Vancouver, formally known as the City of Vancouver, is a seaport city on the coast of the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver i the 8th largest municipality in Canada and is among the most diverse cities in Canada in terms of ethnicity and linguistics. Over half of the city’s population- roughly 52% to be exact- speaks a language other than English as their first language. The greater Vancouver area is populated by around 2.3 million people, making it the third most populated metropolitan area in the country. Taking up 114 square km of land, the City of Vancouver specifically has a population density of roughly 5,249 people per each square kilometer.
As for places to live, you will be hard pressed to find somewhere better than Vancouver. This is no bias, there is statistical evidence to support this: for more than ten years Vancouver has maintained a spot on the list of the most livable cities in the world and has earned the rank of 4th highest quality of living of any city in the world. According to Forbes, Vancouver has earned the rank of 10th cleanest city in the world. Since the 1950s, Vancouver has pushed for the construction and development of high-rise buildings meant for residential living. These buildings, however, were not constructed in the standard fashion one would assume for a city- taking up all and any space for living. They put restrictions on the expansion buildings so as to preserve natural green terrain and sight lines. While this made for more heavily populated living areas, they maintained these residential spaces to be highly livable that boasted beautiful surroundings.
Vancouver is a city with something to offer everyone. From a variety of cultural and artistic locations and landmarks, to music nightlife,to sports teams, to outdoor recreational activities, it is tough to get bored in this city. The Firehall Arts Centre, The Pacific and Metro Theatres are venues for year round plays and shows, while the Malkin Bowl in Stanley park is a great place to catch an outdoor live show in the summertime, when the weather is warmer. Among some well-known theater companies that call Vancouver home are Bard on the Beach and the Arts Club Theater Company. For those of you who may be in the area in September, be sure to check out the Vancouver International Film Festival, which shows independent films for 2 weeks every September.
Nightlife in Vancouver is another thing to check out. All kinds of restaurants, bars, and even night clubs can be found in Vancouver. The Granville Entertainment District, specifically, is an area downtown with a high concentration of bars and nightclubs, making it the perfect spot to explore options and bar hop around.
With multiple beaches, Vancouver is a popular place for outdoor activities and water sports- boating being very popular. In the winter, 3 popular ski mountains are within a 20 minute drive of the downtown Vancouver area. Hiking, whitewater rafting, road races, swimming, and cycling raves are among popular outdoor recreational activities in vancouver.
Vancouver is truly a beautiful, vibrant, and lively city. It balances the atmosphere of the city and the beauty of more rural areas perfectly, and doesn’t leave you feeling suffocated by skyscrapers. There is room to breath and enjoy the view. Vancouver is definitely a place that everyone should visit.