A Juice Truck Guide to Steveston Village

In 2011 we launched our juicing business, four wheels rolling in the form of a bright watermelon pink food truck, at the corner of Water and Abbott in Gastown. Myself and my business partner Ryan Slater made the daily commute from Steveston out to the city. We made it our goal that we’d one day be able to open up a shop in Steveston.


Six year later, we were able to make this dream come true. Our juicing team grew up here in Steveston. Ryan, myself, my wife Meghan and our Vancouver GM Lauren Ho, all grew up in Steveston. Many of our team have their roots in Richmond so we were so excited when the opportunity to open up shop in our hometown presented itself. We officially opened last week at 12151 1st Ave in the historic Alegria Cafe location. Alegria had been one of my go to spots growing up and my mom had worked there for years so it felt full circle when the opportunity presented itself for us to take over the location.

If you’ve never been, Steveston is one of the best kept secrets in the Lower Mainland. Anyone that lives in Steveston know’s it.

Steveston was a turn of the century, fishing village built on the water where the Fraser River meets the ocean. It’s maintained a modern village charm. Think Cape Cod - Maritime vibes with the best sunsets you can find.

Alas, growing up in Steveston we wanted to share our go to spots and everything you need to know about visiting our hometown. 

A Guide to Steveston: 

Drink

Gudrun

This place is a gem of gems. Tucked away off the main drag on Moncton, Gudrun’s rocks the best wine list in town. Long table ambience, incredible wines and a rotating food menu that focuses on fresh, local ingredients  done in the most gourmet way. Date night, wine night… Gudrun’s should be a top of any list of things to do in Steveston.

Britannia Brewing

The coolest spot to be in Steveston. It’s the first microbrewery in town and these guys nailed it. They also have a great food program for dinner and brunch on weekends. If you want to try something outside of the box, try their chai beer!

O’Hares Gastropub

One of the original pubs in Steveston. A few beers in and you’ll feel like you’ve travelled to Ireland. They have an amazing selection of craft beer and if you need something to go they have a liquor store next door with lots of local and craft options.

The Buck and Ear Bar and Grill

Famous for it's Friday nights! Steps from the famed Steveston Cannery, Fishing Docks and Garry Point Park, The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill boasts a 200 seat pub with old school pub vibes with pool, darts and lots on tap! 

Steveston Coffee Co. 

The original coffee purveyors of Steveston, having been around for over 15 years. They roast their own beans and have vegan treats to go with your cup of joe! 

Rocanini 

How do you like your coffee? Pour over coffee, siphon coffee, cold brewed coffee, espresso based coffee, lattes... Rocanini has the works when it comes to your caffeinated needs! You can't miss them...located right at the entrance of the village at Moncton and 1 Road. 

Eat

The Juice Truck

Juice, smoothies… something fresh and healthy. We’re the newest kids on the block and we’re excited to be here. Check out our retail section for vegan ice cream, chocolate bars, teas, books and much more.

Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant

One of the best sunset views you’ll find anywhere. Set right on the water, there's not a better place in town to relax to the flow of the ever changing tide. Get there before the dinner rush to get a seat on their patio.

Steveston Pizza Company

A giant in Steveston and worth the drive on its own. This is pizza at its finest. You can’t find flavours like this anywhere. Vegan options and all!

Little Mexico Cantina

Award winning tacos and amazing customer service. You’ll feel right at home … at least after a few tequila or mezcal cocktails.

Pajo’s

A staple in Steveston. All of our friends worked here in high school and this is where the tourists flock too. We go for the chips and vinegar. Be sure to watch out for the seagals… they’re a fan of the chips too.

Catch Kitchen + Bar

Above The Blue Canoe with postcard water views and the best veggie burger in Steveston. Try and get yourself a window seat… you might even get a glimpse of some passing sea lions!

Move

Russel Sean Fitness

If you want to get a sweat on this is where you want to be. Russel Sean Fitness is right at the pulse of Steveston. You’d be hard up to find a better place to workout anywhere in the Lower Mainland. From circuit training bootcamps, to boxing and spin, your options are covered. Their warehouse style gym gives you the room to push it to your max each work out.

Perfect Hearts Yoga

Tucked away in a secret little garden behind The Juice Truck lies a sanctuary of yoga bliss. Steps from one another... the perfect duo; juice and yoga! 

Walk

Garry Point Park

This is the jewel of Steveston. A 75 acre waterfront park with sunsets worth travelling for. The water lights up like a tide of fire at the magic hour of sunset. During the winter a pond in the middle of the park is frozen for outdoor hockey. The ultimate Canadian experience! 

The Dyke 

Linking up to Garry Point, you can take the Dyke from Terra Nova all the way into Steveston. With panoramic views to the west of the ocean, Gulf Islands and estuary, and views to the north of the Coastal Mountains and Vancouver International Airport,  this is another prime spot for watching the sunset, or if you're an AM stroller for an early morning sunrise. Walking or cycling, this trail offers high reward for an easy adventure. 

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 

Step back in time for this boardwalk jaunt. With a little imagination you could be strolling down the docks in years long passed. A wooden boardwalk takes you from the Chinese Bunkhouse past the Murakami gardens and the shipyards all the way along the water into Steveston Village. Expect to see herons, old fishing boats and maybe a seal or two along the way. 


See

Finn Slough Heritage and Wetland Society 

Adventure to the outskirts of Steveston for this made for a movie set town. It's worth the efforts to see these wooden houses built on stilts floating over the water, along the marshy river bank of the Fraser River. Finn Slough was originally built by Finnish Settlers in the 1880's. Think Alabama backwaters meets Finnish folklore with a small village flare. 

International Buddhist Temple

Home of the largest Buddha statue in North America. Steps from the bustle of #3 Road this is one of the most beautiful temple's in the Lower Mainland. Meditation, farming, traditional temple food and buddhist teachings. Theres lots to see, do and learn here! 

Shop

Nikaido

In need of a gift... go no further. Nikaido is stocked full with well curated wares from an unmatched line of teas sure to satisfy any enthusiast to stylish pens, stationary and tablewares. 

Pieces

If there was one shop that checked the boxes for Steveston vibe gift wares it would be Pieces. This popular spot is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Steveston Village. It's one of those places that makes you feel good as soon as you step through the door. 

Village Books and Coffee Shop 

New or used books... or maybe just the coffee. Boasting beans from 49th Parallel Roasters, this book store is an adventure awaiting your visit. Their used book section is amazing from kids books, to business, travel, self development and beyond. 

Prickly Pear Garden Centre

A utopia for green hearts and green thumbs. This place is special... a wonderland for any plant lover with everything for your outdoor and indoor needs. They also have an equally amazing gift shop and are two steps ahead for any seasonal needs from pumpkins in October to Christmas Trees in December. 

Phoenix Art Workshop

Supporting creativity from canvas to frame. If you're here for an extended stay sign up for one of their classes (or check out their art retreats). From art supplies to framing to classes, your inner creativity awaits you!  

Steveston Village Maternity

For cool moms and cool babes, this spot is a one stop shop. With tons of local options and everything else you could imagine needing for those special years!  

Scout and Co

This makers and finders collective has the hippest of Steveston offerings. They have a pinterest worthy selection of artisan, locally made wares from Vancouver and across Canada. 

Serendipity's Backyard 

Raise you vibrational frequency at this metaphysical gift shop that specializes in crystals, spiritually minded books, jewelry, incense, sage, gems, sacred gem jewelry, tarot, oracle cards and much more! 

Heringers 

A staple in the Steveston community. They've got the best pickles within 20 kilometers and incredible home made veggie patties. For the non vegans, they've got you covered with lots of options too ;) 

Steveston General Store 

We love this place. You can't come to Steveston and not browse the General Store for hidden treasure. Full of antiques, vintage and retro items of all genres. This is where I got my first juicer back in high school. This is where the juicing all began! 

Heal

Satori

From chiropractics to nutrition and massage, Satori is the place to heal your mind, body and soul! Located in a cozy little heritage home repurposed as an integrated health studio. Book a massage with Wesley...best healing hands we've come across! 

Past Tense

Might as well stay a while. This massage therapy clinic will have you driving back to Steveston for some of the best in the biz. Juice and a massage... don't mind if we do. 

Rain Tree Wellness Spa

Ah yes.... You should feel more relaxed just reading about Rain Tree. A true retreat and spa experience right in the village. An oasis of calm, surrounded by open air, seaside charm and the feeling you have stepped into a home away from home. Everything you want and more from a spa! 

Turning Point Wellness Centre

We can't write a section on healing and not include Turning Point. Ask for Aysha Revell, master RMT and master story teller.

Healing River Acupuncture Centre

Steveston is a mini mecca for wellness centres and Healing River is the go to spot for acupuncture. 

Do

Steveston Tattoo Company

This tattoo shop has an amazing vibe. Just walking through the doors you'll feel the energy of the place. International guest artists are always coming through so be sure to stay up to date with who's in store. 

Browcasso

Just down the street from Steveston Tattoo Company, Browcasso is famous for their brow work. Customers flock from far and wide for their microblading, eyeliner tattoos, eyelash extensions and much, much more. 

Steveston Barbers

A heritage spot in Steveston. They've been cutting hair since 1937... one of the oldest establishments in town. Old school at heart, with modern barber style.  


 





The "Best of the Best' with Renée Gouin

By Erika Preece

If you haven’t visited the Juice Truck in Yaletown as of yet, let me give you a reason. As soon as you walk into the open space filled with light and good vibrations, you’ll notice a few pieces of art on the walls. We commissioned these prints from local artist Renée Gouin. Renée has lived a full life starting from her childhood in Edmonton and Victoria to attending Parson’s School of Design in NYC, to now enjoying life by the mountains in Vancouver. We sat down and chatted the ins and outs of the life of an artist.

Here is the Best of the Best with Renée Gouin!

Morning Routine:

I wake up very early, around 5:30am. I make coffee and savor the quiet of the morning, just sitting in the stillness. I also like to create an intention that will set the tone for the rest of the day.

NYC vs. YVR:

I love New York so much, but I came back to Vancouver because I was missing my family and connection with nature. The concrete jungle got a bit much, the pace too frenetic.

How to get into the creative groove:

My studio in Mount Pleasant has really become a vital creative container. It holds all my materials and has my artwork on the walls, its’s easy to respond creatively when I’m in that space. My regular studio practice helps me stay close to the work and creates a powerful momentum, so I try to go almost everyday.

Essential studio listening:

Podcasts: Waking Up With Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, Two Dope Queens

Artists: Solange, Devendra Banhart, Nina Simone

Audio books: A Girl in A Band by Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth

Best habits for mind/body/spirit wellness:

  1. Vinyasa flow yoga- You have to be very aware of your physicality during this practice and the focus that it requires invokes a quiet mind.
  1. Hiking is important to me. I feel like I spend a lot of energy creating artwork so it’s crucial to do things that replenish that energy.

Go-to Juice/Smoothie:

Straight up green juice!

How to get out of a creative rut:

Comedy! Humour can create a powerful shift.  There are some great specials on Netflix; Dave Chapelle and Louis CK. Lately I’ve been watching Key and Peele videos on Youtube. I like seeing live comedy too. I want to check out the Fox caberet on Sunday nights.

Unexpected source of inspiration:

Recently I’ve discovered a newfound appreciation for classical and decorative art. Gustav Klimt is one artist that comes to mind. His work is so over the top decadent. In terms of my own aesthetic language, I’m always interested in creating a sense of richness and yet maintaining simplicity. I take a lot of inspiration from the decorative qualities I see in art and design, but I choose to refine them by flattening shapes and muting color in my work

Favourite way to spend an afternoon in Vancouver:

I like to go to READ bookstore on Granville Island and browse the beautiful art books. Then I’ll walk over to the Net Loft to Paper-Ya, which has an amazing selection of Japanese rice papers (one of my obsessions). After that I’ll go to the market to buy flowers and meet a friend for a matcha soy latte!

What does style mean to you?

Style, to me, is an exploratory experimental practice in authentic expression. People who exude style are simply being true to themselves. It’s also about self-discovery and being aligned with one’s intuition.

Besides creating your artwork, what gets you into a state of flow?

Play. I love going to the park with my friends and their kids. Kids are so imaginative and fun loving. I also have a soft spot for dogs! They’re so silly and sweet. I feel happy and at ease around them.

Favourite Vancouver brand?

There are so many, it’s hard to pick! Right now I really love Lissu linen- she does handmade, natural linens. The simplicity is really refreshing to me and I love the colour palette. This summer I’ve been enjoying my birch chambray beach towel!

Top documentary pick:

Grey Gardens. It was released in 1976. It’s about an aristocratic family’s slide into decay; It‘s a tender portrayal of how beauty can also exist within the flaws.

What does wellness mean to you?

I think wellness is an exploration and integration of self-awareness that involves humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness.

How do you create community in your life?

In the sharing of my artwork, I‘ve received a lot generous feedback from people as well as invitations to be apart of creative collaborations. This has lead to making new friendships. I love connecting with people through art!

Take-out meal of choice:

The Macro Bowl from The Juice Truck! Also the Hummus plate from the Chickpea food truck.

Favourite Fashion Trend of 2017:

The button down shirt with its oversized shapes and extended sleeves. Classic, simple yet so lavish.

I collect:

Vintage kimonos!

Best Vancouver vintage:

Hey Jude and Community in Gastown.

Daily reminder/mantra:

When I’m willing to be vulnerable, the more clarity and connection I experience.

Favourite BC Hike:

The Sea to Summit in Squamish. It takes me about 2.5-3hours . It’s so rewarding getting to the top and having lunch on the beautiful patio. After taking in the stunning views of the Howe Sound and Coast mountains, its time to take the gondola down.

If I could fly anywhere tomorrow, it would be:

Japan, without a doubt. . Tokyo, Kyoto, Naoshima Island, just to name a few of the places I want to go when I’m there. The architecture, design, the customs and traditions are such inspirations to me as an artist.

For more on Renée check out her instagram or website