Vancouver activewear stores to get you in gear

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: BraunS]

Strongbody Apparel

Apparel from this Vancouver-based company sounds too good to be true. Engineered to be odor-, wrinkle- and pill-free, in fabrics that won’t stretch or fade, and seams that won’t chafe, their gear is made from non-toxic, eco-friendly materials using technology made from shrimp and crab shells! Now that’s West Coast style. Stylish cuts mean you can go from the gym to the street without fear of unseemly sweat stains or residual odors. They’re a socially responsible company, too. Working out has never felt so good.

Strub Land & Sea Activewear

1616 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4

Carrying high performance brands like Arc’teryx, Merrell, The North Face and Icebreaker, makers of remarkable Merino wool products, Strub is a Swiss company. Lucky for Vancouverites, their only store outside of Zurich is located on Granville Island. Specializing in gear for all types of land and sea activities, their corporate ethos is built on the very meaning of their name: wild and free. You’ll find just the gear you need here to carry that philosophy into your own life.

Public Myth

2005 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3

Public Myth is all about making you look good while you’re working to feel good. Designed by local Vancouver fashion designer and fitness addict Kerry Pollock, these pieces are intended to be functional, moisture-wicking and flexible while also slimming, sexy and fun. With small details like diagonal zips, mesh cut-outs, strappy sports bra backs and fabulous patterns, you’ll be dying to get into these clothes and work up a sweat. It’s true what they say: the right gear is the best motivation.


3740 William St, Burnaby, BC V5C 3H7

With both an activewear, work-out-oriented line as well as a lifestyle collection, Vancouver-based Tonic knows what the athlete needs to be comfortable, perform their best and look stylish while doing it. Ideal for Vancouver’s laid-back, active lifestyle, Tonic’s lines are environmentally friendly fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton combined with necessarily flexible Lycra and spandex. Colours range beyond the typical pink, purple and blue so frequently the only option in women’s activewear, to sunshine yellow, dark green and coral.

One Tooth Fashion Inc

707 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J5

If you’re looking for an alternative to that other Vancouver-founded yoga-wear giant at a fraction of its costs, look no further than One Tooth. With flattering cuts and important details like back zips for credit cards or phones and small waist pockets for keys, One Tooth is all the gear with none of the intimidation. Basics like sports bras, leggings, shorts and tanks are rounded out with cozy, three-quarter-length hoodies and Vancouver-appropriate rain jackets, perfect for throwing on after a studio session.

When it comes to cooking at home, it helps to have the right tools for the job. From the basics like a frying pan, wooden spoon, sharp knife and cutting board to the more obscure, like a cherry pitter, pizza peel or tortilla press, these stores have you covered. [Photo courtesy of Yellow Pages]
The art of chocolate making combines precision with true creativity and is on full display around Vancouver. Indulge in your favourite sweet treat — you know that dark chocolate is good for you, right? — at any one of these irresistible shops featuring chocolates that are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat.
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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