Vancouver's Brightest Stars Dish on Their Hometown

•Tofino. If you have unlimited funds … take an airplane to Tofino, which is on the West coast of Vancouver Island. It's one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. It's just miles and miles of beautiful, rugged coastline and beach. And you could go whale watching.


•Vij's: Best Indian food in the world. (Order) the lamb popsicles. 604-736-6664;

•La Régalade: A little French bistro. They specialize in slow-cooked meals where they have seven-hour lamb shank with apples and candied fruits. 604-921-2228; •The Bake House is really fun in Dundarave. They have this multi-colored, tie-dyed crazy bread and (my girls) love that. 604-925-3031

Personally speaking: Best part about coming home to Vancouver: If you're driving down Granville Street, which is generally the way people go downtown, when you come over the hump and you see for the first time the city and the mountains beyond, it's pretty grand. It's visually fabulous.

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Favorite Olympic sports: Snowboarding, figure skating, curling

Best place to ski/snowboard: I'm a snowboarder. I usually go to Whistler Blackcomb. I used to go to a friend's cabin and you'd get out of the cabin and ski to the bottom of the hill and there would be no waiting whatsoever Now it's a metropolis up there. 866-218-9690;


•Stanley Park. The seawall is this concrete path that goes all around Stanley Park …. It's a hefty walk, but it's beautiful. You get to be right on the ocean and you're also surrounded by trees and nature. Everytime I'm in Vancouver I have to do the seawall. It's rejuvenating in some ways.

•University Endowment Lands. You have to go see nature if you're in B.C. (British Columbia). The endowment lands are right by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and it's basically a section of forest that has trails in them. Not concrete trails, just beaten paths all throughout. It's so quiet and the air is so freaking clean, it's crazy. 604-660-1810;

•Wreck Beach. If you go in the summer, there's a beach called Wreck Beach and it's within UBC …It's a nude beach and you have to go down a beaten path. 604-856-9598;

Classic Vancouver experience: I would go up to do the Grouse Grind or go up the mountain and go snowboarding, and then I would be on the water somehow having lunch …and then be in a great bar at night. You can do anything in this city. You're right by the ocean. You're right by the mountains. You're in a metropolis.

Outing: Granville Island is a must! It's basically a one-way street that leads into a bunch of different restaurants, an amazing farmer's market. There are a lot of amazing artist shops around there. My brother used to be one of the bartenders at (the Sandbar). It's really good seafood and really fresh. They change their seafood menu every day. Also make sure to try the Belgian Chocolate Pudding. 604-669-9030;


•Nevermind Restaurant. A really fun bar that I used to be a waitress at. Try their spring rolls and pizzas. 604-736-0212

•Glowbal Grill in Yaletown. It has a hip, lounge-feel with great martinis. 604-629-3424;

•Sophie's Cosmic Cafe. Must try the Eggs Benedict or daily special. 604-732-6810;

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