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Vancouver, B.C.: Weekender

A shimmering Canadian metropolis, only minutes away from ski slopes, woos visitors with stunning scenery, creative cuisine, and art from Northwest Coast First Nations.

  • Bicyclists in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., image
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    Bicyclists on the Stanley Park seawall get views of Coal Harbour and downtown Vancouver.
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    Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology showcases First Nations art.
  • Native Arctic American shirt, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C., image
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    A traditional native Arctic American shirt is on display at the Museum of Anthropology.
  • Sablefish at Edible Canada Bistro, Vancouver, B.C., image
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    Edible Canada Bistro serves wild sablefish with chard and mushrooms.
  • Totem in Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C., image
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    A Stanley Park totem stands tall.

Area code is 604.

To Do and See
Granville Island Shops and galleries carry everything from handmade brooms to ceramic animal-head sculptures. A vibrant public market showcases the best of British Columbia. 666-5784, Grouse Mountain This resort close to town offers skiing, hiking, zip lines, a lumberjack show, and breathtaking aerial tram rides. 980-9311, Museum of Anthropology View spectacular totem poles and other art from Northwest Coast nations. University of British Columbia, 822-5087, Stanley Park Take in some 1,000 acres of trees, beaches, and spring blooms, a top-notch aquarium, and a 5.5-mile walk-or-bike seawall path with mountain, water, and city vistas. 873-7000, Vancouver Art Gallery Works range from historical Canadian paintings to contemporary art. Join the late-night art parties on select Fridays. 750 Hornby St., 662-4719,

Arc’teryx Get deals at the factory outlet for Vancouver’s popular homegrown brand of outdoor gear. 2155 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver, 960-3001, Dream Flowery camisoles, a medieval biker necklace, and other fashions demonstrate the creativity of B.C. designers. 311 W. Cordova St., 683-7326, Salmagundi West Antiques and curios like Shriner fezzes, vintage postcards, and silver napkin rings. 321 W. Cordova St., 681-4648. Zulu Records An indie music store with a selection of CDs from such local bands as Five Alarm Funk, Sun Wizard, and Destroyer. 1972 W. Fourth Ave., 738-3232,

Alibi Room Quench your thirst with some 45 craft beers on tap and try creative pub grub such as the bison cheesesteak sandwich. 157 Alexander St., 623-3383, Artisan Sake Maker at Granville Island Warm up on a cold day with at-the-source sake tastings. 1339 Railspur Alley, 685-7253, Salt Tasting Room Indulge in 35 wines by the glass, including outstanding B.C. vintages, paired with cheeses, cured meats, and condiments. 45 Blood Alley, 633-1912,

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie Inventive dishes such as mushroom and duck wontons in duck consommé, and crisp sesame seed flatbread with Asian pear and braised pork. 163 Keefer St., 688-0876, Café Medina Dig into spicy Moroccan meatballs, Belgian waffles with fig-orange marmalade, and other eclectic breakfast, lunch, and brunch fare. 556 Beatty St., 879-3114, Edible Canada at the Market A bistro with a changing menu, driven by the adjacent Granville Island Public Market, that might include birch syrup–glazed roasted sablefish and a chocolate tartlet with seasonal berries. Shop for Canadian culinary treasures or take a guided market tour. 1596 Johnston St., 682-6675, Go Fish Wild Ocean Emporium A waterside joint serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, and fish-and-chips made with sustainably harvested seafood. 1505 W. First Ave., 730-5040. Maenam Enjoy refined Thai cooking in an elegant, modern space. 1938 W. Fourth Ave., 730-5579,

Photography by Leoboudv/Wikipedia (native Arctic American shirt); Rr parker/Wikipedia (UBC Museum of Anthropology); (2) courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/Coast Mountain
Photography (bicyclists, totem); courtesy Edible Canada (fish)

This article was first published in March 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.