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Wearable Art: NoMiNoU Clothing


Vancouver-based NoMiNoU clothing

Vancouver-based, eco-friendly NoMiNoU clothing

After Jullianna Smith’s mother died, Smith found a wealth of her art. The Vancouverite brings this art to life by transferring the images to yoga pants and tops (constructed mainly from eco-friendly materials), then she pairs the imagery with inspirational quotes. NoMiNoU clothing is available online.

Swiss Quality: Watches by Rado


Swiss-made, scratch resistant watch by Rado

Swiss-made, scratch resistant watch by Rado

Switzerland is world-renowned for its meticulously crafted timepieces and tempting chocolates. Combining the best of both, Rado has launched three models of its high-tech ceramic watches in a brand-new colour: rich chocolate brown. They feature the scratch resistance the brand is revered for. The best part? Zero calories. At Holt Renfrew and Rodeo Jewellers.

Local Knowledge: Great Guides



Field guides that offer information on BC’s flora and fauna

Curious about local plants, seaweed or fish? Available at local Chapters/Indigo, these informative laminated pamphlets are filled with colour photos and are perfectly sized to fit in a pocket or purse

A Field Guide to Common Fishes of the Pacific Northwest (Harbour Publishing; $7.95) by Andy Lamb, Bernard P. Hanby and Phil Edgell: Learn about the mysterious creatures of the deep, from sockeye salmon and dogfish to longnose skate and walleye Pollock.

A Field Guide to Foraging for Wild Greens (Harbour Publishing; $7.95) by Michelle Catherine Nelson: A surprising number of edible greens can be found in urban areas. Find out how to tell dandelion from daylily, sheep sorrel from curly dock, and more

A Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest (Harbour Publishing; $7.95) by Dr. Bridgette Clarkston: Discover how to harvest seaweeds, what eelgrass meadows do for the environment, and the differences between seaweeds and seagrasses.

4 Draught Picks


A cold pint and a snack at Central City on Beatty

Brisket plate with pit beans, coleslaw and ricotta-stuffed jalapeño cornbread, at Central City on Beatty

The city’s brew scene is booming. No more proof is needed than these perfect pubby haunts.

CENTRAL CITY ON BEATTY Pulled pork and the formidable Zeus burger complement a truly impressive range of taps, including a dozen Red Racer beers as well as other leading local brews, all served in an artfully restored Yaletown warehouse. Read more…

Local Art: Eastside Culture Crawl



“Ali’s Bachelorette” by Jessie McNeil, one of many works by participating local artists

Want to get up close and personal with Vancouver’s vibrant art scene? Then get ready to take a peek into the homes and studios of local talent. No, it’s not snooping. It’s the Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 19 to 22), back for its 19th year. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and join more than 20,000 art admirers as they rub shoulders with artists in their workspaces on this free, self-guided tour. Explore edgy East Van and peruse original works, including pieces by mixed-media artist Jessie McNeil (“Ali’s Bachelorette,” pictured).

Stylish Stroller: Bugaboo by Diesel


Baby can ride in style in a stroller from Bugaboo by Diesel

Baby can ride in style in a stroller from Bugaboo by Diesel

Even the most masculine of macho men enjoys pushing a stroller from the Bugaboo by Diesel collection. These baby carriages pair the virtually indestructible design of Bugaboo with the rugged durability of Diesel denim, complete with blue wheel rims and handlebars that look like black leather, resulting in styles that please fathers and mothers alike. Find them at Crocodile.

Music to Your Ears: Once at Queen Elizabeth Theatre


See the musical Once at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

See the musical Once at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

What do you get when a Dublin street musician and a young Czech woman make beautiful music together? Once, the Tony– and Grammy Award–winning musical. This charming tale of a musician ready to abandon his craft, and the woman who inspires him to continue, strikes a chord with any audience. The talented cast bring their instruments onstage, acting as both the show’s band and its characters. See this play hit all the right notes at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Nov. 17 to 22.

Cute Cafe: Truffles Fine Foods


Tempting options at Truffles, from sandwiches to dessert

Tempting options at Truffles

Caterer to the stars, idyllic garden cafe, bustling downtown gem—Truffles has myriad incarnations, with each one just as delicious as the last. New to downtown, the latest location may be pocket-sized, but its offerings are big on flavour. Drop in for fresh house-made sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. And be sure to scope out the celebrity wall to see which stars savoured the fare here. If David Hasselhoff gives it a thumbs-up, then count us in.

Win! Canyon Lights Prize Package


During Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the park is aglow with thousands of sparkling lights and there are plenty of family-friendly activities, including cookie decorating and scavenger hunts. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to support the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, so you can feel even merrier while ogling the world’s largest living Christmas tree or joining in a sing-a-long.

Celebrate the season with the whole family with a Canyon Lights prize package from Capilano Suspension Bridge! Here’s how to win:

1. On Twitter (1 entry): “Retweet to #win a family prize package from @CapSuspBridge! #WinCanyonLights @WhereVancouver http://ow.ly/UAxTG

2. On Instagram (1 entry): Follow @WhereVancouver, follow @CapilanoSuspensionBridge, and regram the contest post on Instagram. Be sure to include #WinCanyonLights, @CapilanoSuspensionBridge and @WhereVancouver in your post.

Contest closes November 26, 2015.

Contest rules and regulations

Travel Made Easy

Whether you’re going by plane, train or automobile—or even bicycle—these handy items will make the trip a little bit easier


Mèreadesso's travel kit

Mèreadesso’s travel kit

TRAVEL EASE KIT Perfect for tucking into carry-on luggage, this kit from Mèreadesso includes an all-in-one moisturizer as well as a face and neck cleanser, both packaged in resealable sachets, plus a reusable cleansing cloth. At Nordstrom.

Saje's wellness kit

Saje’s wellness kit

POCKET PHARMACY Travel takes a toll on your mental and physical health. Recharge with this set of five aromatherapy roll-ons: Peppermint Halo, Immune, Eater’s Digest, Stress Release and Pain Release. At Saje Natural Wellness.

Find lost luggage in a flash with HomingPIN

Find lost luggage in a flash with HomingPIN

HOMINGPIN Make sure your belongings don’t travel the world without you. Each baggage tag, key ring and sticker from HomingPIN has a unique tracking number, which helps to quickly reunite you with your wayward suitcase, cellphone, laptop or passport.

Keep your clothes fresh with Two Wheel Gear's garment bag

Keep your clothes fresh with Two Wheel Gear’s garment bag

GARMENT/BIKE BAG Merging function and fashion, Two Wheel Gear’s Classic 2.0 keeps clothes wrinkle-free from the bicycle to the boardroom—ideal while zipping around on Vancouver’s many dedicated bike lanes. At MEC.

Yada Yada: Seinfeld Comes to Vancouver



Festivus comes early when Jerry Seinfeld brings his act to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? He turned a “show about nothing” into one of the most successful sitcoms in television history, but he still loves touring as a stand-up comedian. He brings his act to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a marathon four shows in two nights (Nov. 13 and 14). So grab an urban sombrero, put on your best puffy shirt, fill up on Junior Mints and get ready to laugh. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Modern Kicks From Hush Puppies


Step out in these cool and comfy shoes from Hush Puppies

Step out in these cool and comfy shoes from Hush Puppies

Put your best foot forward in a pair of cool kicks from Hush Puppies. If the name conjures up images of stodgy slip-ons suitable only for grandparents, think again. This is not your grandmother’s footwear. Hush Puppies’ new releases for autumn include flirty heels, posh pumps and on-trend boots. One thing hasn’t changed, though: the comfort factor. Sporting these styles is just as comfortable as—and more socially acceptable than—wearing slippers in public. At Hudson’s Bay and Town Shoes.