Solo Travel Vancouver:
slow travel, slow food, slow art
Vancouver is a city worth taking your time in. I lived there many years ago and I have relatives there still. Every time I visit, I’m reminded that this is a city to savor.
Slow travel is about taking your time in a location. Experiencing it. Not having a list of things to check off as done, but simply things to do. Here are a few that I suggest you should take your time with:
- Stanley Park – its at the top of everyone’s list because its not just a tourist attraction but a place that Vancouverites enjoy daily. You could simply drive through and say, “wow, big trees”. Or, you could take a picnic, walk the entire seawall, rent a bike… and spend the day.
- West 4th shopping – Vancouver offers lots of places to shop but I like the upscale yet funky West 4th Avenue. Don’t miss Gravity Pope shoes. Last time I was there I bought 3 pairs. Fantastic selection in all price ranges.
- Granville Island – a standard tourist attraction, a great market for vegis, fish, artisans… don’t go on weekends, it’s just too crazy then.
- Go Fish Ocean Emporium – fantastic food at a dock. A bit tricky to find, its at 1505 First Avenue West. Eat outdoors with a view of downtown yet feel completely removed from the rush of the city. It’s a must if you like fish!
- Vancouver East Cultural Centre – great live theater. Definitely check the calendar before arriving.
Of course, there is lots more to do in Vancouver but these are highlights that I can definitely recommend. Just remember, take it slow.
Slow travel and slow food go naturally together. To find great restaurants in Vancouver, (there are many!) start with the following sources:
- Slow Food Vancouver
- Chow Hound (this link takes you to a specific page)
- Sustainable Dining in Vancouver (notice that Go Fish is at the top of the list)
- Raw Food Society of BC
- Edible British Columbia
The notion of taking things slow is finding its way into areas beyond travel and food. My sister-in-law, Elizabeth MacKenzie, is an artist participating in a residency/exhibition project exploring the relationship between slow and art making.
Slow: Relations + Practices is a project by a diverse group of local artists. Presented at Centre A, it explores the effect of proximity and meaningful exchange in art making and takes on the issue of time — slow and hurried, lost and found.
This event provides a number of opportunities for community participation including a series of open studio visits, and a slow food pot-luck meal and open space discussion at the closing reception. It runs from May 15th to June 19th, 2010.