When it comes to vitamins and supplements, Vancouver has a ton of healthy spots to shop and explore. And not all of them have to break your budget either. Whether it’s a protein powder you’re after, or your monthly dose of Vitamin D, here’s a list of places to get your healthy fix and more. [Photo credit: iStock,com/stock_colors]
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]
Vancouver has plenty of shops where you can find a swimsuit that “suits” you. Visit these retailers to source the perfect piece of swimwear that will leave you feeling confident both in the lanes and beside the pool. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
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]
Rain or shine, Vancouver is an active city year-round. There’s no better way to get motivated than to look good while you’re working out. These stores — all but one Vancouver-founded — will get you in gear. Literally. [Photo credit: iStock.com/BraunS]
Harder, better, faster, stronger. For high-tech athletes who are working towards their fitness goals, there are various electronic devices and wearables to help you stay on track, including heart rate monitors, calorie trackers, GPS watches, pedometers and more. Get motivated while on the go with state-of-the-art training technology from these Vancouver shops.
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.
Looking to join the legions of Vancouverites running on the city’s seawall, roads and mountain trails? Good for you! But first you need equipment. Luckily, the great thing about running is that the only equipment you really need is a pair of decent shoes. Find your perfect pair at any one of these local stores.
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