Start your shopping excursion in the lobby of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where you will find Gucci, Omega, St John Boutique and Louis Vuitton's new flagship store.
Just one block away you will find Vancouver's answer to Rodeo Drive. A shopoholic’s dream, Robson Street features over 200 shops, and when you need a quick pick-me-up, there are plenty of cafés and spa services for retail rejuvenation. Spoil yourself in trend-setting fashion boutiques or take in lunch as you relax and people-watch from a sidewalk café. With a weekend average of some 80,000 street goers, you’re sure to find some like-minded power-shops to rub elbows with!
The well-heeled and discerning shopper can find major luxury brands just a short walk from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, including:
- Harry Rosen
- Tiffany & Co.
- Leone Boutique (Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana...)
Formerly home to the roll-up-your-sleeves blue collar haven of loading bays and brick warehouses, Yaletown is now home to many of the ‘who’s-who’ of Vancouver. Celebrities and urban trendsetters alike make it the neighborhood of choice for the hip and stylish, whether as a trendy nighttime destination or for a taste of NYC-style loft living. Condominium buildings, towering over renovated brick-warehouse lofts, surround Yaletown’s streets. You’ll know you’re in Yaletown when you see its iconic raised sidewalks and narrow streets; you’ll you’ve left when the steady stream of high-end galleries, chi-chi fashion, fancy restaurants and trendy salons end.
Need a break? Experience the local culture in one of the many coffee and tea boutiques sprinkled throughout the city.
A visit to Vancouver would not be complete without a visit to Stanley Park, Vancouver’s urban oasis. This green giant of natural beauty is over 1000 acres – the largest city-owned park in Canada and the third largest in North America. Originally opened on Sept. 27, 1888, the park’s landscape is thickly populated with enormous trees – such as the Douglas fir – that can be up to several hundred years old and measuring 76 metres (250 ft.). Be sure to take advantage of Stanley Park’s famous view of Coal Harbour and rent a bike, rollerblades, or put on your walking shoes for a leisurely stroll along the park’s 10km paved seawall. Many rental bike/rollerblade rental shops can be found on Denman Street, right before the entrance to the park, including the Harbour Air Adventure Center.
If you want to experience Stanley Park the old-fashioned way, try a narrated, one hour Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour. The tours start at the Information Booth on Park Drive (east of the Rowing Club), and are available from March 15 to October 31st. Private carriages are also available during that time, and for the month preceding Christmas. Stanley Park, 604.681.5115 www.stanleyparktours.com
If you want to get up close and personal with the aquatic world, you have to make a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, conveniently located in Stanley Park. Officially Canada’s first aquarium, the facility has now been open for over 50 years and is the largest in the country. Try a trainer tour, where you’ll become an honourary marine mammal trainer, or get a behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium’s beautiful Belugas! http://www.vanaqua.org/home/
Start your day at the Vancouver Art Gallery, adjacent to The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located in the former Vancouver Courthouse building, this spectacular heritage site offers contemporary and historic exhibits, and is home to a collection of paintings by world renowned BC artist Emily Carr. For information on the latest exhibits, please see www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
A bustling traditional Chinatown lies just east of the downtown core. Stop in at one of the many restaurants for a delicious dim sum lunch and then enjoy shopping at the various markets before visiting the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, Vancouver's living treasure. See how 52 master craftsmen utilized treasured natural materials to create this unique expression of Chinese culture. This garden is the first of its kind on the North American continent.
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