Where the Mountains Meet the Sea: Making a Home In Vancouver
A City of Diverse Neighbourhoods
Greater Vancouver is a thriving area of over 2.5 million people with a history that stretches back 150 years, so it’s had plenty of time and opportunity for distinct neighbourhoods to evolve. Gaslight, the original settlement that became Vancouver, is a national historic site and hipster hangout that features old brick buildings with great boutiques, restaurants, lounges and bars. Granville Island and South Granville are known for their many art galleries and shopping opportunities. Vancouver’s Chinatown, the third-largest in North America, is famous for its authentic Asian cuisine. If you’re looking for trendy restaurants and lounges, head straight to Yaletown. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; there are at least a dozen other great neighbourhoods in the city.
Where Nature is King
Vancouverites are fiercely proud of their city’s stunning natural beauty and with good reason. Regal, snowcapped mountains overlook the urbanscape. Water surrounds the city on three sides. Eight sparkling beaches kiss the Pacific – and there is one more on a lake. Fresh air invigorates every avenue, side street and back alley. A gorgeous waterfront with splendid parks and gardens is within the city limits, and pristine wilderness is just a short drive away.
If you’re an outdoors lover, we have it all. Winter or summer, your weekends will be filled with lots of stuff to do – hiking, trail running, swimming, jet skiing, fishing, and snowboarding are just a few of the many outdoor activities at hand. In Vancouver, you can ski, golf, bike, sail and kayak – all on the same day!
A Foodie’s Paradise
As if Vancouver’s breathtaking scenery wasn’t enough, the city also has an unparalleled culinary landscape. Fresh seafood, colourful markets, unique specialty shops, fresh local ingredients and a number of award-winning restaurants are enough to make even the most discriminating foodie squeal with delight. Add to that the city’s remarkable diversity and the world really is your oyster when it comes to cuisine: Afghan, Burmese, Cambodian, Caribbean, Ethiopian, Lebanese, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Persian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese – and the list goes on and on.
The Climate is (Arguably) the Best in Canada
If you think all of Canada is a frozen, forbidding tundra for six or seven months out of the year, think again. Vancouver’s position on the coast means frigid winters and sultry, sticky summers simply don’t happen here. Winter afternoons typically average 6-8°C (39-43°F); heavy snowfall is very rare, and what snow does fall doesn’t tend to stay around very long. Summers are dry and picture-perfect, with daytime temps averaging around 18-20°C (64-68°F).
The Arts are Alive and Well
Whether it’s music, theatre or contemporary art, you’re sure to find something in Vancouver that speaks to your inner muse. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the country’s third-largest; performing about 140 concerts each season, it offers everything from Beethoven to blues to the Beatles. For opera, ballet, dance performances, Broadway shows, children’s entertainment and more, you won’t find a better venue than the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. And the Arts Club Theatre Company presents musicals, dramas and come-dies at three different venues throughout the year.
Along with these and other great entertainment options, Vancouver is home to a variety of galleries that feature classical, modern, Canadian, First Nations and international art. The Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in Western Canada. It houses more than 11,000 works ranging from regional and Canadian artists to an extensive collection of 17th-century paintings by Dutch masters.
So much more could be said about this jewel on Canada’s west coast. Friendly people, stunning wildlife, beautiful sunsets, great schools, lots of green space and a robust economy all make Vancouver a great place to settle down. If you’re searching for a new place to call home, give Vancouver a look. It might be just what you’re looking for.