Girls’ getaways are the perfect chance to catch up with friends, reminisce on old times and make new memories. While places like Miami and Vegas are what many Canadians would consider hot spots for a girls’ getaway, staying local allows you to embrace Canadian soil and explore a new part of the country. Vancouver is the perfect combination of picturesque scenery and lively city living, with a unique fashion industry as well as quirky spots for cocktails and dining. Nestled on the country’s West Coast, the city boast a backdrop of mountains and cosmopolitan charm. From Stanley Park to the largest Chinatown in Canada, this West Coast hotspot is filled with places and activities for you and your girlfriends to check out this spring.
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A Walk in Stanley Park
This world-renowned park is almost completely surrounded by water. Its unique location makes it a must-see for tourists. Hike the trails with your girlfriends and take in the gardens, wildlife and First Nations totem poles. You can even take a dip in the pool or relax on either of the two beaches the park has to offer. If you’re a group of city girls visiting from Montreal or Toronto, Stanley Park is the perfect change of scenery and a different pace from your nonstop urban lifestyle.
Relax at the Miraj Hammam Spa
After a day outdoors, you and your girlfriends may want to unwind and enjoy some pampering. While there loads of spas to choose from, the local Miraj Hammam Spa is inspired by ancient Middle Eastern rituals. Created by skincare company Caudalie, the spa combines these rituals with the vineyards of Bordeaux. With historical influences from Paris, Marrakesh and Istanbul, the spa aims to transport guests to another world.
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Robson Street Shopping
If retail therapy is more your speed, Robson Street is said to have some of the best shopping in the city. Found in the heart of downtown Vancouver, it is one of the oldest commercial streets in Vancouver and was home to a number of European stores that opened after World War II. Today, it is lined with shops and boutiques, and if you explore the surrounding streets, you’ll find luxury shopping and the Pacific Centre mall. From Holt Renfrew to popular Vancouver-based brands like Aritzia, this street offers something for shopaholics with both upscale and mid-range tastes.
Chinese food is often a staple when it comes to girls’ nights out, particularly if you’ve been partying and are craving a late night bite on your way home. Vancouver just so happens to have the largest Chinatown in Canada, and can easily be a spot for dinner with your squad. Whether you’re in the mood for dim sum or authentic Chinese pastries, you just might find something to satisfy your hunger pangs or please your sweet tooth.