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The Best Family Lawyers in Vancouver, BC

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We’ve carefully compiled a list of some of Vancouver’s best family lawyers. We hope this will make it easier for you to choose a family lawyer to assist with your family law matters or guide you through a Vancouver divorce. Finding the best family lawyer in Vancouver can be subjective as there are no quantifiable measurements to equally gauge the best lawyers in BC family law. There are also many differing interests of clients and  each situation is unique so the best family lawyer for Joe Smith may be different from the best family lawyer for yourself.

Nonetheless, following this introduction, you will find several Vancouver-local family lawyers and divorce lawyers who are highly esteemed in their field of practice. They consistently serve their clients – helping resolve their family law matters – and attain respect among the industry. In searching for the best family lawyers in Vancouver, we’ve considered budgets varying from (1) $$$ – those that are considered the ideal choice in their profession to protect your family’s interest where budget is less a concern (2) $$ – those that excel at family law services in BC, helping and serving every day families through the difficult process of divorce, and (3) $ – those that reliably provide excellent value for those needing divorce lawyers in Vancouver without an overtly financial burden.

Depending on your situation and requirements, one family lawyer may be able to help you better than another. If you have a high net-worth and looking to protect your assets, then a family lawyer familiar with litigation with experience in similar cases may do better for you. If you have a simple, non-contested divorce in Vancouver then most capable family lawyer with moderate fees can serve you better in considerations for your budget. It’s evident, the family lawyer in Vancouver you engage should depend on your individual situation and priorities. It is important to find a good BC divorce lawyer or family lawyer in Vancouver who excels in their profession; we hope to help you with finding the right family lawyer.


AGDN Law (Aaron, Gordon, Daykin, Norlinger): This boutique Vancouver law firm focuses solely on family law. The firm composes of twelve capable and experienced lawyers in BC family law, three of whom are reputed as Queen’s Counsel lawyers. (A title bestowed by the provincial Lieutenant-Governor used to recognize lawyers with exceptional merit). Considered to be one of the best family law firms in Vancouver, they deal professionally with diligence and excellence in their profession. They are truly considered to be the best in their field by many of their peers. (The highest recommendation you can receive is to be esteemed by other legal professionals I’d think.) Having a professional and reliable lawyer like a member from the AGDN Family Law firm can relieve a lot of stress by having an experienced guide through uncharted waters.

They can help clients in all aspects of family law services including (1) Vancouver separation and divorce (2) Guardianship, custody, and parenting time (3) Parenting arrangements and parenting responsibilities (4) child support (5) spousal support (6) division of family property and family debt (7) complex corporate and tax matters (8) family asset protection planning (9) cohabitation, pre-nuptial – something Mr. O’Leary advocates for…, and (10) marriage agreements.

If you require a Vancouver family lawyer or a Vancouver divorce lawyer, give AGDN Law a call first to see if they would be suitable for your case.


Rate: $$$

Address: 777 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7


Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP: Farris is one of the biggest law firms in Vancouver. Their team of family lawyers are considered some of the best family lawyers. Jeffrey Kay, Q.C. is among some of the most highly recommended family lawyers in Vancouver. A big law firm can come with some perks as well, such as resources, connections, and varying expertise all within the firm. If you’re curious as to how large this Vancouver law firm is and the implication its reputation can have with your situation, think Suits when Harvey can coax their opponents to a settlement instead of taking it to court with his reputation. (Yes, there’ll be a TV show reference with each summary. Family law can be a hard topic, we need to lighten the mood.)

Farris specializes in complex family law situations and high net worth individuals especially if you have cross-border assets. They have experience dealing with (1) custody, (2) access, (3) child and adult guardianship (4) property division (5) estate and trust issues, (6) child and spousal support, (7) co-habitation agreements, (8) marriage agreements, (9) separation agreements, and (10) asset protection agreements. Engaging a law firm like Farris can provide a complete approach to all your legal needs with their roster of 100+ professional lawyers many of whom are highly esteemed in the legal profession with the Queen’s Counsel title.

If you need an experienced and impressive law firm working for you, contact Farris to see if they are able to help. Their offices are located in Vancouver, Victoria, or Kelowna.


Rate: $$$

Address: 25th Floor, 700 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B3


Connect Family Law: Connect Family Law is a boutique family law firm in Vancouver, BC ran by two partners Leisha A. Murphy and Simon Kent. Leisha specializes in family law practice in Vancouver while Simon specializes with business and estate law. This cross of expertise allows a more comprehensive approach to family law where business may be involved. The family law firm also provides an option for a different, budget approach to engaging a family lawyer in Vancouver with their “a la carte” legal services for those who wish to represent themselves with the help of a family law firm. Added to this, Connect Family Law also provides regular “Divorce Salons”, think your FRIENDS intervention.

Connect Family Law in Vancouver, BC can help client with family law on matters concerning (1) Cohabitation & Marriage Agreements, (2) Collaborative Family Law, (3) Negotiation, (4) Mediation, and (5) Litigation in family law. Connect Family Law’s “a la carte” legal services known as Connect Too, can help clients who are representing themselves in court with (1) Desk Order Divorce, (2) F-8 Financial Statement, (3) Child and/or Spousal Support Calculations, (4) Cohabitation or Marriage Agreement, and (5) Paralegal or Junior Lawyer Services. The entire team is a roster of four individuals with connections to experts in other fields such as business valuators, financial planners, tax specialist, divorce coaches, child specialist, and parenting coordinators to once again reiterate their broad approach to family law practice. (CFL helps the client more than simply in the court room.)

If you want a specialized family law firm in Vancouver then contact Connect Family Law to see if they’ll be able to help with you.


Rate: $$

Address: Suite 540, 1285 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8


Hart Legal: Hart Legal is a law firm founded in Vancouver, BC. Hart Legal in Vancouver BC, provides family lawyer services on three forms of fee options. They also feature an equitable pricing model which discounts your legal fees to the value derived. (This practice emphasizes their commitment to ensure that Hart Legal clients are satisfied. I’d imagine the Price is Right but I think it works more effectively.) The team at Hart Legal emphasizes conflict resolution and compassion which are two important traits when dealing with complicated family matters. The firm also highlights its commitment to customer service and value with their professional family lawyers in Vancouver. The Vancouver office has seven lawyers in the firm with founder, Darren Hart, at the helm.

Hart Legal puts their heart (pun intended) and heads to use; they focus on conflict resolution, mediation, and helping their clients navigate a traditionally complicated situation. Hart Legal in Vancouver, BC can help clients with (1) division of property with a Vancouver divorce (2) child guardianship, custody, and access, along with (3) child support (4) separation and marriage agreements. They also provide alternative family law dispute resolution services. The Hart Legal team also assists clients with complicated and high net-worth divorces.

If you’re looking for an experienced family lawyer in Vancouver who strives for excellence, give Hart Legal a call and see if their team can help your case.


Rate: $$

Address: Suite 1200, 888 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4


Pending – Kitsilano Family Law Group: Kitsilano Family Law Group is a small law firm with their office in Kitsilano. They specialize in family law with a two person team. Bill Storey, the senior lawyer, of Kitsilano Family Law Group has over 30 years of family law experience in British Columbia with accreditation as a mediator and collaborative lawyer. Clea Amundsen, a junior lawyer, has three years of legal experience since being called to the Bar in British Columbia (June 2013).  Like Batman and Robin Hood (maybe not.)…the combination of Bill experience in the firm with Clea provides a good combination for clients with the support of an experienced lawyer and a junior family lawyer.

Kitsilano Family Law can assist through (1) negotiation (2) mediation (3) collaboration (4) litigation (5) parenting coordination in most matters of family law. Kitsilano Family Law emphasizes on mediation, collaborative law, and indicated the preference for settling disputes in family law without the courts.

If you have family law needs, consider contacting Kits Family Law to see if they can help as your family lawyer. If you have complicate estates and assets division, Farris or AGDN may serve better.


Rate: $

Address: Suite 308, 2902 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 3Z8


Here’s a very helpful resource for those who are interested in learning how to choose a suitable Vancouver family lawyer.

It is written by JP Boyd who is now working in Calgary, Alberta at the Canadian Research Institute for law and the family. (formally from Vancouver)

As mentioned, we’ve tried to create this list to highlight those that have a proven track record of quality legal services for divorce and family law meeting different priorities and budgets. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Good family lawyers are typically not only experienced and knowledgeable of the law but compassionate of their clients with conflict resolution skills. They’re typically dealing with emotionally charged individuals and complicated children situations; a level of compassion and smarts is needed. You must be confident you have the right Vancouver family lawyer to help you.


Please comment bellow. We’re looking for experience-based recommendation of honest and reliable Vancouver family lawyers who will help their clients’ best interest at varying budget levels. A good divorce lawyer can make a difficult situation a little less of a burden.  If readers have a recommendation for an affordable Vancouver family lawyer, please comment bellow as we are looking to find a better recommendation for the $ category.


Disclaimer: The writer of this article has no professional legal experience and no aspects of this article should be constituted as legal advice. We compile this list after extensive fact-checking, follow-ups and community recommendations however no warranties can be made to the list.

The Best Ice Cream in Vancouver

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Where do you find the best Ice Cream in Vancouver? Don’t miss these fabulous local ice cream shops this summer.

A lot of work has gone into creating this list of the best ice cream shops in Vancouver. First, we carefully looked at over 50 ice cream shops (the ground work) and closely checked those for the best reviews (the short-list), and finally there was tasting a lot of ice cream (hard work as I mentioned) to compile the top 5 ice cream in Vancouver. (All the articles and recommendations on VancityAsks follow a similar process to truly highlight the best of Vancouver with minimum bias. Any tastings are also paid for to avoid bias.)

We’ve considered local recommendations and online blog reviews to find the initial highlights then first-hand experience to validate our choices. (by the way, eating ice cream can be hard on your diet). We hope we’ve chosen correctly but your feedback and comments bellow will influence the list of the best ice cream in Vancouver on VancityAsks.

The article is long but worth a read if you love ice cream.


Here are the five best Ice Cream shops in Vancouver, BC:

1) Bella Gelateria:

Bella Gelateria is an award winning ice cream shop nestled in downtown Vancouver, BC by Coal Harbor. They actually serve gelato which is the Italian word for ice cream. Traditionally, gelato is also made with lesser cream, no eggs (though Bella Gelateria uses eggs) and more milk while being churned slowly. The end result is, you get a creamy cool treat with less fat (per ml) that’s more luxurious and weighty because of the lesser air incorporated. Read more about the difference between Gelato and Ice Cream here.

You taste the difference with Bella Gelateria freshly made, small-batch gelato ice cream in Vancouver, BC. Bella Gelateria is commit as well to using as many fresh and local ingredients as possible with no preservatives in their gelato. You’ve likely seen one of their many awards for their ice cream featured on the storefront by Coal Harbor with a line wrapping around the Fairmont hotel building. It’s definitely worth a taste if you’re looking for good ice cream in Vancouver or authentic Italian gelato. The price is comparable to any artisan ice cream shop in Vancouver setting you back $5.50 per scoop. (Outrageous pricing for ice cream but it’s truly artisan, quality ice cream in the heart of downtown Vancouver and the typical cost of good ice cream in Vancouver). If you have a celebration coming up, cakes are available at Bella Gelateria for $72 per 10”.

Gelato made by small batches in Vancouver BC at Bela Gelateria

Gelato made in small batches at Bella Gelateria. – Photo from Bela Gelateria



Address: 1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7


2) Earnest Ice Cream:

Mention ice cream in Vancouver, and Earnest Ice Cream likely comes to mind. They’re rightfully consider by many Vancouver locals to be the best ice cream in Vancouver. Earnest Ice Cream started with humble beginnings as an ice cream trike back in 2012 selling brown paper wrapped, home-made ice cream sandwiches made by Ben. It evolved into an ice cream store shortly after. They are famous for artisan, home-made, FRESH (really fresh) ice cream; Earnest uses fresh and often local ingredients void of any preservatives or additives. It’s good old-fashion ice cream.

Tangent: This is a rather interesting story; Earnest Ice Cream is unique. Ever wondered why Earnest Ice cream makes do without the traditional see-through displays? (Removing the visual selling point.) You’d typically hope to see what you may indulge with, wouldn’t you? Well, Ben and Erica are probably marketing geniuses! They want to emphasize on the story telling and the experience of their fresh and local Vancouver ice cream creations. They wanted their products properly represented I suppose. In an marketplace that leans more towards ethical consumerism and experiential buying (thanks to technology and millennials), Ben made the smart and purposeful decision not to display their ice cream so he could rely on his service personnel to narrate the ice cream to you…rather than the consumer judging by glances, you get the story of the ice cream – it’s about the experience remember? The premium ingredients, the process, and the taste. That’s marketing genius it seems but it also provides a more personable experience for customers so you can expect service and attention and an overall positive experience with your ice cream at Earnest.

Interesting fact – It’s been proven that restaurants using descriptive words like “homemade” and “fresh” can raise the willingness to pay of consumers by 27%.

With all the work that goes into their home made Vancouver ice cream, it well justifies the $5 price tag for a single scoop and $7 for a double. Many certainly think so because they have flocks of locals outside their shop every weekend of summer. Earnest Ice Cream is known for their rotating, unique and seasonal flavors. All their ice cream are made fresh on a regular basis; you can find the latest flavors available on their website. A sample of their current flavors includes “Vegan Mint Chip”, “Matcha Green Tea”, “Raspberry”, “Sour Cherry Goat Cheese”, “Whiskey Caramel”,“London Fog”, “Tahitian Vanilla”, and “Salted Cameral”.

Another Tangent: Where did the name Earnest Ice Cream come from? The name Earnest Ice cream was inspired by Ben’s last name (another observation, many of the renown brands and businesses today are often the founder’s name isn’t it – is Earnest next?); it was also chosen because the word “earnest” means honest and true which is what Ben and Erica hopes their Ice cream shop embodies. Honest and true Vancouver ice cream (not with the preservatives and fillers). The price tag is high for ice cream but certainly worthy for its quality.

Earnest Ice Cream in Vancouver - Coconut Toast

Coconut Toast flavor at Earnest Ice Cream – Picture from Earnest Ice Cream



Address: 3992 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4E4


3) Rain or Shine:

Rain or Shine ice cream in Kitsilano is a local ice cream shop that scoops up home-made ice cream made with milk from Birchwood Diary Farm. A theme with Rain or Shine is being environmentally friendly. Their objective is to reduce their carbon foot print and support locals hence all their ice cream is sourced with ingredients as close to the point of chaos deliciousness as possible. The ice cream produced at Rain or Shine is made fresh on a regular basis. You’ll notice an open kitchen concept with their stores so locals and patrons can view how their ice cream is made.

Established in November of 2013, Rain or Shine is quickly becoming a Vancouver favourite in Kitsilano. We like their emphasis on community. Flavors at Rain or Shine range from Honey Lavender and Blueberry Balsamic to the classics like Peanut Butter and Salted Cameral. Rain or Shine ice cream emphasizes on friendly service at this Vancouver ice cream shop. Prices here are typical of good ice cream shops; you’ll find yourself spending about $4.50 per scoop.




Address: 1926 West 4th Ave #102, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M6


4) D’oro Gelato & Café 

D’oro Gelato & Café is a gelato shop conveniently located on Robson street in downtown Vancouver once again. Arguably one of the most under-discovered ice cream shops in Vancouver, this gelato shop is a hidden gem. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the rich, creamy and authentic gelato. The gelato is “home-made” like your Italian grandma might do it (if you had one…) with some rotating flavors. Their gelato is made fresh daily in small batches with local and seasonal ingredients as usual of quality ice cream shops in Vancouver, BC. The history of this gelato and café shop dates back to 2000 with the help of a gelato expert otherwise known as a “Gelateria Artiginale. It’s as authentically Italian as it gets outside Italy and also one of the best ice creams in Vancouver whether gelato or not.

D’oro Gelato & Café continues to follow the same standard of quality and artistic Sicilian practices with making their gelato today. The luxurious taste and quality is distinct with D’oro Gelato & Café matched with equally good service in a neat little café by Robson street. Don’t miss this Vancouver ice cream shop. Great service and good food with an unsurpassed atmosphere for an Italian café.

Affogato Gelato in Vancouver, BC at D'oro Gelato and Cafe

Enjoy good coffee and ice cream at D’oro Gelato and Cafe. This is an affogato which is espresso with ice cream. – Picture from D’oro Gelato and Cafe



Address: 1222 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3Y4


5) Johnny’s Pops:

The best for last right? They serve unique flavors of premium popsicles. It’s not really popsicles; it’s a complete cold-desert. Their “popsicle” is notorious not only for delicious flavor combinations but for having whole treats in that stick of goodness. Johnny freshly makes these popsicles himself.

Much like Earnest Ice Cream’s beginning, is sold from an ice trike that roams around Vancouver. Flavors includes mini-donuts popsicle, chocolate brownies, peaches and cream, or fresh local berries concoction like blueberries. It’s often a simple favourite of many locals for a cool treat on a summer day. Unfortunately they are usually in North Vancouver which makes it a bit of trek. Finally had the chance to try their pops at #PopCrawl Vancouver; the chocolate brownie is more than a popsicle; you have chewy pieces of brownie, dark chocolate flavor, creamy base, and a pinch of salt. While it was given away free at PopCrawl event, you’d typically have to pay $3.50 for the tasty treat. A $3.50 popsicle may not be a favorable price-point however you can buy it for $2 with an app which is a worthy bargain.



Address: Depends on where Johnny goes.


Do you have a favourite that we missed? Share it bellow and have your say. This list will be amended base on feedback.

Worth a Mention: There are a growing number of ice cream and cool treats in Vancouver, BC. Here are some that didn’t quite make it on the list unfortunately – picking one leaves out another. Many of these are unique ice cream shops in Vancouver that are worth a visit or in the case of Rocky Point Ice cream, too far from Vancouver central to be featured above (else they’d have come in #5)

Rocky Point Ice Cream – This is one of my personal favourite ice cream in the Greater Vancouver Area. People who grew up in the tri-cities know that Rocky Point Ice cream is an establishment in the community. They are located in Port Moody by Rocky Point park, hence its name and they make their own ice cream fresh. The owners are very involved in the Port Moody community and are passionate about ice cream. They spent about a year travelling around learning how to make the best ice cream they can (including to Italy) then they came back and started crafting fresh ice cream for locals. They’ve perfected their craft it seems; the ice cream is delicious on a hot summer day. It’s packed during summer with a line as long as 10 meters around their newly renovated shop. The staff is friendly and very generous with their ice cream portions. Price is about $4-5 for one scoop on a waffle cone and had various flavors like salted cameral and chocolate.  Once again as the ice cream is made fresh on site, the flavors do rotate regularly. It didn’t quite make it onto the list because it’s farther away from Vancouver, in Port Moody, BC.

A nice tip: If you live in Vancouver downtown, catch the West Coast Express on a Friday (leaves at 3:50, 4:30, 5:30) which brings you right to Port Moody by Rocky Point Park and enjoy your ice cream, Pajo’s fish and chips, and the nice inlet before making your way back to Vancouver. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable trip on the WCE by the coastline of Vancouver; the tidal inlet is a spot where Vancouver residents HAVE to visit; there’s a nature trail by the coast line too.

La Casa Gelato – No introduction is needed for La Casa Gelato. This is the Chinese owned (I think?) gelato shop that spots over 200 flavors! I was impressed at the variety and the row after row of ice cream flavors displayed. You can taste a few and buy what you like most. The ice cream shop is located in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighborhood. While the ice cream is good, it’s mainly the experience of seeing over 200 flavors of ice cream (from Durian to black sesame) that draws patrons in. The Vancouver gelato shop is good but not necessary the best relative to D’oro or Bella.

Mister – Mister is another liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Vancouver’s Yaletown community. People say that the price at Mister is steep at $7 whereas the taste doesn’t necessary appeal to the masses.  However, if you wanted to taste ice cream that Adele has enjoyed in Vancouver then Mister is the place. The UK singer shared about their ice cream she had on stage during her performance in Vancouver. Sooo…if you want a taste of what the famous eat when visiting Vancouver then perhaps Mister is your bid at $7 for a small cup of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Other than that, maybe not?

720 Sweets – 720 Sweets made its debut in Vancouver back in the fall of 2015 and wowed Vancouverites with their nitrogen ice cream. The theme with their ice cream shop appears to be pseudo-science (from appearance); from nitrogen ice cream to their modern drinks (you can choose varying levels of sweetness). The presentation is excellent though the taste is another; it is a worthwhile visit to experience the nitrogen ice cream but likely not a regular ice cream favourite in Vancouver.

UYU Ice Cream – UYU Ice Cream is another must-try ice cream shop in downtown Vancouver, Gastown to be more precise. They serve soft-serve ice cream with a variety of toppings (something like Scoop! but actually done right). UYU means milk in Korean so you know it’s a little k-pop inspired (kidding). They boast that their ice cream is perfectly balanced, never too sweet (that’s a relieve) or creamy but fresh and delicious. What’s unique about UYU Ice Cream in downtown Vancouver is  the soft-serve flavors; the use of organic milk with their soft-serve flavors such as “Vietnamese coffee”, “salted cameral” and “cereal milk”. They also spot unique flavor toppings such as black sesame powder. A standard soft-serve at UYU Ice Cream is priced at $4.75 which includes a free drizzle sauce.

Red Rooster – Red Rooster is the new kid on the block as far as Vancouver’s artisan ice cream shops are concerned. Their ice cream per usual of Vancouver’s artisan ice cream is made fresh with an emphasis on local ingredients void of preservatives. The owners begun the ice cream shop out of their love for ice cream and the interest with seeing kids smile (seems the common factor with good ice cream shops as you’ll find with Rocky Point Ice cream bellow).


I hope you enjoyed exploring the best Ice cream in Vancouver together. Thanks for reading.

Did we get it right? Comment bellow if you think we missed or messed up. It was a hard choice; we will still be switching things around base on feedback. (I think Johnny Pops should be on the top 5 somewhere but Red Rooster ought to stay in the roster as well).

VancityAsks Welcome guide to UBC

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Welcome to UBC,

This guide is intended to help welcome new students to UBC from out of town. We hope to cover (1) Food on campus (2) Cool things to do (3) Interesting knowledge about UBC. Basically what makes this such an awesome campus to spend four years of your life; a bit bias, but we’d say the best in Canada.

The writing will be written as a list format towards UBC new (and much beloved) president Santa J. Ono since it’s not every day you have the opportunity to welcome a school dean to his own campus. 😉 I’m sure in a few months, he’ll know all the symphony orchestra events, construction detours, and concerns.

Aerial view of Vancouver, UBC and Strait of Georgia

Aerial view of Vancouver, UBC and Strait of Georgia

Without further ado, here’s a few need to know about UBC:

Food at UBC:

Where do you find good food on campus? Where are the best food deals? This is by no means an extensive list of eateries at UBC but a highlight of a few notable mentions. UBC is almost a city of itself, there’s so many food choices around. 😀

UBC Food Services – UBC Food Services is a common sight on campus. They run cafes in about every faculty during the normal school year.

Pre-loading your UBC card (which also serves as an after-hours access card for your faculty building among other things) provides a 5% discount on food purchases.

Coffee – UBC Food Services rely on a variety of coffee bean suppliers; all are actually consistently good. They  even serve coffee made from freshly roasted beans by Milano Coffee Roasters in Vancouver which is featured as our #2 pick for the best coffee in Vancouver. Milano Coffee is also participating in our free Vancouver walking tours. (which are now operating year-around so sign up for a free tour in Vancouver when you come in September!)

Place Vanier UBC Location

Place Vanier Highlighted in red on the map.

Totem Park UBC location

Totem Park Highlighted in red on the map.

Vanier Dining Room– It’s a first year residence cafeteria attached on the second floor of Place Vanier’s common block. This UBC food services venue has delicious wraps (better than Totem Park – the Vanier Dining Room has a salmon option which Totem dining room doesn’t carry. Got to have your Omega-3 during exams and blueberries!), burgers station, and the Asian feature station.

(While the Vanier Dining Room is operated by UBC Food Services just like Totem Park, it appears the two cafeteria are still distinctly different varying in service and food quality).

Totem Dining Room – The Totem Dining Room is another first year residence cafeteria; much like Vanier is on the 2nd floor of the residence common block. The Totem Dining Room features more ethic food traditionally if I’m not mistaken. (I remember once in first year, being so excited to see “laska” unfortunately it was nothing like the “laska” in Singapore. Still a grateful experience.) The dining hall has a very nice outdoor patio with glimpse of the sea. Gorgeous dining spot during the September sunset with a crisp, cool breeze before the rain begins in November. #OnlyatUBC  (Hope you’re ready for weeks of rain President Santa – nothing like the weather in Cinnaniti. Unfortunately you’re no longer in the #HottestCollegeinAmerica…noticing your interest in liberal arts on Twitter maybe you’d like to correct this homonym.)


Totem Park also has a late-night burger eatery, part of the Magda’s convenience store at Totem Park. Vanier also has it’s own late-night Hubburd’s convenience store without an attached grill.  Generally, it’s better to order pizza from Domino’s if you’re eating late on campus so Vanier isn’t losing out with late-night food options. Domino’s on Dunbar closes at 3 AM daily and you can use your UBC card to pay (Flex Dollars). Students also frequently visit the 24 hours Macdonalds at University Village.

The Totem Dining Room has better views but the Vanier Dining Room seem to have better atmosphere. (It’s a cozy place to grab a coffee and study in a corner. They have cafe-like seating booths.)

Both Vanier and Totem dining rooms feature residences’ prices and general prices (for other students without a meal plan); the food is typically still overpriced for the portion and quality. There’s also an obsession with having to dine with others; residence floors typically go to dinner together. It may feel awkward eating by yourself but sometimes it’s nice just to eat outside alone, think how far behind you are with work and enjoy the scenery.

Both are still wonderful first-year residences and a great experience for first-year students. The culture is great; people are supportive and caring especially your floor mates. There are many first-year activities organized by RAs (Resident Advisers – they’re paid too little for the things that they have to go through.)  Each Common Block also has a pool or billiard table for socializing and a field for outdoor sports. Place Vanier is closer to the beaches, Math faculty, Commerce faculty, Arts faculty, Nitobe Gardens, IKB Library, Koerner, and the bus loop while Totem Park is closer to the Botanical Gardens, Thunderbird Stadium, Computer Science faculty, Engineering Faculty, Earth Sciences building, Geography faculty, and Science faculty.


Tip – First year students requiring a residence meal plan may wish to choose the lowest meal plan.

(1) As with life, generally the more you have the more you tend spend frivolously and you definitely don’t need to help your freshman 15. (On a side note, consider putting 20% of your income to savings before budgeting your finances when you can.)

(2) Another factor, in your first three months at residence you’ll probably find the cafeteria pretty interesting but eventually it gets boring and you’d rather eat elsewhere on campus (which will use your “flex dollars”) or near campus. There are many diverse cuisines in Vancouver and so many delicious eateries around. Vancouver is especially popular for its fresh seafood; there are also over 600 sushi restaurants in Vancouver, here’s where you can find the best sushi in Vancouver. Popularly Tojo’s Sushi was appointed Japan Food Ambassador also supposedly accredited to first create the California roll. In summary, you will likely require more flex dollars than meal plan dollars. It’s best to have your spending in cash rather than locked to a card plan.

(3) The higher your meal plan the more you pay in overhead fees.

Residence life is really part of your UBC experience, it’s something that you can only get at UBC. SFU is an excellent school with good professors but it’s a commuter school primarily with less campus involvement (keeners).


Tim Hortons: There are two Tim Hortons franchise ran by UBC Food Services on campus. There’s always a line up during the regular school year. You’re better off getting a coffee from one of the many UBC Food Services café if you’re in a rush. You can use your UBC Card at these two Tim Hortons.

  • The Tim Hortons by Sauder School of Business only serves drinks and pastries.
  • The Tim Hortons by the Forestry building is a full service Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons Donuts displayed UBC

Welcome to Canada! Picture from Flickr (rfzappala)


UBC Nest up top

What’s at the top of this new student union building? Picture from Wiki Commons

AMS Nest: UBC has a brand-new student union building that’s stunning.

The Delly – The Delly is a familiar name to many UBC students. It’s a convenient option for a quick bite with their pre-made sandwiches or custom made-to-order sandwiches. They also have a variety of delicious deserts and a selection of Indian curries. Prices are very reasonable around $7 per meal (Italian Sub, Coffee, Cookie) and food quality is acceptable. They used to have a popular 50% off on Fridays in the old sub; this offer is no longer available in the Nest.

Pie R 2 – Carried over from the old sub, now with a  new stylish look in the Nest. It’s a frequented pizza store ran by the AMS. Pizzas are $2.94; it appears to have changed from the old recipe.

Pie R Square at UBC Nest

New Pie R Square. Picture from Wiki Commons

Upper Case & Lower Case – Seems like the re-branding of the infamous Blue Chip cookies. Did you know, UBC tours use to give visitors a free blue chip cookie.

(Blue Chip cookies are no longer sold by weight – It’s $2.50 per cookie now. The bagel store didn’t make it over to the new student union building either. Delicious fresh, daily bagels with a variety of cream cheese or smoke salmon. They had 50% off day old bagels too which is actually fresher than the supermarket still.)

Flip Side – Your typical burger store (very inefficiently ran by the AMS – three cooks! In the end it still seems just one person is doing the order taking and cooking.). Your standard burgers and fries. They have daily specials; try their poutine. About poutine, here are the best poutine in Vancouver. Oakwood Canadian Bistro on the list is only 20 minutes by bus (#4 or #84) from UBC.

Grand Noodle Emporium – The Asian take out (“The Moon”) in the old student union building which got a make over. They now serve Asian take-out and Ramen noodle.  Dine-in eating space available.

Grocery Store – There’s a small Grocery Store in the SUB. They sell pre-packet raw meats in simple single-serve portions.

There used to be a fancy restaurant at the Nest call “Perch” which wasn’t doing well and has since closed.

New NEST student union building UBC

Interior of the Nest. Picture from Wiki Commons.


University Village: A multi-level complex very close to the bus loop with a variety of retail stores, services, and apartments.

Pearl Fever – The legendary bubble tea shop at UBC campus. This is where you get the best bubble tea on campus. There’s

Bubble Waffle Cafe – It’s a nice and cozy Asian cafe that serves bubble tea, bubble waffles, Teppanyaki rice, and a variety of hot dishes.

Pita Pit – Healthy food on the go located towards Gold Gym at University Village. You can use your UBC card here (flex dollars).

Fresh Slice – Average pizza franchise. Tuesdays special $1.25/slice if I’m not wrong. (Though Pie R 2 is better – support your student run businesses. It provides jobs for students and goes back to your AMS fund.).

Pizza Garden – Newer pizza store at University Village. Stone oven pizza.

Only U Café – A cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Quite a favourite for many UBC students but I didn’t quite understand the hype.

Three more sushi stores. Suga Sushi is typically lower quality sushi but reasonably good Korean BBQ. Mio Sushi  which is opposite Starbucks is Ok; they also do teriyaki on the grill. One More Sushi for dine-in sushi restaurant with passable quality.

Furthermore, you’ll find A&W, Booster Juice, Vera’s Burger, and a Red Burrito (it always seems empty). Personal favourite is the A&W between CIBC and the pharmacy where “our beef is raised without any added hormones or steroids.”

There’s too much to mention but on your way to University Village you cross by the dentistry buildings that has Shoppers Drug Mart (for your hygiene, pharmacy, and a small food grocery selection) along with Mahoney’s and Sons – a frequent spot for student and faculty celebrations. As far as grocery store goes there’s also a Granville Island Produce at University Village which also sells delicious chocolate muffins.

University Village narrow between BMO and Subways

University Village between BMO and Subways. Picture from Wiki Commons.


University Village Food Court: A basement level food court with the entrance besides Bubble Waffle Cafe at University Village.

My Home Cuisine & Black Pearl – As far as Chinese food is concerned, My Home Cuisine is better than Black Pearl. Both offer great value for Chinese take-out. It’s about $6 for two items and rice (regular price). A frequent special offer is $3.99 for two items and rice.

In contrast, a desert at UBC residence café would already probably cost you around $3.99. It does get boring quickly though because the menu doesn’t seem to change but the food quality is acceptable. It’s fast convenience food. BBQ Roast Pork, Ginger chicken, spicy fish (really spicy), and Sweet and sour pork are some nice items. It’s even cheaper than Richmond’s Yaohan food court.

Osaka Sushi – Big portions for sushi but not the best quality. Many students share they enjoy the Bento boxes here.

Vietna Vietnamese CuisineAccording to Reddit, it’s good pho. (The other sections of Reddit are like a whole other world of the internet. People are so cynical.)

Among other things are two donair shop, Mongolian grill, and Want Want Hot & Spicy.

Overall, th University Village food court provides an ethic variety of convenience food for very good prices.


Wesbrook Village Fountains UBC

Very nice village-like village on South West of UBC. Picture from Wiki Commons.

Wesbrook Village: UBC is truly a city of itself in some sense. WesBrook village is a rapidly growing community with plenty to see, eat, and do.

There’s a Save on Foods (grocery store) here, Menchies frozen yogurt, Jugo Juice, Bier Craft for pub food and beer, To-go Sushi (one of the better quality sushi on campus), newly opened Roger’s Chocolates (their Gastown location is also in our Vancouver Walking Tours), Hung’s Beef noodle, and an elderly home. The BC liquor store is here as well (almost forgot to mention this).

C20/C18 and 41 bus to transit there if you’re lazy to walk.

You can have pretty much find what you need without going off campus. (There’s also a salon at the Nest, beauty parlor, musical shop, and dentistry office at Wesbrook Village). Wesbrook village has the same “vibe” as Kitsilano neighborhood. (New and fresh, yet cozy)


Good Coffee: Coffee is part of Vancouver’s identity. UBC is fortunate that we have good coffee everywhere!

Convenience Store by Bookstore – This convenience store is a recent edition among the new book store; it’s also attached to a Starbucks. The “RocketFuel” Coffee at this bookstore is good, the food is typically overpriced packaged meals (per usual food on campus for some reason.) It’s a good place to grab a coffee on your way to class. They had a “loyalty program” on their opening where every 11th cup of coffee is free. That means a free coffee every week if you drink as much coffee as a typical university student. 😉

The Boulevard – They are located besides Scotiabank at the Dentistry buildings and roast their own beans on site.

Bean Around the World – This is a popular coffee chain which supposedly serves excellent coffee. The coffee shop is located near the Forestry faculty building by the Old Barn (Community centre).

The Great Dame – This café is near the theology buildings opposite St.Andrews Residence. Coffee here is on the milder and sour side. (My opinion but real coffee should be bitter and strong.) It seems like popular cafe though.

Here’s all you need to know about coffee on campus:


Favourite Food Spots: Not an expert with UBC food but for what it’s worth, here’s my personal favourite spots for food on campus the four years at UBC. 😀

  • A&W: University Village.
  • PitaPit: University Village.
  • Tim Hortons:  Forestry Building (full food menu)
  • Blue Chip Cookie (Now called UpperCase): The Nest

When planning to eat out, I typically look for quick convenience food with some nutritional value. The real value of eating out for me is saving valuable time.

The University Village food court, along with  A&W, and Pita Pit provides easy, reasonable priced, and relatively healthy food that you can grab-and-go quickly if you’re living on campus. Among the many uprising developments at the Bus Loop area…there are rumors a Chipotle store will be opening in 2016 (from UBC Confessions page).


Food Deals: Here’s a re-cap of some shocking food deals that can be found on campus because who doesn’t like a good deal.

  • $3.33 Triple O’s Tuesday at Triple O’s (next to Sauder School of Business)
  • $3.99 two items and rice at My Home Cuisine (University Village food court)
  • Daily specials at Flip Side (the Nest basement)
  • $2.95 for medium coffee & cookie at the Delly (the Nest basement)

Cool Things to do at UBC:

What’s there to do between your spare time? Not only is UBC the 2nd best university in Vancouver, they probably have the best campus in Canada. What other campus in Canada has one of the most authentic Japanese garden in North America, visited by the (now) emperor of Japan, its own golf course, and a biodiversity museum on campus with a full Blue Whale Skeleton display (it’s truly YUGE ;)), and three distinct beaches on campus.

Beaches – UBC’s three beaches is a worthy mention. It’s also very near to Jericho beach (anyone a fan of sailing? There’s a sail club here) and Spanish Banks beach. (Great place to catch outdoor volleyball during summer). Between Jericho (farther from UBC) and Spanish Banks (closer to UBC, walk-able from Tower beach) is Locarno Beach (good for outdoor BBQ). Side note, the Point Grey and Kits neighborhood is also very quaint with unique shops for a nice walk reasonably close to the water.

Wreck Beach: It’s a nude beach that’s fairly known in Vancouver. It has a great sunset view westward. During summer times, you’ll notice a lot of non-UBC individuals and some questionable characters. (Unfortunately, you meet at the bus loop.). Don’t go sightseeing there (you may run into your professor. Eek.)

Entrance is behind Place Vanier residence with a long stairs down. (another benefit to Place Vanier, you’re no more than 5 minutes from the beach and Nitobe Gardens. It’s right next door.)

Tower Beach: An awe-inspiring, long hike down to a pebble filled beach with a historical search light tower (hence the name). Saw a few jade stones on Tower Beach, I think. You can enjoy the beautiful sunsets, tranquil waters, and the only beach on UEL where you can view the open sea (not really open with Victoria), North Shore Mountains, and parts of Vancouver downtown together. (Excellent for panorama shots.) It is a good escape to nature.

Entrance is on East Mall, walk pass the Law building on East mall towards the water and you’ll see a small entrance.

Acadia Beach – Towards Spanish Banks is Acadia Beach. This is where you’ll find sandier beaches and a good swimming spot. It’s also near towards the Pacific Spirit Park trails but there’s reportedly no trails officially made for this beach.

Vancouver Beach Sunset UBC

Beach in Vancouver during Sunset. Imagine enjoying this EVERYday.


Nitobe Garden – Nitobe Gardens has quite a lot of accreditation. Among many, it’s one of the most authentic Japanese Garden. It’s near the Asian cultural centre and it’s a beautiful garden with free access for students and faculty.

Nitobe Memorial Garden UBC

Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC. Picture from Wiki Commons.


Golf Course  – There’s a full 18 hole golf course on the University Endowment Lands (UEL) added with a driving range for your practice. Join the UBC Golf Club and get discounts on green fees. My friend from first-year residence did it, and they had some great deals for golfers with a supportive community.


Pacific Spirit Park – Besides a golf course and great views, another thing that makes the UBC campus so awesome is a 874 hectares park with 73km of hiking trails. The park runs from south to north with the golf course and University Boulevard in the middle. It’s a favourite for joggers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Pacific Spirit Park UBC

Park sign. Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, BC.  UEL ecological reserve. Picture from Wiki Commons.


Museums – UBC is home to the popular Museum of Anthropology and Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Both have provide free access for students so grab a friend and go for a gander.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum Blue Whale Skeleton Display

Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Blue Whale Skeleton display. Picture from Wiki Commons.


UBC Rose Garden

UBC Rose Garden (Edited Picture)

Rose Garden – As it’s name implies. This is a rose garden. The flowers only bloom in summer primarily but it’s still a nice spot to watch the sea, mountains, and occasional ferries going by. Good spot to finish readings maybe. Find it as you walk by the Canada Flag roundabout.


Chan Centre – The Chan centre is where you’ll frequently find performing arts events. The concert hall is inspired by a Cello. You’ll find frequent performance by UBC choir and UBC Symphony Orchestra. Do note, your cellphone may not work there; according to our orientation guide, the concert hall was built with copper to intentionally block out cellphone reception.)


More to mention:

  • Some may remember when UBC had bouncy bushes (natural trampoline) unfortunately it appears to have succumb to construction and progression; there’s still an old video on Youtube for keepsake.
  • If you’re up for a walk, there’s great views walking the entrance of Tower Beach towards Spanish Banks. (stunning views)
  • UBC also has a farm and a botanical garden. The UBC farm once again emphasizes the concept of sustainability and is the only working farm in city of Vancouver.


Adding further to the list students have free access to UBC’s aquatic centre drop-in swimming sessions. It’s also a frequent spot for nap sessions by commuter students. You’ll also find students studying atop in the warm but chlorine-smelling atmosphere to escape the cold, rainy weather. (Apparently studying at different locations aids your memory. There are also many excellent study spots at UBC. UBC also has many fantastic libraries including one which looks like an upside down book, Koerner Library. It’s a world class campus.)

UBC Koerner Library

UBC Koerner Library. Picture from Wiki Commons, photographer xicotencatl.

  • Koerner Library: You’ll find the basement floor has copious amount of study tables and remarkably quiet.
  • Irving K. Barber Library (IKB): The go-to library for most students. Heritage stacks are here, most books are here, and a few classes occur in the basement level. It’s quietest location if you need silence to concentrate but there are many break-out rooms you can book. Ike’s Cafe is attached to the library for your coffee runs.
  • Concordia Library: Where you will see overly dressed Sauder students. Generally very bright (location). The top floor has great views of the flag-pole while studying which is why I liked it.  Variety of group study areas and silent study area along with a few breakout rooms.
  • Forestry Building: This is where you should visit. Very impressive wood structure inside. Each floor has two study desk at the balcony. Generally quiet, private, and great place to enjoy natural lighting while you study.
  • Marine Drive Residence building: If you want to study and relax, go to the couches at the Marine Drive common block. Great views, nice couches, fireplace, and a good place to study. It can get noisy but it usually isn’t.
  • Ponderosa Study Rooms: The new residences have study rooms besides the Mercante Cafe (which has good thin-crust pizzas).
  • Beach: Catching up on text book readings? The wonderful thing about UBC is you’re just 10 minutes to the beach ON CAMPUS so go for a hike down to the beach to do your readings. (static noise of the waters can help you concentrate too).
  • There are many other study spots, it would require a list of itself. Many faculty have rooms you can book or use when it’s not being used especially the upper levels of Sauder School or business and Buchanan buildings as well as the Computer Science faculty. There are also empty rooms typically at Forestry after hours.

This segment will continue to be updated. There’s so much to do at UBC; such a unique campus combining the convenience of urban living surrounded, and steeped with history (it’s on native land and was used as a fortress in World War II). Even still, peppered with culture and attractions.


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The article draws on personal experience from four years at UBC (albeit the campus changes EVERY year) as well as consolidation of information from these sites:

UBC Aerial View

UBC Aerial View. Picture from Wiki Commons.


UBC’s New President!

A bit more about Santa J. Ono as written by the Straight:

“In 2015, Ono turned down a bonus for the third consecutive year, preferring to give $190,000 of the $200,000 to fund scholarships, staff awards, housing for students, arts, respite care, and other worthy causes. The final $10,000 was handed over to the family of a fallen police officer. His base salary was $520,000 and he refused the board of trustees’ offer to give him a raise.”

This man emphasizes the concept of servant-leadership. A concept which was echoed as well by Stephen Toope which initiated the push for developing more student residences. Finding unique ways to fund UBC growth while helping students with much needed on-campus residence. In my humble opinion, smart move to accept more international students – higher tuition fees for them and more diversified community (higher rankings as the most international university in Canada doesn’t hurt either.)

Santa J. Ono is also taking a 25% “pay cut” to accept his new position at UBC (relative to his pay at UC) of which money seems a small concern for him after turning down various raise at UC.

This is what Ubessey has to say about Ono, “Ono really does seem to care — this isn’t just for show. “The reason I developed a special relationship with the students is that they knew I listened to them in both personal life and through social media,” he said on his affinity with students at the University of Cincinnati. “I miss them. I absolutely love them.””

With this said, lest this should be flattery, lets’ avoid building too high a chair for Santa J. Ono. “A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!”

None the less, we’re excited for UBC. [For information of significance, UBC contributes over 12 billion dollars to BC’s economy with over 560 million dollars in research funding for more than 8000 projects.” This simulates the economy in Vancouver, providing more jobs, training students to be more valuable – hopefully – members in society.

I remember in my Econ 350/370 class on Canadian public finance about two years ago; we saw the significant external benefits to higher education for society and for the individuals themselves. The dollar value of social benefits to higher education out weight the cost (especially with female students). This is maybe why government subsidizes higher education and why it increases the overall marginal social benefit for doing so. While Regan is famous for pushing that “Government is not the solution, it’s the problem…” government is especially useful when there are externalities in the market. Without the subsidies, the equilibrium point chosen by an individual’s private marginal benefit to private marginal cost would be well below the socially optimal level.

Without positive or negative externalities (which is rarely the case – our actions always affect others), a free market without regulation is more efficient for society – not necessary more fair. Though where externalities exist. subsidies and taxes are efficient to bring the market to a socially efficient point of equilibrium or where re-distribution for “fairness” is concerned; the measurement for an efficient point of subsides however is difficult (it’s like weighing how heavy a glass of water is with your eye).

There’s the economics student in me lol; correct me if I’m wrong, going by memory and not the scribbled class notes I’ve put away years ago. Something actually useful learnt in class 😉


TL;DR: We should be thankful that the government pays about 50% of student tuition for residents.  It’s worthwhile for government to subsidize tuition for students in hopes they’ll be more productive to society and pay more taxes to come. Still more can be done relative to the benefits of education.

Best Poutine Stores in Vancouver, BC

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We all love eating poutine. Read this if you want to know where the mouth-watering, must-try poutine is in Vancouver. It’s so good, you may just think you’ve visited Montreal. Do not skip trying these magnificent creation if you’re craving poutine.

Where are the best poutine in Vancouver? How about you try out these Vancouver poutine creations and let us know if you agree; they are the top 5 poutine in our books!

To find the best poutine, let’s first discover what constitutes as good poutine. Crisp, double-fry, fresh cut fries topped with luscious, thick, flavor-packed beef gravy (slightly peppered) paired importantly with fresh Quebec cheese curds! This is a bite you will remember. Quebec cheese curds are a MUST for poutine.

The Best Poutine in Vancouver:

1) La Belle Patate:

The beautiful potato as it’s known in French is as close a taste of Montreal poutine as you would get (unless you’re willing to take a road trip to Langley for Estrella’s Montreal Deli) in Vancouver downtown. These gorgeous fries are freshly cut, homemade, and crisply fried as a good poutine should. Now topped that with flavor packed gravy with real Quebec cheese curds and you have the best poutine in Vancouver. It’s not even a competition.

La Belle Patate has a variety of poutine variations that you can try including smoke meat, chicken, BBQ, and Galvaude. When you visit, because I know you will, go for the traditional good old fashion traditional poutine then go for the smoke meat next.

La Belle Patate Poutine in Vancouver





Address: 1215 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4


2) Oakwood Canadian Bistro:

Living up to it’s name, this Canadian bistro serves some of the best Canadian poutine in Vancouver. The “Very Canadian Poutine” at Oakwood Canadian Bistro is only served during their dinner menu and comes at a price of $14 but it’s rather an irresistible dish. Freshly made fries is topped with house gravy and generous portions of smoked beef brisket and Quebec cheese curds.

If you’re really looking to taste the best poutine in Vancouver, Oakwood Canadian Bistro rightly comes in at #2 with this artisan Canadian poutine creation. We’re placing this at #2 partly because of it’s delicious poutine and largely because we’re a fan of anything Canadian and local; which Oakwood Canadian Bistro fills both. Their other dishes are also equally a worthy try.

Oakwood Canadian Bistro Poutine on wood in Vancouver.

Very Canadian Poutine at Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver, BC



Address: 2741 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9


3) Belgian Fries:

Belgian Fries have been acclaimed by Vancouverites as a go-to spot for good poutine. Their menu features a variety of ambitious poutine variations from the classic to the chicken kebab poutine. While it’s not the most authentic style of true Canadian poutine as at Oakwood, their poutines are a local favourite. The gravy used at Belgian Fries is vegetarian friendly. (bias but I think real gravy for poutine should not be vegetarian; nonetheless, it is still equally delicious.)

Belgian Fries serves up two sizes for their poutine, medium and large. The prices at Belgian Fries run just under $10 for a medium sized premium poutine (like Chicken Kebab) and roughly $7.50 for their classic Vancouver poutine. The portions are reasonably sizable for a medium though a large is only roughly $1.50 more. Maybe visit with a friend, grab two different large poutines, and try a little bit of both; they have quite a few unique poutines. While you’re there perhaps try out their deep fried mars bar too.

Belgian Fries in Vancouver BC Poutine

Belgian Fries in Vancouver



Address: 1885 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5


4) Fritz Fry House:

Fritz European Fry House is known primary for their poutine. Who would have thought another European themed store would be serving up the best poutine in Vancouver. This family owned eatery is nicely nestled right in downtown Vancouver and patronized by both locals and tourists looking for good poutine in Vancouver. As with any good poutine, the fries are freshly fried and home-made. You have the thick brown gravy over-top with perfect cheese Quebec cheese curds which soften without completely melting. That’s a good poutine. Fritz European Fry House can’t quite edge out Oakwood Very Canadian poutine but it’s a great value for any late night food escapes.

Prices are fair, $5 for small, $7.5 for medium, and $10 for large. Their poutine menu is a la cart, you can add any additional toppings to your classic poutine ranging from Montreal smoke meat to crumbled bacon. They have a few specialty European dips such as “peanut sauce” or “dutch mayo”. It’s worth a try if you’re around the area though not overtly fantastic relative to the three above. Fritz European Fry House is opened daily till at least 2 AM except Monday when it’s closed; 4:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fritz Europoean Fry House Poutine in Vancouver BC

Vancouver BC Poutine at Fritz European Fry House



Address: 718 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B6


5) Smoke’s Poutinerie:

Smoke’s Poutinerie easily serves up some of the best Vancouver poutine. This seems to be a franchise (and being Vancouverites, we prefer family-owned, local businesses). This is true Canadian comfort food, with thinly cut, crisp fries, even better gravy, and cheese curds. Their cheese curds is good and their gravy is even better. They serve up a variety of flavors from pulled pork, chicken fajita, or their veggie delux. It’s one of the biggest poutine menu I’ve seen in Vancouver; Smoke”s Poutinerie only serves poutine.

Prices are $6.99 for a regular size traditional poutine and $4.99 for their snack size (which is truly a snack size – no bigger than a box of Chinese take out). Making it a specialty poutine is only $2 more which is highly recommended.  Having only tried their classic poutine, what I especially like about Smoke’s Poutinerie  is the thin-cut fries that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It still keeps crisp with the gravy. It’s a little different from the other thick-cut fries above. [I remember hearing about Smoke’s Poutinerie opening it’s new branch in Vancouver several years back and was ecstatic to try it out. Always enjoy a good poutine. It was time Vancouver got it’s own specialty poutine stores like in Montreal and now we do, La Belle Patate and Smoke’s Poutinerie! If you’re craving good poutine, it won’t disappoint.]

Smoke's Poutinerie in Vancouver Classic Poutine

Smoke’s Poutinerie is known for good poutine in Vancouver.



Address: 942 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2


More POUTINE! If you’re still craving for poutine, here are more worthy stores to try. They aren’t as the first five but equally worthwhile in a category of its own.

You can’t have too much poutine just like you can’t have too much chocolates so here are more MUST-Try poutine indulgence in Vancouver:

Dunn’s Famous – Dunn’s Famous is known for smoke meat (which honestly, isn’t that great – not anything near Swartz in Montreal. It needs to be more meatier and peppered. Tastes like traditional corn beef or deli smoke meat at the moment.). Their smoke meat poutine is generously portioned for $8! Almost a 9″ circular container stuffed with fries, gravy, cheese curds and loaded with smoke meat crumbs.

In essence, Dunn’s Famous has excellent value for their smoke meat poutine but could step up their game on the gravy and smoke meat aspect. This is highlighted for incredible value and portions.

Estrella’s Montreal Deli – If you’re craving a taste of Montreal and willing to drive for it them Estrella’s is the spot for you. It’s all the way out in Langley but it’s as close to Montreal Smoke meat and poutine as you can get in the Greater Vancouver Area. They make their own smoke meat and then use the drippings from the smoke meat for their poutine gravy. This is seriously good; the store is owned by a former Montreal resident and they know their food well. If you’re looking for good poutine in Vancouver then this is the spot to go. (albeit quite the drive)

Overall, there are over 35 eateries in Vancouver that dish up this deliciousness called poutine (from the likes of restaurants like Chambar, pubs like Wolf and Hound, pizza franchises like Mega bite to good old food truck in Maple Ridge like Big Red’s Poutine – we Canadians love our poutine). We are confident these Vancouver poutine we’ve featured above are the five best poutine in Vancouver BC that you have to try if you’re craving poutine.

Don’t let some stranger tell you where the best poutine is. (This Buzzfeed article is completely off – since when is the best poutine in Vancouver…from a Belgium restaurant. Belgium Fries has some pretty mighty poutine but far from the best in Canada. This is like saying French Cuisine is better in Singapore.) On the other hand, these are the best poutine in Vancouver from a local’s perspective and local opinions.


Ps. Remember when Wendy tried to make poutine Canada’s national food? I think they were on point there; I can’t think of anything more Canadian than sorry, poutine, and Tim’s. (Speaking of which, it’s time Tim Hortons make their rendition of Poutine – they got roasted potatoes wedges now.)

A few other poutine stores in Vancouver were not mentioned. If you’re looking for good value, and tasty poutine, your nearest costco could be a safe bet for good poutine at only $4.75. Since poutine is almost our national food, there’re quite a few options for poutine. Comment if we missed anything that should be on the top 5 list.

Thanks for reading.

Soli Deo gloria || Colossians 3:23