Duranleau Street is home to many maritime-based businesses, adventure-tour operators, and charter operators. To buy a sea kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard (from $1,100 secondhand), head to Ecomarine Paddlesport Centre (1668 Duranleau St., 604/689-7575, 9am-6pm Sun.-Thurs., 9am-9pm Fri.-Sat. in summer, 10am-6pm daily the rest of the year). This shop also carries related equipment, books, and nautical charts. The city’s leading dive shop is Rowands Reef Scuba Shop (1512 Duranleau St., 604/669-3483, 10am-6pm daily), with sales, repairs, rentals, and plenty of information on local dive spots.
The Kids Market (1496 Cartwright St., 604/689-8447, 10am-6pm daily) is a good place to take the young ones on a sunny afternoon. The 50-odd shops include gems such as the Hairloft (604/684-6177, 10am-6pm daily), which is more party than pretension—for example, the Princess Spa package is around $35. The market also has a playground, daily shows, and birds to feed on the adjacent waterway. It’s not far from another kid magnet, Granville Island Water Park.
Excerpted from the Sixth Edition of Moon Vancouver & Victoria.