Sink your toes in the sand of Canada’s most beautiful beaches
A somewhat unsuspecting fact to most people, but Vancouver is jam-packed with stunning beaches - nine in fact! For summer days sunbathing, playing sports and swimming in the sea, to spring strolls and autumnal adventures, Vancouver has the perfect beach to suit any mood, activity or season.
Kitsilano Beach is possibly the most famous beach in Vancouver, frequented with sun-worshipers, volleyball fanatics, tennis players and loungers. There is also an outdoor salt-water pool if the sea isn’t your thing.
You will very rarely experience a blisteringly freezing winter - by Canada’s standards
Vancouver has some of the mildest year-round temperatures and weather conditions in the country; this includes winter, too! So if you don’t fancy -30°as a standard winters day, Vancouver should be a city for you to consider strongly.
Now, we’re not saying it’s warm throughout the year, you will find the mercury occasionally dropping to -10° in the depths of winter, but by Canada’s wintery standards, that’s almost weather for suncream. That said, the temperature rarely drops below freezing, snow isn’t a common occurrence, but the delights of spring and a sunshine summer are a given -where do we sign up?
Why wouldn’t you want to live in one of the ‘World’s Best Cities’?
Vancouver frequently ranks near the top of global ‘best cities’ studies by Mercer’s, The Economist, Telegraph Travel readers and PwC. These studies consider essential lifestyle factors such as healthcare, crime rate and safety, recreation, educational facilities, transportation, environment and infrastructure to name but a few - and Vancouver is regularly awarded pride of place in the TOP FIVE out of all the countries in the world!
Vancouver has bragging rights to an eco-friendly environment
In a time when being environmentally conscious is at the forefront of everybody's mind, a city that is striving to decrease their carbon footprint is a city that holds great appeal, and few are putting in as much effort as Vancouver!
Vancouver has committed to paving the way when it comes to urban sustainability, which is why they have pledged and consistently work towards a “Greenest City Action Plan.” The plan outlines the cities hopes to become the ‘Greenest’ city in the world and all of the policies and actions they plan to put in place to help project them to success.
Vancouver’s cumulative passion for food is apparent
Vancouver, without a shadow of a doubt, has the best cuisine in the country regardless of your dietary requirements. Meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians or vegans all have an unrivalled choice of dining establishments offering world-class dishes that serve you with an explosive taste sensation with every mouthful.
The city is notorious for its fresh seafood, with ample opportunity to taste the FRESHEST salmon, oysters, mussels and halibut. On the contrary, if you are vegan or vegetarian, you are not limited to one or two decent restaurants like in many cities - your options leave you stuck in the age-old “where should we eat?” debate.
...much like the city’s love of hops - beer, anybody?
Craft beer is becoming a whole culture in its own right in Vancouver. Microbreweries are popping up across the city, and independent breweries are becoming the watering hole of choice amongst locals, over the chains that once reigned supreme in years gone by.
Festival season in Vancouver is no messing around! How are you supposed to choose?
If festivals are up your street, you won’t find a more fulfiling summer than that in Vancouver. There is a celebration, free event, festival, exhibition or gathering of some variety almost every single weekend in Vancouver, from music festivals, film festivals, food fares, Pride parades, light shows, family celebrations, there is something to satisfy all personal preferences throughout all four seasons!
The crime rate is one of the lowest in the country for a major city
We’re not here to say Vancouver has zero crime, but in terms of major cities, Vancouver’s crime rate is relatively low. The number of shootings is one of the lowest in the country and crimes that are committed tend to be theft related, and a high percentage of people living in the city said they felt a high level of safety when walking around the city alone.
You don’t have to choose between nature and city-life… enjoy them both!
Vancouver offers the best of both worlds when it comes to urban living and nature. The city provides the perfect balance between busy city-life whereby you can soak up the buzz of bustling shopping centres, restaurants, museums, bars and clubs, all of which are encompassed by vast expanses of beach, mountain ranges and green land. Vancouver has one of the largest urban parks in North America, Stanley Park, but if you prefer something more demure, Vancouver has many parks, trails and hike routes scattered throughout the city.
The words ‘I’m bored’ will never need to leave your mouth…
Lively and spirited are two words that spring to mind when thinking about Vancouver. Regardless of the season, month or time of day, there are always ways to keep yourself busy and socialising in this fantastic city you will call home. From annual events previously mentioned, to museums, restaurants, clubs, gardens, galleries, there is ALWAYS a way to keep yourself amused regardless of your age, gender and interests.