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What to Do in Vancouver: Cara McLeay’s March Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in YVR from Vancouver Localist-at-Large Cara McLeay

1. Head to the Runway
The 27th season of Vancouver Fashion Week is taking place from March 14 to 20, with an opening gala on the evening of the 14th and runway shows displaying collections from designers around the globe, such as Allison Wonderland, Britt Wacher, Alex S. Yu and more. To learn more and even purchase tickets, visit

2. Shop & Snap
The go-to destination for those effortlessly cool knick-knacks, designer handbags and must-have decor pieces, Gastown boutique LBV Lifestyle (206 Carrall Street), owned by Tracey Wikenheiser, is definitely a must-visit in Vancouver, if only to snag a shot in front the very cool photo wall (see below).

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3. Get Pampered
Let this relaxing “to do” come to you! Soothe provides in home massages anywhere, anytime. Now available in Van City, choose from a Swedish massage, couple’s massage, sports massage or even a pre-natal massage, or book a “pamper party” with all of your besties. Starting at $99, it is a the perfect non-activity for a rainy spring afternoon!

4. Primp On
Got caught in the rain and need a quick hair touch up? Pop into The Dry Bar in Nordstrom (799 Robson Street) where you can choose from a menu of hair styles to update, refresh and rock you favourite look.

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Localist Cara McLeay’s fresh blow dry

5. Get Noshing
In the heart of Chinatown a fresh and vibrant 100-seat restaurant has popped up that offers amazing food in a fun atmosphere. Juniper Kitchen & Bar offers farm-to-table dishes (their homemade root chips and charcuterie board are not to be missed!) and their cocktails alone are worth a visit, offering a wide selection of local and international spirits,and, of course, a rotating, top-notch list of gin. Cheers to that!

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