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Vancouver’s outlet scene is just starting to see the bold names of its US counterparts. Queensborough Landing, about half hour outside of Vancouver in the suburb of New Westminster, is attracting a lot of attention among Vancouver’s fashion set. The selection of stores is definitely sufficient for an afternoon of retail therapy: Gap, Banana Republic, Aldo, Mexx, Roots, Calvin Klein, Le Chateau and Quiksilver, to name a few. There are also plenty of casual spots to refuel mid-spree.
To get a more luxury outlet experience, cross the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets, home to the most-sought after brands like Burberry, Lacoste, DKNY, J.Crew and Max Azria. And it’s not just about stocking the closet: home décor is well-represented with Restoration Hardware and Le Creuset. About 2 hours from Vancouver, do budget for the border wait (tune into a local radio station for updates), be sure to bring your passport (you can’t cross the US/Canada border without it) and keep your receipts.