Vancouver’s quality of living is so high that the city has frequently featured in the World’s Most Liveable Cities lists.
Live the good life yourself as you enjoy a meal at one of Vancouver’s internationally renowned restaurants, browse the collection at the Contemporary Art Gallery or stroll around the coast in Stanley Park.
Part of Vancouver’s appeal lies in its varied neighbourhoods. While the towers of downtown paint a dramatic picture against the North Shore Mountains, you’ll find many of the city’s charms in the surrounding enclaves. Vancouver is home to a large community of immigrants. In recent years this transition has become so strong that today more than half the population speak a language other than English at home. The result is a glorious tapestry of cultures, cuisines and streetscapes.
Visit Strathcona, the city’s oldest residential area, to see freestanding wooden houses and tranquil community gardens just minutes from the city centre. To the west you’ll find the largest Chinatown in Canada, a great place to eat out. Explore the fringes of the city with a visit to Richmond, home to an enormous night market and Vancouver’s international airport. Experience the bohemian enclave of Kitsilano in the city’s west, once home to writers Phillip K. Dick and William Gibson and the birthplace of Greenpeace.
Getting around Vancouver is not only easy but incredibly scenic, thanks to the city’s iconic Skytrain. As the name suggests, the city’s mass transit system travels high above the streets giving you sweeping views of the city. Ride the Skytrain into the heart of downtown to indulge in an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing.
Stop by one of Vancouver’s major art collections, like the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Just a short stroll from the city centre, Stanley Park is the pride of the city. It is enormous, at more than 405 hectares (1,000 acres) and pushes out into the Pacific Ocean, providing excellent swimming beaches and a major network of hiking, cycling and jogging trails.
Arriving in Vancouver is easy via its major international airport. Vancouver is also connected to Seattle, Washington, via the Pacific Highway to the south. Use the city as a base as you explore the unbridled wilderness of British Columbia. Boats depart from the city to the sparsely populated Gulf Islands regularly.
It’s also the gateway to Canada’s premier ski destinations. The most famous of which is Whistler which hosted most of the events at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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