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British Columbia

Head Over Heels for Sole’s Beach Flips

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Keep summer alive until the last possible moment with Sole’s Beach Flips

Seeking your sole-mate? Meet Sole’s Beach Flips. Made from recycled wine corks, these eco-friendly flip-flops are destined to find a place in your heart. The all-natural cork wicks moisture, reduces odour, absorbs shock and even moulds to your feet over time, creating the ultimate custom fit. Pick up a pair of these cute kicks at The Boardroom, so you and your feet can live happily ever after. 

Bucket List: Bungee Jump Over a Glacier-Fed River

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Photo by Mike Crane/Tourism Whistler

What do actor Zac Efron, comedian Rick Mercer and Paralympian Rick Hansen have in common? They’ve all taken the plunge with Whistler Bungee. The high-octane attraction draws thousands of thrill-seekers each year, including a few famous faces. Whether you leap, free-fall, swan-dive—or backflip, like Zac Efron—from 50 m (160 ft) above the glacier-fed Cheakamus River, the exhilaration and old-growth-forest views are the same. And if you can cross “celebrity spotting” off your bucket list at the same time, all the better.

Oceanside Eats: Earls Ambleside

By TIM PAWSEY

Settle in at scenic Earls on Ambleside Beach to enjoy a West Coast ahi tuna salad (front) or spicy tuna roll (back)

A quick trip across the Lions Gate Bridge leads to Earls on Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver. The shoreside spot sports a different personality from other Earls locations, with more of a California vibe. Right on the promenade, the patio offers views of the bridge and Stanley Park. The menu features classics such as crispy calamari, West Coast ahi tuna salad and Cajun chicken, but also offers vegan-friendly, plant-based options. Topping it off, a beverage list with no shortage of BC purveyors. Tip: hop on the 257 express bus from downtown to bypass traffic.

Grand Finale: Personal Highlights from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Long-Time Curator

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Fall (Modality 16)” by Jock Macdonald (Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery)

Sep. 22 to Mar. 17, 2018 Thirty years, more than 80 exhibits and one Order of Canada all add up to one extraordinary career for curator Ian Thom. In the Vancouver Art Gallery’s A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects, the esteemed retiree presents a final round-up of personal highlights from the permanent collection, including works by Jock Macdonald (pictured), Emily Carr and many others.

Local Linens by Flax Sleep

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Sep. 2018

Linens by Flax Sleep are sure to inspire dreams of Vancouver

Sweet dreams are made of Flax Sleep’s luxe linens. Early birds and night owls alike love the Vancouver-based label’s beautiful bedding, crafted from 100 percent French flax. That’s because linen is stronger, softer and more durable than cotton, plus it’s naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial. Even the environmentally savvy can rest easy: flax is more sustainable than other crops, using less water, energy and pesticides to produce. To cozy up to these bed sheets, score a set online at www.flaxsleep.com or at Gastown’s Litchfield. A dream come true.

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex Pack is Twice as Nice

By SHERI RADFORD
Sep. 2018

Osprey’s Ozone Duplex pack is perfect for those who travel light

No one likes the endless wait at the baggage carousel. Skip all the hassle with the new Ozone Duplex from Osprey. This two-in-one design combines a full-sized daypack with a carry-on-sized cargo bag. Sporting a lightweight frame, the daypack can hold all your valuables and stay by your feet on the plane, while the cargo bag full of clothes and gear gets stashed in the overhead bin. The two bags clip together easily or can be used separately. Pick up this doubly clever creation at MEC.

In the Spotlight: Vancouver International Film Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Photo ©Ulia Koltyrina/Fotolia.com

Sep. 27 to Oct. 12, 2018 Grab some popcorn and settle in—the Vancouver International Film Festival is on silver screens across the city. In the limelight this year are over 200 features and 100 short films hailing from more than 70 countries, plus a host of events, workshops and live performances. It’s one of the largest showcases of Canuck films in the world, so it’s guaranteed to have fans of Canadian cinema on their feet. Documentaries and East Asian films also play strong supporting roles. In that case, better make that popcorn a large.

Hilariously Offensive: The Book of Mormon at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

Sep. 25 to 30, 2018 If you’re looking for a wholesome musical to entertain the entire family, everyone from your five-year-old niece to your easily upset auntie, then this is definitely not the show to choose. If, on the other hand, it’s cheekily adult satire you seek, then don’t miss The Book of Mormon. Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame teamed up with Robert Lopez, co-creator of Avenue Q, to write this Tony Award–winning musical about two mismatched missionaries sent to preach in Uganda. It’s guaranteed to amuse and offend in equal measure.

Shop Local: First Pick Handmade

By CHLOË LAI

Sterling silver pieces by Vancouver-based jewellery designer Kolton Babych

Sep. 15 and 16, 2018 Tired of knickknacks? For stylish souvenirs as dreamy as the memories you’ve made on holiday, head to First Pick Handmade. This market showcases the latest made-in-Canada fashions and accessories by more than 30 indie designers. Bring home the wild beauty and eco-friendly ethos of the West Coast with reclaimed-wool shirts by Anián, recycled-cashmere accessories from Winterluxe, and signature jewellery by Kolton Babych (pictured)—all created in Vancouver. You’re going to need a bigger suitcase.

Sean William Randall: In the Blue Future Exhibit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“In the Future” by Sean William Randall (Courtesy the artist)

Sep. 8 to 30, 2018 “Garden variety” isn’t how you’d describe Sean William Randall’s paintings. His super-saturated acrylic-on-canvas works are imbued with a strong sense of place—a nod to the Canadian artist’s former career as an architect—which, coupled with his keen colour sense, makes Randall one to watch. For an earthly garden of works that delight, visit Ian Tan Gallery’s In the Blue Future. The exhibit is an oasis of detailed acrylic-on-canvas pieces such as “In the Future” (pictured). This is one garden path we don’t mind being led down.

Bliss Out on a Stand-Up Paddleboard

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Andrew Strain/Tourism Whistler

Even adrenaline junkies need a day off: when it’s time to slow down, you can soak up 360 degrees of glorious scenery from a stand-up paddleboard. Stable and easy to navigate, these boards are perfect for first-time paddlers. Book a lesson with Backroads Whistler or Whistler Eco Tours, both of which also offer SUP yoga classes. Or slip away from the crowds and paddle out to the middle of the lake for a sunny savasana on your own. Namaste.

Comedian Jim Jefferies Takes a Crack at Vancouver

By CHLOË LAI

Photo by Art Streiber

Sep. 14, 2018 For Aussie comedian Jim Jefferies, everything is a laughing matter. The famously foul-mouthed comic is best known for his viral segment on gun control, and for his hilarious handling of controversial topics on The Jim Jefferies Show. In The Night Talker Tour, Jefferies unleashes a fresh new onslaught of jokes about everything from American politics to awkward parenting moments. Laugh it up at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.