About Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver Credit: Albert Normandin

Vancouver is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city surrounded by majestic mountains and the Salish Sea.

Consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live, Vancouver currently ranks 3rd in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 World Liveability Ranking.

A highly multicultural city, approximately 52 per cent of its inhabitants have a first language other than English and around 30 per cent of the population is of Asian descent.

From mountains to sea

From snow-capped mountains to temperate rainforests and sandy beaches, Vancouver has endless outdoor activities on its doorstep and thanks to the mild climate, these activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Numerous attractions are available for all age groups, including Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Telus World of Science, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and many more.

Vancouver is home to several professional sports teams and as a point of pride, it hosted the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Pictured right: Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columba

A vibrant hub

A meeting place and trade centre for Aboriginal people for millennia, Vancouver is animated by the presence of a wide diversity of vibrant Aboriginal cultures, evident throughout the city and especially on campus. These can be explored at numerous venues in the city and broader regions.

Vancouver is the host city of the TED conference, hosting the conference every February, as well as numerous TED-x events. The city has been described as a ‘tech hub’ and is often called the Silicon Valley of the North. It is quickly becoming known for its world-class computer games design expertise.

Vancouver skyline as seen from Stanley Park

The Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island, and the historic areas of Gastown, Yaletown, and Chinatown (North America’s second largest by area and third by population) highlight our lively artistic and cultural scene.

The greater metropolitan area (Metro Vancouver) comprises 21 municipalities, one electoral area and one Treaty First Nation, and according to Statistics Canada it is home to approximately 2.6 million people. Vancouver’s plan is to become the ‘greenest’ urban centre on earth by 2020.

The United States border is on the southern edge of Metro Vancouver, making Washington State easily accessible and downtown Seattle a 2.5 hour drive. Vancouver’s award-winning international airport connects the region with the world.

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