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Visitor's Guide

Coal Harbour

Occupying a gorgeous stretch of waterfront between downtown and Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is known for its glittering glass towers, hotels, and MIA residents (for many, this is their second or third home)

By published Jul 22, 2011

South Main

House prices have declined across the city, but this neighbourhood—still trendy, still gentrifying—seems immune. And no wonder: it offers a rare mix of independent cafés, eclectic antique stores, and boutiques showcasing local designers and European labels

By published Jul 18, 2011

Granville Island

The city’s most-loved public space and top tourist draw packs old tin-sided buildings, a top arts university, studios, and a public market onto a manmade island overlooking downtown

By published Jul 15, 2011


After Expo 86, pavilion sites gave way to condos, warehouses converted into lofts, and loading docks became destinations for beauty services and popular mid-tier restaurants

By published Jul 14, 2011

Downtown Vancouver

Luxury retail brands (all the heavyweights are here) and glittery new condo-hotel hybrids dot the landscape of downtown, but there are still signs of vintage Vancouver: casualwear in the business district and North Shore mountains visible beyond the glass towers

By published Jul 13, 2011

Best Vancouver Souvenirs

Bring home these made-in-Vancouver items for keepsakes with authentic local resonance

By published Jul 12, 2011

125 Reasons to Love Vancouver

Living in Vancouver makes it easy to notice the city’s flaws while taking its charms for granted. We’ve looked beyond the clichés and “most livable” kudos to come up with 125 things that make the city unique.

By published Jun 1, 2011

Vancouver Restaurant Awards 2011

The culinary heart of the city shifted toward Gastown, and it became clear that quality casual food is what most diners were seeking in a post-recession economy. Small wonder that this year’s winners include lots of upstarts among the perennial favourites

published May 1, 2011

Vancouver Restaurant Awards 2010

Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

published Jun 1, 2010

Vancouver Public Art

Keep an eye out for these key installations around town

By published Jan 18, 2010

Best B.C. Wines

published Jan 7, 2010

Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards 2010

Our expert panel of 15 judges spent three days sipping, swirling, and heatedly debating the merits of over 800 entries, until they finally arrived at the top 100 best-value wines

published Jan 1, 2010

Best Red Wines

published Jan 1, 2010

Vancouver's Best Buys

Uncover local treasures that articulate B.C.’s design scene

published Jan 1, 2010

Vancouver Culture

Experience Vancouver’s distinctive vision with these 15 homegrown films, discs, and books

published Jan 1, 2010

Cambie Village

Construction of the Canada Line subway down Cambie Street has wrapped, leaving behind an attractive new streetscape and a number of new, locally focussed businesses and amenities. This is a neighbourhood on the verge

By published Jun 1, 2009

Commercial Drive

Cheap eats, vintage clothing boutiques, and...hemp-inspired record stores? Quirky's the thing on the Drive, a vibrant 'hood composed of equal parts Italians, hippies, and young families

By published Jun 1, 2009

West Point Grey

Beautiful homes, driftwood-strewn beaches, and sweeping views of English Bay make this one of Vancouver’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Up 10th Avenue, west of Alma, a mix of mom-and-pops, upscale boutiques, and comfortable bistros cater to discerning locals and UBC students

By published Jun 1, 2009


This storied inner-city neighbourhood is home to artist studios, traditional corner stores, and ramshackle homes that lend the area its historic shabby chic

By published Jun 1, 2009


East of downtown, Hastings-Sunrise is an unpolished family neighbourhood known for its old-fashioned delis and bakeries—with prices just as old fashioned. No shortage of family entertainment either: in winter, it’s home to the Vancouver Giants; in summer, the Pacific National Exhibition and Playland keep things lively

By published Jun 1, 2009

North Shore

The affluent cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver are famous for their sweeping views of downtown (and, on a clear day, Vancouver Island), picturesque shopping villages, and proximity to world-class skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain-biking terrain. (That local adage about skiing and kayaking on the same day originates here)

By published Jun 1, 2009


The gentrification of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods continues unabated, with an impressive slate of new stores and restaurants opening in the past year, and more heritage conversions coming on the market

By published Jun 1, 2009

West End

Leaving the swanky uptown vibe to the rest of the downtown peninsula, the West End is known for its lively, inexpensive eateries, aging character buildings, and stunning vistas of English Bay.

By published Jun 1, 2009


The neighbourhood synonymous with the West Coast lifestyle, Kits was once a forested beach used by vacationers. Then came the arts and crafts homes, then the hippies and students who turned W. Fourth Ave. into Rainbow Road. Today, it’s among the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods—with seriously pricey real estate and retail to match—but the laidback beach vibe still prevails

By published Jun 1, 2009