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Yoga itself is about mind-body balance, but the class instructors at Templed Mind Studio?take things further. In addition to several varieties of yoga that range from gentle to intense, they teach holistic-minded sessions on meditation, qi gong, food education, and arts ranging from photography to creative writing. It's all in the service of forging a deeper connection with oneself and one's community.

Templed Mind Studio's space is itself a work of art. A chef-quality kitchen sits in one corner of the big, sunlit room, while exposed brick, light woodwork, and big paintings of organic forms make for a soothing yet vibrant environment for self-discovery.

2006 Fernwood Rd.
Victoria,
BC
CA

The folks at Cheers Liquor advise restaurants and retailers on selecting specialty alcoholic beverages using they’re beverage aficionados skills. They also organize events to celebrate their favorite beverages, including seasonal beer festivals such as a tasting of dark, complex winter malts or the hops-rich flavors of IPAs in spring. Each event features live music and appropriately paired snacks that complement the flavors of the beer, much like wearing a tuxedo with a chocolate bow tie.

1745 Leighton Road
Victoria,
BC
CA

Inventive interpretations of upscale Italian eats populate Tramonto's savoury dinner menu. Travel toward taste with a starter such as the foie gras ($21), with Kashmiri-spiced poached peach and caramelized Belgian endive, or attempt the ahi tuna tartar ($13), accompanied by cucumber cups, tobiko, balsamic reduction, and a tomato chutney. The caprese salad ($13) recruits a herd of buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and balsamic to outrun hunger pangs, and the sockeye salmon ($29) stars as a main dish, steamed and raised with braised leeks, potato gnocchi, tomato confit, and a vermouth cream sauce. The wagyu beef (available at market price) asserts itself as a favourite in the meat-seeking mouths of carnivores, and the chicken ($27) comes stuffed with truffle and goat cheese. After an exciting meal, saunter into the luxurious casino and take your chances at making $10 grow exponentially, like a colony of chinchillas or a love for reality cooking shows.

8811 River Road
Richmond,
BC
CA

Rustic wood cabins interconnected by wooden walkways stand amid a network of fountains, mountain streams, and small waterfalls. Dense forest and blooms of emerald ferns spread out in all directions. The train whistle and drum beats echo through the trees. At Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, natural scenery opens up to authentic representations of British Columbia's First Nations and Métis cultures through its attractions, performances, and artisan marketplace. As guests arrive, knowledgeable First Nations guides in native dress usher guests into the park, where they can start by taking in the sights or boarding the miniature covered Spirit Catcher train for storytelling journeys past forest tableaus.

Young dancers and actors in traditional dress stage cultural performances every Friday through Sunday throughout the summer, and coffee by Spirit Bear Coffee Company keeps visitors warm year-round. In the indoor marketplace, First Nations and Métis artisans proffer pieces of handmade visual art, jewellery, apparel, and other crafts. The nonprofit Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia operates the park as part of its aim to create a sustainable and educational showcase of Aboriginal culture for visitors and local residents.

610 Pipeline Road
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Helmed by Artistic Director Leila Getz, the Vancouver Recital Society has drawn internationally acclaimed artists to British Columbia for more than three decades. Over the years, the society has dazzled audiences with concerts by celebrity cellist Yo-Yo Ma and recitals by violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. With recitals spread across four of Vancouver’s most esteemed venues, the Vancouver Recital Society packs every season with esteemed and seasoned luminaries, while introducing audiences to future generations of classical royalty.

873 Beatty St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 22, more than 100 local and indie vendors will crowd Last Chance Craft Fair, selling handmade crafts amid seasonal festivities at the Croatian Cultural Center. Last-minute buyers can browse seemingly endless rows of vendors showcasing jewelry, housewares, children?s items, and clothing.

689 Abbott Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA