Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (Self Guided), Vancouver

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: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Michael Dean Jewellery Gallery
  • Granville Island Soap Gallery
  • Rogers’ Chocolates
  • Inukshuk Gallery
  • Daniel Materna Ceramics
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: Sunday-Monday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Tuesday: 10:00-16:00.
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.
Daniel Materna Ceramics

5) 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.

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
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Travel Distance: 7.0 Km or 4.3 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Top-Rated Gay Venues of Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles

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