British Columbia Stores and Shopping

50% Off Women's Apparel at Avenue Boutique

Victoria

C$20 C$10

Kid-friendly boutique specializes in on-trend women's fashions, ranging from casual looks for the office to flirty dresses for nights out

50% Off a Half Marathon or 10K Clinic

Burnaby

C$70 C$35

Focus on speed or distance over the course of 12 or 13 weeks of practice and health talks; includes discounts and prize drawings

Half Off Vibration Exercise Machines at Incite Fitness

Multiple Locations

C$1,599 C$799

Gym-quality exercise machines are designed for in-home use

Up to 60% Off Comic Books and Merchandise

Highway 11

C$25 C$10

More than 30,000 comic books, some dating back to the 1960s, accompany action figures, trading cards, and T-shirts

50% Off Footwear at Flip Flop Shops

Coquitlam Centre

C$30 C$15

Flip-flops and sandals from brands such as Reef, Sanuk, OluKai, Havaianas, Roxy, and Quiksilver

70% Off Zipper Earphones at Mr. Buzz

Delta

C$49.99 C$14.99

Zipper earbud headphones pour silky music into ears while giving smartphones a unique colourful pop

61% Off Custom Suit Ensemble at Samtani & Son

Samtani & Son

C$1,524 C$599

Father-son tailoring team hand stitch imported fabrics into custom dress shirt, suit, and tie; packages include a free in-store fitting

Up to 55% Off Surfboard Rental Package

Ucluelet

C$50 C$25

Suit up and hit the waves solo or with a buddy with full surfboard-rental packages that include all necessary clothing

40% Off Beauty Products and Gifts

Vancouver

C$100 C$60

Products such as Butter London nail lacquer, Principessa lip gloss, and FarmHouse Fresh hand cream at a chandelier-lit boutique

45% Off Services

City Centre

$40 $22

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

43% Off Live Edge Fir Fireplace Mantel from Regal Mantels Inc

Abbotsford

C$300 C$170

Fireplace mantel constructed from Douglas Fir is easy to install.

50% Off Women's Clothing at Vous Valet Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

C$50 C$25

Christian Louboutin, Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories; men's Gucci and Armani suits or pants headline the selection

Up to 53% Off Winery Tour at LuLu Island Winery

East Richmond

C$52 C$26

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Tour of an award-winning winery with a wine tasting and gourmet food pairings

45% Off

Sunset

$149 $82

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Scarves and Hats at Name.S

Downtown Vancouver

C$60 C$30

Handmade and imported scarves, hats, gloves, jewellery, and accessories

Half Off Jewellery and Shawls at TAAAF Boutique

Kitsilano

C$30 C$15

Pashmina shawls and embroidered shawls; precious-stone and crystal tasbihs

Select Local Merchants

A host of professional DJs armed with a suite of sound-shaping implements staff School of Remix, a mixing and scratching academy where fledgling DJs earn their wings. Turn fertile brainwaves into tuneful soundwaves with the aid of an hour-long introductory course in DJing, where knowing soundsmiths illustrate the principles of beat-matching, simple mixing concepts, proper use of equipment, and techniques to induce crowds to pump fists at the ceiling rather than your face. Professional DJs from Vancouver's club scene lead School of Remix's one-on-one sessions, where their encouragement and individual guidance sets neophytes on the path to party demigod-hood.

1666 1st Ave W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Every so often, a pint-sized train chugs past, wending its way through lush foliage and myriad attractions. This type of whimsical ride is typical of an amusement park, but the surrounding greenery suggests a different locale. The train is driving through a one-stop shop and tourist destination known as Art Knapp Plantland, a 5-acre nursery, garden-supply store, kid-friendly playland, model-train oasis, and much more.

Art Knapp Plantland's inventory runs the gamut of plant supplies, from actual plants—such as flowers, trees, and the exotic pink blueberry featured in the video tour—to the fertilizers and landscaping equipment integral to kempt yards and vigilante park maintenance. While touring the grounds, patrons can also find an eclectic array of non-gardening items, from jewellery and golf shoes to hot-tub equipment.

The smorgasbord shopping center also hosts family friendly activities including a train ride, a mini-golf course, and a model-train exhibit.

4391 King George Hwy
Surrey,
BC
CA

A tiny ripple glides along the smooth-as-glass water, alerting captain Pete to the fact that he and his passengers are about to have company. Sure enough, within seconds a group of glossy black fins breaks through the sea in a silent, synchronized ballet. A native Washingtonian who has spent his entire life on the water, captain Pete orchestrates San Juan Excursions to grant guests the chance to go head-to-head with nature in moments such as these. As marine naturalists certified by the Whale Museum’s Naturalist Training Program, captain Pete’s crew of passionate guides take to the peaceful waters of the Puget Sound to entertain boatloads of guests with informative facts about area wildlife witnessed during excursions.

The team’s passion for nature informs its low-impact approach to whale and wildlife watching, which is exemplified in the Odyssey, the company's tour boat. Originally a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue vessel forged in 1941, the craft is fueled by biodiesel when possible and maintains a low propeller RPM to minimize the Bono moans it releases into the water column. Though San Juan Excursions specializes in whale watching, it also sends adventurers forth to explore the waters on their own steam during sea-kayak tours.

2 Spring St
Friday Harbor,
WA
US

At Making Memories, customers stock up on a wide selection of tools and supplies for paper crafts, and the shop's scrapbooking sages guide students' hands during a variety of card-making classes. Scrapbookers can construct invitations out of card-stock and pattern paper ($0.99+/sheet), or equip their hands with embossing folders ($6.99) to bring a touch of texture to their paper creations. Adhesives ($3.99+) keep materials and co-workers' moustaches snug while Tombow markers ($3.99) leave their inky signature across pages. During two-hour classes, expert paper artisans teach techniques to transform paper items into custom-created cards and card boxes, each decorated for winter holidays or any of the year's other special occasions. To get the most out of the provided materials and avoid using car keys as scissors, students should consult the schedule for a list of additional scrapbooking items to bring to class, or purchase one of the store's starter kits.

4415 Hastings St
Burnaby,
BC
CA

Pharmasave Steveston Village is a specialty compounding and natural pharmacy carrying premium brand natural supplements, specialty cosmetics, and organic whole foods. Come find out what Pharmasave Steveston Village can offer!

12420 No 1 Rd
Richmond,
BC
CA

At The Book Man’s two locations, half a million used books beckon to readers, impeccably organized into 72 categories on deep shelves and in spacious drawers. Family owned and operated by a daughter and father team, Amber and book man David illuminate wordy wares with full-spectrum lighting, which helps browsers find a specific book or take a peek at the first sentences of an unfamiliar tome. Although they stock plenty of well-known classics and bestsellers, one of David's favourite aspects of owning a bookstore is stocking unusual treasures. “That’s the whole fun of the bookstore,” he says, “finding those things that people didn’t know they were looking for until they see it.” Amber boasts 20-plus years of experience, oversees inventory databasing, and drives the internet and mail order aspect of their business, allowing customers to contact The Book Man and order books to be placed on hold.

Praised as a local gem by Fraser Valley Pulse, the shop has won awards for Best Bookstore in Chilliwack with its comfortable environment. The store’s unique, reader-friendly spirit has two mascots in store cats Nietzsche and Gatsby, who stalk the shelves of both stores and greet favoured guests with mewling demands to be petted. Customers are free to bring their dogs with them, or plop kiddies down in a play area lined with thousands of picture books and early readers.

2630 Bourquin Crescent West
Abbotsford,
BC
CA