Stores, Malls or Markets in Province of British Columbia

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    Vistor Rebate Program

    by sunnywong Updated Apr 4, 2011

    What to buy: All visitors may claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and/or, the harmonized sales tax (HST) which they paid on eligible goods, must provide proof that they exported their goods from Canada. This is referred to as Proof of Export.

    Proof of Export began at Canada's nine major international airports. Non-resident visitors departing from one of these airports, must have their goods available for inspection and their original receipts validated by a Canada Customs official as they leave Canada.

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    Various in the Okanagan Valley: Fresh produce

    by toonsarah Updated May 28, 2007

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    In the Okanagan Valley you’ll find a lovely green landscape dotted with fruit and vegetable farms, and along the side of the road are quite a few stands selling the produce. We stopped at this one which had a really good selection of fresh produce and also various preserves – jams, chutneys etc.

    As a bonus we had this wonderful landscape and skyscape to photograph!

    What to buy: We bought fresh fruit for our picnic and jams to take home as gifts. I don’t remember what we paid but it was very reasonable, and the produce good quality.

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    Local Markets

    by madamx Written Dec 3, 2004

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    There are plenty of roadside markets and stands to explore in the province, selling anything from crafts to to fresh fruit, eggs, lamb, pork, chicken and beef. You can also purchase fresh seafood this way, too.

    Okanagan fruit and vegetables are prized in Western Canada, and I think it is much superior to Californian or Ontario fruit as we can get it relatively fresh and tree-ripened. As you drive south down Highway 97 towards Kelowna, there will be plenty of fruit stands. It is worth it to do price comparisons, as prices can vary depending if it's a commercial or private stand.

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    Metrotown.: Huge.

    by leebee1 Updated Nov 28, 2004

    The Metrotown is HUGE. I give it that. But for a girl who likes shopping, I actually found the experience incredibly annoying. You end up walking round and round in circles, and I definately suggest if you find something you like, buy it. You'll never find it again. It just seemed to me, that whilst there are hundreds of shops, its hard to find anything different. Its like they repeat and repeat. I think this is a classic example of less is more!

    What to buy: There are all types of department stores and chain like stores in the centre.

    What to pay: Average prices.

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  • Granville Island Market Galore

    by blint Updated Nov 23, 2004

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    Granville Island is a great place to go shopping for artisan goods and art supplies. It has a very beautiful view over False creak too.

    What to buy: Art, jewllery, leather goods, art supplies, toys and games, fresh food and lots lots more.

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    DUTCHMILL FRUIT & IMPORTS: A DUTCH TREAT

    by LoriPori Updated Oct 22, 2004

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    On Thursday, May 29 on our way to Vancouver, on highway #3 west, Hans and I came across The DUTCHMILL just outside the town of Koremeos. Hans was in his glory with all the Dutch goodies they carried. Of course he had to buy some licorice drops and rolls of Kings(peppermints).

    What to buy: The Dutchmill carries European imports, groceries & giftware, gouda cheese, Delft Blue, and fruit in season.

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    B.C. Liquor Stores: Looking for a bottle of the hard stuff?

    by rmdw Written Sep 28, 2004

    British Columbia is one of those parts of the world where liquor is tightly controlled by the government. It's a leftover remnant of the overly patronizing government mentality that us ignorant masses don't have the wherewithall to be responsible if left to our own devices.

    In the new millenium this means that hard booze can only be bought from government owned & operated liquor stores. Why? Primarily because of strong unions that make it difficult for the gov't to privatize anything.

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    B.C. Liquor Stores: Looking for a bottle of the hard stuff?

    by rmdw Written Sep 28, 2004

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    British Columbia is one of those parts of the world where liquor is tightly controlled by the government. It's a leftover remnant of the overly patronizing government mentality that us ignorant masses don't have the wherewithall to be responsible if left to our own devices.

    In the new millenium this means that hard booze can only be bought from government owned & operated liquor stores. Why? Primarily because of strong unions that make it difficult for the gov't to privatize anything.

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    North Arm Farm: U Pick Berries

    by toontown Written Jul 26, 2004

    Wonderful farm in the middle of the Pemberton Valley, just north of Whistler. We came across it in peak raspberry season and filled a couple of buckets of the biggest, most juicy berries within half an hour. There were also U pick strawberries, U pick flowers, and a cooler room full of organic fruits and vegetables of all kinds. The scenery is marvelous with the surrounding mountains and the lush greens. There were geese and ducks and swings to keep the kids amused. And then there was the farm bakery, with the most delicious butter tarts and a room full of farm-made preserves and honey. Incredible!

    What to buy: If you are lucky enough to be in Pemberton during berry season, don't miss this treat. However, Pemberton is actually known for its potatoes. Along with the raspberries, buttter tarts, honey and strawberry jam, we picked up a bag of local potatoes when we were there. They are most unusual yellow potatoe with smooth flesh and mild flavour.

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    Rogers Chocolates: For chocolate lovers - Victoria

    by amambaw Written Jun 25, 2004

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    Rogers Chocolates is a fantastic confectionary shop that has been a BC favorite for a century. Located in Victoria BC, Rogers Chocolates specializes in - what else - delicious chocolate treats. Their Victoria Creams are famous all over BC, and are distributed at many gift shops all over the province. When you walk into the Victoria location, you are overwhelmed by the delicious smells. The woodwork creates a warm atmosphere that demands your attention to the rows of sweets carefully placed in the glass display cases.

    What to buy: The most popular items are definitely the Victoria Creams, which are chocolates filled with flavoured ganache. I personally like the toffee and coffee types, but there are also vanilla, fruit flavours, and others.

    No matter what you fancy, you will surely find something to tickle your palette.

    What to pay: If you just want a taste, you can spend as little as $1. The Creams usually cost $2-3. You can also get gift boxes and specialty chocolates.

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    Granville Island Tea Company: For tea lovers and others - Vancouver

    by amambaw Written Jun 22, 2004

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    GITC is a tiny little shop on Vancouver's Granville Island. Don't let its size fool you! Inside are hundreds of treasures in the form of mixed herbs and spices. The tea comes from far and wide: China, India, South Africa and elsewhere. They offer black and herb teas, fruit teas, jasmine teas, the list is seemingly endless. Don't worry about buying before trying, the owners will often steep you a free sample on the spot, and you can order any flavour you like.

    What to buy: My personal favourites include Dragon Tears Jasmine balls, and Harvest Spice Roobios teas. My boyfriend likes the Blueberry Roobios, as well as the Buckingham Palace black tea. There are, as I said, many flavours, so try a few that appeal to you before committing to your purchase. If you're anything like me, you'll end up taking more than one flavour home.

    What to pay: The teas range from $5-6/100g for mixed fruit teas all the way to $40/100g for the Jasmine balls.

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    Robson Street

    by Skye_Miles Written Apr 7, 2003

    Today Robson Street is full of fine dining, premier fashion stores and services, and an opportunity to 'people watch' as the world shops the street.

    Word of Warning: Sunshine and holidays bring out every shopper and their mothers so be prepared to plod along during peak times.

    What to pay: A great place for some trendy shopping, dining, partying...but bring lots of $$$

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