3 outdoor Boxing Day shopping destinations

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      Here are three can’t-miss outdoor shopping zones in the week after Christmas.

      West 4th Avenue is one of Vancouver’s premier outdoor malls, featuring everything from ski and snowboard gear east of Burrard to high fashion, technical apparel, beauty, music, travel, and shoe retailers all the way from Fir to Balsam streets. Plus, there are more dining choices than anywhere outside of the downtown core.

      Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, yet in a retail sense, it’s also one of the most contemporary. Whether it’s shoes, jewellery, clothing, eyeglasses, or furniture, the latest styles are available in the blocks bounded by Water, Cordova, Alexander, and Columbia streets.

      Park Royal South was the first mall in the region to pioneer the high-street concept, creating a scenic outdoor village of shops, restaurants, food retailers, and greenery. If you’re not into driving through the snow to reach Whistler, this pedestrian-friendly enclave is the next-best thing.