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Almost too good to be true, this for­mer Olympic ath­letes’ vil­lage is a mod­ern­day May­berry of bou­tique shops, gourmet mar­kets, and ed­u­ca­tional attractions. The spa­cious town square and nearby sea­wall vi­brate with young fam­i­lies, jog­gers, and cy­clists. Lazy craft beer afi­ciona­dos over­see the fre­netic ac­tion from back-to-back sun-soaked water­front pa­tios


If Van­cou­ver’s at­ti­tude were em­bod­ied in one restau­rant, Aqua Sushi + Juice Bar ( 1764 Man­i­toba St, 604-559-9766. Aqua­juice­bar.com) would be it. The im­pec­ca­bly ex­e­cuted maki and ni­giri sub­sti­tute whole­some brown rice for white; in the goma-ae, you’ll find su­per-food kale (in­stead of the stan­dard spinach) in nutty-sweet sesame dress­ing. Wash it all down with fresh-pressed “quench” juice (cu­cum­ber, pineap­ple, co­conut wa­ter, pear, and lime) from the on­site juice bar.

Re­fuel with lunch at Terra Breads ( 1605 Man­i­toba St., 604-877-1183. Terrabreads.com), Van­cou­ver’s orig­i­nal ar­ti­san bak­ery. The sand­wiches fea­ture stone hearth bread and care­fully sourced lo­cal and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, but are more hearty than fussy. Our top picks: ham and ra­clette with Lit­tle Qualicum cheese and bal­samic fig jam, or the wild sal­mon with pea shoots, pick­led red onion, and le­mon/dill/ca­per mayo. The nov­elty at Mario’s Ge­lati, the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity for Van­cou­ver’s well-known ice cream brand, is the quan­tity of flavours. Mario’s makes over 500 va­ri­eties of gelato and sor­betto, 72 of which are avail­able in the fac­tory café Amato Gelato ( 88 E. First Ave., 604-879-9411. Mar­ios­ge­lati.com). This is a mustvisit for sum­mer vis­i­tors; revel in the shock fac­tor of flavours such as durian fruit and straw­berry goat cheese.


A visit to the show­room of Van­cou­ver-de­signed menswear la­bel Wings + Horns ( 133 W. Fifth Ave., 604-568-0140. Wingsand­horns.com) is sure to lighten your wal­let and im­prove your im­age. The brand has built a well-de­served in­ter­na­tional cult fol­low­ing with its clas­sic-cut gar­ments made with high qual­ity, and of­ten un­ex­pected, tex­tiles. Wool chi­nos, hoodie sweat­shirt bathrobes, and tai­lored Gore-Tex parkas are typ­i­cal sta­ples.

Des­ti­na­tion-wor­thy Legacy Liquor Store ( 1633 Man­i­toba St., 604-331-7900. Lega­cyliquor­store.com) stocks thou­sands of craft beers, spe­cialty wines, and hardto-find spir­its, in­clud­ing bot­tles from Van­cou­ver’s new crop of craft dis­til­leries.


A lab­o­ra­tory dis­guised as a kid plea­sure palace, Sci­ence World ( 1455 Que­bec St., 604-443-7440. Science­world.ca) makes the whole fam­ily happy. Its dis­tinc­tive ge­o­desic dome houses five gal­leries with live daily ex­per­i­ments, as well as a mind-bog­gling IMAX the­atre. Out­side, the new Ken Spencer Sci­ence Park teaches kids about sus­tain­abil­ity with a green­house, res­i­dent chick­ens, and in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits on en­ergy, hous­ing, trans­porta­tion, waste, and wa­ter.

Beloved by small folk and fre­quently used as a photo opp for full-size hu­mans, The Birds by My­fanwy MacLeod is a pair of 16-foot, 4,200-pound spar­row sculp­tures com­mis­sioned by the City of Van­cou­ver for the Olympic Vil­lage plaza. When free of tiny climbers, the gar­gan­tuan crea­tures seem ready to take flight into their back­drop: the down­town sky­line and loom­ing North Shore moun­tains.

Olympic Vil­lage

TASTE TH IS Guin­ness Float CRAFT BEER MAR­KET Canada’s largest draft beer list will sate for some time, but fill in the last cor­ners with dessert—in this case, lo­cal su­per­star Earnest Ice Cream in a Vi­ta­min G bath. 85 W. First Ave., 604-709-2337....

Wings + Horns

The Birds

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