Vancouver is a seaport city in British Columbia, occupying 114 square kilometres on the western half of the Burrard Peninsula.

Vancouver lies west of the city of Burnaby and east of the Strait of Georgia, and is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by Vancouver Island. The most recent census shows a population of 603,500 (2011). Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia.

City of Vancouver Website
Moving to Vancouver

Vancouver History

Humans have lived in the Vancouver area for more than 10,000 years by families of the First Nations, but the history of modern Vancouver begins in late 18th century with the arrival of explorers from Spain and England. The community was first known as Gastown in 1867 before its registration as the city of Granville in 1870. It officially became known as Vancouver in 1886.

Culture and History of Vancouver
Historical Photos of Vancouver

Vancouver Weather

Vancouver’s geographic location provides a moderate, oceanic climate and makes it one of the warmer cities in Canada. The average high temperatures range from 6°C (December and January) to 22°C (August). Average low temperatures range from 1°C (December and January) to 14°C (August). Vancouver is known for plentiful rainfall (1250 mm annual) and fewer sunny days than most Canadian cities.

Climate of Vancouver
The Weather Network Forecast for Vancouver

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Cost of living in Vancouver

According to Numbeo, the cost of living (exclusive of rent) is about 28 percent less expensive in Vancouver than in New York City. However, Vancouver is relatively more expensive than Toronto, with rent coming at a 15 percent premium and purchasing power overall about 21 percent less than in Toronto.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Vancouver
Cost Comparison: Vancouver vs. Toronto

Real Estate

Vancouver comprises 23 distinct areas, or neighbourhoods, each with its own unique mix of cultural and ethnic influences. In recent years, home prices have risen dramatically, making Vancouver one of Canada’s more expensive places to live. However, as of early 2017, detached home prices are trending lower. Still, the average price for a detached home in Vancouver is $1.68 million.

Vancouver Neighbourhoods Listing and Map
Homes for Sale in Vancouver
Apartments for Rent in Vancouver

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Public health is a high priority in Vancouver, which has instituted a long-term strategy to create a city where the conditions enable the highest level of health and well-being possible for all. The city’s health care infrastructure includes 29 hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Vancouver General Hospital, the city’s largest.

Vancouver Coastal Health Website
Hospitals and Health Centres in Vancouver


Vancouver is known for a highly developed transportation infrastructure. Travel to and from the city is served by coach bus lines, ferries, trains, planes, and helicopters. Getting around the city is enabled with several options for public transit that include rapid transit trains, buses, ferries, and trolleys. In an effort to become the world’s greenest city by 2020, Vancouver is investing extensively in pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.

Visitors Guide to Public Transit in Vancouver
Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Cycling in Vancouver


The Vancouver School Board administers public education to about 54,000 students (K through 12). In addition, it serves about 1500 full-time adult education students. The district is highly diverse, identifying 126 languages among its students; 60 percent speak a language other than English at home. There are nine colleges and universities in Vancouver, including the University of British Columbia, recognized globally for excellence in research and teaching.

Vancouver School Board
School Directory and Map
Vancouver Universities and Colleges

Enjoy The City


Vancouver offers lodging choices to fit any itinerary, whether you seek budget or luxury accommodations, whether you are staying overnight or for an extended period. You’ll find properties both modern and historic, whether you want a hotel, B&B, cottage, campground or resort. If luxury is a priority, you’ll like knowing the city boasts several five-star properties, including the magnificent, 1920s era Rosewood Hotel Georgia, located across the street from the upscale shops at Pacific Centre Mall.

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Airbnb Rentals
Vancouver Budget Hotels With a Back Story


Vancouver is well known for its cosmopolitan, multicultural vibe, and its restaurants reflect residents’ diversity and appreciation for finer things. In a Mediterranean mood? Pencil in a visit to Anatoli Souvlaki in North Vancouver. Head south to the Kitsilano Neighbourhood, and you’ll find Anna Lena—popular place for Canadian fare and unusual cocktails. If you happen to visit the city in late January or early February, you can take part in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival with special offers at 250 restaurants.

Best Bets for a Weekend of Dining in Vancouver
Where to Eat in Vancouver

Things To Do

When you are in Vancouver, the great outdoors beckons. High on the list for every traveler in the know: Stanley Park. You can easily spend a day hiking, biking, or riding the many scenic trails and paths that showcase the park’s unique natural beauty. At Grouse Mountain, you’ll find great skiing in the winter (26 runs) as well as four snowshoeing trails. It’s fun in the summer, too, with attractions such as a lumberjack competition (log rolling, tree climbing, ax throwing) and a grizzly bear habitat. If your circadian rhythms are more energized after dark, check out the nightlife in Yaletown and its upscale eateries and clubs.

Best Things To Do in Vancouver (U.S. News)
Super Natural BC: Visit Vancouver
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Life Centre

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