Located in a strikingly beautiful and natural setting, Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the worlds top city's in which to live. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada and boast many popular beaches, the largest being Spanish Banks. Water rules here. It is the largest seaport in Canada and residents spend much pf their time in sight of the ocean, playing on it's beaches or swimming or sailing.
Vancouver’s social amenities are among the best in North America. Local standards in public education, health, transportation, and personal security are excellent. There are excellent choices for public transit including SeaBus network, SkyTrain, as well as a West Coast Express commuter train up the Fraser Valley. Urban farming is a big focus and there are many resources available to help you get your own plot or grow container gardens on your balcony
There are not many cities where you can ski, swim and sail all in the same day.
You can watch buskers perform on Granville Island; go shopping in Gastown; have chai and sweets at the Punjabi Market play beach volleyball at Kits Beach or swim at
One of the more than 190 city parks, Stanley
Park encompasses an area of 1000 acres. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a combination of natural forest and parklands as well as traditional native Totem Poles and a boardwalk around the seawall. Runners, walkers, rollerbladers, cyclists and skateboarders
are welcome day or night.
Borrow a Vancouver Inspiration Pass from your local library, to get you free family admission to popular attractions, museums, heritage sites, gardens, fitness facilities and musical performances.
Key industries include film and television, digital entertainment, green economy, clean tech, life sciences, finance and natural resources.
As the 3rd greenest city in the world, Vancouver's burgeoning green economy focus is a burgeoning industry. Vancouver's green economy includes 7 sectors, from local food and green construction to sustainability services and environmental consulting. Over 4700 of green economy jobs are in the innovative CleanTech sector which includes research and development of hydrogen fuel cells, converting non-recyclable organic waste into clean and renewable heat and power.
Vancouver is a very expensive place to live.
Housing costs vary a lot from one area
to the next, so learn about the different
neighbourhoods before you settle in. Vancouver is divided into 22 neighbourhoods.
Mount Pleasant is a vibrant and eclectic area known for its unusual stores, heritage buildings, artistic residents, and arts-focused festivals. The area is popular with first-time homebuyers, urban professionals, and families.
Strathcona is one of this city's earliest neighbourhoods. It features beautifully restored row houses, overflowing flower gardens, and welcoming front porches. It is a neighbourhood of houses, apartment buildings, and rooming houses where neighbours walk to the corner store, do tai chi in the parks or stroll in the community garden. It is a community that has managed to survive, and thrive, despite constant pressure for change.
For more on Vancouvers neighbourhoods, visit City of Vancoiuver