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

Street Art in Vancouver: The Artist’s Perspective

When Lululemon founder and prominent Vancouver billionaire Chip Wilson commissioned a $7,000 graffiti mural to cover a portion of the Seawall that sits on his property, he thought he was doing the city of Vancouver a favour. “We’re doing it for the people of Vancouver,” he said in 2013, “and we’re hoping that, by us taking this on, other people along the Seawall […] will actually take on the art project themselves.”

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 […]

A Guide to Vancouver’s Museums

Best known for its rainy days, it’s no wonder Vancouver has an amazing selection of museums to explore when the water starts whipping at your windows and the grey days seem endless. So the next time you feel like cozying up with a warm blanket and a cup of tea, consider stepping into the past […]

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 […]

BC SPCA – Giving Pets a Second Chance

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the BC SPCA, is one of the largest animal welfare organizations of its kind in North America. The organization works to enhance the quality of life of domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C., and to inspire and mobilize society to […]

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

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

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, […]