Ready to Shop? 3 Vancouver-Area Malls Make Canada’s Top 10 Ranking

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Photo credit: GoToVan | Flickr

If you want to shop ’til you drop in Canada, Vancouver is the place to be.

The city boasts three of the top-10 performing malls in Canada, according to a new ranking released by Retail Insider. Demand for luxury goods, not to mention fancy perks like valet parking and personal shopping services, is driving sales to unprecedented heights in Vancouver.

The city’s top-ranking mall is downtown’s Pacific Centre, which came in second overall on the list, behind Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Pacific Centre averaged $1,599 in annual sales per square foot, a 6.7-percent increase over last year.

Oakridge Centre ranked third on the list, with $1,537 in sales per square foot, an increase of 10.2 percent. Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown earned the ninth-place spot, with $1,008 in sales per square foot, up 13.8 percent from last year.

But how to explain these skyrocketing sales during a year when markets were bearish and the economy overall seemed on shaky footing?  Continue reading:
Ready to Shop? 3 Vancouver-Area Malls Make Canada’s Top 10 Ranking

Vancouver Ranked Canada’s Most Walkable City

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Confirming what many Vancouverites have long suspected, a new ranking has found Vancouver to be Canada’s most walkable city.

Vancouver (with an overall score of 78 out of 100) beat out Toronto (71), Montreal (70) and Mississauga (59) for the eco-friendly honour.  While the city has been lauded before for its walkability, this may be the first time that science – provided by the new website Walk Score – has backed up the assertion.

Walk Score determines a city’s walkability by using an algorithm that factors in proximity of coffee shops, schools, parks and grocery stores in different neighbourhoods. The result is a relatively objective measure of how easy it is to get around on foot – without having to hop in a car or mass transit – in different cities.  The ranking service is the brainchild by two ex-Microsoft whiz kids, who were seeking an easy, reliable way to measure how pedestrian friendly an area was.

Walk Score also ranked individual Vancouver neighbourhoods in terms of walkability. Continue reading:
Vancouver Ranked Canada’s Most Walkable City

Vancouver ranked best city in North America

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Vancouver is once again the most livable city in the Americas.

Vancouver ranked fifth overall out of 221 global cities surveyed as part of the annual Mercer Quality of Living Ranking released earlier this month.  The top-ranked city on this year’s survey was Vienna, while Baghdad was ranked the world’s least livable city.

The rankings take into account more than three dozen factors, from economic and political stability to health and environmental issues, personal safety, education and public services.  The results are used by employers to determine where to relocate international workers and whether they qualify for hardship pay.

Vancouver was the only city in the Americas to crack the top five, which also included Zurich (2), Auckland (3) and Munich (4).  Other Canadian cities appeared farther down the list, including Ottawa (14th), Toronto (15th) and Montreal (23rd).  By contrast, the top-ranked U.S. city was Honolulu (28th), followed by San Francisco (29th).

This year’s Mercer survey also included a separate ranking for infrastructure, which takes into account electricity, water, telephone, traffic congestion, international flight availability and public transportation.   Continue reading:
Vancouver ranked best city in North America

Wreck Beach Ranked Second Best in North America for Skinny Dipping

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Vancouver has lots of gorgeous beaches, from the secluded sands of Stanley Park’s Third Beach to the wide open expanses of Spanish Banks.  But when it comes to notoriety, one Vancouver strand always pops to mind: Wreck Beach.

The clothing-optional beach located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park adjacent UBC always manages to raise a few eyebrows.  Now, it’s earned a place in the international spotlight.

A recent Huffington Post article ranked Wreck Beach the second best nude beach in North America, sandwiched between top pick San Gregorio in California and Hippie Hollow in Texas.  Continue reading:
Wreck Beach Ranked Second Best in North America for Skinny Dipping

Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World

I’m not much of a caviar connoisseur , so I’ll just trust the good people at Travel+Leisure on this one.

According to the magazine’s recent Best in Roe ranking, Northern Divine caviar – raised sustainably not far from Vancouver on BC’s Sunshine Coast – is among the top 5 caviars in the world.  The magazine singled out Northern Divine for it’s “crisp pop and creamy mouthfeel, with even grains.”  Yum.

Interested in sampling some yourself?  Hope you’re a big spender.  Continue reading:
Best in Roe: BC Caviar Ranked among Best in World