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Plan your spring with these top 10 activities, dining spots and getaways

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 25, 2016 7:12 am

With spring just a whisper away it’s time to plan for some of Vancouver’s greatest activities: indulge at an upscale tapas and wine parlour, experience a state-of-the-art floatation tank or escape the city in a treehouse cottage overlooking the rainforest.

We’ve compiled a list of Vancouver’s top 10 activities to celebrate a warm season. 

Reboot your senses with a floatation session

Floatation tank / Metta Rest Spa

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Give your mind a break with Metta³ Rest Spa’s state-of-the-art floatation tanks. No cell phones, no traffic snarls- just healing your body and mind. Sophisticated REST technology (Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy) will help you escape from the daily grind. This luxury boutique spa offers luxurious treatments designed to induce maximum relaxation. Research has shown that one hour of REST is equivalent to 4-6 hours of deep sleep.

SocialShopper Deal: $39 and up for one session or one month unlimited 60 minute sensory deprivation floatation sessions, plus infrared sauna, yoga, and library access (up to 48% off)

VIP indoor shooting range experience

Ready to give something new and exciting a shot? Pull the trigger with a VIP shooting range experience at the largest indoor range open to the public in B.C. with the largest selection of guns north of Las Vegas. The Range Langley is a fully equipped gun range with private space available for groups and parties of all kinds.

SocialShopper Deal: $59 and up for VIP shooting range experience for one or two people, including admission, pistol gun to shoot with 50 rounds of ammo, 0.50 caliber sniper rifle with bullets (up to 50% off)

Escape to a private Treehouse Cottage in Sechelt, B.C.

If you’re looking to escape the city then this getaway fits the bill. Make yourself at home in this treehouse cottage perched in the trees with decks overlooking the rainforest. Perfect for a very quiet and private romantic vacay for two or a small family. Enjoy evenings around the campfire and put your feet up in the sitting area located next to a salmon-bearing creek. The cozy loft includes a queen bed and skylights so you can stare at the stars or listen to the rain. A short walk to the glassy waters of the Sechelt Inlet boasts the old-growth forests and coast mountains.

SocialShopper Deal: $299 for two-nights in a private treehouse cottage for two adults and two kids along the Sunshine Coast (68% off)

Chow down at the Pint Public House in Gastown

Green smoothies and hemp hearts are healthy and all, but so much discipline deserves a reward. Your taste buds will thank you for reacquainting them with the magic of melted cheese and all the saucy, messy deliciousness of well-executed pub fare. Dig into a signature burger with a side of fries. Considering an appetizer? Try the Niagra nachos topped with jalapeno peppers, olives and fajita vegetables smothered with melted cheese. Gastown’s most popular public house promises to entertain with tons of flat screens and giant games like Connect 4 or Jenga.

SocialShopper Deal: $14 and up for Niagra nachos platter or for two Pint Burgers with sides, both options come with one pound of 40+ way wings (up to 53% off)

Unforgettable experience: Superfly Ziplines in Whistler

Take the ride of your life above the treetops outside of Whistler Village with a three-hour guided Superfly zipline tour. You’ll soar through the air at amazing speeds while taking in the view of beautiful Cougar Mountain.

SocialShopper Deal: Starting at $97 for three-hour guided Superfly zipline for one person (up to 25% off)

Enjoy an upscale downtown tapas and wine parlour dinner

A Davie Village landmark for over 17 years, Bin 941 Tapas Parlour is a cornerstone in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. The restaurant specialize in New York style tapas cuisine, unique wines, and beer. With a great selection of tapatisers, you can nibble on East Coast West Coast Crab Cake, Beef Short Rib, Beef Wellington, Harissa Grilled Octopus and so much more. They take pride in working with local farmers, fishermen and retailers to make their dishes chalk full of incredibly fresh ingredients.

SocialShopper Deal: $69 for dinner for two with choice of three tapatisers and one bottle of house red or white wine or four 16-ounce beers (up to 31% off)

Explore China with a sampler guided sightseeing trip

A multifaceted, modern country with more than 5,000 years of history, China is difficult to capture in words. You simply have to explore it yourself. This incredible 10 day trip lets you explore the most amazing spots China has to offer including archaeological wonders like the Great Wall, the ancient beauty of the Forbidden City, the breathtaking Lingshan Grand Buddha statue, UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Lingering Garden, and so much more. Departures are available from Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton.

SocialShopper Deal: $999 and up for a 10 day all inclusive China sampler guided sightseeing tour. Includes return flights, all transfers, accommodation, 3 departure cities, meals, and much more. (up to 57% off)

Exercise your mind, body and soul with Bikram Yoga

For those of you who haven’t experienced this hot and healthy exercise, Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 yoga positions and two different breathing exercises, done in a room heated to 40°C. This allows for your body to sweat out all your inner-demons while stimulating your organs and nerves. All of this is powered by moving your freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. Each 90 minute session will help restore all your body systems from inner-chaos to inner-peace. Who doesn’t need that?

SocialShopper Deal: $25 for two weeks unlimited Bikram Yoga classes (72% off)

Savour West Coast fare at its best

Located in The Coast Plaza Hotel, The Brasserie is a casual dining spot that offers a variety of Pacific Northwest inspired dishes. Open for lunch and dinner, sample delicious options like the yam grilled cheese or classic cheese steak sandwich. Dinner includes delectable mains like Cajun rubbed B.C. wild sockeye salmon with applesauce and roasted cauliflower, braised baby back ribs with maple bbq sauce and much more.

SocialShopper Deal: $15 for $30 Worth of West Coast fare for lunch OR three-course dinner for two (up to 51% off)

Try flying trapeze circus art

You’ll be jumping, swinging, flipping, and twisting through the air with the Canadian National Champions team. Join a community of active people and learn the ins and outs of this beautiful art form. Experience the thrill of running away with the circus in your own backyard.

SocialShopper Deal: $44 and up for two-hour flying trapeze class, plus one branded t-shirt (up to 60% off)

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