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the new york times: 36 hours

Every Sunday, one favorite section of the New York Times is the full page 36 Hours travel guide to a city near or far.

Compiled into one travel guide, The NY Times 36 hours—150 weekends in the USA & Canada—features maps, color photographs and insider tips galore for a wide variety of 3-day, 2-night adventures in the US and Canada.

It’s only Monday, but start packing your bags—this Friday we’re going to ______!


call for entries: the 100 mile house

photo by: A tea but no e What: The 100 Mile House
When: by 5:00 pm, April 19, 2012
Who: The Architecture Foundation of BC

With an international call for entries, this competition truly allows one to think outside the box—outside the four walls of a typical home—
but not outside a 100 mile radius of Vancouver.

When settlers built structures to live in for long periods of time, it was a low-tech time
—materials were rudimentary and distribution was a challenge without local hardware stores—and necessity was the Mother of invention so only local materials were used.

Today’s home can be technologically advanced, and its systems managed electronically from the other side of the world, but what if the logic of the present was challenged? Promoted by The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia, that’s exactly the goal—to potentially change the way, the how and the what homes are built of and how we live in them.

Big ideas require that no rules restrict the creative process, so budgets and local zoning limitations will be lifted—and since it’s quite possible that one brilliant idea might cause the rules to change and allow for greater advances in any geographic area—let the competition begin!


our neighborhood: vancouver

photo by: David Paul OhmerOriginally the settlement of Gastown, then the town of Granville, Vancouver lies strategically on the coast of the Salish Sea within British Columbia. The sixth and westernmost province of Canada, BC was named by Queen Victoria in 1858—and its capital is Victoria in her honor.

The first people, or aboriginal ancestors, of Vancouver are the First Nations, Inuit and Métis—whose presence dates back 8000-10,000 years.

Unique to the area, their totem poles tell a real or mythical story and each animal has significance—to the people and to the land. Located in Stanley Park, a collection of eight totem poles are protected and their stories interpreted.

It wasn’t until the late 1700s that the first noted European explorers arrived separately—an officer of the British Royal Navy, George Vancouver, and José María Narváez of Spain one year earlier.

From England to Cape Town, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and China—Vancouver’s expedition chartered unknown waters and surveyed coastlines of the Pacific Northwest which includes the states of Oregon and Washington, all the way to Alaska. Being the ‘first’ to arrive, Vancouver named the main harbor area, the Burrard Inlet, after his friend Sir Harry Burrard.

As head of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884, American William Van Horne urged the adoption of the name ‘Vancouver’—which was already a famous and memorable name—and he urged the CPR to use the Granville location as a key hub which would eventually open up the Canadian West to trade and tourism.

photo by: Vancouver 125A key point in the trade route between Asia, Eastern Canada, and London, Vancouver grew quickly as it also exported its natural resources—in 1884, wooden beams 112’ long and 28” square were shipped from from local sawmills to Beijing’s Imperial Palace.

Thanks to the Vancouver Film Office, the city is the third largest film production center in the world and is often referred to as ‘Hollywood North’. Over the years it’s been the site of many film productions including Legends of the Fall, Elf, Tron, and I Robot.

Today it’s home to the television series Alcatraz and Once Upon a Time and the Vancouver Film School which will ensure the industry continues to thrive.

Tomorrow, our second store in Canada, CB2 Vancouver, opens in the historic Robson neighborhood of Vancouver. We hope to see you there!

photo by: flyfshrmn98


opening day: queen west toronto

This past Saturday, January 21st, the newest CB2 store opened in Queen West Toronto.

With sincere gratitude, Thank You to everyone who had a hand in getting our orange doors opened—
one of the most challenging, long, and rewarding projects we’ve undertaken.

We’re especially grateful to Trevor at Starbucks Queen West/Bathurst—who kept us caffeinated during the week then welcomed guests with coffee and hot chocolate all opening day long—and to everyone who granted us a photo opportunity with their dog and who braved the elements to say hello. We’re thrilled to meet you and look forward to being neighbors!


our neighborhood: toronto

The history of Toronto began not long after glaciers created the Great Lakes thousands of years ago—including Lake Ontario, the eastern most of the five.

Soon various Indian tribes settled its northwest shore including the Mississaugas, Huron and Iroquois—Toronto is most likely Iroquois ‘tkaronto’ for the ‘place where trees stand in the water’, or a man-made natural corral to easily catch fish.

In the late 1700s, the British monarchy purchased the land from the Mississaugas and Toronto was incorporated as York in 1834. In those many years, British loyalists fled America for Canada as did escaped slaves and immigrants from Ireland during the great famine.

Since then, Toronto has become the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario—and with just over 50% of its population native-born, it’s one of the most diverse cities in the world.

By the 1860s the Gooderham and Worts Distillery is said to have become the world’s largest whiskey factory and the industry established the Distillery District. While many significant architectural structures were demolished in the 60s and 70s to make way for modern buildings, the district maintained many of its Victorian era industrial architecture. 

The city has seen its share of natural disasters—most notably the Great Toronto Fire of 1904 and Hurricane Hazel in 1954—which create opportunities to rebuild and modernize.

The distinctive CN Tower was completed in 1974 and is not only a key feature of the city’s skyline, at just over 1,815 feet (553 metres) it’s still the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Thankfully the city’s street car system from 1891 remains—and as renovations of buildings and neighborhoods are done—the mix of the old with new is unique and charming.

Today, the Toronto Public Space Committee protects the city’s many public spaces including city squares and parks and its revitalized waterfront.

Besides its fifty-plus ballet and dance companies, Toronto has been home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958—and the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the original six clubs of the National Hockey League. And since 1995, the Raptors are the only NBA team outside the US.

With the cold winters come inside activities including sports and movies. Home to the first permanent IMAX, the city has been seen on the big screen in Atom Egoyan’s Chloe and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch and the soon to be released Cosmopolis.

It’s also the home of CB2’s first location in Canada—where many remember theBig Bop music venue—at Queen West and Bathurst. 

Special thanks to darryl, store manager Queen West, for the photograph.