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Art stores

by hazyartist

Aside from Opus (an art store with a fantastic selection but a bit expensive), does anyone know of any other art stores in Vancouver that have a good selection of fine art materials? I'm interested in acrylic inks (Pearlescent), unusual papers for ink and watercolour (mulberry, rice, bamboo), fabric paints, Grafix wet media and Mylar for pencil crayons and water, blenders for pencil crayons and the rubber ones for oils.
Thank you

Re: Art stores

by YVRDave

DeSerres has a few stores that I know of but, I don't know pricing.
Was Opus the one in the Waterfront Station that closed?
Good luck

Re: Art stores

by YVRDave

Re: Art stores

by hazyartist

Gee Dave, I don't know if it was Opus that closed on Waterfront. There is one on Granville Island, one in North Van, and one downtown. All show up as functioning on the net.

Re: Art stores

by hazyartist

Dave, your store recommendation is great. It doesn't carry what I need and can get at Opus, but does have some other things that Opus doesn't show as having on-line and that would be useful to have. thank you.

Re: Art stores

by YVRDave

Good luck Elaine. I have a lot of friends that are artists, graphic, acrylic, oil and water colour.
What are you looking for? I can ask them

Re: Art stores

by SfumatoPants

Prices are the same no matter where you go. If you want selection Opus on Granville Island can't be beat.

Re: Art stores

by toontown

This probably isn't what you are looking for but when you mentioned paper it reminded of Paper Ya at Granville Island. It is a really cool little store if you haven't been there before:

Travel Tips for Vancouver

GST/HST tax refund on goods and accomodations

by Dabs

Canada is the only foreign country I’ve visited where you not only can claim a tax refund on goods purchased over a certain amount but you also get your GST tax (6% as of July 1, 2006) back on your short term accomodations. Do the following:

Make sure you get a receipt from your hotel stating that the GST was charged and clearly states the number of nights and what the cost of the room is, you do not get a refund on room service or other additional services.

If you are just claiming a refund on your hotel, you do not need to get the paperwork stamped at customs, if you are also claiming a refund on the tax on goods, you do have to get it stamped at customs before you leave.

Someone on another forum mentioned that you should not use the "Tax Refund" brochures with brightly colored covers showing national flags that you find at many hotels, they apparently keep 10% of your refund as a fee in addition to service fees and a currency conversion fee. Instead, look for the "Tax Refund for Visitors to Canada" Form RC4031 published by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency which is white and red or you can download it from the Canadian Customs website

One word of warning, if you book with a company like Priceline or Orbitz and you do not get an itemization of the taxes, you may not be able to claim the tax refund. If you save enough by booking with them, it shouldn’t be a factor as the tax is only 6%. I was able to get a refund on the one night booked through Priceline when I was staying in Montreal, I went ahead and submitted my receipt and showed my calculation of the tax at 6% on the room and they did refund it. It took about a month to receive my refund check, if possible they issue it in the currency of the country where they are sending the check.

The beaches

by duanestorey

If you're in Vancouver, make sure you take some time out to walk along the beaches around the harbour.

My favourite beach is Kits beach, located in the area of Kitsilano.. You'll know you're at Kits beach when you see the long stretch of sand, and the huge outdoor swimming pool. I flew back from Ottawa to spend my birthday in Vancouver last April. Ottawa was covered in snow, but it was +15C in Vancouver. I met up with some friends on Kits beach, and played frisbee for a few hours.

Stanley Park is amazing. So is...

by vanstudent

Stanley Park is amazing. So is North Vancouver with Grouse Mountain. Vancouver is a really natural and beautiful city. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to do outdoor activities (like me). There are many interesting surrounding areas, such as Victoria and Tofino. So far, I really enjoyed a trip I took with my school agency ( We went on a picnic in Stanley Park. That is what is so amazing about the city. One second you are in the city, the next second you can be in nature. I really enjoyed the first meeting with so many good friends.

Lions Gate Bridge

by mht_in_la

This is Lions Gate Bridge, the traffic bottleneck to North Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay ferry terminals. As you can see in photo it's a 3-lane bridge. How many lanes open in which direction depends on traffic. Certain time on weekdays the bridge is completely shut in 1 direction and open only for the other.

Partially inside the popular Stanley Park, this suspended bridge starts to rise above ground in the Park when you travel north bound. That's why in many Stanley Park photos you see the bridge in the background from different angles. However, getting on the bridge from the Park is not easy. After spending my afternoon wondering about Stanley Park, I had to return to West Georgia St. in West End to enter the bridge and continue my journey north. A nice spot to photograph Lions Gate Bridge is Prospect Point Lookout in Stanley Park, where you can admire its beautiful curves (see my Vancouver intro page). Photo shown here is taken from Stanley Park Drive overpass, not too far from Prospect Point Cafe.

Chinatown Memorial Square

by meteorologist1

The Chinatown Memorial Square located on the 100 block of Keefer Street is marked by a special monument commemorating historic achievements of Chinese Canadians. The shape of the monument is like the Chinese character "zhong", denoting the Chinese. Also, there are two bronze statues of a railroad worker and a Chinese Canadian World War II soldier beside the character.


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