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Hot Shopping: Fabulous Flip-Flops

Love Beach Peacock flip-flop in Sunrise

Flip-flops are undeniably comfortable, but rarely does the essential summer shoe manage to combine comfort with wearable style. Local line Love Beach offers the best of both worlds — eye-catching, artistic styles that keep your feet feeling fine. Each shoe sports a colourful design motif, gold-plated and corrosion-resistant pendant, gentle arch support, triple-layer EVA sole, a supple TPU upper and gel cushion heel. The collection offers a range of colours and includes three design styles — Peacock (shown), Love Bubble and Summer Floral. $40.

Available online and at select local retailers, including Capital City Luggage, 1337 Wellington St. W., 613-725-3313.

Hot Dates: Sea of Sand

Sea of Sand

August 13 to 28

Take advantage of Vancouver’s gorgeous summer weather and make your way to the beach an hour before sunset to see this unique outdoor production, which explores memory, amnesia and desire. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.—Sheri Radford

Hot Entertainment: Bard Bonanza

The seaside tents at Bard on the Beach

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players at seaside summer festival Bard on the Beach (Jun. 2 to Sep. 24). See four of Shakespeare’s plays, including As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice, under open-air tents offering peekaboo views of Vancouver’s skyline. Reserved seating is a welcome addition this year, so buy tickets early for the best spots.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Sun-Friendly Fashion

We love this gorgeous cover-up from Change

If a family beach vacation sits on this year’s to-do list, why not help Mom prep for warmer weather with a chic tunic from Change (aqua print tunic $38, pictured)? The stylish cover-up acts as the ideal accompaniment to the new range of one-piece, bandeau- and bikini-style bathing suits. Every swimsuit fits and supports the same way as Change’s lingerie, right down to cup size.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dining: Beach Treats

Enjoy drinks on the patio at neighbourhood haunt Local Public Eater. Photo by KK Law

Combine an afternoon at the beach with drinks and a bite at any number of handy haunts. Local Public Eatery (pictured) boasts a bustling patio right across from grassy Kits Beach, while the deck of The Boathouse Restaurant is the perfect spot for a bucket of shrimp and a cold cerveza in the heart of English Bay. Locals make sunset treks to Jericho Beach’s The Galley Patio & Grill to watch the yachts over buffalo burgers and R&B pale ale.—Tim Pawsey

15 Things We Love About Vancouver: July

BC Ferries photo by Andrea Johnson courtesy Tourism BC

1 BC Ferries, now celebrating its 50th birthday.
2 Heading east to visit Fort Langley (where BC had its beginnings) before lunch overlooking the vines at Domaine de Chaberton Winery’s Bacchus Bistro.
3 Joshua Jackson. He was born in Vancouver, he appeared in The Mighty Ducks and Dawson’s Creek, and he’s back in town right now shooting the third season of Fringe.
4 Why I Love Vancouver, by Linda Solomon. Find it at local bookstores.
5 Shopping for everything local at Trout Lake (and other) farmers’ markets.
6 Hanging out all morning in wide-open garage-door cafes, such as JJ Bean Coffee Roasters at Main and 14th and Kitsilano’s Bistrot Bistro.
7 Fireworks during the HSBC Celebration of Light (Jul. 21, 24, 28, 31).

Fireworks photo by Danielle Hayes courtesy Tourism Vancouver

8 Celebrating Canada Day (Jul. 1).

9 The seawall.

10 Listening to the waves lapping while barbecuing hamburgers on Third Beach as the sun sets somewhere behind Howe Sound.
11 Dapper dogs in mini tuxedos. Find clothes for your own posh pooch at Barking Babies.
12 Spending an afternoon strolling through the Vancouver Art Gallery.
13 Unusual cuts of meat on the menus at Salt, Refuel, Campagnolo and The Irish Heather, part of the “waste not, want not” philosophy of the local nose-to-tail dining movement. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
14 Totem poles in Stanley Park.
15 Perfect summer days that never seem to end.