There is something particularly enjoyable about spending time holiday shopping for gifts for your loved ones, and thankfully we have no shortage of spots to do so here in Vancouver.
But, if you’re looking for the perfect spot to get your holiday shopping done this season, away from the huge crowds you will likely find in Downtown Vancouver, we’ve got you covered. West Vancouver is home to plenty of hidden gems and independently-owned businesses where you can find everything you need this holiday season.
Home to a variety of independent businesses, explore Dundarave Village in between the fantastic meals you’ll be enjoying at local restaurants. Spend time browsing through local art galleries, shopping for unique gifts, and taking in the area’s historic village vibes.
Not only is the shopping fantastic, but Dundarave Village’s local restaurants, cafes, and bakeries all come with a warm, small-town feel. It all combines to provide you with the perfect relaxing vibe after a long day of gift-hunting.
Considered West Vancouver’s town centre, Ambleside Beach is the commercial heart and creative hub of the neighbourhood, a celebration of community and culture. The area is home to the West Vancouver Museum as well as the Ferry Building Gallery. Ambleside Beach is the hub for a wide variety of independent businesses, ranging from bakeries and specialty clothing boutiques, to art stores, book stores, and markets.
A few minutes away from the shops, enjoy a walk along the beach, which offers panoramic views of English Bay, Vancouver, and Stanley Park. Ambleside Beach attracts visitors from all around the Lower Mainland, who come to enjoy the independent shops and restaurants. So if you’re looking for unique one-of-a-kind gifts, you can find them at places like Kiss and Makeup, At Home, Martine Boré Antiques, and Bears Toy Store.
The two areas in West Vancouver are connected by the SeaWalk, a beautiful waterfront walk that offers scenic views of the Burrard Inlet and the Downtown Vancouver skyline, as well as the Coast Mountains in the distance.
Next time you are planning on doing some holiday shopping away from the bustling crowds, be sure to head on over to West Vancouver’s seaside community — we guarantee you will be able to find some hidden gems this time of the year.