Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities, and it’s truly one of the world’s most beautiful places to visit or live. It’s a sophisticated, vibrant, fun-loving, outdoor-living city.
From the harbour, you can watch float planes take off and land in the Burrard Inlet; cruise ships arriving and departing in summer; and boats and ships sailing, rowing or motoring back and forth year round.
Along with its downtown, Vancouver has many mature, thriving, well-defined neighbourhoods with locally owned businesses, a unique identity and a community feel. Each presents a different view of the city. Moreover, Vancouver has one of the most diverse populations in North America, and with that diversity comes all the benefits: great new ideas, an embracing, cooperative spirit, ethnic food, shops, customs and celebrations.
In Vancouver, you can swim in English Bay or Second Beach, kayak in False Creek or ride horses in Southlands. Twenty minutes away, in the North Shore mountains, you can ski and snowboard in winter and hike or mountain bike in summer.
From Vancouver, you are 120 kilometers from Whistler Blackcomb, a spectacular winter ski resort and summer playground as well as the site, along with Vancouver, of the 2010 Winter Olympics.