Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Vancouver (Self Guided)

It would be a pity to leave Vancouver without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vancouver, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Canada » Vancouver (See other walking tours in Vancouver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: Daniel
Michael Dean Jewellery Gallery

1) Michael Dean Jewellery Gallery

What to buy here: Canadian Diamonds.

Canada is known for the mining of exquisite diamonds. Canada has world famous jewellery designers. A few of them are situated on Granville Island. Many diamonds are produced in Canada in the Northwest Territories, the great Canadian North. These stones have many desirable attributes and are mined to the highest standards in the world. A shop with an excellent reputation is Michael Deane Jewellery Gallery. This shop has all Canadian artists participating in design and many items are one of kind. Pearls and silver as well as gold and platinum are used in the variety of designs available. Prices range from as little as $30.00 per piece to as much as $18,000. Custom designs are welcome and can be shipped anywhere in North America.
Granville Island Soap Gallery

2) Granville Island Soap Gallery

What to buy here: Vancouver Handmade Soap.

The theme of this gift list appears to be organic, hand-made and recycled and the business of soap making in Vancouver follows along the same lines. There are many soap makers, some located on Granville Island, others on Robson Street, and many are situated in malls in every location in the greater Vancouver area. Granville Island Soap Gallery is one of the most interesting places you will ever see, especially since when entering the shop nothing looks like soap! All of the items are handcrafted to represent everything from cake to flowers. All soap is made on site with the use of only the best ingredients such as essential oils. There are no fillers or by-products used. This shop even has an “organic program” which means that if you bring the container back from your purchase you will receive a discount when it is refilled. Prices vary from as little as $1.25 to as much as $500.00. Items can be custom made for individual gifts and your very own gift idea – for that very special person.

Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Rogers’ Chocolates

3) Rogers’ Chocolates

What to buy here: Vancouver Chocolate.

A visit to Vancouver should always include chocolate. There are two well respected and well known chocolate makers in Vancouver that are longstanding operators of quality chocolate and candy items. One of these is Purdy’s which is usually seen in any Mall in the lower Mainland, while the other is Rogers. The first Rogers’ chocolates were made in 1885 by Charles (Candy) Rogers in his grocery store in Victoria. This backroom business soon became a surprising success and is to this day. The variety is astounding and uniquely Victorian. You can purchase an entire box or just taste one. Prices are in the range of speciality chocolates and can be as little as $2.00 per piece up to $60.00 for a large variety box. Worldwide shipping is available.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00-18:00
Inukshuk Gallery

4) Inukshuk Gallery

What to buy here: Inukshuk Sculptures.

Inukshuk, stone figures are seen in many locations around Vancouver. The meaning of these sculptures is “in the likeness of human” in the Intuit language. The Inuit culture is one in which Vancouverites are familiar and visitors will soon begin to notice. Inuit sculptures come in every size, shape and form. If they are in human form they are called “inunnguaq” For untold centuries, they were placed and used for a variety of reasons such as navigation or directional aids, to mark a place of respect or even to indicate the migratory routes of fish. They can be arranged simply as a single sculpture or sometimes in sequence to mark a specific place, specifically as a memorial for a beloved person. The Inuit culture is well known for their beautiful soap stone carvings often depicting animals. Many high quality items are available in the Vancouver area that range from prints, paintings, masks, native-designed apparel and jewellery. Prices vary from very inexpensive to very costly.
New-Small and Stirling Glass Studio

5) New-Small and Stirling Glass Studio

What to buy here: Contemporary Art and Glass.

There are a few artists “extraordinaire” in Vancouver who specialize in glass blowing and glass art. These studios produce products of every size, shape and description. The “hot shops” as they are called can often be viewed by the public who watch entranced as a beautiful piece of art is shaped and formed. Various techniques are used to produce this popular art form and these range from high tech, state-of-the-art with many employees involved to one-man studios using only basic equipment and techniques. The array of items is endless, the potential for a unique piece exceptional and there are a range of prices to suit any pocket book from as low as $20.00 to $3000.00 plus, depending on design. New- Small and Stirling has their own lines of hand-blown glass by designer David New-Small, and as well, they represent over 50 Canadian glass artists who regularly have their work on display in their gallery for exhibitions.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10-18:00; Sundays: 11:00-17:00.
Daniel Materna Ceramics

6) Daniel Materna Ceramics

What to buy here: Granville Island Ceramics.

The production of an array of ceramic and pottery items is notable throughout the province of BC and is showcased in Vancouver, specifically on Granville Island. There are a number of quality ceramic outlets and many do take and make custom orders. These items range from the purely functional such as cups, pots, plates, cookware to the absolutely unique. Prices range from as little as $20.00 up to $800.00 and above. Because Vancouver has a notable film industry ceramic and pottery makers are sometimes asked to provide items for movie sets. An expert ceramics maker can replicate virtually any item of function or design a customer requests.. Granville Island is a location in Vancouver that is well known for artists involved in this craft. If you would like to watch this process and see how articles are made then a trip to Daniel Materna Ceramics is definitely the place to go. Daniel is a master at his craft and does cater to a sundry of requests from the Vancouver film industry.
The Umbrella Shop

7) The Umbrella Shop

What to buy here: Granville Island Umbrellas.

A trip to Vancouver always requires one thing – a good umbrella! Umbrellas can be purchased in a variety of locations but there is one family owned and operated location on Granville Island that has made their own umbrellas since 1935. The Umbrella Shop has a variety of colors, styles and designs that cannot be surpassed and this is the only company in Canada that still makes their own umbrellas – which can include a custom umbrella order. These handmade products are bit more expensive ranging in price from $60.00 to approximately $100.00. However, once you have purchased this quality item, you will likely have it for a “rainy day” for many years to come.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Create Your Own Walk in Vancouver

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vancouver is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour of Chinatown in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Chinatown in Vancouver

Vancouver's Chinatown is North America's second largest Chinese-centered area. It attracts many tourists with its expressive culture, food, and fabulous traditional architecture. This walking tour will guide you to the most significant attractions in Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Granville Island Walk in Vancouver

Granville Island Walk in Vancouver

Granville Island is a peninsula connected to Vancouver’s downtown area via the Granville Street Bridge. It is famous for being a popular shopping district and features attractions such as galleries, markets and a brewery. Don’t miss the chance to take this walking tour and see the best Granville Island has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 km
Top-Rated Gay Venues of Vancouver

Top-Rated Gay Venues of Vancouver

The nightlife in Vancouver is diverse enough for everyone to find a suitable spot to relax and let loose. The gay and lesbian community certainly has a great selection of clubs and bars to choose from, all with great music and great drinks. Take the following tour to experience Vancouver's top rated gay clubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver

Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver

Numerous amazing landmarks located all over the city make Vancouver a hot traveler's destination. Each unique landmark has a lot to offer visitors, be it cultural history or simple amusement. Take this walking tour to enjoy some of the best downtown landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Vancouver without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vancouver, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Walking Tour of Yaletown in Vancouver

Walking Tour of Yaletown in Vancouver

For many years Yaletown has been the thriving industrial heart of Vancouver. This area of the city looks unlike any other and is considered to be the home of Vancouver's "elite" society. This walking tour will take you to the most significant Yaletown spots.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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Whether you are in Vancouver for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vancouver has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vancouver, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.