They say it is the best place in Canada.I will not argue as I haven’t been all over Canada yet and considering it is the ‘warmest’ place around here ,it must be so.Countryside: It is no doubt exceptionally beautiful and you may find landmarks which are World Most Desired and admired.
If you are an outdoor person and like hiking, it is your place to be.But like with anything, it is really a matter of taste, so I would change it for tropics anytime!I envy people who look at these landscapes and are in owe.
I was in owe when I just got here.I could do without.Climate: Summers are to die for.
Nice, sunny and hot.To me they could never end, but no…unfortunately they do and then it rains, rains and rains….and hardly ever stops.You will read on many forums to gear up for this weather so you can enjoy Vancouver but personally they didn’t invent the gear that would let me do so.
I enjoy the summer, where no gear is needed when all blooms.Days are hot, nights are cooler and they beautifully offset the heat during the day.Rainy season is long, and it seems as if it never gonna end.
Seriously it is so.People: It is the most diverse place I have ever been to.Canada doesn’t require assimilation other than language.
However people tend to build microcosmic communities here, so they eventually speak their native language anyways.So you will go to Richmond and you will feel as if you are in China/Asia as no one bothers to put English signs up, then you go to Surrey and you feel like you are in India but the cool climate will be a wake up call.You will go North Van and you will find more of Middle Eastern influences.
They are all however very nice people and live together in peace.*for the most part.Security: Crime is high.
Targeted shootings are happening.Many homeless.Many drug addicts.
Gangs.Real Estate: It’s not real and it is not worth it!Extremely high.
Foreign money is driving the traffic here and it doesn’t look like it will end soon.You can live anywhere in the world in a Castle with nice property, waterfront and much more sunshine!:-) Food: You will find variety of international Cuisine.
Do not always count on nice, clean settings as esthetics is not something that really matters here.Restaurants very often are small ‘whole in the wall’, minimalistic interior.When you eat in a restaurant, you will smell like it too.
Their ventilation systems are clogged I guess JK, but seriously smell is in the air.Entrepreneurism: In its super embrio form, actually has been just conceived.I will quote someone here: “lethargic business mindset” If you are a go getter, your blood will be boiling many times, but you will have to internalize your feelings as you must ‘fit in’ and be nice!
Traffic: Awful.Road system is not designed for the volume of residents.Fashion: If you are a plane Jane, that’s your place.
It doesn’t matter what you wear.They do not care, it’s not Paris or Europe.I struggle here.
Downtown: DT what?I have been here for close to two years now, still learning and discovering.I am enjoying the process.
Would I say I love it?Far from it, but I am learning a lot and gaining experience which I value most than views of the overwhelming landscapes.Vancouver is a gold mine for those who are interested in human nature and culture.
I would say it is a place one must visit and see to be able to shape his likes or dislikes towards it.To me it’s bitter sweet, love and hate relationship.
Expensive.Edit I’m originally from the UK and moved around the world a fair bit, even living in Moscow for a few months.I moved to the US and happened to visit Vancouver in i think it was about 1990??
I was blown away by how beautiful the place was and how the city was built around the natural beauty not through it.It had a massively enduring impact on me.Fast forward to 1993 and I had a chance to move there.
I did and I’m still here.It was a very affordable city then.I bought a condo in English Bay for 150k.
It would be 900 k easily now.The place has grown which is good and bad…more people, more traffic higher prices but more of a bigger city feel that is still evolving.I lived down town in the West End and later Kits for about 15 years and it was awesome.
The rain (which is really a late fall and winter thing) get old at times but it was the best years of my life.We moved around a bit, first to North Van and then to White Rock.We are now nearing retirement and plan on moving back to downtown, although we may be looking at around 1.2 – 1.5 million for what we want.
And with extended trips south during the wetter months, who cares about the rain!It is truly a wonderful city.Not defined by nightlife (which after the age of say, 25 who really cares), awesome restaurants, great places to walk, such as the sea wall, falls creek, parks, etc.
Beaches in the summer, lots of festivals etc.It has a bit of everything, there’s culture if you need it, but not what defines the place.I like also how it never stands still, its constantly evolving, growing and transforming and had the benefit of seeing how other places have done things.
Transit is pretty good, crime is very low, very walkable compact city.
Vancouver is vast.No longer the core city of Vancouver proper, it encompasses several outlying areas that were once seperate cities.To get a fair pucture of life in the Vancouver area, one needs to look at what is commonly known as ‘the lower mainland’.
Living space within Vancouver is unaffordable to most, and very much in demand.Vacancy rates for rentals continue to decrease amid a housing crises.Landlords are able to offer tiny spaces ( a small 8′x8′ room) in a dwelling that has 4 others all sharing washroom, kitchen and common spaces is minimum $850.00/ month.
For 1 small room!That is likely an illegal sublet, and subject to instabillity.Renter’s rights only apply in legally zoned and registered properties, so know your responsibillities around due dilligence if looking to secure housing.
Most resort to living in nearby areas like New Westminster, Surrey, Coquitlam, etc.which are included in the lower mainland.Commuting by train and public buses is crowded, but efficient, driving is congested and taxed at ridiculously high rates.. People are freindly when approached, but tend to be standoffish often wearing headphones and seeming to ignore what is around them.
Healthcare is publicly funded to a degree, with users paying minimal fees for yearly coverage.Services are scarce, often it takes months to get an appointment with any kind of specialist.General practice Dr’s are limited in the # of patients they can take on, so regular consistent patient care is nearly non existent for newcomers.
Definitely not the best place to be if one has chronic or ongoing healthcare needs.The climate is mild, the scenery and natural beauty can be breathtaking.There are cultural and arts / entertainment to suit every need.
We seem to have more than our fair share of easily offended, priveledged, entitled brats, so if that is something that you encompass, perhaps the competition for attention in this province is too stiff.
Best place in Canada-I’ve lived in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and have called Vancouver home the past 25 years.I truly enjoy every moment I live here and still feel like a tourist to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.I commute year round on my bike, I hike, I ski, I kayak, I mountain bike and sometimes golf or sail.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Vancouver has got it going on.Lots of great food as well all over the city.Vancouver is very expensive however – it’s very mulitcultural – because so few grew up here – it’s hard to make new connections with people – lots of ethnic groups stick together speaking their own language – traffic can be bad and takes awhile to get around – nightlife is basically Granville Street – transit is great if you live near a skytrain and don’t stay out late – we don’t have Uber yet.
Weather can be awesome and mild most of the time for a Canadian city but it does rain a lot in the winter and is gray.I tend to enjoy everyday regardless of the weather and get outside.I currently live in the Tri-City area and it has been a good safe place to raise my kids.
I have been living in the Vancouver area since 1983 and I love living here.Having come from Southern Ontario where it is too cold in the winter and too hot and humid in the summer I’ll take the rain (liquid sunshine) over ON weather anytime (and you don’t have to shovel rain).The first year I worked part time for a friend who had a flyer delivery business and I don’t have a bad memory of the rain in fact what I do remember is seeing the crocuses come up that winter in the middle of January (1984).
There have been a few winters where we have had a lot of snow but they are few and far between.I realize that the further you live from the mountains the rain becomes less and since I have been living in the North Delta/Surrey (West Newton) area we benefit from that.Transit is indeed not the greatest and worst South the the river.
I live 10 minutes away from the place where I work by car and if I wanted to take transit it would take about an hour.
The other answers are good and I just wanted to add a few things; We are very close to the US geographically and for this reason day trips are a big part of our consumer culture.Many people buy gas there regularly, and dairy products, which are spectacularly cheaper.We often fly out of Bellingham as it is much cheaper and only slightly farther than YVR.
Speaking of YVR, who cares about airports, but it is easily the nicest airport I have ever been to.Though I have not been to Singapore or Dubai yet.There are a ton of islands and inaccessible coastline near here and for this reason we have a big fairy culture (and the largest ferry system in the world, I believe, though in some measures Istanbul wins).
On a nice day the ferry to Victoria or Langdale is stunning.You really can ski after work.We have three local mountains that suck compared to Whistler (two hours north and also a major aspect of Vancouver culture) but they can still be incredibly fun.
Beware the rain, though.
I appreciate Vancouver the more i travel.Yes, its expensive but so is every other place on the planet that is a desirable place to live.Sydney?
Cape Town?San Francisco?Auckland?
Vienna?Melbourne?They all are experiencing the same thing.
But, what makes Vancouver so amazing to live in is the region where its situated.You need to love the outdoors to really get the most out of this city.Skiing, hiking, swimming, sailing, kit boarding, walking, biking, mountain biking…I could go on and on.
It blows my mind that so many move here and don’t take the time to enjoy the natural environment.And the secret to living in 8 months of rain?Hike or walk in any of our forests….the greens and the fresh air/scent will instantly revive you.
Vancouver has great weather in the summer, and non-stop rain in the winter.
It is very multicultural, expensive, somewhat segregated, intense in certain neighbourhoods, full of craft beer, full of misfits, adequately fun, abundant with money that you can’t see or touch, low on public transit, high on judgement, mostly civil, and overwhelmingly acceptable.
Vancouver is totally awesome.I grew up in the lower mainland , life here is pristine, lovely.The only downside to this paradise is that the cost of living is threw the roof.
We had the Winter Olympics here and It was incredible.
Pros: Safe, multicultural, tolerant, gorgeous (even in winter, yes), full of creative people.
Cons: low wages (exceptions: lawyers, accountants, and doctors), ludicrous housing costs, and a lethargic business climate.
Too live in Vancouver is a very nice experience.It is a quiet city, with nice people, clean fresh air, good drinking water and lots of natural beauty to look at and walk in.There are beautiful mountains to look at and there is the pacific ocean close by and the Fraser River.
I hope this answer helps.
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