Support and the City: 28 Places in Vancouver That Support Your Wellness
Vancouver: home to the ocean, the mountains, insane real estate prices… and also many amazing resources for those with a cancer diagnosis. Rethink’s history with the city dates back to our Live Laugh Learn days at the Lulu lab in Kitsilano and hosts some of our Scientific Advisory Committee members.
Bonus points: we love that this city was the birthplace of Greenpeace back in 1971!
BC Cancer Agency is at the forefront of cancer care and research, and the city is bursting with options for health and wellness seekers whether you like the outdoors or not.
Support and Counselling
1. BC Cancer Foundation
686 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1, 604-877-6040
BC Cancer Foundation covers the whole spectrum of cancer care, from diagnosis to rehabilitation. With services such as counseling, screening, radiation and follow up treatment, their services offer well-rounded care.
2. BC Health Authorities – Island Health
1952 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8, 250-370-8699
Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 767,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and the mainland communities north of Powell River for residents, clients and patients.
3. Callanish Society
2277 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 2J1, 604-732-0633
The focus of Callanish is to “inspire those who are living with and/or dying from cancer to reconnect with the essentials of life”. The program offers seasonal retreats, outreach programs and much-needed resources such as counseling, meditation, and a young adults support group.
4. Inspire Health Society
1330 W 8th Ave Unit #200, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A6, 604-734-7125
Inspire health provides cancer rehabilitation services that support and educate people during and after cancer treatment. They offer various services, including personalized exercise therapy, stress management, and nutrition and counseling services
EXERCISE AND FITNESS
5. Lifemoves Health and Rehabilitation
203, 777 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7, 604-283-1858
This unique kinesiology focused centre works with patients who suffer from injury, illness, and disability. They provide their clients with up-to-date programming based on current research and new knowledge to ensure clients achieve greater health, fitness, well-being, and freedom to move.
6. One Yoga for the People
150 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, 604-710-7267
One Yoga offers Vinyasa, Yin, and Foundations classes that provide a good foundation of knowledge for beginners or people who are returning to yoga practices.
7. Personal Best Exercise Therapy
731 W 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1S8, 604-569-3390
These facilities use evidence-based research to design individualized exercise programs for anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Their services are available before, during and after surgeries and treatments and are designed to help overcome the side effects of cancer treatments and to improve physical functioning
HEALTH AND BEAUTY
8. Because We Care Mastectomy And Wigs
5660 176a St, Surrey, BC V3S 4G8, 604-372-4083
With a wide range of mastectomy products such as clothing, swimwear, mastectomy bras, head covers, wigs, and hats. They also have a luxurious spa to treat yourself or a loved one too.
9. Eva & Co Wigs Inc.
107-950 W Broadway St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7, 604-684-2917
Eva and Co Wigs carry a large selection of human hair wigs, hairpieces and hair extensions. They also carry a large selection of hats and scarves.
10. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop – Yaletown
1188 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2, 604-683-1895
The perfect place to find the most stylish and durable hats. With a huge range of varieties, you’re sure to fit into something that suits you best.
11. Eternal Abundance Organic Vegan Grocery and Café
1025 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X1, 604-707-0088
An organic vegan grocery and café focusing on entirely plant-based food options. With a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds on offer, you’re bound to find what you’re after. They also offer cooking classes, community movie screening and expert talks on wellness and the environment
12. Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant
1509 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J2, 604-733-2231
Heirloom Vegetarian offers a contemporary take on the vegetarian fine dining experience. Their menu includes healthy and interesting cuisine in a casual setting. Open from brunch to late.
13. Indigo Age Cafe and Kombucha Bar
436 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Z4, 604-622-1797
With a range of healthy vegetarian, fast and convenient items on offer, Indigo Age café is perfect for a quick, nutritious lunch stop
14. Nectar Juicery
102 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, 778-379-7589
Nectar Juicery offers a wide variety of juice cleanses as well as individual cold-pressed juices.
15. Nourish Café
3742 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6R 2G4, 604-222-8350
Nourish Cafe is a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in salad and noodle options, with items able for delivery. They also have an in-house cooking school.
16. Railtown Café
397 Railway St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1A4, 604-428-0800
Offering locally sourced, organically grown, fresh comfort food, Railtown Café is the perfect stop off for lunch. They even rent out the restaurant for small private events!
17. The Acorn Restaurant
3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3, 604-566-9001
In need of a place for date night? The Acorn is an award-winning, vegetable-focused restaurant and bar that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
18. The Juicery Co.
254 1st St E, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3, 604-770-3131
At The Juicery Co. Cold pressed juices are their specialty. They acknowledge the benefits of juice, especially in terms of its impacts on people living with cancer but suggest juice cleanses may not be beneficial to those going through treatment.
19. The Juice Truck
28 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1H5, 604-719-8861
With a focus on cold-pressed juices, The Juice Track Café also serves light and healthy breakfast and lunches
20. Tractor – Everyday Healthy Foods
West 4th and Cypress – 1903 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3L9
Marine Building, Burrard and Cordova – 335 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C5
Robson near Richards – 547 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1A6
East 2nd and Quebec – 1751 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1B4
Tractor incorporates healthy vegetarian, gluten-free food into easy and convenient meals without compromising taste.
21. Whole Foods Market
510 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1C5, 778-370-4210
Whole Foods Market carries an extensive range of organic and health-conscious foods. They also make smoothies and ready-to-eat food that provides quick and convenient meals.
22. Zend Conscious Lounge
1130 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, 604-801-6107
The space at Zend Lounge is designed to be ‘a home away from home’, where you can enjoy super healthy and organic food and drinks whilst relaxing in comfort. On top of all that, 100% of profits from the restaurant go to charity!
COMPLIMENTARY HOLISTIC CARE
23. Bellevue Natural Health Clinic
1467 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1C3, 604-913-2262
Bellevue natural health clinic offers natural health services such as naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, counselling, infrared sauna, and holistic nutrition
24. Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre
1111 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X5, 604-733-5323
Finlandia Pharmacy offers full services as a medical and compounding pharmacy. Treatments include herbs, supplements, and homeopathic/naturopathic services
25. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre
730–1285 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X8, 604-738-1012
This naturopathic clinic provides cancer programs their naturopathic medicine can be used to assist general quality of life and to aid the tolerance of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, as well as a means of alternative anticancer methods that focus on targeted tumor reduction
26. Mobile Spa Services
122 Walter Hardwick Ave #801, Vancouver, BC V5Y, 778-928-8943
For when you’re just not up to leaving the house. Vancouver Mobile Spa services come to your home or office to provide you with massages, facials, mani/pedi plus lots more!
27. The Lymphatic and Massage Clinic of Vancouver
550 W Broadway #706, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E9, 604-428-4408
The perfect place to go for a lymphatic massage that is gentle enough for straight after treatment. Their mission is to reduce suffering and live with kindness and care.
28. Vancouver Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic
1001 W Broadway Suite 601, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B1, 604-739-5626
This clinic offers a wide range of services to assist in women’s health, sports injuries rehabilitation, massage therapy plus lots more!