Souvenir Shopping Part 2 (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 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Canada » Vancouver (See other walking tours in Vancouver)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • LuLuLemon
  • Murchie's Tea and Coffee
  • Artina’s Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery
  • Gems & Rocks
  • Parade Organics
  • Hills Native Art
  • Spirit Wrestler Gallery
  • Vancouver Canucks Team Store

1) LuLuLemon

What to buy here: Lululemon Athletic Apparel.

One of Vancouver’s success stories is Lululemon. This store specializes in Vancouver’s favourite attire – yoga athletic apparel. This is a clothing line that may have started out small but has become a world-wide phenomenon since its beginnings in 1998. The first store was opened in Kitsilano but currently there are over 40 stores across Canada, 38 stores in the United States and seven stores in Australia. This can only tell you one thing. Lululemon sells exceptional athletic wear. Items include sports bras, tanks, tops, jackets and hoodies, crops, pants, shorts, skirts and dresses, socks and underwear as well as scarves, mitts and toques. Prices vary but begin with scarves in around the $18.00 range to tanks beginning at $39.00 and up. The ideology inherent in the Lululemon line is “creating components for people to live longer, healthier and more fun lives”.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 9pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 7:30pm
Murchie's Tea and Coffee

2) Murchie's Tea and Coffee

What to buy here: Murchies Tea and Coffee.

“A Tradition Of Excellence” began over a century ago when John Murchie began his business in Vancouver that focused on finding the finest in high quality coffees and teas. The coffee is roasted to perfection while the teas are a mix of Murchie’s very own spices and spice blends. There are also a number of speciality products including gourmet condiments, preserves and baked goods.

One of the reasons why Murchie’s is a Vancouver favourite is that they believe in buying their products from growers who provide fair wages as well as schools and medical facilities for workers. Murchie’s only purchase shade grown, high-grade, washed Arabica coffee beans. This blend is naturally lower in caffeine. Murchie’s selection includes gift packs to take home to your family and friends.

Operation hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30-18:00; Saturday: 10:00-18:00.
Artina’s Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery

3) Artina’s Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery

What to buy here: First Nations Jewelry .

Vancouver, by its very nature, is steeped in First Nations culture and this includes art and art work of every kind and design. First Nations peoples are specifically known for their fine articles of jewellery which are both contemporary and modern in design and interpretation. Interpretation is really the mainstay of many of these fine jewellery pieces as they encompass legends that are inherent in the natural world such as the raven, eagle, frog, whale, hummingbird and wolf. Therefore many of these finely crafted items will contain one of these original designs by talented goldsmiths trained in this tradition. There are many establishments in and around Vancouver that sell these items such as the Vancouver Art Gallery. The pieces are handmade and therefore valuable additions to any gift list. Prices begin at about $60.00 and go up from there depending on item.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Sundays: 11:00pm-5:00pm
Gems & Rocks

4) Gems & Rocks

What to buy here: Ammolite Jewelry.

There are a number of shops in Vancouver who make jewellery from gemstones. One very rare stone is called the Ammolite which is mined in Alberta. The rock shown in the picture has a value of more than $90,000. A variety of jewellery is made from this product along with others such as agate, BC jade, fresh water coral, crystal and agate, just to name a few. This shop sells premade products but will also make jewellery specifically at the request of a customer. This may include a variety of healing stones possessing positive energy. The shop also displays an array of beads in any color. BC jade is a specifically West Coast product if green is your color of choice. Prices range from $20.00 to $180.00.
Parade Organics

5) Parade Organics

What to buy here: Parade Organics Children’s Wear.

Vancouver is well known as a city that pays attention to the environment and appreciates items and articles that have a natural organic quality. If you want to buy a gift for a child then Parade Organics is definitely the place to come. This store is located conveniently in the downtown core and primarily in the Gastown location, a favourite part of the city for many visitors. Parade Organics offers a “pure collection” of items from the modern layette to mix and match rompers with sizes ranging from newborn to toddler. All products are made with the finest organic materials and many are made by local providers. Your visit can include an item of quality for a child on your list. Prices range from $5.00 to approximately $60.00.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hills Native Art

6) Hills Native Art

What to buy here: Handmade Cowichan Sweaters.

Cowichan sweaters are made by native artists using raw sheep’s wool. The natural hues of the wool, white, gray and black, are spun into distinctive patterns. The secret patterns are unique to the Coast Salish aboriginal women and they have been passed down from generation to generation. The sweaters are not only warm but naturally waterproof since the wool retains much of its natural lanolin. These sweaters have been made into gifts for kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers as well as many other visiting dignitaries. Hill’s Native Art is North America’s largest Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery. They have been showcasing the talents of the West Coast artists since 1946. Their gallery includes not only sweaters but also three floors showcasing one of a kind distinctive artwork such as native masks, sculptures, carvings and jewellery. The Cowichan sweater is one of Vancouver’s best known products. The sweaters range in price from $200.00 to $235.00. Also available are vests, hats, gloves, socks, slippers and a sundry of other hand-knitted items.

Operation hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:00-21:00
Spirit Wrestler Gallery

7) Spirit Wrestler Gallery

What to buy here: Coastal Native Art.

Vancouver is famous for coastal native art. Much of these art collections are museum quality and their focus is the masterwork of the Inuit and Northwest coast artists. Along with an ability to purchase, visitors can also visit during exhibitions that are ongoing and showcase the work of Canadian artists that are internationally known. The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is a leading contemporary fine art gallery representing master Inuit, Northwest Coast and Māori artists. Many of the Vancouver Galleries focus on aboriginal art that is designed to include cross-cultural communication. Material such as glass and metal are also incorporated into some of the pieces. Very often the art forms are interpretations of shamanism, and include environmental concerns and/or issues relative to the changing world. Galleries offer works such as masks, totem poles, panels, bentwood boxes, rattles, paddles, drums and an assortment of furnishings. Prices vary.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-18:00; Sunday: 12:00-17:00.
Vancouver Canucks Team Store

8) Vancouver Canucks Team Store

What to buy here: Vancouver Canucks Memorabilia.

No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a gift for yourself or someone else that includes the famous Vancouver Canuck Hockey Team Logo. Canada is known around the world as a country that truly loves hockey. Vancouver’s is in love with the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Team and many items can be purchased that include their logo from customized jerseys to hockey pucks. Of course there are many other items such as flags, towels, scarves and key rings – just to name a few.. Whatever defines hockey can be found in the Canuck’s Hockey Store. Items range from as little as $10.00 for scarf up to $700.00 for a pre-worn jersey. Jerseys usually range from $140.00 - $330.00 depending on your choice – of which there are many.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-17:00; Sunday: 12:00-17:00.

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