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LIVING IN VANCOUVER

Province: British Columbia

Population: 603,000

Climate: Oceanic. Vancouver’s climate is different to most of Canada, due to its location on the Pacific Ocean on the western Canadian coast. The city tends to have a more temperate climate, with milder winters than the rest of the country. Summers tend to be mild, and not as warm as inland Canadian cities.

Overview: Located in southern British Columbia, Vancouver is a beautiful city situated beside the ocean, with the snow-capped North Shore Mountains standing majestically over the city. It consistently tops lists of the most liveable cities in the world and quality of life surveys. Vancouver is a diverse city and a popular choice for newcomers, and there are lots of international communities throughout the city.

Vancouver is one of the most densely populated cities in Canada, and in recent decades many new high rise buildings have been built to accommodate for the growing population. There are 23 official neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Affluent areas such as Kerrisdale and Shaughnessy are popular with families and retired people, whereas areas such as North Vancouver offer cheaper accommodation which can be ideal for newcomers.  Kitsilano is an up and coming neighbourhood with lots of cafés and markets and is popular with young singles and couples. The West End and Fairview are also popular places to live, and offer easy access to public transport and local amenities. It’s important to remember Vancouver has a reputation for being an expensive city with expensive accommodation, so shop around before committing to any apartment or house.

There are five universities in the Vancouver area and several colleges. The largest and most prestigious of these is the University of British Columbia. There is a strong focus on music, nightlife arts and culture in Vancouver, with many prominent theatre and dance companies located in the city. Vancouver is famous for being one of Canada’s top media production cities, and many films have been filmed and produced in the city.

There is a lot to do in Vancouver, and the city has the advantage of being one of few Canadian cities where you can swim at the beach and ski in the mountains in the same day. Winter and outdoor sports are very popular due to its location, and the city hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Some popular attractions include the Seawall, Stanley Park and the Orpheum. The city has in recent years focused on becoming a sustainable city, and the majority of energy Vancouver uses is renewable and sustainable. The city plans to be the ‘Greenest City’ in the world by 2020.

Transport: Translink is the main provider of public transport in Vancouver. It provides buses, ferry service (SeaBus), the SkyTrain, and commuter rail. Several national rail routes operate in Vancouver also. It is recommended to use public transport when in Vancouver, as the city has some of the worst traffic congestion in North America.

Economy: The main industries in Vancouver are film & TV production, forestry, agriculture, tourism, and software development. Port Metro Vancouver is the largest port in Canada and has contributed to Vancouver being one of Canada’s main industrial cities.

For more information on Vancouver, take a look at the official city website