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Sheri Radford

Fun Fashions: Ted Baker London

By SHERI RADFORD

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

SHAMDOG checked shirt, at Ted Baker London

What do you get when you take Western Canadian decor—heavy on the oak, stone, leather and traditional First Nations patterns—and add a whimsical British clothing brand? The result is Vancouver’s new Ted Baker London store, which opened last month in Pacific Centre. The setting may be Canadian, but the clothing is quintessential Ted Baker.

Wanderlust Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

Wanderlust Festival. (Photo: Jon Chiang/Wanderlust Festival)

The West Coast is known as a mecca for Zen-seekers who also like to work up a sweat. Each summer, Wanderlust (Jul. 30 to Aug. 3) takes over Whistler for five jam-packed days of yoga and meditation classes, guided hikes and runs, inspiring lectures, live music and superb local food. To get into the spirit ahead of time, pick up a copy of Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self (Rodale Books; $28.99) at local bookstores. Written by Jeff Krasno, co-founder of Wanderlust, the book overflows with ideas, recipes, writing prompts and exercises, all aimed at guiding the reader toward mindful living, creativity and enlightenment. Feeling inspired yet?

Grab ‘n’ Glow: The Juicery Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda

L-R: Strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda, smoothie bowl and Botanist juice soda, at The Juicery Co.

Looking for a sweet treat that won’t destroy your diet? Head to The Juicery Co. for an assortment of healthy summertime goodies. The smoothie bowl (pictured above, middle) overflows with mangoes, bananas and house-made almond mylk, layered with gluten-free granola. The strawberry-watermelon-mint juice soda (pictured above, left) is a great replacement for pop, as is the Botanist juice soda (pictured above, right), with its pineapple, pear, fennel, mint, ginger and lemon. The Juicery also makes its own creamsicles (which sneak carrots into the recipe), fudgesicles (made with cocoa-banana almond mylk), and fruit popsicles, using only nutritious, organic ingredients. Who knew healthy eating could taste so good?

A Chat With David Suzuki

Vancouver’s world-renowned geneticist, environmentalist, author and broadcaster—and proud grandfather—shares his thoughts on the future

By SHERI RADFORD

David Suzuki. (Photo: Brendon Purdy)

David Suzuki. (Photo: Brendon Purdy)

“Hello, this is David Suzuki.”

When the voice comes down the phone line, it’s as familiar as your grandpa’s. It is, after all, a voice Canadians have been hearing regularly since Suzuki’s first radio show, Quirks and Quarks, hit the airwaves in 1974. His many decades hosting the television show The Nature of Things on the CBC have earned him an unmatched level of recognition and loyalty. In fact, Reader’s Digest recently named him Canada’s Most-Trusted Influencer of 2015. (more…)

Save the City With Vancouver Mysteries

By SHERI RADFORD

Save (and see) the city with Vancouver Mysteries

Save (and see) the city with Vancouver Mysteries

Do you have what it takes to be a super spy? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save Vancouver. Your adventure starts from a top-secret downtown location, then your team has just two hours to break codes and find hidden clues, in order to stop a criminal mastermind from detonating a bomb. Along the way, you learn about local history and landmarks—and walk a couple of kilometres. Vancouver Mysteries may be all fun and games, but if you set a new speed record for solving this spy puzzle, the bragging rights are real.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo:  Joe Perez)

Gorgeous views from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. (Photo: Joe Perez)

Said the Whale. Hawksley Workman. Blind Pilot. Adam Cohen. Phosphorescent. Taj Mahal. That’s just a small sample of the bands scheduled to perform at the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 17 to 19). Every year, this seaside fest takes over Jericho Beach Park for three days of fun in the sun, attracting 40,000 folks who want to shop at the artisan market, eat mouth-watering food from around the world and, most of all, hear great music.

O2X: Rise Higher

By SHERI RADFORD

Participants test their limits in the O2X race

Participants test their limits in the O2X race

In an adventure race on a mountain, it’s impossible to improve upon Mother Nature’s challenges. What O2X (Jul. 11) does is craft a course that starts at the base and goes all the way to the peak, using only natural obstacles: riverbeds, ravines, rockfaces and, of course, elevation gain. The race has already been a success in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York, and now it’s coming to Grouse Mountain, attracting everyone from occasional exercisers to hardcore CrossFitters—anyone who wants to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The race ends the way all good events should: on a mountaintop, with live music, local food and copious amounts of beer.

Buy Local: Whistler Farmers’ Market

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Pick up fresh fare, crafts and more at the Whistler Farmers' Market. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Pick up fresh fare, crafts and more at the Whistler Farmers’ Market. (Photo: Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler)

Whether you’re seeking a handmade necklace or fresh strawberries or all-natural soap, you’re sure to find it at the Whistler Farmers’ Market. Each week more than 80 vendors sell goods that are locally grown, baked or made, and each week hundreds of visitors show up to browse, buy and take in the festive atmosphere, complete with live music. Head to the base of Blackcomb Mountain on Sundays from Jun. 21 to Oct. 11, or Wednesday evenings from Jul. 1 to Aug. 26. Let the shopping begin!

Sea to Sky Gondola: Peak Adventures

By SHERI RADFORD

Cool views from the Sea to Sky Gondola. (Photo: Paul Bride)

Cool views from the Sea to Sky Gondola. (Photo: Paul Bride)

Squamish is known as the outdoor-recreation capital of Canada, so it didn’t take long for locals to fall in love with the Sea to Sky Gondola, which opened last summer. Hikers and trail runners adore having a gondola whisk them up to the summit, 885 m (2,900 ft) above sea level, where pristine trails stretch out in every direction. Yogis follow their bliss to the outdoor yoga classes held at Summit Lodge several times each week. Even Fido and Spot are welcome: dog owners trek for several hours along the Sea to Summit Trail from sea level up to the top, then take the 10-minute gondola ride down (only the ride down is canine-friendly). The newest addition to the area is Via Ferrata, which uses metal rungs and cables to create a vertical adventure for climbers. (more…)

Reach the Beach

Ready for a long, lazy day on Kits Beach, First Beach or (for the truly brave) clothing-optional Wreck Beach? Don’t forget these warm-weather essentials

By SHERI RADFORD

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

A beach chair sporting the iconic HBC stripes

BEACH CHAIR Hudson’s Bay was established way back in 1670, and it’s been a Canadian mainstay ever since. No patriotic Canuck can resist the iconic HBC stripes on everything from beach chairs, baseball hats and pocket knives to water bottles, patio umbrellas and wooden canoes. (more…)

50 Things We Love About Kitsilano

By SHERI RADFORD

Kids can't resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

Kids can’t resist the allure of Kids Beach. (Photo: KK Law)

1. The elegant, art deco–style Burrard Bridge, which marks the eastern boundary of the Kitsilano area. The region is also bounded by the ocean on the north, Alma Street on the west, and 16th Avenue on the south. (more…)

G&T Design’s Luxe Linens

By SHERI RADFORD

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

A whimsical throw pillow by G&T Design

Beavers and chickens and ravens, oh my! These are just a few of the critters you’ll find screen-printed on earth-friendly textiles from G&T Design, along with moose, pineapples, bicycles and inspirational sayings. Vancouver resident Stephanie McRae uses natural linen to create her vintage-looking pillows, tea towels and napkins, because she likes that the durable fabric is also sustainable. She’s even been known to create custom designs for clients celebrating special occasions. Available at Barefoot Contessa and at Etsy.