co-founder Kiki’s guide to her hometown
Vancouver is my hometown and one of the influences that inspired me to devote my work to raising consciousness. Every year when I visit, I fall back in love with the mountains, clean air, and environmentally conscious culture which grew me.
The birthplace of Lululemon has an abundance of choice when it comes to yoga–and a surprisingly large acro community–so you can choose a style to reflect your taste.
I return to One Yoga For the People, Ryan Leier’s donation-based studio, and YYoga to sit in their infrared saunas after class. I also recommend Semperviva, whose teacher trainings are are the gold standard in BC, and Yoga West for Kundalini.
Though still far from perfect, Vancouver has made great strides in recognizing the indigenous people–Haida, Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, and Musqueam–whose land it is built on. You can immerse yourself in their rich art and history at the Museum of Anthropology, then venture down the stairs to the nude Wreck Beach to experience the living history of the hippy culture which emerged as Americans dodged the draft during the Vietnam war.
In a city whose population is predominantly asian and caucasian, Black Spaces is a refuge for black culture and people. Their Tuesday night jams at the Pace (6–10pm) nurture community and musical skills.
And though I wouldn’t recommend the art gallery to world travelers, keep an eye out for the street art and the street-based artist Ken Foster, who lives on the fringes yet has a huge following. If you spot him on the street, you may be lucky enough to purchase one of his masterpieces.
It was easy growing up vegetarian in this city, whose South Asian influences provided many options. Now Vancouver’s food scene has grown up and there’s a new wave of plant-based spots, including Bandidas Tacqueria, Kokomo, and The Acorn.
Every trip, I find myself returning to my long time favorite spot East is East, where the Himalayan salt walls, high vibe water, and live world music always make me feel at home.
But the real gold of Vancouver is found in its trees and mountains and water. Ride a bike around Stanley Park’s Sea Wall, kayak False Creek, take a floatplane from downtown to the island, or drive an hour out of town glacier lakes and a rock climbing paradise.