spending summer afternoons with the family, and with a ton of diverse terrain you’ll find sweeping city views from the top of Burnaby Mountain, and picturesque waterfront scenes of the North Shore, you’ll also find great attractions, amazing events, and even a casino! This great city is also a major shopping destination with several malls to meet your trend-setting desires, like the amazing Metropolis at Metrotown. As British Columbia’s largest shopping centre, this world-class facility features a whopping 450 stores, including high-end retailers and luxury brands, for your shopping pleasure. Set aside a day (or three!) and explore everything Burnaby has to offer. tourismburnaby.com (Map 3, D6)

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Make time for a coffee break and save room for lunch at an authentic Southeast Asian or modern West Coast restaurant. Amazing shopping and delectable food? Definitely paradise! mountpleasantbia.com (Map 2, C6-E6)

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Home to Vancouver’s first and oldest shopping centre, this area combines great shopping with fascinating early 20th century history, making it an easy place for Vancouverites to love! Admire the pre- and post-war architecture as you wind through charming neighbourhoods filled with modern bigname stores and traditional family-run businesses. This area will leave you nostalgic for the past, yet ready for the future. Especially if your future involves enjoying great food with great friends! Loaded with bakeries serving freshmade goods, as well as coffee and teahouses, this neighbourhood is an ideal location to unwind with a delicious treat. kerrisdalevillage.com (Map 2, E4 & E6)

Once called “Salmonopolis” for its abundance of the tasty fish in nearby waters, this quaint village now thrives with activity and entertainment. Local attractions include eco-tours, whale watching, fishing, and cycling rentals, all within a 20-minute walk around the Village. Shopping includes kitschy consignment stores, furniture and home décor, giftware, kids clothing and commercial fishing supply. Work up an appetite and visit one of many bakeries, cafés, casual pubs and fine dining establishments for an oceanside experience. steveston.bc.ca (Map 3, g2)

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pa-tourism has become a very hot trend, and in a city that’s both an amazing vacation destination and an impressive international business hub, wise travellers make regular expeditions into the blissful realm of spa treatments. And the fine art of balancing an urban lifestyle, as any savvy metropolitan Vancouverite can tell you, begins with the big three: Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation. This is the portal to tranquility of the city’s thriving spa culture. Lucky for you, this info will let you be privy to the pampering, too! - Danielle Prokop

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Weather you’re a first-timer or a veteran spa-goer, Vancouver’s spa scene is diverse and vast enough to make for an incredible journey. Discovery can begin in the downtown core; a hotspot for stand-alone boutique spas and deluxe day-spas nestled within the city’s world-class hotels. Visit the Willow Stream Spa, located on the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s 5th floor (pictured), where a panoramic view of Vancouver is the backdrop of a true West Coast retreat. Nine treatment rooms, deep Japanese Zen tub, couples rooms and lounges are a few of many luxurious on-site facilities. Immerse yourself in a fitness program with a personal trainer, or simply indulge with exclusive spa services such as the “Coastal Mountain Body Wrap.” At Shangri-La Vancouver’s Chi luxury spa, you’ll find personalized signature body therapies and spa treatments based around the Chinese Philosophy of the “Five Elements.” Ancient Himalayan rituals inspire the “Healing Stone Massage” using stones heated in oils and herbs, while the “Jade Jewel Facial” draws upon the energetic properties of jade gemstones for facial massage. Your sanctuary is assured with private amenities including shower, bath, fireplace and lounge area in each individual treatment room and the private couple’s suite. In Vancouver, you’re sure to end up in a piece of heaven on earth. - Danielle Prokop

Fairmont Pacific Rim

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soothing spa trends The diversity of the Vancouver spa scene reflects the unique personal experience of you, the client, with each city neighbourhood revealing a myriad of spas catering to current trends, whether it’s increasingly popular treatments for the male spa-goer, or state-of-the-art treatments such as infrared saunas. Look to Kitsilano and Gastown for au-courant eco-spas offering “green” services for an experience with personal, environmental and ethical serenity. A devoted yoga scene and numerous Ayurvedic spas that use traditional Indian methods will bring balance, centre the spirit, and stimulate the senses. For when you need to look as good outside as you feel inside, pop into a salon/day spa—they’re plentiful in major Vancouver malls and shopping districts. And to take polish and shine to the next level visit a medical spa for the latest in laser treatment and anti-aging dermatological skin-care. Yaletown and False Creek are noted to have these in abundance, along with countless other spa facilities! All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and get pampered. - Danielle Prokop

Indulge your senses

at Vancouver’s newest premier spa The first Willow Stream Spa in Vancouver is an oasis of serenity at the luxurious Fairmont Pacific Rim. Enjoy authentically Canadian treatments, such as the Coastal Mountain Body Wrap or Van Active Grind massage, and then retreat to a serene lounge, steam room or soothing Jacuzzi for the ultimate in relaxation.

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver 604-695-5550 www.willowstream.com/pacificrim

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CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. 1128 West GeorGia street | 604.695.2447 open Daily 9am - 9pm www.shangri-la.com/vancouver chi.vancouver@shangri-la.com

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get outside! sKiing & snoWBoAR

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Offering 26 family-friendly downhill runs, this 384m (1260 foot) vertical drop mountain playground is loaded with après-ski activities, including day and evening fun. Want a little more adventure? Test your wits on two challenging double black diamond runs — definitely not for the faint of heart! grousemountain.com (Map 3, a4)

Cypress Mountain Think you’re as good as an Olympian? Try out the official Freestyle Ski and Snowboard venue of the 2010 Olympics! With 53 downhill ski and snowboard runs on a vertical rise of 610m (2010 feet), this spectacular mountain offers amazing views of the city easily accessed by six chairlifts and two surface lifts. Ride for the day, or stay all winter with a season pass. cypressmountain.com (Map 3, A2) photo: J. Koeman


RDing Mount seymour Visit this dynamic mountain oasis to experience 39 trails set atop a vertical drop of 330m (1082 feet). With an average annual snowfall of 1000cm (32 feet) Mount Seymour is a great bet for day and evening fun, including 12 trails with night lighting. In addition, experience this mountain’s three terrain parks for some extra adventure. mountseymour.com (Map 3, a6) Activity

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Winter Wonderland snowshoeing Once part of a daily winter commute, this challenging outdoor activity is now a staple at most ski hills, including Cypress, Grouse and Mount Seymour in Vancouver. Suspended above deep-packed snow, the web design of these lightweight “shoes” allows you to discover parts of the forest you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. Snowshoe rentals are available at all three Vancouver ski hills, as well as guided tours for beginners and experts alike.

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Is it cold enough to skate in Vancouver? Well, maybe not always outside, but luckily, there is at least one place in Vancouver that you can enjoy outdoor ice skating. Grouse Mountain Resort, just a short 15-minute drive from downtown, features a pristine outdoor rink perfect for enjoying Vancouver skylines both day and night. And there’s also nine great indoor facilities that are suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Most offer lessons for skaters of every level, whether beginner or Olympic-worthy, and are conveniently located throughout the Lower Mainland, including the Richmond Oval, which actually did host Olympians! Make sure to visit the Richmond Oval to test your skills at the official 2010 Winter Olympic speed-skating track, or to just feel like a champion skater. vancouverparks.ca | grousemountain.com | richmondoval.ca

Downhill tubing What’s better (and faster!) than tobogganing? Downhill tubing! Imagine gliding down a snow-covered mountain atop an airfilled inner tube with your family and friends. With no technical athletic skills required, this is a great way to have some fun and relax for a day. Just make sure to hold on tight, because these tubes go down the hill super fast. Visit Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour to discover this thrilling experience.


park Life parks & gardens These lovingly tended gardens are part of what make this city so famous, and winter is no exception to their lasting beauty. Visit them today to see why.

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Bloedel 33rd avenue (between Explore a tropical forest in this climateConservatory Cambie & Main streets) controlled indoor facility, with beautiful

Favourite Feature Free-flying birds overhead!

outdoor gardens, Koi ponds, tropical flowers and exotic plants.

Cupid’s Gardens

1125 West 12th avenue 604.736.5511 shaughnessy village.com

this quaint award-winning garden is the perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle with waterfalls, fountains and picnic area.

Covered gazebo

Hastings Park

pnE Fairgrounds: 2901 East hastings street hastingspark.ca

More than 100 species call the Bird sanctuary home, and the opera Walk’s dramatic stone faces will amaze.

Momiji Japanese gardens and skateboard park

Lighthouse Park

Beacon Lane, off Marine Drive, West Vancouver vancouvertrails.com

13km (8 miles) of dog-friendly forested trails weave through some of the city’s tallest trees for picturesque views.

point atkinson lighthouse

Nitobe Memorial Garden

1895 Lower Mall (UBC Campus) 604.822.9666 nitobe.org

naturally lending itself to quiet meditation and contemplation, this traditional Japanese tea and stroll garden has serene waterfalls and guided tours.

spiritual significance of garden and layout

Queen Elizabeth Park

4600 Cambie street 604.257.8400 vancouver.ca

at the highest point in Vancouver, you’ll find stunning panoramic views and beautiful gardens, ponds and waterfalls.

Large henry Moore sculptures; highest point in Vancouver

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

13km (8 miles) West of Ladner in Delta 604.946.6980 reifelbird sanctuary.com

Located on Westham island, this 300ha (850 acre) wheelchair-accessible wetland is a stop-over for thousands of migratory birds and has a two-storey observation tower and sheltered “bird blinds.”

Winter snow geese and trumpeter swans

Richmond Nature Park

11851 Westminster highway, richmond 604.718.6188 richmond.ca

80ha (200 acres) of raised peat bog habitat, 7km (4 miles) of trails, nature house, picnic spots and guided trail maps.

Elevated boardwalk around the park pond

Stanley Park

north foot of georgia street | 604.257.8400 vancouver.ca

ranked as one of the world’s best city parks, with old growth forests, miniature train and horse-drawn tours.

22km (1000 acre) seawall perimeter, perfect for walks, bikes, skates and more!

UBC Botanical Gardens and Centre for Plant Research

6804 sW Marine Drive (UBC Campus) ubcbotanical garden.org

in operation since 1916, this garden actually features five landscaped areas, each with a different global theme.

the 17.5m (57 foot) high greenheart Canopy Walkway in the forest

VanDusen Botanical Garden

5251 oak street 604.878.9274 vandusengarden.org

strikingly arranged plants, flowers and landscaping make this internationally acclaimed garden a special treat.

over 7,500 different plants from six continents!

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vancouver for Kids! greater vancouver Zoo Originally opened in the 1970s by an Alberta man named Pat Hines who wanted to create a sanctuary for endangered animals, today the 48ha (120 acre) plot of land is a space where animals from all seven continents find safety and protection in recreations of their natural habitats. Bring the whole family to watch daily lion and tiger feedings, take in special events and learn all about the animals. 5048 264th street, aldergrove 604.856.6825 | gvzoo.com (Map 3, h12)

photo: greater Vancouver Zoo

vancouver Maritime Museum Set sail and chart a course to navigate Vancouver’s maritime history! Kids and the young-at-heart alike will be thrilled to explore the cabins of the RCMP schooner St. Roch, the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in both directions. Investigate the many classic and historic ships docked at Heritage Harbour, and marvel at the detailed ship models on display. Travel through time with hands-on exhibits about everything from warships and pirates to shipwrecks and lighthouses. 1905 ogden avenue | 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com (Map 1, J6)

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photo: tourism Vancouver / Maritime Museum

30 Local Unique Shops 30 and Services for Kids & Kids at Heart OPEN DAILY 10AM - 6PM Next to the Duck Pond at the entrance to Granville Island Sign up for our Online Newsletter and be entered to win great prizes! For more information visit

www.kidsmarket.ca 1496 Cartwright Street Vancouver BC 604.689.8447

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Maplewood Farm Enjoy an authentic rural experience in the heart of the city, perfect for the whole family. What used to be a working dairy farm is now open to the public and home to 200 charming domestic animals. Join the fun by feeding chickens, ducks and bunnies or tour the community gardens and take a pony ride. With so much to do, Maplewood Farm is an agri-tour you don’t want to miss! 405 seymour river place, north Vancouver | 604.929.5610 maplewoodfarm.bc.ca (Map D, D6) photo: Maplewood Farm


vancouver for Kids! Burnaby village Museum Travel back to simpler times with this 4ha (10 acre) historic 1920s replica community. From the blacksmith and printing press operator, to the General Store owner and gardener, Burnaby Village will delight the whole family with a typical “day-in-the-life” through tours and liveaction demonstrations. Take a leisurely stroll along quaint streets or ride the fully restored Tram and Carousel for a completely authentic experience. 6501 Deer Lake avenue, Burnaby | 604.297.4565 burnabyvillage museum.ca (Map 3, E6) photo: tourism Vancouver / Burnaby Village Museum

h.R. MacMillan space Centre

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Be dazzled by the stars in the night sky — indoors! A visit to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre reveals the wonders of astronomy within its Planetarium walls through spectacular light and visual shows of the stars above. Learn about space through fun and exciting activities including live demonstrations, interactive exhibit galleries and on weekend evenings, laser light shows. 1100 Chestnut street (Vanier park) | 604.738.7827 | spacecentre.ca (Map 1, J6)

Kids Market In the heart of Granville Island lies an oasis just for kids! The Kids Market is a two-storey indoor wonderland, filled with activities, shops and services catering to young minds and their creative imaginations. Kids will be entertained, enlightened and educated with crafts, games, clothing, costumes, 30 different stores and so much more. No matter what your age, this is an experience the whole family will enjoy! 1496 Cartwright street | 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca (Map 1, J9)

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the vancouver Art gallery has events and workshops just for families — every single weekend — all free with admission! vanartgallery.bc.ca


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1905 Ogden Ave Vancouver 604 257-8300 www.vanmaritime.com

Tea & Tour included with admission

Step into the Wild...

HOME to over 500 DIFFERENT ANIMALS within the BEAUTIFUL FRASER VALLEY

Talks, miniature train & bus. Over 40 Wild & Wonderful Years

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Discover our local native species to the more exotic!

5048 - 264th St. Aldergrove, B.C. Exit #73 off Hwy 1

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Night Life

At night The Comedy MIX Located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in downtown Vancouver, the Comedy MIX plays host to top touring stand-up comedians from North America and beyond. Shows nightly Tuesday to Saturday. 1015 Burrard Street Tel: 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com Map 1,F7 Nightlife

Vancouver TheatreSports League®

Catch the improv comedy show that everyone in Vancouver is talking about! World-renowned Vancouver TheatreSports League presents shows Wednesday - Sunday at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets available online. Improv Centre, Granville Island Tel: 604.738.7013 www.vtsl.com Map C

Sit back and relax with a soothing cocktail in the casually elegant Granville Room 1940s inspired atmosphere (donnellygroup.ca).

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Savour live music, classic cocktails and a one-of-a-kind raw bar 604.695.5502

GRANVILLE STREET: Home to some of the best nightclubs in the city, this is where the young and fabulous come to play. The streets are closed off to traffic on weekend evenings, making it a great spot to roam around and take in the sights. YALETOWN: Some of the city’s best lounges can be found in these cobblestone streets, where “trendy” and “delicious” meet for cocktails and late-night networking. GASTOWN: Savour the original Vancouver identity that created the city’s vibe so many years ago. A regular with the college crew, this district is quickly becoming a new haven for hip and trendy thirty-something’s with great culture, nightlife and laid-back lounges.


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Across from BC Place • Free Parking 750 Pacific Boulevard South • edgewatercasino.ca Edgewater Casino, Vancouver

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Dining Late-night Cravings

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A little bit like NYC, Vancouverites love latenight food and drinks. After a great show, or just after dinner, stroll through downtown and surrounding streets to find some of the best wine bars and cafés in the city. Candlelit and romantic, these lounge-style restaurants offer a taste of the exotic without ever leaving the city. Sit back and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere, great music, food and wine always served with Vancouver’s outstanding sea and sky panoramas. Found all over the city, in the downtown core, Yaletown, Gastown and the West End, with new establishments cropping up regularly, these hot spots make staying up past bedtime well worth the morning after.

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international Delights Vancouver is a world city and this fact is most represented in the diversity of delicious restaurants and specialty food stores around town. Locals love to eat and it shows! All over the Lower Mainland you can find hidden pockets of restaurants bursting at the seams with eager diners, amazing culinary creations and great atmosphere. Some of the best places to find these gems? Head to Richmond for the ultimate authentic Asian experience. Whether you’re looking to source the perfect imported ingredients for an exceptional meal of your own creation, or you just want to sit back, relax and indulge in the worldly tastes of some of the most delicious restaurants this side of the Pacific. Check out tourismrichmond.com for a full list of the area’s international shops and restaurants.


Fresh & Local

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Fresh, local and sustainable are three words taken very seriously in Vancouver. In a city surrounded by lush agricultural lands and seafood-rich waters, it’s no surprise that fresh cuisine is a huge selling point. For diners, Vancouver offers some of the most diverse culinary creations using locally-sourced ingredients. Indeed, the term local applies to more than just food around here, as the city has a bevy of talented chefs who grew up right here, and have made a name for themselves with high-end restaurants and delicious menus. In fact, some of these amazing chefs and entrepreneurs have been so successful they now operate satellite restaurants in other parts of the country. A perfect example of this trend is The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, which opened its doors in North Vancouver in 1971 and now has locations all across Canada and in the United States. In addition, the 100-Mile Diet and Ocean Wise were both born here, as was Green Table, a network of sustainable restaurants and foodservice outlets. Participating members pledge to reduce their environmental footprint by serving sustainable local foods, creating less waste, reducing water usage, and supporting like-minded local suppliers. Participants in the 100-Mile Diet pledge to consume foods that have travelled fewer than “100 miles” from where they live. There’s no shortage of creativity here, to the great benefit of hungry restaurant-goers. And when the food is this good, it’s hard to resist going out every night of the week.

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Dining ocean Wise seafood Vancouver is world-famous for its fresh, high quality seafood, and in order to sustain this bounty for future generations, the Vancouver Aquarium started Ocean Wise. Focusing on preservation and harvesting techniques to allow oceanic habitats to replenish themselves naturally, the program strives to educate the public and promote sustainable fisheries practices. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol on menus and food labels to enjoy sustainable seafood options at many of Vancouver’s grocers, fresh markets and finest restaurants. If you’re not certain about your seafood’s origin, or whether an establishment is part of the Ocean Wise program, be sure to look for the symbol and inquire, or download their latest mobile phone app. After all, our oceans are depending on you. Visit oceanwise.ca for more information and to see a full list of participating restaurants.

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Try some of these great sustainable BC seafood choices, as recommended by the Ocean Wise program. 1. BC spot prawns – trap caught 2. Dungeness crab – trap caught 3. pacific halibut – bottom longline 4. sablefish trap caught or bottom longline 5. pacific sardine – purse seine 6. BC Albacore tuna – troll caught 7. Farmed shellfish (scallops, mussels, oysters, clams – various spp.) – suspension and beach culture 8. Arctic char – land-based farm 9. pacific cod trap caught or bottom longline 10. Rainbow trout – land-based farm


Dockside Restaurant Stunning Views, Spectacular Food!

1253 Johnston Street on Granville Island, Vancouver BC | 604.685.7070

he Dockside Restaurant offers superbly prepared classic dishes in a setting like no other. Located on the waterfront where Granville Island faces the

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famous cityscape of Yaletown and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore.

The open dining room is relaxed yet refined, wrapped in spectacular floorto-ceiling windows, while the lounge offers warm intimate surroundings for evening cocktails. The award-winning patio catches sunlight from morning to late afternoon. Protected on three sides, it’s an oasis of calm, disturbed only by the occasional sound of boats making their way along False Creek. Recent renovations have added fireplaces and casual seating areas to this Vancouver destination. These three venues offer seating options that are perfect for groups from 4 to 200. With signature elements like a 50-foot aquarium and an open kitchen, each meal is an experience for all the senses. 2


ensemble Restaurant & Bar

850 Thurlow Street, Vancouver BC, near Robson | 604.569.1770

t the corner of Smithe and Thurlow, a block south of bustling Robson Street, ensemble sits wrapped in floor to ceiling windows on culinary adventure. Chef/Owner Dale MacKay – Canada’s first Top Chef, presides over the city’s newest and coolest restaurant & bar – his very first, after opening restaurants around the world for chefs Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Boulud. ensemble is an entirely new and exciting dining concept for Vancouver: “We’re combining classic French techniques with modern influences and flavour profiles from around the world. Experience a variety of tastes and textures in generous tasting size dishes, affordably priced from $8-$24.” Combine Dale’s Five Diamond reputation with the cosmopolitan vibe of Vancouver, and ensemble promises an extraordinary culinary experience in a fun and approachable environment. Open for dinner from 5-11 Tuesday – Sunday. ensemblerestaurant.com 2

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ORU Exceptional Pan Asian Cuisine.

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver BC | 604.695.5500

ake a culinary journey through the Pacific Rim in ORU, a Pan-Asian bistro. Featuring authentic and regionally-inspired dishes from around

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Asia, guests can choose a tasting menu or share dishes family style.

Our team of talented chefs has created a “scratch” kitchen using locally

sourced and organic ingredients in a menu that represents the diversity of the Pacific Rim. Oru boasts the largest sake cellar in the city and a wine list that emphasizes Pacific Northwest labels. Enjoy a chef’s table in front of the open kitchen, an intimate repast in the private wine room, or entertain a large group in the private dining area surrounded by breathtaking views. A proud member of Ocean Wise, and home to the new Fairmont Lifestyle Cuisine. 2


DinE VANCoUVer Follow the inviting aromas of Indian spices up Davie Village to India Bistro, where great service and food have the edge. Patio seating available.

Voted Best of the City Stars of Vancouver 2008 Westender Readers’ Choice Gold 1157 Davie Street • 604.684.6342 indiabistro.ca • indiabistro@hotmail.ca

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An Italian-inspired deli and café dedicated to the serious business of coffee. New wine Bar – Now Open evenings 1038 Canada PlaCe, VanCouVer loCated in Fairmont PaCiFiC rim 604.695.5501 giovanecafe.com

Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano & Piano Bar Authentic Italian cuisine in a romantic setting Pasta, seafood, chicken, veal and vegetarian dishes Over 100 cOmbInAtIOns Of PAstA dIshes

Live Piano Wed - Sun Open for Lunch & dinner from 11:30am, 7 days a week 3-CourSe Dinner: $19.95 4-CourSe Dinner: $29.95 703 Denman Street (near the entrance to stanley Park) 604.688.5771 | ciaobellavancouver.ca

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GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE GREAT FUN “Bringing the best of Down Under hospitality to the West Coast” Monday - Thursday to 9pm, Friday to 11pm. Closed Weekends. Kids Welcome! 830 West PeNDeR stReet Downstairs between Hornby & Howe 604.683.3300

OPeN FOR BReakFast

Serving Chinese Inspired Local Cuisine Since 2001 Open 7 nights a week at 5pm. Lunch on Fridays.

Fine French Food for a Fair Price on Denman at Robson 3 Course Dinner Special: $36 Daily Discount Specials Weekend Brunch $12 751 Denman Street

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117 West Pender Street Reservations: 604.642.2882 wildricevancouver.com

604.681.6550

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DinE VANCoUVer Since 1987

“Fabulous Indian Cuisine in the heart of downtown Vancouver since 1987” A wide selection of non-vegetarian, vegetarian, tandoori and seafood dishes are available. Dine in a cozy atmosphere or take-out. Open 7 days a week 11am – Midnight

1282 Robson Street | 604.682.3894 a-taste-of-india.com atasteofindia.ca

Restaurant & Bar

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One of Vancouver’s top authentic Italian trattoria is offering guests a truly unique and memorable dining experience. Located in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle – enjoy the traditional dishes of Northern Italy made new with BC’s finest locally-sourced ingredients. Relax on the cozy patio for a truly intimate dining experience. Open for Lunch Monday – Friday Dinner Monday – Saturday • Closed on Sunday Call Now to Book a Reservation: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.net | 780 Thurlow Street

EXPERIENCE THE BEST CHINESE CUISINE IN TOWN Enjoy authentic Dim Sum and fabulous live seafood prepared by our award-winning chefs. Savour complex flavours and vital nutrients with our special steaming techniques. Beside Metrotown SkyTrain entrance. Lunch 10:00am - 4:00pm Dinner 5:30pm -10:00pm 7 days a week #2199A - 4700 Kingsway Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby 604.438.8686 fortunehouserestaurant.com

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World Famous Savour exceptional Italian cuisine or the largest wild game menu in Canada in the heart of downtown. Serving locals and celebrities alike. Enjoy Francesco’s signature hospitality, linger in the warm and inviting atmosphere and indulge your senses in a true Italian oasis. SEaSonal patIo opEn. Lunch: Monday-Friday from 11:30am Dinner: 7 days a week at 5:00pm 860 Burrard Street 604.685.7770 donfrancesco.ca

The Only Indian Restaurant With a Breathtaking Ocean View Flavours of the long-forgotten Northwest frontiers of India drenched in flavourful Indian spices, with a complementing beer and wine list.

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AFGHAN HORSEMEN

RESTAURANT Celebrating 38 years of Authentic Afghani Cuisine Enjoy the seductive flavours and romantic ambiance of Canada’s first Afghan restaurant. Dine in traditional Afghan style with low tables and exotic cushions or western style, whatever suits your mood. From vegetarian dishes to mouth watering shish kebabs. Located before the entrance to Granville Island. 7 days a week from 5pm.

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West Vancouver – 1340 Marine Drive (Near Ambleside Beach) | 604.925.5262 Vancouver – 4432 Dunbar Street | 604.738.3186 Burnaby – 4544 Hastings Street | 604.298.4464

1833 Anderson Street (2nd Floor) 604.873.5923 afghanhorsemen.com

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THE SALMON HOUSE ON THE HILL

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2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver Reservations: 604.926.3212 www.salmonhouse.com

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100 Centennial Way, Burnaby Reservations: 604.299.1155 www.horizonsrestaurant.com


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Fortune House Seafood Restaurant

ensemble Restaurant & Bar

India Bistro

Le Bistro de Paris

Sitar Restaurant

At the entrance of Stanley Park. Fabulous Steak & Frites, Mimosa Salad, Filet Mignon, Wild Salmon, Mac ‘n Cheese. Open for brunch on Sunday. 751 Denman Street Tel: 604.681.6550 lebistrodeparis.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E3

Celebrating 28 years! Enjoy authentic dishes made with only the freshest ingredients and the best herbs & spices. In the heart of Gastown. 8 Powell Street, Gastown Tel: 604.687.0049 sitarrestaurant.net $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map A

indian

italian/pasta

Wild Rice Modern Chinese Cuisine

A Taste of India

Café il Nido

A wide selection of non-vegetarian, vegetarian, tandoori, and seafood dishes available. Dine in or take out. Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm. Fri-Sat 11-Midnight. 1282 Robson Street Tel: 604.682.3894 a-taste-of-india.com / atasteofindia.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E6

Enjoy traditional Italian dishes made new with BC fresh ingredients & seasonings from around the world. Charming trattoria with beautiful patio. 780 Thurlow Street Tel: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.net $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E7

Continental

Handi Cuisine of India

Authentic Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. Seafood, chicken, veal, lamb & vegetarian dishes. Live Piano. 703 Denman Street (near Stanley Park entrance) Tel: 604.688.5771 ciaobellavancouver.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Brunch (Sat-Sun), Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E3

Specializing in Chinese Dim Sum and Live Seafood prepared by our award-winning chefs. We are committed to excellent service. 2199A-4700 Kingsway, Metrotown, Burnaby Tel: 604.438.8686 fortunehouserestaurant.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Map 2,E9

ORU

ORU, a sleek and modern Pan-Asian bistro with regionally inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Korea, and Indonesia. 1038 Canada Place Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Tel: 604.695.5500 orucuisine.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C7

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Exceptional cuisine & panoramic views 560 ft. above the city. Steak, poultry, seafood (lobster, Pacific salmon, Alaskan King crab), lamb and duck. 555 W. Hastings Street Tel: 604.669.2220 topofvancouver.com $$-$$$ Reservations: Yes Map 1,C9

Offers a very spacious, highly contemporary interior. Passionate team of servers & chefs, who believe in absolute perfection, help to enhance your dining experience to a high degree of satisfaction. 1340 Marine Drive, West Vancouver 604.925.5262 4544 Hastings St., Burnaby 604.298.4464 handicuisine.com $ Attire: Casual Services: Lunch, Dinner Bby: Map 2,B9 | W. Van: Map 3,B3

Reasonably priced, innovative but classic at the same time, in the heart of Davie village. 11:30am 11pm. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet. 1157 Davie Street Tel: 604.684.6342 indiabistro.ca indiabistro@hotmail.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner Map 1,G6

Ciao Bella Restaurant/Piano Bar

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Wild Rice began as a simple thought from Andrew Wong to create a socially conscious restaurant serving local cuisine influenced by his Chinese heritage. 117 West Pender Street Tel: 604.642.2882 wildricevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C10

Vancouver’s newest dining hotspot by Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay promises superb service, fabulous cuisine and approachable prices. 850 Thurlow Street Tel: 604.569.1770 ensemblerestaurant.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,E7

Don Francesco

Enjoy Francesco’s signature hospitality and indulge your senses in a truly Italian oasis. Offers the largest Wild Game menu in Canada. 860 Burrard Street, Downtown Tel: 604.685.7770 donfrancesco.ca $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1, E7

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Dining italian/pasta

pub/Brew pub/sports Bar

Casinos

Giovane

Yaletown Brewing Company

Edgewater Casino

seafood

major attractions

The Fish House in Stanley Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Giovane is dedicated to the serious business of coffee and serves a selection of Italian-inspired sandwiches, pizza and cakes. 1038 Canada Place Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Tel: 604.695.5501 giovanecafe.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: No Services: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Map 1,C7

Old Spaghetti Factory

Great Value for lunch and dinner! Dinner includes salad, bread, coffee or tea, and ice cream. 53 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.1288 14200 Entertainment Boulevard, Richmond Tel: 604.277.8373 50-8th Street, New Westminster Tel: 604.524.9788 20077-91A Avenue, Langley Tel: 604.513.1673 2030 Sumas Way, Abbotsford Tel: 604.854.1130 Crystal Lodge Hotel, Whistler Tel: 604.938.1081 703 Douglas Street, Victoria Tel: 250.381.8444 oldspaghettifactory.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Vancouver: Map 1,B10

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AttRACtions

Kobe Japanese Steak House

A party at every table! Watch entertaining Samurai-style chefs prepare your dinner to your liking. Choose from steak, seafood, teriyaki chicken, and vegetables. 1042 Alberni Street Tel: 604.684.2451 koberestaurant.com $$$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Dinner Map 1,E7

pub/Brew pub/sports Bar Moose’s Down Under

Exceptional value and service in a friendly, pub-style atmosphere. Kids welcome! Mon - Thurs ‘til 9pm, Fri ‘til 11pm. Closed weekends. 830 W. Pender Street Tel: 604.683.3300 moosesdownunder.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C8

Vancouver’s original Brew Pub where families, singles, and couples can enjoy a varied menu in a fun atmosphere. Voted Best Brew Pub in Canada. 1111 Mainland Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.681.BREW (2739) drinkfreshbeer.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Services: Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map B

Enjoy fresh West Coast cuisine in a spectacular and historic setting. Relax in one of our dining rooms or sunny patios! 8901 Stanley Park Drive in Stanley Park Tel: 604.681.7275 fishhousestanleypark.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Recommended Services: Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 4,E1

West Coast Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company

Located on Granville Island, Dockside combines 2 things Vancouver is famous for…fabulous food and outstanding views! 1253 Johnston St, Granville Island Tel: 604.685.7070 docksidevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Service: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map C

Lobby Lounge

Lobby Lounge & Terrace is a perfect meeting place with floor-toceiling windows, cozy chairs, and a menu featuring cocktails and sushi. 1038 Canada Place Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Tel: 604.695.5502 fairmont.com/pacificrim Attire: Casual Reservations: No Services: Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C7

Excitement awaits you at Downtown Vancouver’s Edgewater Casino! Slots & table games like blackjack, poker & baccarat. Great dining specials. Open 24 hrs next to Rogers Arena. Ask hotel concierge about special offers. 750 Pacific Boulevard South Tel: 604.687.3343 edgewatercasino.ca Map 1,E11

Appreciate nature from breathtaking perspectives: Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure and the new Cliffwalk, an adrenalinepumping cliffside journey high above the Capilano River. 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver Tel: 604.985.7474 capbridge.com Map 3,B4

Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition

Discover your inner biker. Experience a contemporary exhibition of incredible motorcycles from Canada’s largest privately held collection. A “must see” for any motorcycle enthusiast. 1875 Boundary Road Tel: 604.293.2221 deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca Map 2,C9

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

It’s the 25th anniversary of the first full-scale, authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Art exhibits, complimentary tour & tea, kids’ scavenger hunt, covered walkways. Eight Treasures Shop. 578 Carral Street Tel: 604.662.3207 vancouverchinesegarden.com Map 1,C11

Dining Legend $ $$ $$$ $$$$

under $20/meal $25-$35/meal $35-$50/meal over $50/meal


& ACtivitiEs major attractions

major attractions

sight/Flight seeing

Greater Vancouver Zoo

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Grouse Mountain

VIA Rail Canada

special interest

Over 500 different animals on 120 acres, including giraffes, lions, tigers and hippos. Ride the narrated Safari Express Miniature Train or bus tour or even rent a quadracycle. Picnic area and Playground. 5048-264 Street, Aldergrove – exit 73, Highway 1 Tel: 604.856.6825 gvzoo.com Map 3,H12 Rising 4,100 feet above Vancouver, and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver’s most-visited natural attraction. Free Shuttle Bus. Check our website for more information. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver Tel: 604.980.9311 grousemountain.com Map D,A4

Kids Market

Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park

Come face to fin with over 70,000 captivating creatures. Enjoy dolphin & beluga whale shows, sea otter feeds, shark dives and the thrilling sensory effects of the 4D Experience theatre. Open 365 days/ year, with extended summer hours. Tel: 604.659.FISH vanaqua.org Map 4,F4

Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver’s Best First Stop. Spectacular 360-degree view of the city, harbour and North Shore Mountains, 50 storeys above street level. Same-day return ticket, enjoy day or night. See you at the top! 555 West Hastings Street Tel: 604.689.0421 info@vancouverlookout.com vancouverlookout.com Map 1,C9

Train from coast to coast in comfort and style. Options for every budget and destination. Cosy overnight accommodations or the exceptional value in Comfort class. Discover Canada as only the train can show you. Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station Street Tel: 1.888.VIA.RAIL viarail.ca Map 2,C6

Harbour Air Seaplanes offers daily scheduled service flights between downtown Vancouver and downtown Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Comox and The Gulf Islands. Scenic city and mountain tours also available. 1075 West Waterfront Road Tel: 1.800.665.0212 harbourair.com Map 4,I4

Penthouse Nightclub

Established in 1947, the Penthouse Nightclub is truly a Vancouver and Canadian Landmark. Inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, it’s been the playground for the stars, like Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and YOU! 1019 Seymour Street Tel: 604.683.2111 penthousenightclub.com Map 1,F9

museums/Galleries Hill’s Native Art

Impressive collection of Northwest Coast Native and Inuit arts & crafts. Traditional & contemporary prints and originals, ceremonial masks, soapstone sculptures, and fine jewellery. Cowichan Knits and moccasins. Shipping worldwide. 165 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.685.4249 hillsnativeart.com / hills.ca Map A

Museum of Anthropology

Houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking the mountains and sea. Long term & temporary exhibits of indigenous art from around the world. 6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC Campus Tel: 604.822.5087 moa.ubc.ca Map 2,C1

ChURChEs anglican/episcopal Christ Church Cathedral

Services: M.-F. 12:10pm, Thu. 7:30am, Sat. 9:10am, Sun. 8am, 10:30am & 9:30pm. 690 Burrard Street Tel: 604.682.3848 cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca Map 1,D7

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An indoor 2-storey market with a wide variety of activities, shops and services. From toys, crafts and games to clothing and costumes, it’s an experience the whole family will enjoy, no matter what their age! 1496 Cartwright Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca Map C

Immerse yourself in history and discover the rich maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. View exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, explorers & more! Offers a Maritime Discovery Centre for Children. Minutes from Downtown. 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Tel: 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com Map 2,B5

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Services: 1st Sunday of the month, 8am & 10am. Other Sundays, 8am, 9:15am & 11am. Wednesdays, 7pm. Thursdays, 11:15am. 1130 Jervis Street Tel: 604.685.6832 x10 stpaulsanglican.bc.ca Map 1,F6

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shopping & sERviCEs apparel: intimate

art Galleries

Jewellery

Calvin Klein Underwear

Crystalworks Gallery

Artina’s Jewellery

Offering men’s and ladies’ under wear, loungewear and socks. Customer service is our specialty. 1012 Alberni Street Tel: 604.899.0667 2843 Granville Street Tel: 604.734.1145 850 Park Royal North, West Vancouver Tel: 604.922.1157 Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby Tel: 604.436.1606 cku.ca

apparel: unisex Brooks Brothers

As Makers and Merchants of fine clothing since 1818, Brooks Brothers has been known for quality and innovation. The tradition continues with our lifestyle collec tions for men, women and children. 1026 Alberni Street Tel: 604.678.2260 brooksbrothers.com Map 1,E7

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Canadiana & locally designed fashion, unique jewellery, native designed gifts, pottery, and a wide selection of the Vancouver-made “Australian Outback Collection” of oilskins, jackets, hats and shirts. Pendleton blankets/clothes. 159 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.685.1828 franceshills.com Map A

Snowflake

Unique Canadian designs. Incredible selection of outerwear and accessories in cashmere, leather, fur and shearling. Also offers a fabulous collection of boots, capes, handbags and gloves. Exceptional quality. 750 West Pender Street (at Howe) Tel: 604.681.9322 snowflakecanada.com Map 1,C8

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Crystalworks features fine crystals, minerals, fossils and stones, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts such as locally crafted jewellery, gem carvings and beads. Open TuesSat 11am to 5:30pm, or call for appointment. 1760 West 3rd Avenue Tel: 604.732.3870 crystalworks.ca Map 2,C5

Hill’s Native Art

Unique jewellery shop featuring the works of over 100 of Canada’s top jewellery design artists. Offers everything from contemporary designs to modern interpretations of First Nations styles. 387 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.915.7001 artinas.com Map A

Liquor stores

Impressive collection of Northwest Coast Native and Inuit arts & crafts. Traditional & contemporary prints and originals, ceremonial masks, soapstone sculptures, and fine jewellery. Cowichan Knits and moccasins. Shipping worldwide. 165 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.685.4249 hillsnativeart.com / hills.ca Map A

Yaletown Liquor Store

Howe Street Gallery of Fine Art

EasyPark Vancouver

Fine art from around the globe. Beautiful paintings and life-sized stone & bronze sculptures entice fine art lovers into the Gallery. With an air of the exotic, the possibility of finding something precious is limitless. 555 Howe Street Tel: 604.681.5777 howestreetgallery.com Map 1,D8

Rendezvous Art Gallery

Featuring fabulous paintings and sculptures by some of Canada’s finest artists. Located on the corner of Cordova and Howe, across from Pan Pacific Hotel and Canada Place, one block up from Waterfront Station. 323 Howe Street Tel: 604.687.7466 rendezvousartgallery.com Map 1,C8

Footwear OK Boot Corral

Experience old fashioned western hospitality while you explore the wide selection of western boots made from shark, cowhide, rattlesnake & more. They also have a great selection of accessories. 205 Carrall Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com Map A

Offers a varied selection of wine & liquor as well as ice cold beer. Conveniently located in the heart of Yaletown. Open 11am-11pm. 1116 Hamilton Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.688.0064 drinkfreshbeer.com Map B

parking Friendly, affordable and convenient parking. With most of our locations in the Downtown Vancouver area, EasyPark is always nearby. Look for the Orange “P”. Please refer to the Downtown Parking Map for locations or check our website. 209-700 W. Pender Street Tel: 604.682.6744 Fax: 604.682.7469 easypark.ca Map 1A

public markets Granville Island

Visit the world famous Public Market where you can find anything from fresh food to all sorts of rarities, or wander through the many shops & art studios. Every visit is a unique experience! 1661 Duranleau Street Tel: 604.666.5784 granvilleisland.com Map 1,F8&9

Robson Public Market

Vitamins, produce, luggage, wine, gifts, facials, massage, hair cut and more! Food court offers extensive selection for every taste and budget. 2 hour free parking while shopping. Open daily 9am-9pm. 1610 Robson Street (at Cardero) Tel: 604.682.2733 robsonpublicmarket.com Map 1,E4


shopping Centres

shopping Centres

specialty stores

Aberdeen Centre

Vancouver International Airport

Circle Craft

Discover a truly unique East meets West shopping experience. This award-winning shopping destination offers over 160 shops, 8 full service restaurants & an 800-seat food court (free wifi) with some of the city’s best food! 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond Tel: 604.270.1234 aberdeencentre.com Map E

Lansdowne Centre

Unique shopping, Just Your Style. Best Buy ~ Future Shop HomeSense ~ BCAA JYSK ~ Winners ~ Zellers Toys R Us ~ Home Outfitters Canada Line, Lansdowne Station 5300 No.3 Road, Richmond Tel: 604.270.1344 lansdowne-centre.com Map 3,F3

Sinclair Centre

Located just steps from Waterfront Station, this restored heritage building is now home to exclusive fashion & accessory boutiques, aesthetics & grooming services, and a restaurant & food garden. Open Monday-Saturday. 757 West Hastings Street, Downtown Tel: 604.488.1685 sinclaircentre.com Map 1,C8 With 240 stores & services, Richmond Centre is a shopper’s paradise! Accessible from the Canada Line skytrain, visit stores like XXI Forever, Apple and Sephora. No. 3 Road & Westminster Highway, Richmond Tel: 604.713.SHOP (7467) richmondcentre.com facebook.com/RichmondCentre Map 3,F3

Vancouver Centre Mall

Connect to Canada Line + Expo Line. Shops like London Drugs. Tastes like Tim Hortons. Services like Chat’r. There’s more to connect with here! Open till 7 PM; Thurs & Fri 9 PM. West Georgia @ Granville + @ Seymour 650 West Georgia Street Tel: 604.713.6495 Map 1,D8

spas Chi Spa at the Shangri-La

Chi Spa offers an extensive spa menu consisting of CHI massages and authentically local treatments, as well as Body Therapies, Facial Treatments and Manicures and Pedicures. 1128 West Georgia Street – 5th floor Tel: 604.695.2447 shangri-la.com/vancouver Map 1,D6

Willow Stream Spa

Willow Stream Spa, a sensual oasis in the heart of the city, features tranquil lounges for men, women and couples, outdoor deck with Jacuzzis and meditation pods, and spacious treatment rooms. 1038 Canada Place Located in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Tel: 604.695.5550 fairmont.com/pacificrim/ GuestServices/WillowSpa/ Map 1,C7

specialty stores Canadian Maple Delights

Bistro and shoppe with a full range of maple products plus mouthwatering, naturally sweetened desserts made on site! Organic & specialty maple syrups, cookies, candies, & gourmet products. 385 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.682.6175 mapledelights.com Map 1,C9

A co-operative of some of BC’s finest emerging & established craftspeople whose work ranges from cottage industry to one-of-akind artist/craftspeople, traditional to contemporary. Monthly juried gallery exhibitions. 1-1666 Johnston Street, Net Loft, Granville Island Tel: 604.669.8021 circlecraft.net Map C

Revolucion Cigars & Fine Gifts

A lifestyle boutique in Yaletown specializing in gifts for men. Fine cigars, leather goods, grooming products, jewellery and accessories for the home. Each item hand selected by owner & lifestyle connoisseur, Pavlos. 1062 Mainland Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.662.4427 revolucionstyle.com Map B

transportation Aerocar Service

Exclusive Sedan & Limousine service provider at the Vancouver International Airport. Offers In-Town, Whistler & Cruise Ship Transfers as well as Sight Seeing Tours & Executive Transportation in the Lower Mainland. Lower Mainland TF: 1.888.821.0021 aerocarservice.ca / aerocar.ca

Budget Car Rental

BC’s #1 car & truck rental company; 19 Lower Mainland locations. $200 in admission coupons to local attractions w/ every rental. Must show valid rental agreement with coupon. One free admission per attraction per rental agreement. Local reservations: 604.668.7000 Map 1,D9 & C10

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Richmond Centre

Home to more than 160 awardwinning shops, services & restaurants. Shop the world’s most popular brands at tax & duty free prices. Eat, sleep, shop, exercise, spa, bank and fly – all in one place. Get it all before you go! Tel: 604.207.7077 yvr.ca Map 2,G3

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shopping & sERviCEs men’s Clubs

men’s Clubs

men’s Clubs

Fox Den

Penthouse Nightclub

Platinum Club for Men

Canada’s premier gentlemen’s club. Opulent surroundings, with friendly lingerie models! Canada’s largest, most trusted name; world class reputation based on honesty and integrity. 100+ out-call escorts. 4717 Kingsway, Burnaby Tel: 604.669.9475 carmanfox.com Map 2,E9

Vancouver’s No.1 Downtown destination for Live Adult Entertainment. Stage Shows & Private Dancers. Big Screens & Pool Table. Centrally located in the Entertainment District, minutes from all hotels. Group packages & special offers. 1019 Seymour Street Tel: 604.683.2111 penthousenightclub.com Map 1,F9

Vancouver’s #1 gentlemen’s mas sage studio. An unforgettable experience; you will be pleasantly surprised! Five minutes from all downtown hotels, convention centres & sporting event venues. 426 Homer Street Tel: 604.683.2582 platinumclub.net Map 1,C9

Voted Vancouver’s No.1 Exotic Bar

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1019 Seymour St, Vancouver 604.683.2111 Open Late HD Big Screens & Pool Table www.penthouse nightclub.com

GENTLEMEN’S GENTLEMEN’S LEISURE LEISURE SPA SPA

Treat Treat yourself yourself to to an anunforgettable unforgettable experience. experience. We We guarantee guarantee you you will will be be pleasantly pleasantly surprised. surprised. 426 426HOMER HOMERSSTT (604)683-2582 (604)683-2582 Discreet Discreet&&centrally centrally located located Downtown Downtown

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iMpoRtAnt nUMBERs 10-Digit DiALing Vancouver and surrounding areas are serviced by the 604 area code. When placing a call, all 10 digits of the number must be dialed.

EMERgEnCY nUMBERs AMBULAnCE / FiRE / poLiCE 911: tDD/ttY Users: dial 911 for AMBULANCe / Fire / PoLiCe and press the spacebar of your tDD/ttY until call is answered.

hospitALs

toURist sERviCEs

BC Children’s hospital 4480 oak st., Vancouver 1.888.300.3088 Richmond hospital 7000 Westminster hwy, richmond | 604.278.9711 st. paul’s hospital 1081 Burrard st., Vancouver 604.682.2344 UBC hospital 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver 604.822.7121 vancouver general hospital 855 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver 604.875.4111

Canada post 1.866.607.6301 City of vancouver (parks & Recreation) 604.257.8400 tourism vancouver visitor Centre 604.683.2000 vancouver Convention Centre 1.866.785.8232 vancouver public Library 604.331.3603 vancouver ticketMaster 604.280.4444

tRAvEL & tRAnspoRt BC Ferries Customer information & Reservations 1.888.223.3779 DriveBC Automated highway Report 1.800.550.4997 transLink Bus, skytrain & seaBus info 604.953.3333

BUs pacific Coach Lines 1.800.661.1725 Capilano suspension Bridge Free shuttle from Canada place 604.985.7474

Alamo Rent-A-Car 1.877.222.9075 Avis Rent-A-Car 1.800.230.4898 Budget Rent-A-Car 604.668.7000 Discount Car and truck Rentals 604.310.2277 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1.800.261.7331 hertz Car Rental 1.800.654.3131 national Car Rental 1.877.222.9058 thrifty Car Rental 1.800.thriFtY (847.4389)

RAiL Amtrak 1.800.872.7245 via Rail 1.888.ViA.rAiL (1.888.842.7245) West Coast Express 1.800.570.7245

tAxi & LiMo Aerocar 1.888.821.0021 Black top & Checker Cabs 1.800.494.1111 MacLure’s Cab 604.683.6666 vancouver taxi 604.871.1111 Yellow Cab 604.681.1111

AiRLinEs (passenger Reservations & information) tERMinAL M (MAin) Air Canada Air China Air new Zealand Air transat Alaska Airlines American Airlines British Airways Cathay pacific Central Mountain Air China Airlines Continental Delta Air Lines

1.888.247.2262 604.685.0921 1.800.663.5494 877.872.6728 1.800.252.7522 1.800.433.7300 1.800.247.9297 604.606.8888 1.888.865.8585 604.682.6777 1.800.231.0856 1.800.221.1212

horizon Air 1.800.547.9308 Japan Air Lines 1.800.525.3663 Korean Air 1.800.438.5000 philippine Airlines 1.800.435.9725 singapore Airlines 604.689.1223 United Airlines 1.800.241.6522 WestJet 1.800.538.5696 soUth tERMinAL harbour Air 1.800.665.0212 helijet 1.800.665.4354 pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd 604.273.8666 tofino Air 1.800.665.2359 West Coast Air 1.800.347.2222

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Big Bus 1.877.299.0701 greyhound Lines of Canada 1.800.661.8747 handyDARt Custom transit service 604.575.6600

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What’s your favourite Vancouver moment? Capture it in a photo and share it with the world in our Visitors’ Choice “Very Vancouver” photo Contest! Winning entries will be published in our Visitors’ Choice Vancouver summer 2012 edition.

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Everything you need to discover the best shopping, dining, events, attractions, outdoor activity and adventure, plus the best maps of Vancou...

Vancouver Fall/winter 2011-2012  

Everything you need to discover the best shopping, dining, events, attractions, outdoor activity and adventure, plus the best maps of Vancou...