Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

The ugly marshmallow palace in downtown Vancouver that was the old Sears building is ancient history. The dingy off-white facade has been replaced by gleaming glass and steel and the interior completely redone. Now it’s time for Vancouver’s retail renaissance to kick into high gear.

After years of renovation, the Pacific Centre expansion on Granville Street is finally ready to take in new tenants. High-end department store Nordstrom, which will anchor the new facility with a 230,000-square-foot space, is set to open its doors on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, a host of chic chain stores will move in this summer and get the retail party started.

From across the pond, U.K. retailer AllSaints is scheduled to open a 2,200-square-foot store on June 17. Known for its “rock-and-roll chic” aesthetic, AllSaints is strongly associated with the music industry, featuring trendy apparel with lots of leather. Later in the summer, U.S.-based clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch will brings its line of casual wear to Pacific Centre. The 4,000-square-foot location will be the first A&F in Vancouver since an outlet in the Oakridge mall closed in the early 1990s.   Continue reading:
Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Artist rendering sourced from YVR.ca

Artist rendering of the outlet mall

The Templeton station on Vancouver’s Canada Line is about to get a lot more popular.

Just two stops from Vancouver International Airport, the SkyTrain station currently sees little traffic. But – in just a few weeks time – it will begin welcoming visitors to Canada’s newest luxury outlet mall.

The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – 240,000 square feet of premium shopping and restaurants in its initial phase – is set to open its doors on schedule later this spring. (The exact date is a tightly kept secret.) The unique outlet mall, which has a “European” sensibility, complete with cobblestone streets and sweeping piazzas, will ultimately be home to 80 high-end and designer stores and occupy 380,000 square feet.  Continue reading:
New Luxury Outlet Mall Set to Open Near Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Crabbing 101: New Vancouver Tour Shows How to Catch and Cook Crab

Photo credit: Joanne Wan | Flickr

Photo credit: Joanne Wan | Flickr

The king of crabs – at least around Vancouver – goes by the scientific name metacarcinus magister. Better known as the Dungeness crab, this tasty crustacean can grow up to 20 centimetres across its shell and is known for its sweet, tender meat.  Locally, Dungeness crab turns up in everything from crab cakes and fancy Eggs Benedict to California rolls packed with the succulent meat.

Now, a brand new tour is offering local crab lovers a chance to catch and cook a Dungeness crab of their own. Offered by Swallow Tail – the Vancouver company known for its wild foraging tours – the Catch and Cook Crabbing Tour takes aspiring crabbers to the docks at a local hotspot to try their luck.  The goal: catch your own dinner and learn how to cook it up like the pros.  Continue reading:
Crabbing 101: New Vancouver Tour Shows How to Catch and Cook Crab

Canadian Underwater Hockey Championships Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: DavidUnderwater | Wikipedia

Photo credit: DavidUnderwater | Wikipedia

Turns out the playoff hockey season isn’t over in Vancouver, after all.

The Canadian Underwater Hockey National Championships are coming to Metro Vancouver. This unique take on hockey is played with masks and snorkels at the bottom of a pool. And from May 15-May 17, Canada’s best underwater athletes will converge on Coquitlam to duke it out for top honours.

The championship is organized by the Canadian Underwater Games Association. Since 1984, the association has worked to promote the expansion of underwater sports in Canada, including hockey, rugby, orienteering and even target shooting.  Currently, there are underwater hockey and rugby teams located in six provinces and one territory.  In Vancouver, teams practice several times a week at the UBC Aquatic Centre and CG Brown Memorial Pool in Burnaby. Each year, the best teams go on to compete in international competitions.

So how does underwater hockey work? Continue reading:
Canadian Underwater Hockey Championships Coming to Vancouver

Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Andrew Raun | Wikipedia

Internet users, it’s time to fire up those browsers.

The City of Vancouver is rolling out free Wi-Fi at 43 locations, ranging from community centres to outdoor pools, cultural centres and even marinas and public golf course clubhouses.

The new offerings will supplement the free Wi-Fi already available at Vancouver Public Library locations. It will be anonymous, with no registration requirements and no data caps.

The free Wi-Fi initiative is the result of nearly a decade of lobbying by groups seeking to “bridge the digital divide.” Free Wi-Fi levels the playing field for people who don’t have access to Internet at home, while also making things easier for tourists and helping in emergency situations.  Continue reading:
Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to 43 Vancouver Locations