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Best Hidden Gems in Vancouver

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Sole Spa

Focusing on the body part that helps us walk through life, Sole Spa is dedicated to pampering your feet. A reflexology foot spa, patrons can sit back and relax as the stress melts away and tension points are soothed by the expert hands of masseurs. Try the royalty treatment which includes a foot soak and scrub. Regular body massages are also available and will help work those kinks out.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Skoah

Stuck indoors on a rainy day? Get off that couch and head over to Skoah, a famous spot among Canadians, to rejuvenate and revitalize. The uninitiated may well ask for advice, for the range of services available is extensive. Facials are the specialty, albeit a bit pricey, and a quick one is available for those on the run. Skincare products abound here, from toners to astringents and creams to sunscreens. The website and staff provide many useful beauty tips; a good reference for those unsure of what their skin needs. The best part is that Skoah is eco-friendly. Towels and linen are reused or donated, plastic is recycled, while the paper they use is 100% recycled.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Chop Shop

With its themed interiors and excellent services, Chop Shop is one of the most popular hair salons in the Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver. The spacious floors add a necessary charm of well being here with subtle colors of Rock n Roll. The originality in decor is reflected in their caring routines and specialty treatments as well. Regular patrons are quite vocal about the satisfaction they receive at Chop Shop. Check website to know more.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Barclay Heritage Square

When the Vancouver Park Boards acquired the land which is now the Barclay Heritage Square, the plan was to demolish the 17 beautiful old houses dating back to the late 19th and early 20th Century which stood here. Instead the houses were preserved and the entire square was marked as a heritage site. The square now includes 12 of these buildings and an island of greenery in the middle around with the houses stand. In its entirety, this is definitely a site worth visiting while in the city.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Tanglewood Books

If you are the kind of person who loves to spend most of their day reading or for whom spending time browsing through books is their favorite pastime, then the Tanglewood Books store is the perfect place for you. This pace holds some great collection of classics and contemporary reads that you can either borrow or buy. Both new and used books can be found at this shop. The shop also has quite an impressive selection of DVDs.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Children's Farmyard

See, touch, and admire exotic and domestic birds, reptiles, rabbits, goats, cows, ponies, donkeys, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs and chickens. Located across from Stanley Park's Rainforest Train, the farmyard is an interesting and inexpensive experience for people of all ages. Kids can approach, pet and feed baby goats and other small animals. Watch your shoelaces though, the little animals seem to enjoy chewing them. Children's Farmyard is also used for important conservation and education purposes.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Essential Day Spa

Pamper yourself with a visit to this spa, which offers a range of services from skin care to body massage. You decide the length and intensity of the treatment. Facials feature a 90-minute multi-vitamin facial that uses self-heating seaweed packs. The aromatherapy wrap is equally popular too. The body massage is the ultimate in relaxation and goes on for 30 minutes. The self-serve 'mud bar' allows you to enjoy mineral rich mud on your own time.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Mundy Park

The Mundy Park is a haven for sports as well as nature lovers. Scenic trails, picturesque views of the Mundy Lake and Lost Lake make for a perfect spot to explore the beauty of nature. Apart from that, it features an outdoor pool, playground, picnicking area and so forth.

Coquitlam, BC, Canada
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