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Whether you want to shop for the latest fashions or explore local boutiques for some unique gifts, you’ll find several shopping destinations across British Columbia for your shopping spree. Downtown Vancouver is a hub of activity year round and home to several locally owned stores and larger malls where you’ll find popular brand name clothing, books, home decor, and everything in between.
If you want to venture beyond the main hub, you’ll also find a couple of communities that offer some of the best shopping and dining options in the region. Mount Pleasant is one of them, a vibrant neighborhood that boasts mountain views and plenty of opportunities to explore local history and culture. Located in Vancouver, this community is home to more than 350 local businesses so you can mingle with local business owners as you shop and explore. Head here to shop for gifts, collectibles, artwork, and other
One of the best ways to explore this area is with a self-guided walking tour. This is the best way to take in the local culture and area sites. Map out your own tour along Main Street and Kingsway in Vancouver to make the most of your shopping adventure in Mount Pleasant.
Robson Street in downtown Vancouver is a popular destination for entreatment and dining. It’s also well known for its upscale shopping and you’ll finds several brand name retailer boutiques here. This area dates back to the late 1800s and you’ll find most of it has retained its historic charm and classic ambiance. After you’re done with your shopping rounds, take some time to visit area attractions and sites, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park and BC Place.
If you’re looking for a traditional mall shopping experience, set your sites on the area around Burnaby. Here you’ll find the International Village Mall, the CF Pacific Centre and the Oakridge Center that offer a wealth of shopping opportunities for all tastes.
Vancouver also boasts some other shopping neighborhoods and unique shopping districts where you can buy souvenirs and enjoy some great local food. Head to Chinatown to pick up silk robes, Chinese tableware and natural creations from the apothecary. Commercial Drive, otherwise known simply as “The Drive” is a 10-minute drive form the downtown area and also home to the “Little Italy” of Vancouver. Head here to shop the food emporiums and purchase imported goods.
Granville Island is another hub for shopping and dining. It’s famous for its public market where you can buy fresh ingredients and specialty foods from Vancouver and Canada. Granville Street is where you’ll find a few retail shopping outlets and gift shops. If you’re just shopping for souvenirs, head to Gastown to shop at one of the many souvenir shops along the main streets. This is the place to buy postcards, mugs, and other souvenirs from local merchants.
Enjoy a shopping weekend in and around Vancouver when planning a trip to British Columbia. Staying at the Best Western British Columbia will put you within a short drive of several popular shopping neighborhoods so you can explore some of the area’s best boutiques and malls at your leisure.