Airport Guide: Vancouver

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Totems by carver Reg Davidson.

The Layover: Vancouver

How to spend your time in transit.

A taste of Globe @YVR and (below) Bill Reid's Jade Canoe.

This compact, well-designed airport reflects British Columbia’s natural beauty with themes of land, sea, and sky.
Among the International Terminal’s artworks: Haida artist Bill Reid’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, which was featured on Canada’s $20 bill from 2004 until 2012; Welcome Figures, carved in the Clayoquot tradition by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David; and Flight (Spindle Whorl) by Musqueam artist Susan Point, which uses traditional images to depict the theme of flight.
Pick up a popular multistriped Point Blanket from Hudson’s Bay Company at its Trading Post (International Terminal). Taraxca Jewellery features First Nations-inspired designs in wood as well as silver (Domestic Terminal).
Eat and Drink
Located right above the U.S. Terminal is Globe @YVR, where many dishes are made with sustainable seafood, such as the sake-miso-marinated Haida Gwaii sablefish. Get your udon or sushi fix at Hanami, which also serves dim sum from 9 am to 3 pm (International Terminal).
Family Fun
Lose track of time (just not too much) gazing into the Vancouver Aquarium-managed 475-gallon jellyfish exhibit – as well as its 30,000-gallon aquarium that’s home to anemones, wolf eels, sea stars, and some 5,000 other creatures (International Terminal).

Originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of Virtuoso Life.