Jewel of the Pacific
For years now, Vancouver has been ranked among the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, most often appearing near or at the top of that list. Austria, Melbourne, Sydney, Osaka and Toronto are frequent companions.
Lists consider living conditions, economic and political stability, healthcare, education, culture, environment, infrastructure, opportunity, and other factors. When considered against a backdrop of natural beauty and all that promises, Vancouver offers the most unique and extraordinary cosmopolitan lifestyle available anywhere in the world.
Vancouver is the most populous city in the province of British Columbia, with just over 675,000 permanent residents, growing to 2.5 million living in the Greater Vancouver Area (GTA). The city boasts a bustling seaport and nearby access to several major US border points. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was voted best airport in North America for the past 10 years running.
The city is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cosmopolitan centres in the world, making it a hub for international trade and opportunity. With its central location along the Pacific Rim and at the westernmost terminus of Canada’s transcontinental highway and rail routes, Vancouver is considered one of North America’s largest industrial centres.
Vancouver is a centre for software development, biotechnology, aerospace, animation and film/television production, and the city’s focus on lifestyle and wellness attracts global brand headquarters.
The city is characterized by several distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own unique characteristics and diversity. The downtown core is a shopping and entertainment mecca, known globally for its foodie and cocktail culture, bike-friendliness, and walkability.
As a harbour city, embraced by the Pacific Ocean and the mighty Fraser River, and intersected by creeks and watery byways, Vancouver boasts enviably diverse terrain — connected by bridges, seawalls, islands, and one of the largest city parks in the world. The city skyline is trademark, unrivalled by any other.