Finding Zen at the VPAG’s gift shop.
At the shop I overheard mention of the Sean Caulfield exhibit at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. I hopped on my bike and rode a few blocks over to 31st Avenue to check out the “VPAG,” arriving at the same time as a group of elementary school students. I’m not sure who was more excited to check out the installation. While exhibitions rotate throughout the year, I found that the VPAG gift shop was another great place to shop a curated collection of beautiful, one-of-a-kind items.
Getting good use out of the city’s bike racks, I unlocked outside of the art gallery and plotted a course to my last stop of the day at Monashee’s, a local staple. Formerly a liquor store and pub, it’s now one giant beer, wine, and spirits shop - in fact it’s the busiest private liquor store in the province. Pop into the tasting room at the back (just to the right of the humidor) and do a private tasting from the wine-on-tap collection. They also host special events - and a scotch club - and they’re located right on the bike path at the corner of 30th Avenue and 30th Street.
Bike lanes, nary a hill in sight, and a concentrated community of culture, good eats, and great shopping make Vernon a great cycling destination for adventures of all kinds.
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