Can you believe it’s been 10 years since The Village at Park Royal opened? To me that was still considered part of the “new” Park Royal until, upon closer inspection this summer, I discovered that there is much more in store at the West Vancouver shopping destination.
Being a West End resident it’s easy to walk up Robson Street to do my shopping but lately I’ve been drawn across the Lions Gate Bridge, thanks to the offerings at Park Royal. It takes me 10 minutes to get there by bus from downtown Vancouver — through Stanley Park and over the Lions Gate Bridge — with a 250 bus from Georgia and Cardero (you can also take the 252 or 255).
The new expansion on Park Royal South includes Anthropologie, Aritzia, Bath & Body Works, Browns, J.Crew, LOFT, LUSH, The Men’s Club, Sephora, Town Shoes, and Zara. If you’re feeling peckish, and up for something more than a food court offering, there’s also Faubourg Paris, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Trattoria, and a brand new White Spot.
All of these new shops and services, with open-air access, compliment Park Royal’s existing North and South indoor malls as well as the aforementioned Village.
The Village boasts the first Salomon store in Metro Vancouver, the first Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop in Canada, and the best Whole Foods Market in North America. Part of the attraction to The Village is the wide pedestrian friendly sidewalks, a community gathering space by Whole Foods Market called Keeper’s Crossing, and the convenient front of store parking for the ultimate shopping experience.
Park Royal is Metro Vancouver’s second largest shopping centre and the changes will keep coming. Simons is coming to Park Royal South next (where Extra Food was located) and then they’ll get started on polishing up Park Royal North over the next few years. For now, you can enjoy everything from major retailers such as Michael’s and Home Depot to the exquisite italian cuisine of Trattoria.
Celebrating 10 Years of The Village at Park Royal
All summer long, The Village at Park Royal is hosting events and special promotions to celebrate its anniversary. You can also enter to win a $500 Park Royal shopping spree in the Snap and Share contest. Simply snap a photo of your favourite moments in The Village at Park Royal and share it on social media with the tag #10YearsFun and @ParkRoyal (see full contest rules here).
Entertainment in the village this month:
Mark & Bobby
August 16th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
August 17th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
August 23rd from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
August 24th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
August 30th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
August 31st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
September 1st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Take a complimentary pedicab ride between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on weekends and holidays, and enjoy #10YearsFun treats from Cupcakes, Milestones, and Whole Foods Market.
The main anniversary event will take place all day on Saturday, September 6, 2014. There will be pop-up yoga, live entertainment, a Big Love Ball giveaway, fun family activities, and live music from Star Captains and Dear Rouge. If you haven’t been to Park Royal lately, now is the time to go. There are great things happening in this fun, festive, outdoor shopping community.
Park Royal is open Monday to Tuesday 10:00am to 7:00pm; Wednesday to Friday 10:00am to 9:00pm; Saturday 9:30am to 6:00pm; Sunday & Holidays 11:00am to 6:00pm. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information.