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Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC
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Vancouver Spa & Wellness

Many places in Vancouver seem to be made for relaxing. From yoga classes to day spas, parks, beaches and gardens, this famously laid-back city has lots of way for you to recharge your batteries.

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Vancouver Spas

Health-minded Vancouverites (and visiting Hollywood celebs) like their spas. The city boasts... Read more dozens of spots to indulge in a wrap, a massage or some hydrotherapy, from tiny urban oases to lavish hotel-based spas. Some focus on facials, men’s treatments, or jetlag cures, with others offer Ayurvedic, European, or Middle Eastern techniques. Whichever you choose, you’re bound to emerge relaxed and ready to take on the day.

Miraj Hammam Spa

Lat: 49.2663135
Lon: -123.1381399
Fairview Slopes, South Granville
Day Spas
38 reviews
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skoah yaletown

Lat: 49.2769046
Lon: -123.1196413
Yaletown, Downtown
Day Spas, Skin Care, Cosmetics & Beauty Supply
91 reviews
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Absolute Spa

Lat: 49.2840293
Lon: -123.1207499
Downtown
Day Spas
41 reviews
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Care Point Gold

Lat: 49.2766205
Lon: -123.1228523
Downtown
Massage, Skin Care, Hair Removal
51 reviews
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Yoga in Vancouver

Hatha, Vinyasa, Bikram: if you practice yoga, Vancouver has your style.  From community... Read more centres to gyms, spas and yoga studios, and even on the beach, yoga is everywhere in this famously serene and health conscious town. Vancouver is, after all, the birthplace of yoga wear phenomenon lululemon.  Fancy a sun salutation or two? Drop by lululemon’s Fourth Avenue flagship store for classes and lifestyle workshops, head to Kitsilano Beach on a summer Sunday evening for a free beach yoga class with Semperviva Yoga.

(Tourism Vancouver/Al Harvey photo)

Vancouver Beaches and Parks

Skimboarding at Spanish Banks, beach volleyball at Kits, windsurfing at Locarno, or catching the sunset at English Bay — beaches are a big part of life in Vancouver and, luckily, you’re never far from a sandy stroll. Which beach? For people watching and evening strolls, you can’t beat English Bay at the foot of Denman Street in the West End. Stanley Park’s sandy Third Beach is a quiet choice close to downtown, while the warm shallow water and grassy picnic areas of Jericho and Spanish Banks are great for family fun.

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Serene Architecture

Listen to the ancient sounds of Gregorian chant heard on Sunday evenings at Christ Church... Read more Cathedral, an historic downtown church featuring stained-glass windows and Douglas fir beams. At the International Buddhist Temple in nearby Richmond, see the classical Asian garden, plus the stunning Seven Buddha Mural – said to be one of the largest Buddhist murals in the world.

(Dannielle Hayes photo)

International Buddhist Temple

Among Richmond’s many fascinating multi-cultural sights is the International Buddhist Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America. Stroll the serene grounds, admire the traditional Chinese Imperial architecture and check out the Seven Buddha Mural – it’s said to be one of the largest Buddhist murals in the world.
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Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is a stunning botanical jewel in the geographic heart of Vancouver. Just a 15-minute SkyTrain ride from downtown Vancouver takes you to a serene environment surrounded by immaculately landscaped trees, flowers and shrubs. The highest point in Vancouver, the park affords great views of the surrounding city and North Shore mountains. Don’t miss the stunning floral displays in the Bloedel Conservatory, or enjoy a bite to eat at Seasons in the Park.
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(Julian Apse photo)

Spanish Banks

Shallow water flowing across acres of soft sand make this peaceful beach west of Kitsilano a top spot for skimboarders and families. Grassy picnic spots encourage lingering.
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Places to Eat

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The 100-Mile Diet

Eating local? In Vancouver, you’re spoiled for choice. BC’s fertile land and sea... Read more enable fishermen and farmers to provide a vast range of products, while local brewers, winemakers, cheesemakers and other artisans create a wealth flavourful treats.

So dig in!  Fraser Valley wine, duck, and berries; Gulf Island lamb, cheeses, and tofu; wild Pacific salmon, fresh lake trout, and even locally made vodka and sake all grace local menus.

In fact, the 100-Mile Diet started in Vancouver! For alook at Vancouver's food scene, join one of Edible BC's culinary tours through local markets and ethnic neighbourhoods.

Fable

Lat: 49.26781
Lon: -123.14903
Kitsilano
Canadian (New)
539 reviews
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Forage

Lat: 49.28707
Lon: -123.12925
West End
Canadian (New), Breakfast & Brunch
430 reviews
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Local Ingredient Restaurants

Many Vancouver restaurants source ingredients locally. It doesn't get much more 100-Mile Diet... Read more than a trip to Raincity Grill, complete with a view of English Bay. Fable Restaurant combines the words 'farm' and 'table' to create Fable. Sample a unique and sustainable approach to locally-sourced fare at Vancouver's Forage, in the Listel Hotel. Or check out YEW Seafood + Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel where the menu can include halibut from Haida Gwaii and westcoast-inspired paella.  Watch for the Ocean Wise symbol on restaurant menus indicating its commitment to serving only ocean-friendly fish and seafood.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Lat: 49.2684839
Lon: -123.1672396
Kitsilano
Gastropubs, Breakfast & Brunch, Canadian (New)
375 reviews
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YEW Seafood + Bar

Lat: 49.2834703930107
Lon: -123.118239312307
Downtown
Seafood, Wine Bars, Salad
382 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

Full service, all-suite, 240 room hotel rising 30 stories and into the heart of downtown Vancouver. Close to world class shopping on Robson Street, the entertainment & business districts, & the Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station, the location ...
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Pan Pacific Vancouver

The luxurious Pan Pacific Vancouver, a AAA, Four Diamond, award-winning downtown waterfront hotel, offers a total of 503 luxurious guestrooms, including 34 suites, with spectacular, panoramic vistas of the harbour, mountains & city skyline. As one...
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Sutton Place Hotel

The Sutton Place Hotel is one of Vancouver's most beautiful boutique-style hotels, situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The spectacular setting allows guests to experience exceptional service & all desired amenities within cosmopolitan amb...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

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