A better long weekend in Vancouver

Planning a trip to Vancouver can be stressful, especially if you are being lured to expensive and crowd-filled tourist traps. This long weekend avoid the long lineups and over-priced shopping by checking out these fine events and eateries.


  • Get in the mood for Christmas and get your shopping done early by stopping by the Circle Craft Christmas Market. Open from November 7th to 11th. The market showcases the work of over 300 artisans from coast to coast. Housed at the Vancouver Convention Centre the market has been a Vancouver institution for the past 39 years. From fresh baked goodies to one of kind art pieces you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Tickets: $10 (online) $12 at the door. For more information visit: http://circlecraft.net


  • Get ready for the ski and board season by visiting the Mountain Equipment Co-op Snowfest on Saturday, November 10th. Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. find a great deal on some previously loved ski and snowboard gear. MEC experts will be on hand giving advice and tips on how to stay safe and get the most out of this winter.

Location: MEC Vancouver (in-store and on the roof) 130 West Broadway Vancouver, BC


  • No trip to Vancouver would be complete without having some Sushi. If you are looking for authentic taste and healthy options then you have to try Shizen Ya. With a little something for everybody, Shizen Ya offers fare that includes organic brown rice, organic greens, gluten free options and is vegetarian friendly as well. Being an "Ocean Wise" restaurant, they only serve seafood that has been harvested with conservation in mind. This place is delicious and reasonably priced. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Locations: 985 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V3 (604) 568-0013 or 1102 West Broadway, Vancouver (604) 569-3721.

  • If you have ever wanted to eat at a restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives then you have to go to The Red Wagon Restaurant. While you might have to wait in line to get into this cramped little restaurant, it is definitely worth it. Famous for their Jack Daniels Pulled Pork Pancakes and Crispy Pork Belly, you certainly won’t leave this restaurant hungry. In fact, you might not need another meal the rest of the day.  With a warm and cozy retro atmosphere, this place has all the best in comfort foods to get you through a rainy Vancouver day.

Location: 2296 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 1V4
(604) 568-4565

A born and raised Kelowna Girl that lives in Vancouver. Ruman is an avid blogger, fitness enthusiast, news junkie, bookworm, unpaid product tester and wannabe food network star. She loves Vancouver and thinks you should too, and that’s why she is sharing all of its best kept secrets with the Okanagan.

You can read more of Ruman’s thoughts at http//:www.livenista.com and follow her on twitter @rumankang.

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