Best Vancouver Souvenirs
Vancouver is a spectacular place to visit and explore. Downtown is lively with shopping of all kinds. Between the malls, the tourist shops, and the funky boutique shopping of Gastown, you are sure to find all the Vancouver souvenirs you could want. Here’s a shortlist of some of the things we found.
Best Vancouver Souvenirs
An Inukshuk is traditionally a pile of stones, often in the shape of a man. They were used by Native Americans to mark important locations for navigating, hunting, or showing a sign of peace and friendliness. While visiting Vancouver, you may notice carved figurines and jewelry versions of these in gift shops. I was really drawn to this symbol of communication and friendliness, but I was unable to find one small enough that fit my price range. Most polished stone Inukshuk figurines were carved and rather large so they are very expensive. You may get lucky and see locals carving them along tourist areas and trails, hoping to sell a few to tourists. Ultimately, if you can’t find one, don’t sweat it. You can always get one on etsy. This is my top favorite of all the Vancouver souvenirs we collected.
Another native American inspired souvenir are small carved totem poles. They will likely be found in many of the Standard Canada tourist shops along the waterfront or in gas town.
Sockeye Smoked Salmon
Pretty much anywhere you go, you’ll find sockeye smoked salmon in a decorative wooden box. These make great gifts for family members because they take up very little space and they bring back a taste of Canada. We saw them everywhere downtown. We saw them for sale first at Snowggle gifts along the waterfront and then later in gas town, but you may want to check Granville Island Granville Island market for a better selection.
Steamworks Brewery Glass
Steamworks Brew pub sits at the start of Water street, marking the beginning of the historic Gastown district. We were impressed with their food and beers, so we bought ourselves a Steamworks beer glass to add to our collection. Their whimsical steam powered balloon and steampunk style graphics really make for unique and collectible merch. Not only does the Steamworks glass remind us of the brewery, but it also reminds us of Gastown, our favorite district downtown.
Real Canadian Maple Syrup
You really can’t leave without grabbing a small jug of maple syrup from Granville Island. If syrup isn’t your thing, you can find other maple products like maple butter and maple-flavored candy.
Maple leaf anything
Canada’s iconic symbol is the red maple leaf. You won’t be able to escape the leaf plastered on all kinds of souvenirs ranging from magnets and keychains, clothing, and small trinket boxes. We even found some clever truffles with a little red sugar leaf. These souvenirs are great for family members as well since they are usually inexpensive and clearly represent Canada.
A red coat with black pants and tan hat make up the iconic uniform of a Mountie, Canada’s federal police force. You will see mountie figurines, stuffed moose mountie toys, and other merchandise all over downtown Vancouver.
Granville Island Crafts and food
Granville Island is a hub for shopping, craft beer, and seafood dining. They have a bunch of stores selling art and craft goods from local artists, along with some delicious fresh produce, seafood, and other local culinary delicacies.