5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

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The following is a guest post by Expedia Canada.

Vancouver is one of the best cities in North America, and proudly so. Here at Expedia Canada, we have a soft spot for the glittering city by the shore, which is why we’ve partnered with Inside Vancouver to present you the top five reasons to visit Vancouver this year (and why you’ll never want to leave).

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5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Photo Credit: Matthew Presidente

Think you know all the West End has to offer? Think again. Sure there’s the stunning forest trails and seawall walks around Stanley Park, the aquarium with its cute sea creatures and educational programmes, and on sunny days, the trio of sandy beaches which wrap around the park are unmissable.

However, there are plenty of hidden gems in the West End that even some of the locals don’t know exist. From a dazzling blown glass sculpture by world-class artist Dale Chihuly and Canada’s only outlet of Malaysia’s favourite baked treat, to one of the most photographed crosswalks in Canada it’s all here, you just need to know where to look… Continue reading:
Vancouver’s West End Amazes With Giant Pocky and World Class Art

Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

Photo credit: Amandal Productions/The Float House

With Valentine’s Day rolling around it’s all too easy to feel overlooked if you’re single on the big day. But hold on a minute before you throw an epic pity party just for one – what are you really missing out on here? Expensive – and unimaginative – gifts of red roses? Heart-shaped chocolates when you’re just getting back into your jeans after losing that holiday weight?  Cheesily themed all-pink set menus in restaurants stuffed with two kinds of diners: disappointed long-term couples with nothing to say, glaring at each other over the cut-out cupids, and the Dear God, Get A Room couples who just met and can’t quit groping each other between courses. Um, no thanks.

Instead of taking part in this carnival of commercialism, I propose you celebrate your awesome state of singleness by doing things that only YOU can do alone. From taking a meditation class or paddling solo, to chilling in a one-person float tank or indulging in an epic guilt-free shopping session, repeat after me: Valentine’s Day is the best day to have fun with me, myself and I. Continue reading:
Single (and fabulous) in Vancouver for Valentine’s Day?

Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

It’s a great time to be a shopper in Vancouver.  Retailers from around the world are scheduled to open new flagships stores in the city in the coming months and years.  New malls are under construction and old ones are under renovation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming changes in Vancouver’s retail landscape:

Park Royal Mall RedevelopmentThe venerable North Shore mall is in the midst of a $150-million improvement and expansion project that will add an additional 300,000 square feet of retail space.  New tenants like Anthropologie and Zara will soon be joined by Vancouver’s first La Maison Simons.  The Quebec-based specialty fashion retailer is slated to open a 100,000-square-foot store in 2015.   Continue reading:
Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

The Found & The Freed is is tucked into a residential area on Victoria Drive

They’re tucked beside small walk-up apartments. Some are located on corners. Others are on busy through streets. Corner stores and neighbourhood shops are everywhere in Vancouver.

Last year I blogged about some of Vancouver’s best, tucked away shops and markets. The sweet little corner stores that reflect an ethos of days gone by – markets that sell fresh food, fashions and gifts. Where shop owners live in the neighbourhood they operate in, know customers’ names and goods are not mass-produced.

From found industrial antiques in East Vancouver to latte and bike mechanic cafe in the Cityhall hood, Vancouver has a range of sweet stops for folks looking to caffeinate, collect antiques, go sailing or stock up on whimsical kitchenware.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Not-so-Secret Neighbourhood Shops Part II