The Most Livable City in the World
Vancouver, British Columbia, is the jewel of Canada’s west coast. In fact, it’s one of the most reputable cities in the entire North American continent if not the planet. It’s always topping the lists of most livable, greenest, cleanest and healthiest cities, and lauded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world (check out it’s endless list of accolades here). Boasting mountains and ocean as a backdrop, a dazzling skyline, a laid-back street vibe, a handful of urban beaches, plus plenty of parkland, the city is undeniably cool. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, there are endless scenic, adventurous and cultural opportunities to in and around vibrant Vancouver. Got a minute? Check out this quick video featuring sixty seconds of highlights from Vancouver, B.C.
Here are some more reasons why Vancouver rocks
- Vancouver has the mildest climate in all of Canada, although it does rain about 1,600 mm per year. On average, it only has 11 snow days per year.
- It’s one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse metropolises in North America. About 40 per cent of the population of Vancouver was born elsewhere, predominantly in Asia.
- Vancouver draws around 15 million tourists each year from all over the world.
- The city proudly hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010 and the Expo’86 World Fair.
- There are three ski hills in the city: Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain, and world-renowned Whistler/Blackcomb is less than two hours drive away.
- It’s one of the most tolerant cities, hosting the one of largest gay pride parades around.
- The environmental organization Greenpeace was established here in 1971.
- The urban oasis of Stanley Park is actually 10 per cent larger than New York’s Central Park.
- Vancouver is home to the world’s fourth largest cruise ship terminal. It’s a popular launching point for Alaskan cruises. It is also the main shipping route for Canadian imports and exports.
- Apart from Hollywood, Vancouver is the largest film and TV production center on the continent.
- You can ski, golf, bike, sail and kayak in this city, all on the same day.
- Along with all the accolades, it’s no big surprise that Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in the country.
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