Category Archives: Vancouver

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Vancouver is my hometown. It’s where I grew up and where I live. I love to share the city’s stories.

My Vancouver travel writing has appeared in Fodor’s guidebooks, the Vancouver Courier, PAX News West, Hitched Magazine, North Shore Living Magazine, YP Dine, and more.

FOR TIME OUT’S LIST OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST NEIGHBOURHOODS 2022: WEST END, VANCOUVER

Don’t confuse Vancouver’s West End with the West Side (across False Creek) or West Vancouver (a different city altogether); you’ll find this trendy neighbourhood on the city’s downtown peninsula, just south of Coal Harbour. Once a quiet enclave for the elite, the West End is now boisterous. Davie Village serves as home base for the city’s LGBTQ+ community (be sure to pop into the historic Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium for some queer lit) and you’ll find bars serving all types of folks along Davie Street. For restaurants and retail, you can’t beat Denman and Robson Streets. Robson skews high-end, while Denman is the place for hole-in-the-wall eats. But the real colour here is provided by mother nature in the form of 405-hectare Stanley Park and the aptly named Sunset Beach.

The perfect day Wake up at The Burrard, a ’50s motel converted into a hip boutique pad with a palm-filled courtyard. Grab a cruiser bike and head for the seawall, pausing at Tartine Bread and Pies for pastries. Ride all the way around Stanley Park, then make your way to Kingyo on Denman Street for fabulous Japanese small plates before dancing the night away at Celebrities: Vancouver’s biggest gay nightclub.

Plan your trip Don’t miss Vancouver’s annual Pride Festival, one of North America’s largest. Weeks of parties and events culminate in a Pride Parade that draws upwards of 100,000 people to the West End. As if that wasn’t enough, Pride overlaps with the Celebration of Light, the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition, held at the end of July at English Bay.

Check out the best things to do in Vancouver

Christina Newberry 
Contributor, Canada
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FOR TIME OUT’S LIST OF THE WORLD’S COOLEST NEIGHBOURHOODS 2021: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

While the creek that fuelled Vancouver's nineteenth-century brewery boom is long gone from Mount Pleasant, this historic neighbourhood remains the city's go-to spot for craft beer – it's easy to hit half a dozen tasting rooms in an afternoon on foot. The otherwise nondescript industrial and office buildings of this ever-evolving area are festooned with multi-storey murals, while its classic brick warehouses and storefronts are home to great vintage stores, galleries and artists' studios. The neighbourhood vibe is perhaps best captured by Dude Chilling Park, so named after a guerrilla art installation mimicking an official city sign kept appearing with this name. Locals rallied to make the sign official, and it now has public art status.

The perfect day: Line your stomach with a peanut butter and jelly doughnut, plus locally roasted coffee, at 49th Parallel before strolling down Main Street to the cluster of breweries between 8th and 2nd avenues. Finish your night with craft cocktails at The Narrow Lounge or catch a show at the Fox Cabaret.

Plan your trip: For the Vancouver Mural Festival, in August, which culminates in an epic street party with multiple stages across Mount Pleasant. –Christina Newberry

For YP Dine: Sweet spots for a slice: Vancouver's best pie shops

Move over fancy cupcakes and designer doughnuts – pies are making a comeback. A new generation of young bakers are shaking things up with fun shops and innovative flavours that will satisfy the most modern palate, and classic pie shops continue to deliver the quality that has kept them in business for decades. No matter what kind of pie you're craving, here's where to find the perfect slice.

Read the list at YP Dine

For REW.ca: Five Great Thing About Living in … Richmond

Located just south of the Fraser River, Richmond is literally minutes from Vancouver by car or transit. The city's large Asian community (65 per cent of residents) makes it an important hub of Asian culture in the Lower Mainland.

It's also a culturally significant site of Metro Vancouver's maritime history, with National Historic Sites at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards.

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