Sarah McLachlan’s Vancouver City Guide
Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, she has sold well over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan’s best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians, and in 2002, founded her non-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. The school provides free access to music for children who otherwise might not have access to music education. At an early age, music provided Sarah with the tools she needed to make it through the challenges she faced in life and Sarah recognizes the important role music can play in each child’s life. Sarah is currently writing a highly anticipated new album.
What’s the best way to spend a Sunday morning in Vancouver?
Paddle boarding in Deep Cove. I love the calm waters of Deep Cove and feeling cradled on every side by verdant green tree-lined mountains.
Where do you go in Vancouver for an authentic cultural experience?
Chinatown or India Town. The richness of the diversity of Canadian cultures is evident on these streets. The street festivals, food and did I mention the food?
What is your favorite way to end the day?
Walking the sea wall in Stanley Park. This is a wonderful way to end the day and if you time it just right, you can be witness to one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Is there a special vantage point in Vancouver to watch the sunrise or sunset?
From the deck at The Beach House in West Vancouver. If you make it over Lion’s Gate Bridge to West Vancouver, there is a great local restaurant called The Beach House; it sits at the base of Dundarave Pier and has a great outdoor patio with an expansive water view.
Can you describe a perfect scenic drive?
The drive up to Whistler. With the new highway the drive is fast and gorgeous. If it is sunny, put your top down, blast the tunes and take a deep breath of mountain air. Whistler is amazing for all seasons.
If you had to recommend a spa experience, what would it be?
Scandinavian Spa in Whistler. Nestled into the side of a mountain a stone’s throw from Whistler Village lies heaven in a series of baths. When you need a break from the busyness of the world, this is the ultimate rejuvenation.
What’s your favorite shopping experience in Vancouver?
South Granville or Main Street. For a great neighborhood and walking experience, South Granville offers a wide variety of boutiques, home stores and great restaurants. Stop in at Rangoli for modern Indian for lunch (have the chaat).
Do you have a favorite local market?
Granville Island Market. The Granville market bustles with vendors and a plethora of fresh fish, meat and vegetables. The market is an explosion of colours and sounds with abundant Buskers’ “live music”.
What’s the best place to visit for a day trip?
Head up to Whistler. My day trip would include the Scandinavian Spa, dinner at Rim Rock, and depending on the season a bike, hike and/or swim in Lost Lake. Weekends boast an amazing farmers market in the Upper Village.
What is your favorite early morning activity?
A run up to Capilano Dam. If you want to escape and have a great one hour workout, the run up to Capilano Dam from Keith Road is perfect. It is 8K up and back, a wide and gentle path with a good bit of variety and beautiful from the top.
What do you consider to be the best local coffee shop?
Caffe Artigiano. If you want a real, homemade custom coffee, the baristas at Caffe Artigiano have your ticket. These are sprinkled through various locations in Vancouver.
How do you like to spend rainy Vancouver days?
Vancouver Aquarium or Science World. If you have kids with you, a great rainy day activity is both Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium, which will provide hours of entertainment and fun for your kids.