For many of us, what we put on our skin during the summer months is as important as where we’re going on vacation. These local Vancouver shops carry sunscreens that not only protect your skin, but also will help you smell, feel and age well, among other benefits. [Photo credit: iStock.com/Alliance]
What’s the best part of summer, you ask? Why, shopping for new warm weather gear, of course! Prepare for Vancouver’s rain-free days filled with beach visits, camping, parties and barbecues by visiting these local boutiques, which offer the latest in summer essentials including sandals, bathing suits, sunglasses, towels and more. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
Dads can be notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. Surprise him this year with the best present he can’t wait to get his hands on. Forget the neckties and garden tools. What dad really wants is something he can enjoy! [Photo credit: iStock/g-stockstudio]
Affordable, fun and a great workout, cycling is an ideal method for seeing the sights of Vancouver, where state-of-the-art bike paths and spectacular Seawall views abound. And for those who don’t own a bike – or who couldn’t fit one in their suitcase – these rental shops loan out two-wheelers that are well oiled, affordable and ready for your next adventure. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ Todor Tsvetkov]
Despite the prevalence and ease of online shopping, most people still like to visit a physical shop when searching for the perfect pair of hiking boots. (No one wants to discover their boots don’t fit right 50 kilometers into backcountry!) Vancouver is home to many outdoor shops, and these local favourites carry some of the best hiking boots in the city. [Photo credit: iStock.com/flyingfishtw]
You’ve booked the tickets and the time off work but the real planning is just beginning. Make sure you have everything you’ll need — whether you’re headed to the Great Wall of China, the Great Lakes or the great outdoors. These five stores should be the first stop on your travel itinerary.
With picturesque views, plenty of green space and numerous beaches, Vancouver offers some of the best picnic venues in the world. But since the city is also known for its rainy weather, it’s best to come prepared. Here are some local eateries that’ll help make you the perfect picnic basket, and even supply you with the perfect outdoor dining essentials.
While shopping for swimwear may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, it does signal the start of beach, lake and pool season or perhaps the upcoming tropical holiday you’ve booked to escape the winter doldrums. Make the experience as painless as possible at any one of these local boutiques where you’re sure to find the perfect fit. You’ll be made in the shade (or sun or water).[Photo credit: iStock.com/gradyreese]
As Vancouverites, we’re lucky enough to have some of the country’s best campsites and hiking trails right in our backyard. That said, discovering the great outdoors is a whole lot easier when you’ve got the right equipment. From lanterns to tents to doublewide sleeping bags, here are some of the city’s best outdoor supply stores where you’ll find everything you need to set up camp for a night (or week) in the woods.
For Vancouverites, running is more than just exercise; it’s a lifestyle. And if you’re going to work up a sweat sprinting along the Seawall or in Stanley Park, you might as well do it in style. From patterned leggings to weatherproof windbreakers to moisture-wicking undergarments, we’ve tracked down some of the city’s best athletic shops where you can get kitted out before your next 10k.
You have a “guy” you go to for your car, your hair, or your suit tailoring needs, so why not have a bike shop that offers the same personalized service? If you’re an avid cyclist looking for a unique experience combined with great service, visit one of these independent bike shops in Vancouver.
The key to enjoying winter on the West Coast is to be prepared. That means stocking up on seasonal outerwear, sporting equipment and other cold-weather essentials. When the mercury starts to drop and the snow starts to fall on the mountains, these outdoor stores in Vancouver have you covered.
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