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This is where you can buy a mask in Vancouver

This is where you can buy a mask in Vancouver

Starting on Monday, August 24, masks will be mandatory on board transit vehicles. That means your fellow transit riders will expect you to be wearing a mask unless you are a customer who’s exempt from the policy due to a underlying medical condition or disability.

We’ve taken a look at our peer agencies across Canada and the United States, and found most customers started wearing masks once it was made mandatory. For example, the Toronto Transit Commission reported 90 per cent of its customers are now wearing masks after implementing a mandatory mask policy. Don’t be spotted without a mask on August 24 because everyone who’s able to will be wearing one.

But don’t worry, there’s still time to buy a mask if you don’t have one already. We’ve compiled a list of places where you can pickup a mask both online and locally.

Learn more about non-medical masks and face coverings on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website and check out their poster on the do’s and don’ts of wearing a mask.

Wearing a non-medical mask is not a replacement for hand washing and physical distancing. Please wash before use and ensure you put on, wear, remove and clean your mask properly.

TransLink Store

After selling out earlier in the summer, our face coverings are back in stock in the TransLink Store! The mask feature a unique pattern consisting of TransLink’s symbols for bus, SkyTrain and SeaBus. TransLink’s T icon accents the face covering in the top left corner. It’s available in a multi-colour and two-tone design, and in adult and kids’ size (approximately for ages 4 to 10).

Double up and save with a two pack (one adult two-tone design and one adult multi-colour design) or a family pack (the multi-colour design in both adult and kids, and the two-tone design in adult and kids). Shipping is $2.50 for up to three masks and estimated delivery time is 2-3 days.

Vancouver Aquarium and Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Aquarium and the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team are selling a “high-performance reusable mask” for between $17.99 and $19.99 each. It is available in four patterns and three sizes. Their online store also has other designs featuring clownfishes, sea otters, sharks, bears, sea horses, the Vancouver skyline, British Columbia and more.

MAKE Vancouver

MAKE Vancouver focuses on all things “made” — items that are artisan and traditionally hand-crafted, upcycled and recycled, unique and one-of-a-kind. They currently have 36 designs on sale on their website for $16 each. Want something entirely uniquely yours? You can design your own for $19.50. They print the masks as they are ordered and as of this post’s publishing date, there’s a 3-5 day turnaround time.


Local backpack manufacturer Herschel Supply Company is selling a Classic Fitted Face Mask for $19.99. It’s available in five colours: ash rose, white, woodland camo, navy/red and black.


Canadian clothing company Roots is selling the Roots Reusable Face Mask. It’s available in 16 different designs for $22 each and in two sizes: small/medium and large/extra large.



Vancouver-based clothing retailer OAK + FORT is selling myriad non-medical facemasks made from different materials including cotton-linen blend, lightweight spandex fabric and cotton blend. They’re available in a set of three for $28 or individually between $8 and $24 each.

At a local drug store or department store

Drug store such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Pharmasave and London Drugs, and department stores such as Canadian Tire, Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore are all carrying masks. Visit their website to see what’s available from them and we recommend you either check their stock online or call ahead to ensure they have it in stock when you arrive.

Old Navy

Funky masks is the new funky socks! Old Navy has a huge selection of breathable, washable and 100 per cent cotton non-medical face masks. Everything from taco and pizza patterned, to stripes and polka dots. They also have masks in solid colours if you prefer something more basic. They’re available in a three or five packs, and in both adult and kids sizes.

Or just make one!

Have an old T-shirt laying around that you don’t mind cutting up or unused fabric from something else? You can make a mask in less than 30 seconds with a pair of elastic bands!

Have another place that you’d recommend? Leave it in the comments for your fellow transit riders. 


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