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British Columbia

Buy Local: Hold My Unicorn Apparel

By SHERI RADFORD

Find one-of-a-kind apparel at Hold My Unicorn

Find unique clothing at Hold My Unicorn Apparel

If you’re looking for mass-produced garments just like everyone else’s clothes, then Hold My Unicorn Apparel is definitely not for you. Amy Rafferty sews one-of-a-kind hoodies, shirts and hats right here in Whistler, then sells them at markets and at stores such as Evolution. Browse her unique creations online.

Get the Scoop

Make your summer even sweeter with a creamy, dreamy scoop at one—or all—of these frozen favourites

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Earnest Ice Cream. (Photo: KK Law)

Earnest Ice Cream. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Earnest Ice Cream Small batches and local ingredients give these popular scoops a grown-up feel, but flavours like cinnamon heart, lavender and toasted marshmallow will make you feel like a kid again. (more…)

Hot Styles for Summer

Spruce up your summer wardrobe with these festival-friendly fashions that work equally well at the beach or cabin

By SHERI RADFORD

Cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay

Cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay

1. Hand-woven by the women of the Wayuu tribe in Colombia, and featuring the iconic HBC stripes, a colourful cotton mochilla from Hudson’s Bay is the perfect way to carry warm-weather essentials. (more…)

Hawksworth Redux: Nightingale

By TIM PAWSEY

Heirloom tomato salad with cucumber and eggplant (front) and Pacific octopus (back), at Nightingale

Heirloom tomato salad with cucumber and eggplant (front) and Pacific octopus (back), at Nightingale. (Photo: KK Law)

Nightingale, the much-anticipated room from culinary virtuoso David Hawksworth, has opened in the artfully renovated former premises of the historic University Club. The reincarnated heritage space features a lively lower-level lounge below soaring ceilings, with the expansive dining area upstairs. The mood is casually elegant, and the seasonal menu salutes all things Canadian. Perfect share dishes roam from wild spring salmon ceviche with radish and quinoa to grilled pork belly with nectarine and pistachio. Another highlight is the savoury maitake mushroom, which arrives with pecorino, brown butter and hazelnut, while desserts include a seriously addictive pot de crème. Best foodie seats in the house: a clutch of high-tops right across from the open kitchen—unless you already have an invitation to the chef’s table.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com

Hike & Bike With Into the Wild

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cycle through scenic Pitt Meadows with Into the Wild

Cycle through scenic Pitt Meadows with Into the Wild

Wild about the great outdoors? There’s a tour for that, with Into the Wild. First stop: Lynn Canyon Park. It’s only a short drive, but it might as well be a world away as towering buildings give way to towering trees, a suspension bridge and breathtaking waterfalls. After a leisurely lunch, the tour heads to the scenic valley of Pitt Meadows. The wide-open spaces are perfect for exploring by bike, and are surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks. Want to take your explorations further? Try multi-day or private tours. It all adds up to one great escape.

Skyride Surf Adventure at Grouse Mountain

By SHERI RADFORD

Skyride Surf Adventure  at Grouse Mountain

Skyride Surf Adventure at Grouse Mountain

Even if you’ve already visited Grouse Mountain, there’s a brand-new reason to return: the Skyride Surf Adventure (to Oct. 10, 2016). Six guests at a time can ride up the mountain on top of the Skyride gondola. Unobstructed views in every direction guarantee an unparalleled experience—and magnificent photo ops—during the 1,610-m (one-mile) ascent. (But those with acrophobia might want to skip this one.) Activities galore await at the peak. Visit Grinder and Coola, two orphaned grizzly bears who reside in the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. Watch raptors in action at the Birds in Motion show. See log rolling, axe throwing and more in the suspenseful—not to mention hilarious—lumberjack show. Soar high above the mountain on a paragliding flight or helicopter tour. Step inside a wind turbine at The Eye of the Wind. The only challenge? Trying to fit everything into a single day.

Nibble and Nosh with Whistler Tasting Tours

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sip and sample Whistler's best with Whistler Tasting Tours

Sip and sample Whistler’s best with Whistler Tasting Tours

If your ideal souvenir is an oh-so-memorable meal, sign up for a culinary jaunt with Whistler Tasting Tours. Foodies can indulge in tastings that range from upscale offerings—including a demonstration of the finer points of popping a champagne cork with a sabre—to hidden gems, and even dessert. With stops at four or six dining destinations, getting a sampling of Whistler’s food scene is a piece of cake.

Outdoor Eating

When the weather’s warm, there’s plenty to adore about the great outdoors. Savour the sunshine and dine alfresco with these options

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Mexican-themed fare at Tacofino. (Photo: KK Law)

Mexican-themed fare at Tacofino. (Photo: KK Law)

Creative Carts
Food carts are on a roll, with new four-wheeled eateries taking to the streets all the time. It’s a veritable moveable feast, featuring “à la cart” cuisines that hail from all corners of the globe. At the forefront of the street-food trend is Japadog, known for serving hot dogs trimmed with toppings such as bonito flakes, shredded seaweed or miso mayo to celebrities like Ice Cube, Anthony Bourdain and Mark Zuckerberg. Tacofino’s White Lightning makes waves with Baja-inspired tacos and burritos stuffed with crispy lingcod or pork al pastor, and brightened with salsa fresca, chipotle mayo and avocado. Chef Vikram Vij, famed for his trail-blazing bricks-and-mortar restaurants, makes crave-worthy Indian flavours mobile—try the butter chicken schnitzel, sold through the window of Vij’s Railway Express. (more…)

The SeaWheeze Half Marathon

By SHERI RADFORD

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

One of the world’s prettiest half marathons, the SeaWheeze (Aug. 13) winds around spectacular scenery such as the seawall and Stanley Park. The race sold out months ago, but there are still ways to participate in the weekend’s fun. Tickets are available for the Sunset Festival in Stanley Park, featuring outdoor yoga and a concert by Chromeo. And as you’d expect of any event organized by Lululemon, cute apparel is for sale—meaning both you and your credit card can get a workout.

Sunday Seafood Boil at Boulevard

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sample seafood at Boulevard's Sunday Seafood Boil

Sample seafood at Boulevard’s Sunday Seafood Boil

Tie one on—a bib, we mean—because things are about to get messy. Boulevard’s popular East Coast–inspired Sunday Seafood Boil Series returns for its second year, after proving to be a smashing success. A bounty of clams, crawfish, Dungeness crab and mussels are piled high on butcher’s paper and served family-style alongside corn on the cob, potatoes, bacon cornbread and blueberry pie. A glass of bubbly beforehand kicks off the nautical-themed feast. Grab a few friends and get crackin’, Aug. 14, 21 and 28.

The Must List: Summer

With the warm weather finally upon us, we present this season’s must-do activities and must-see attractions

By SHERI RADFORD

Whistler Village. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whistler Village. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

See black bears up close on a tour.

Relax in a spa.

Travel between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Stroll through the Village while window-shopping and savouring an ice cream cone.

Whiz down Whistler at breakneck speed on a mountain bike. (more…)

5 Places to Find Your Bliss

Want to practise your downward-facing dog and warrior poses in the great outdoors? Grab a yoga mat or beach towel and head to these picturesque spots for alfresco asanas and seaside savasanas

By SHERI RADFORD

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Kitsilano Beach
WHERE  Near Cornwall Ave. at Arbutus St., between the pool and tennis courts
WHEN  To Aug. 31: M/W/F 7 p.m., Tu/Th 9 a.m.
WHY  Spectacular views of the ocean and downtown
COST  Free, but tips are welcome
INFO  www.facebook.com/kits.space (more…)