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Vancouver

Destination: Deep Cove

By LAURA DENNIS

The spectacular view from Quarry Rock, part of the Baden  Powell Trail

The spectacular view from Quarry Rock, part of the Baden Powell Trail

Just a short drive outside the city lies a peaceful oasis, perfect for spring visitors. The quiet waterfront community of Deep Cove, nestled in the shadow of Mount Seymour, only has one road leading into the village. After checking out the view, the first stop is local haunt Honey’s. Don’t be tempted by the chocolate or maple-iced doughnuts because the original honey-dipped is the way to go. After a good carbo-load, join the 41-km (25-mi) Baden Powell Trail at the trailhead on Panorama Drive. This gentle hike through the rainforest, complete with bridges and waterfalls, ends at Quarry Rock, a bluff over the water with spectacular sweeping vistas of the Cove, the island-dotted inlet, and the distant city skyline. After this workout, reward yourself with a meal from Arms Reach Bistro. The light yet flavour-packed penne chicken features goat cheese with basil, asparagus and sundried tomato. Next, take a leisurely stroll by the boutiques lining the main street. Check out locally designed goods at A’hoy or peruse the gift shop at the Seymour Art Gallery. Later, once you’re back in the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll wonder if it was all a mirage.

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

By SHERI RADFORD

Puppets bite the dust in the comedy, Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Puppets bite the dust in the comedy Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Dying for a laugh: the characters in Famous Puppet Death Scenes re-enact every manner of croaking, biting the dust, going belly-up, kicking the bucket and shuffling off this mortal coil. They draw their scenes from all genres, from grim Irish drama to Victorian melodrama to screwball comedy. Who knew death could be so entertaining? Mar. 31 to Apr. 19 at the York Theatre.

Chic Boutique: much&little

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delphine's designs exude a casual, West Coast vibe

Delphine’s designs exude a casual, West Coast vibe

Main Street’s much&little is a treasure trove, boasting shelves studded with gems that range from housewares to handicrafts. The bounty of beautiful goods favours unique items, and includes a selection of ladies’ apparel by independent and emerging designers such as LA-based Black Crane and Delphine (pictured). The light fabrics and elegant-yet-casual silhouettes will whip wardrobes into springtime shape, all with an unmistakable West Coast vibe.

Food for Thought

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A selection of Thai dishes, at Maenam

A selection of Thai dishes, at Maenam

There are plenty of reasons to dine out: first-class cuisine, stimulating company and, best of all, no clean-up required. Dining Out For Life gives us another reason to make a reservation. On Mar. 26, restaurants across North America raise money to support people living with HIV/AIDS by donating 25 percent of their sales to not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. Eateries range from mainstays such as Maenam (pictured) to newcomers like Nicli’s Next Door. Eating well and doing good—we’ll order that for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Indoor Adventures

It’s no secret that Vancouver tends to rain much of the year—approximately 1,588 mm (62.5 inches) of the wet stuff falls per annum. That means creative ways must be found to beat the rainy day blues.

By LAURA DENNIS

Simulated golf at One Under. (Photo: Joann Pai)

Simulated golf at One Under. (Photo: Joann Pai)

INDOOR GOLF
Hidden beneath Granville Street is One Under, with its six state-of-the-art golf simulation bays. Play a round or two at one of the best courses in the world without worrying about the weather. Create some friendly competition in a closest-to-the-pin contest, or blow off steam by smacking balls at an abandoned building. If all that swinging works up an appetite, grab a charcuterie plate or pizza—try Italian sausage and fennel—from the menu. Wash it down with one of the many craft beers on offer, or sip a scotch from the extensive list.

SWORDFIGHTING
Join the experts at Academie Duello, the world’s largest school of Western swordplay, where they combine the traditional European martial art with fitness. Workshops involve the use of deadly tools like the longsword, rapier, dagger, sword and shield, and spear. Scared of sharp objects? Try an umbrella self-defence class—Vancouver’s most used accessory can also help keep assailants at bay. Strike and block while using the brolly sword-style or as a fearsome bayonet or club.

ESCAPE ROOM
Fight fear, claustrophobia and time itself at Smarty Pantz. Get locked in one of five themed rooms—from a doomed Soviet submarine to a serial killer’s basement—each with an extensive backstory. The detailed rooms found inside a Gastown heritage building were designed by professional prop masters in the film industry. Solve puzzles as a team and use logic to escape before the 45-minute time limit is up.

Beach volleyball at 6Pack Indoor Beach

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Any day can be a beach day: 6Pack Indoor Beach has enough sand to cover five full-sized volleyball courts and satisfy summer cravings without having to wait for sunnier months. Young ’uns visit the Kidz Beach for sandcastle building, while the more rambunctious try archery tag, which combines paintball, dodgeball and archery as teams battle it out with bows and foam-tipped arrows.

BIG AIR
Literally bounce off the walls at this playground for kids of all ages. The 3,902 sq m (42,000 sq ft) of interconnected trampolines at Extreme Air Park allow for endless—and bouncy—entertainment. Practise flips into a foam pit, or dunk like the pros on the zero-gravity basketball court. For those with a competitive streak, drop in for a spirited game of 3D dodgeball: hurl balls at opponents while executing impressive dekes on a trampoline court.

Ballet BC: Trace

By SHERI RADFORD

Dancer from Ballet BC's Trace. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Dancer from Ballet BC’s Trace. (Photo: Michael Slobodian)

Dance fans get triple the enjoyment for the price of one ticket with Trace. Presented by Ballet BC, this don’t-miss evening includes the Canadian premiere of William Forsythe’s workwithinwork; the world premiere of a new work by Walter Matteini; and the return of Medhi Walerski’s Petite Cérémonie, a mix of dance and theatre that has been an audience favourite since its 2011 premiere. Mar. 26 to 28 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Makes Scents: Vancouver Candle Co.

By SHERI RADFORD

Inhale the scents of Point Grey and Gastown with these handmade candles from Vancouver Candle Co.

Inhale the scents of Point Grey and Gastown with these handmade candles from Vancouver Candle Co.

Nick Rabuchin has always loved scented candles; what he’s never liked are the toxic chemicals most of them emit. He created the Vancouver Candle Co. as an eco-friendly alternative. Using the traditional methods of olden days, he makes small batches of soy-wax candles by hand, using 100% cotton wicks and perfume-grade fragrance oils. Each candle’s scent evokes a specific area of the city, such as jasmine, tuberose, lemon and sandalwood for Kitsilano, or white tea, black currant, lavender and thyme for Strathcona. Follow your nose to Kiss & Makeup or Holt Renfrew.

Weekend Brunch at L’Abattoir

By SHERI RADFORD

An array of brunch items at L'Abattoir

An array of brunch items at L’Abattoir

If you’re more of a late riser than an early bird, then this is for you. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., L’Abattoir dishes up mouth-watering meals such as buttermilk pancakes, poached eggs with smoked pork belly, and Dungeness crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Can’t-miss selections from the bar include the Bloody Alley (a variation on the classic Bloody Mary) and the Bourbon Cinnamon Toast Milk Punch (with cereal-infused cream, bourbon and cocoa bitters). The early bird may get the worm, but it’s the sleepyheads and late risers who get the tasty brunch.

H&M Loves Coachella

By SHERI RADFORD

Bright t-shirt from the H&M Loves Coachella clothing collection

Bright t-shirt from the H&M Loves Coachella clothing collection

Even if a trip to the Golden State isn’t part of next month’s travel plans, you can still look like you’ve been to Coachella to hear AC/DC, Jack White and Drake perform. In H&M stores starting Mar. 19, the H&M Loves Coachella collection includes everything necessary for a bohemian music-festival look, from tops to pants to shorts, with fringe and lace aplenty. Rock on.

Entertaining Appetites

By TIM PAWSEY

Fresh Italian mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, teardrop peppers and local beets, at Lupo. (Photo: KK Law)

Fresh Italian mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, teardrop peppers and local beets, at Lupo. (Photo: KK Law)

Pre- and post-theatre or hockey haunts abound—all with an eye on curtain- or puck-dropping time. Lupo caters to more formal tastes with polished Italian fare such as lamb shank ossobucco or rib-eye Fiorentina, served with flair in a charming, late-Victorian-era home. For more casual bites and good craft beers and spirits, head to the Yaletown Brewing Co. For post-game late-night bites, try expansive and upbeat Earls in Yaletown for myriad flavours, from kung pao noodles to Santa Fe Cajun chicken salad, with key lime pie for dessert.

TransMigration’s Cool Choreography

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

TransMigration pays homage to First Nations artist and shaman, Norval Morrisseau

The late, great Norval Morrisseau’s bold, whimsical works take centre stage in TransMigration. The dance-theatre piece is inspired by the First Nations artist and shaman, and draws on both his life and paintings. The choreography, music and design capture Morrisseau’s brilliance as an artist, while also touching on his struggles and triumphs. Catch this feast for the eyes, and spirit, at The Historic Theatre, Mar. 17 to 21.

5 Seawall Rewards

By TIM PAWSEY

TWB dishes up seafood salad with mussels, clams, squid, scallops and shrimp (front), along with gnocchi du jour (L) and crispy calamari (R). (Photo: KK Law)

TWB dishes up seafood salad with mussels, clams, squid, scallops and shrimp (front), along with gnocchi du jour (L) and crispy calamari (R). (Photo: KK Law)

These shoreside haunts are perfect for pampering after a brisk walk.

TWB — The Wine Bar (pictured) This compact, well-equipped bistro dispenses well-chosen wines by the glass and small plates with a Gallic twist. At the foot of Davie Street.

Cactus Club Cafe Smart tastes include “Iron Chef” Rob Feenie’s tuna tataki, and the ravioli and prawn trio. At Vancouver Convention Centre West and English Bay.

Go Fish Savour fish ’n’ chips and other fresh seafood at this bare-bones outdoor eatery close to Fishermen’s Wharf.

Ten Ten Tapas Find locally inspired creative small plates matched with local wines, craft beer and cocktails—plus live music Thursday through Saturday. Under the Burrard Street Bridge.

Tap & Barrel These spacious emporia offer solid pub fare with a plentiful selection of FreshTap BC wines by the glass along with an extensive offering of BC pints and cocktails. At Vancouver Convention Centre West and Olympic Village.

For more by Tim Pawsey, visit hiredbelly.com