Insider Itinerary: Wellness Weekend
There are many reasons that Vancouver is synonymous with healthy lifestyles and pursuits: plenty of active, entertaining outdoor activities from strolling Stanley Park’s Seawall to kayaking in English Bay. But even when there is rain (not to mention the odd wintertime cameo made by the snow), those looking for a wellness weekend will find lots of indoor options for enjoying mental, physical, and nutritional health. You’re in the right place for a rejuvenating wellness weekend; here’s just one example of a feel-good itinerary.
A Healthy Start
The vibrant, seaside neighbourhood of Kitsilano was the epicentre of 1960’s hippie culture and it remains a hotspot for healthy eating, yoga, and various fitness activities to this day. After a morning wander along Kitsilano Beach with coffee or tea in hand, head up the hill to Kokomo (2028 Vine Street) for colourful, nourishing, plant-forward fare. Got allergies, avoiding gluten, or going low-carb? They’ve got your back with things like blueberry matcha smoothies, beet poke macro salads with edamame hummus and ginger pickled carrot, and black bean burritos with brown rice, pickled cabbage, pickled onion, tofu feta, and pico de gallo.
Get a Sweat On
Mingled among the colourful shops on West 4th is TurF Kitsilano (2041 W 4th Avenue), a very Vancouver-ish fitness studio, retail shop, and healthy café combo. Check out their calendar for drop-in classes like ‘Meta’ – described as “a signature TurF class designed to move the body physically and energetically, work the heart and lungs, and increase endurance. Elevated by a curated and energizing playlist, we move to the beat of the music.”
Look to the Universe
Looking to kick back after an afternoon of exercise? Expanding your mind is always an option at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut Street), where there are plenty of exhibits and shows to discover new things beyond our planet. Lean back in Vancouver’s only planetarium theatre and experience events like ‘Surfing the Solar System,’ where you will have a chance to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts on the International Space Station. After getting comfortable as an armchair astronomer, make sure to check out the half-metre Cassegrain telescope in the Observatory for a little personal exploration of the skies.
Ease into your Sunday in Yaletown at Tranquility Organic Spa (#150 – 1020 Mainland Street), a spot known for relaxing experiences centred around organic and eco-friendly products. You can even enjoy seasonal treatments like the ‘Cinnamon & Ginger,’ a ginger and milk soak manicure or pedicure coupled with cinnamon scrub, shea butter charcoal mask, and ginger lime cream massage.
A Comforting Pause
Step over to Chinatown to slow things down a little, with a private, traditional tea tasting at Treasure Green Tea Company (227 East Georgia Street) with second-generation tea master, Olivia – the shop’s proprietor. Learn etiquette, brewing methods, and enjoy premium custom teas like West Lake Long Jing, Dragonball Jasmine, or Superior Roast Iron Buddha while discovering the histories behind them.
An offshoot of the popular, vegan Virtuous Pie pizzeria a few doors away, Mila (185 Keefer Street) takes plant-based dining to new heights with riffs on international cuisine, from the richness of a Wellington (puff pastry, mushroom duxelle, rutabaga puree, demi glace, brussels + leeks) to dan dan noodles (spicy dan dan sauce, farro, gai lan, peanuts) to a spin on aburi lox sushi with carrot, aburi sauce, shiso, and serrano. Are organic and natural wines on offer? You bet!
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Feature Photo: Burrard Bridge by Pexels on Pixabay
Kokomo: via Kokomo Official Instagram
Turf Kitsilano: via Turf Official Instagram
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: via H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Official Instagram
Tranquility Organic Spa: via Tranquility Official Facebook Page
Treasure Green Tea: via Treasure Green Tea Company Official Instagram
Mila: via Mila Official Instagram