Vancouver Newcomers: Gyms, Restaurants and Shopping!

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Vancouver has many fitness centers, places of worship, restaurants, and several stores to accompany specific dietary restrictions. Check out the list of resources below. While this is not a full list of what’s available, it can give Vancouver newcomers a head start.

Vancouver Newcomers Fitness and Recreation Centers

GEC Viva and GEC Pearson both have gyms open to all residents. Currently, the gyms operate with a booking system due to COVID-19. Until further notice, you need to book a time slot for your session. See below for other fitness center options.

Fitness and Rec Centers Near GEC Viva

Fitness World – 1214 Howe St

Robert Lee YMCA – 955 Burrard St

Fitness and Rec Centers Near GEC Pearson & Marine Gateway

Marpole Oakridge Community Centre – 990 W 59th Ave

Fitness World – 477 Interurban Way

Fitness and Rec Centers Near GEC Burnaby Heights

The Next Step Training Centre – 4680 Hastings St

Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre – 240 Willingdon Ave

Places of Worship for Vancouver Newcomers
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Vancouver Newcomers Places of Worship

There are many places of worship across Metro Vancouver. See below for places of worship that welcome Vancouver newcomers nearby our residences:

Places of Worship Near GEC

Christ Alive Community Church – 1155 Thurlow St

Sikh Temple (1980 – 1970) – 1866 W 2nd Ave

Al Masjid Al Jamia – 655 W 8th Ave

Places of Worship Near GEC Pearson and Marine Gateway

The Church in Vancouver – 990 W 59th Ave

Kenf Temple – 8532 French St

Fraserview Muslim Community Services – 6436 Fraser St

Places of Worship Near GEC Burnaby Heights

Christ Worship Centre – 124 St

Providence Maitreya Buddha – 3495 E Hastings St

Mangalam Mandiram – 2133 Dundas St

Brentwood Jummah – 2055 Rosser Ave

*Please note that a quick Google search can give you more options.

Essential stores for Vancouver newcomers
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Vancouver Newcomers Grocery Stores

Grocery Stores Near GEC Viva

Fresh St. Market – 1423 Continental St

Farm to Table – 1312 Richards St

Choices Markets – 1202 Richards St

Grocery Stores Near GEC Pearson & Marine Gateway

T&T Supermarket – 458 SW Marine Dr

Persia Foods Produce Markets – 6437 Main St

Garden Fresh Food & Grocery – 6529 Fraser St

Grocery Stores Near GEC Burnaby Heights

De Benedetto Import Foods From Italy – 4684 Hastings St

Triple A Fresh Produce – 4356 Hastings St

Sungiven Foods – 4106 E Hastings St

Eating Halal in Vancouver

You can

  • Use the Halal Me App or Just Eat Halal Website to see which restaurants offer Halal food.
  • Download Scan Halal App to scan nutrition facts regarding unwanted ingredients.

Halal Stores in Vancouver

Foodness – 927 Seymour St, Vancouver (GEC Viva)

Wescadia Halal Foods – 150 – 1651 Patrick Street, Richmond (GEC Pearson & MG)

Persia Foods Produce Markets – 6437 Main St, Vancouver (GEC Pearson & MG)

Al Safa Halal Meat – 6953 Kingsway, Burnaby (GEC Burnaby Heights)

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Eating Vegan in Vancouver

Check out Happy Cows to find Vegan options (Vegetarian options can also be found)

Vegan-Optioned Stores in Vancouver

Whole Foods Market – 1675 Robson St, Vancouver (GEC Viva)

Collective Market – 1156 Bute St, Vancouver (GEC Viva)

Grand Marpole Market – 8460 Granville St (GEC Pearson & MG)

Tama Organic Life – 2828 E Hastings St #102 (GEC Burnaby Heights)

Costco Wholesale store - for vancouver newcomers who'd like to shop in bulk!
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Vancouver Newcomers Costco

Costco is a wholesale grocery and retail chain in Canada. There are several Costco stores in Vancouver. You can buy bulk items at Costco for a cheaper price and save money compared to your regular grocery store runs.

Costco memberships typically cost $60 annually. You can get a Costco membership card with a valid BC ID at a local Costco store or through their website.

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Vancouver Newcomers Cheap Restaurants and Eateries

Downtown Area

Chinese and Japanese Food

Patterson Wonton House – 917 Davie St

Super Chef Grill – 280 Robson St

Kiku Sushi Downtown – 1368 W Pender St

Ebi-Ten – 388 Robson St

Indian Food

A Taste of India Restaurant – 1282 Robson St

Crave India Restaurant – 1019 Granville St

Middle Eastern Food

Manoush’eh – 620 Davie St

Mediterranean Grill – 1152 Denman St


Fantastico Pizza 2001 – 595 West Pender St

Freshslice Pizza – 663 Abbott St

Richmond Area

Chinese Food

Pho 37 – 11666 Steveston Hwy

Northern Café – 1640 East Kent Ave S

Korean Food

Andamiro Korean Bistro – 2568 Kingsway

So Hyang Korean Cuisine – 6345 Fraser St

Vegan Food

Vegan Pizza House – 2119 Kingsway

Chickpea Restaurant – 4298 Main St

Burnaby Area

Mexican Food

Quesada Burritos & Tacos – 4297 Hastings St

Sal y Limón Mexican Cuisine – 701 Kingsway #5

Italian Food

La Fontana Caffe – 3701 Hastings St #101

Fast Food

Stan’s Pizza Joint – 4527 Hastings St

McDonald’s – 4801 E Hastings St

A&W Canada – 4605 Hastings St

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