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Latest blog posts from Jay Banks and his team about Vancouver BC

Best Places to Work Remotely in Vancouver: Cafés


An explosion of self-starters and entrepreneurs have taken over Vancouver in the past few years, and working remotely has become more desirable than ever. Whether you work from home, in an office or a co-working space, breaking your routine and escaping to a café for an hour or two is a brilliant way to stimulate […]

Photo Essay: Vancouver’s Winter Farmers’ Markets


It’s good to know where your food comes from. Vancouver’s farmer markets are a great opportunity to shop local and spend some time out – and the best thing is that some of them aren’t just for summer! If you can’t find a reason to get out of your bed on a cold winter Saturday, just […]

Vancouver Restaurants With the Longest Tradition #4: Helen’s Grill


Mount Pleasant, Vancouver’s first established suburb, has changed greatly since the diner Helen’s Grill opened on the corner of Main and Kingsway in 1961. What was once a branch of Vancouver’s local Aristocratic restaurant chain became a classic mid-century diner, owned by John and Helen Balomenos. Around it, the neighbourhood declined as manufacturing moved southward […]

Vancouver Street Art: The Difference Between Art and Vandalism

Vancouver Street Art: The Difference Between Art and Vandalism

A mural by Milan Basic (3150 Main Street) Depending on who you ask, the words “graffiti artist” could conjure up two distinctly different images. One is of a hooded vandal with a spray can, darting through the streets at night, defacing public property and terrorizing the neighbourhood. The other is of a skilled craftsperson who […]

Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Kitsilano

Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Kitsilano

Kitsilano runs along the south shore of English Bay and between Point Grey and Grandville Island. The neighbourhood is also known as ‘Kits’. It is popular for its beach, Kits Beach, considered one of the top 10 best city beaches in the world with many outdoor fitness facilities available: you can find tennis courts, a […]

Photo Essay: Discovering Vancouver Parks


City life doesn’t always equal a daily grey commute. Vancouver ranks as one of the most liveable cities in the world, so it’s not a surprise that it has also something to offer for every nature lover. From scenic parks to floral parks and from ‘tourist attracting’ to the small parks known only by locals, these are our […]

Best Used Book Stores in Vancouver – Updated!

Best Used Book Stores in Vancouver - Updated!

The interior of MacLeod’s Books We all know the special feeling that comes with standing in narrow aisles, surrounded by that smell and sensation unique to books. If you’re not familiar with that feeling, hundreds of other Vancouverites are; every day, a flock of book lovers storm the shelves of Vancouver’s used book shops in […]

The Best Home Decor Stores in Vancouver

The Best Home Decor Stores in Vancouver

Whether you’re looking for industrial chic, contemporary design or cosy furnishings, Vancouver has it all. With everything from on-trend lighting to statement seating to vintage designs, there are a number of charming and eclectic stores to match exactly what you’re looking for. If want to decorate your home in style, here’s a compilation of our […]

Vancouver Tour Review: Stanley Park Discovery Walks

Vancouver Tour Review: Stanley Park Discovery Walks

Some Vancouver walking tours are not only for tourists: they may surprise you even if you are living in Vancouver for years! Our first article from this series featured the Forbidden Vancouver walking tours that goes over the lesser-known histories of the city but now something different: The Stanley Park Ecology Society offers tourists and locals alike two-hour guided tours, […]