Featured Vancouverite: Trish Friesen

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

How long have you been a Vancouverite?
My whole life. I love my travels, but I’m a Vancouver gal at heart and I always look forward to coming home. Where else in the world can you spend your morning climbing a mountain and your afternoon at the beach?

I pack my bags once every two weeks, scouting faraway travel destinations like Kenya or Australia’s Whitsunday Islands, or escaping to nearby locales like Whistler or Portland as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TripStyler.com, a Vancouver-based travel lifestyle website.

We’re excited to have recently been featured in the blogger’s issue of luxury online retailer NET-A-PORTER’s magazine, alongside popular blogs like The Sartorialist and Style Rookie. Dishing daily trip style tips to aspiring jetsetters, Trip Styler features close-by and worldwide destinations, as well as travel-related trends, apps, deals, fashion, health, beauty and music, framing every feature with a specific trip style in mind—be it luxury, budget, camping & glamping, urban, tropical, etc.

Favourite place in the city:
The natural beauty of Vancouver is highlighted from Jericho Beach to Spanish Banks. In one sweeping glance, you can see snowy peaks, dense forest, moody ocean and cosmopolitan city. The beachfront seawalk is perfect for year-round walks, and the active tidal flow is ideal for beachcombing, sailing, windsurfing or skimboarding. Pick up some take-out from West 4th and spend the afternoon in outdoor bliss.

Best way to spend a Saturday in the city:
One of the greatest ways to get to know a city is by exploring its neighborhoods and getting a sense of how locals live. Vancouver is a collection of vibrant neighborhoods, including industrial-glam Yaletown, beachy Kitsilano, historic Main and foodie-heaven Gastown. When I’m in town, I spend my Saturdays running the seawall with my pup, doing yoga at Granville Island, grabbing a coffee and croissant (best outside of Paris) at Thomas Haas, brunching at Hawksworth and browsing mid-century design shops around Main Street or the Armoury District.

Favourite Vancouver gallery:
I love the Rennie Collection. The gallery design alone is art, and the collection is housed in the Wing Sang Building, the oldest building in Chinatown. It’s open for tours on Thursdays and Saturdays (sign up online). On a recent tour, I learned that local real estate marketer Bob Rennie has collected enough art to host continual, unique three-month shows for the next 20 years. Exhibitions are free as his way of giving back to a city that gave him so much. The current exhibition, running until Oct. 22, 2011, features Martin Creed’s collected works. PS: don’t miss the great coffee at next-door Everything Café, owned by Vancouver restaurateur Sean Heather, on your way out (10% off with proof of gallery visit).

Top insider tip for visitors:
Spend a unique and active evening stand up paddle boarding from Granville Island to Science World on glassy waters past houseboats, dragon boaters, False Creek Ferries and the Olympic Village. Rentals from $19 at Ecomarine Ocean Kayak Centre (open late Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

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