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« on: May 25, 2005 03:10:02 PM »

Hi everyone, I'm heading out west for a five-week roadtrip starting July 2nd, departing from Toronto. I wanted to know if there are any worthwhile shops (craft, fabric, especially yarn, vintage, thrift) and craft shows/fairs to check out while I'm there. Here is the list of destinations/times:

New Liskeard, ON (July 2)
Winnipeg, MB (July 5)
New Battleford, SK (July 7)
Edmonton, AB (July 12)
Jasper, AB (July 13)
Queen Charlotte Islands, BC (July 14 - 24)
Vancouver, BC (July 26 - 27)
Calgary, AB (July 29)
Lethbridge, AB (Aug 3)
Medicine Hat, AB

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2005 03:18:06 PM »

in edmonton you gotta go to whyte ave.... LOTS of shops... especially one called SANCTUARY... really sweey goth/punk/metal/ vintage stuff. corsets and victorian gothic style skirts and dresses... bondage... ahhhhh so wicked.. that store is just off whyte ave. ask at another store and they can surely tellyou...  also mars and venus is super cool....
in calgary there are some cool shops in kensignton... i can get better directions for you... i need to see a map tho...
 wow you are going to the queen charlotte islands thats awesome.. my friend just moved back home there... wicked cool
let me know if you need more info... oh are you going to vancouver at all??

** added in.... i am not sure when the fringe is but it is a really cool outdoor street festival in edmonton.i am sure you could search for it... there is also the klondike days carnival sometime in edmonton... and in calgary there is the calgary stampede. i cannot rememeber when all these things are but you could just do an internet search for them... also do a search for yarn/knitting stores in edmonton and calgary and you will find some.. i left my info book at work so i am not too much more help... sorry... i can answer any questions later whe i get my info book back here... umm i think thats all...  im in red deer right inbetween calgary and edmonton... there is a little yarn store here too.. some debbie bliss and some noro kureyon.. ummm theres  records to the rafters here too.. awe are also haveing a outdoor street vendors festival called centerfest its on august6 and 7th.... well im gonna quiit ramblin... hope i was any sort of help...
oh will you be in penticton at all?Huh its really pretty there if you will be near it i say go and hang out on the beach.... ahhhh so fun.... there is some cool shops there too....
ok im done.. for now...
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2005 05:09:22 PM »

Wow, thank you so much spirals420!

I will be going to Vancouver for a few days. If you're referring to the island, I don't think I could afford the trip.  That goes for Penticton too (I've heard awesome things about it too, but unfortunately I can only afford to go to one amazing place (that is, Queen Charlotte Islands)).

I will definitely do more research before the time comes, I just thought I'd call upon the craftsters of W. Canada. Thanks again for the info.  I might consult you again later this month.  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2005 05:22:09 PM »

Walk on ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver island is only $8 dollars. You can take a bus from anywhere in Vancouver to the ferry for about $4 and it costs $2.75 to get to downtown Victoria when you're on the other side. I highly recommend the trip, as I am bias and live here. But there are lots of great little shops and things to see in the summer.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2005 02:44:57 AM »

mmm victoria.. how beautiful.... i definately do recomend going there... good record shops and clothing shops.. i bought some yarn there in some yarn store.. hmmmm i dont rememebr what it was called but the bus we took from the ferries drove right by it downtown.... easy to find afterwards...  lots lots lots of yarn...

in edmonton there is a yarn place called Knit and purl (i have the number and addy if you want it) i have never been there but im sure its alright... theres also the knitworks....ewe asked for it... in calgary there is a place caled the beehive... or birchhill yarns... i have never been to any of these places but you can always call ahead and ask about there selection...

The Beehive Store
1700 Douglas
Victoria, BC V8W 2G7
+1 (250) 385 2727
+1 (888) 334 9005
Owner: Valerie
email: [email protected]
World Wide Web: http://www.beehivewool.com/
Complete range of yarn and knitting supplies online.

this is the place in victoria i went too.... i got this info from here...

try that out...
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2005 03:11:59 PM »

in vancouver- you HAVE to hit main street. it's where most of the boutique clothing places are- they're really nice (but expensive). there are tons of vintage stores on main too. commercial drive is another area that's really good. and our chinatown has so much cool stuff. yarn stores- my fav is actually in NORTH vancouver (but there's a seabus that can get you there for the same price as a normal bus) it's http://knit-n-stitch.com/. SO NICE. my other fav place is birkland bros http://www.shared-visions.com/wool/ (on main street).

here's an article about vancouver you might find intersting- http://www.spunmag.com/article/050410tripping

but seriously- hit main street. between about 6th and 26th esp. if you go way up to 49th, you'll be in the east indian neighbourhood- TONS of gorgeous fabric.

also- i made this site a long time ago- it's more for electronic music fans, but it might help you a bit- http://www.geocities.com/mu-ziq/vancouver.html i'm gonna do an upadte soon, so check back before you go.

have fun- vancouver is great in the summer.

and get in touch if you have any questions. Smiley
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2005 03:52:55 PM »

When you're in Winnipeg, stop by the Exchange District. - tons of thrift and vintage shops on the west side of Main St. I usually visit the second hand stores on McDermot (right next to Main), but there are many treasures to be found in this entire area. Be sure to check out Toad Hall Toys on King St as well!!

« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2005 04:05:35 PM »

Wow, you girls rock. I'm really going to have to be careful with my wallet when I head out...  Cheesy  I will definitely make an effort to visit all the stores listed.

As for Victoria and Vancouver Island, I will have to see if I have enough time to visit. Hopefully!

Thanks a lot everyone.
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2005 10:31:32 PM »

So jealous!
I wish I could go on a great roadtrip like that! Maybe one day.

When you're in Lethbridge, check out a fun store called Vintage Funk. It's kinda antique shop-slash-vintage-etc. For a great thrift shop, try the CAtholic Church Closet (I think that's what it's called). Great deals and great stuff...except the clothes, lots of selection on some things but not much to catch your eye.

Travel safely,

« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2005 02:23:32 PM »

Thanks bettyz24!  I was hoping to get more feedback on the other destinations.  This is starting to shape up...
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