Explore the Marvels of Vancouver’s Main Street

Photo credit: Darko Sikman.

Photo credit: Darko Sikman.

Head out a little from Vancouver’s downtown core to explore and you’ll be rewarded with fascinating neighbourhoods each with their own special vibe. One of Vancouver’s most popular ‘hoods is the Mount Pleasant/Main Street area, home to some of the city’s coolest bars, restaurants, breweries, independent shops and wild green spaces. From the city’s highest point to award-winning Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches and a hidden Tiki bar, it’s all here –you just need to know where to look… Continue reading:
Explore the Marvels of Vancouver’s Main Street

Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

Photo credit: Rob__ | Flickr

This June, some of Vancouver’s busiest streets will be filled with a different kind of traffic – people partying in the middle of the road as part of a city-wide outdoor bash.

The 11th instalment of Car Free Day is coming to neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver June 20-June 21. The festival sees major arteries closed to traffic and transformed into free, open-air parties – with street food, live music and entertainment, skate parks, arts and crafts markets and more.

Car Free Day began 10 years ago on Commercial Drive in direct response to the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project. Though the multi-billion-dollar project is now complete, Car Free Day – which is 100-percent volunteer run by local residents – still serves as a reminder that “fewer cars equals more community.”

Distinct events are now held in four neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End and Kitsilano (details below). Continue reading:
Car Free Day Vancouver is Back: 4 Huge Street Parties, No Traffic

Celebrate 20 years of Wiggle

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Pride week isn’t until the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait more than two weeks to get a hefty dose of fabulous, over-the-top, draggarific, extraordinary party times. This Friday at Fuse and Saturday at the Fox, the iconic performance event Wiggle will be gracing the stage. Continue reading:
Celebrate 20 years of Wiggle

48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

Shopping in Gastown. Photo Credit: Gastown BIA

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on off-the-beaten path shopping destinations to show savvy consumers that there is more to see beyond Robson St.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Shopping Discovery Adventure:
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• Good quality walking shoes (you’ll be doing a lot of walking)
• A good quality tote bag (to hold all your purchases in)
• A camera with a good zoom function (For when you want photos of the different neighborhoods)

Day 1

Morning to Early Afternoon-10 am to 1 pm

After an early breakfast in the downtown core, take a 15 to 20 minute walk to the eclectic neighborhood of Gastown.

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48 Hours in Vancouver for Out-of-the-Box and Offbeat Shoppers

Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant

Photo credit: JWOX.  From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Photo credit: JWOX. From the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

The holidays are upon us and while deals across the border might seem tempting, merchants around the city are stepping up their game to offer discounts, packages, and unique retail experiences for shoppers. To promote local spending, I’ve talked to several local business improvement associations about what makes their neighbourhood shine for shoppers. This week’s feature is Mount Pleasant. Continue reading:
Holiday Shopping in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant