August 16, 2010
SPOTLIGHT ON VANCOUVER
SOAK UP VIBRANT VANCOUVER
See Vancouver by water: Vancouver is surrounded by pristine, shimmering water. Don't let it go to waste! Take a tour on a jetski or seadoo and indulge in the unrivalled glory of Vancouver in summer. Its mountainous skyline and the beauty of Stanley Park on the water's edge is the stuff of postcards. You've got the wind in your hair, the waves at your feet and Vancouver Water Adventures gives you the best motorised personal watercraft excursion possible. www.vancouverwateradventures.com
Attend Bard on the Beach: There's nothing like a little Shakespeare set against the dramatic backdrop of mountains, city, sea and sky. Vancouver Shakespeare Festival runs from 3 June through 25 September, 2010, in the lovely Vanier Park. See all the old favourites: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Falstaff ( Henry IV parts 1 & 2) and Henry V. It's a magical combination of Shakespeare with sand and surf for the ultimate summer evening. www.bardonthebeach.org
Stroll through Richmond Night Market: Find a bargain, bring home a treasure, fill your tummy with delicious cuisine from every corner of the globe, or just sit back and watch the people go by. With all the wonder and exotic allure of the famous night markets across Asia, the Richmond Night Market is a bewildering, ever changing array of activities, competitions, celebrations, performers, vendors, and food stalls. Never the same place twice and open every weekend from May through September. www.richmondnightmarket.com
Circumnavigate Stanley Park: Walk, run or cycle around the 9 kilometre Stanley Park Seawall, enjoying spectacular views of the city, North Shore Mountains and Lions Gate Bridge. It is hard to believe this incredible park, with its ancient red cedar forest and amazing wildlife sits smack bang on the edge of the downtown precinct. Visit the park's famed Vancouver Aquarium to see belugas, sharks and alligators.
Visit Granville Island: Go bright and early to grab the best in local produce and seafood, or late at night to absorb the local arts and theatre community. This beautiful waterfront setting is a hub of galleries, artisan shops, cafes and local clothing designers. This is one spot that will be a hit with kids and oldies alike. www.granvilleisland.com
HUNGRY? SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS..
Every fan of the vampire-themed movie saga "Twilight" will know that both the blockbuster "New Moon" and "Eclipse" were filmed in Vancouver. While the Twilight cast was in town, they enjoyed some of the city's best restaurants, including:
Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar: If you love Robert Pattinson, you probably already know this Yaletown hot spot was his favourite place for Kobe meatballs. It's also where the star celebrated his 23rd birthday.
Miku Restaurant: The whole cast (especially Kellan Lutz) loved the sushi at this cutting-edge Japanese eatery.
Blue Water Café: Yaletown's destination for seafood, Blue Water Café hosted the "New Moon" wrap-up party as well as the kick-off for "Eclipse."
Elixir Restaurant at Opus Hotel: Both Pattinson and Stewart partied with friends at this chic downtown hotel.
CALLING ALL SHOPAHOLICS
You can't beat the indie vibe of Vancouver designers. See for yourself at Shop Cocoon on Cambie Street, where various designers operate mini-boutiques under one roof. Check out handbags with attitude at Gaya, organic creations at Nixxi and artfully designed classics at Schaart Clothing Company. Kitsilano is home to west-coast style makers like Nicole Bridger, known for her use of sustainable materials. Just ten minutes from Canada Place, from Burrard to Jervis Street, lies the shopping district of Robson Street. We're talking dozens of fashion stores, restaurants and souvenir shops. It's here you'll find Armani, Banana Republic, Body Shop, Club Monaco, Gap, Guess and Zara. Splurged on the basics? Go cheap on accessories. Vancouver's Chinatown, the second largest in North America, is packed with stores peddling inexpensive silk slippers and teeny purses, faux pashminas and jewels. To dazzle is divine!