The Vancouver Lifestyle

A city primed for living, working and playing.

No introduction to our city would be complete without mentioning the Vancouver lifestyle. Unlike other places, where people commute into downtown and return to the suburbs, downtown Vancouver and its closely-located neighbouring districts have something for everyone. The city’s compact size, broadly defined by a 20-minute radius, also makes getting around easy – a major reason entrepreneurs and career-makers are choosing to call Vancouver home.

The Vancouver lifestyle is all about work–life balance.

Outdoor enthusiasts love having nature’s playground at their doorstep. Three local mountains, Cypress, Grouse and Seymour, offer access to trails for hiking and biking in the summer and first-rate skiing and snowboarding in winter, while Stanley Park offers 22 kilometres (13 miles) of pathways for walking, cycling, running and rollerblading.

Arts and culture aficionados enjoy events such as:

Vancouver hosts these events in signature performance spaces such as Arts Club, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Commodore Ballroom, Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Orpheum.

Foodies flock to Vancouver’s many local farmers’ markets and Granville Island Public Market for its fresh ingredients — local and exotic. Vancouver has a globally renowned food and drink scene, with established and on-the-rise chefs, restaurants, food trucks and bars for all tastes. Foodies also delight in discovering our unique micro-breweries and distilleries, as well as the real ethnic flavour of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods.

For families, favourite places include the Museum of Vancouver & H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Science World and Vancouver Aquarium.

Not to be left out, Vancouver is a shopper’s paradise with local and international brands, malls and shopping destinations like Gastown, Robson Street, Yaletown and South Granville.

Sports fans will enjoy local clubs, including the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions.

The Vancouver lifestyle is all about work–life balance. Proof positive? Its countless yoga studios, fitness clubs and wellness centres.

Lastly, a word about the weather. Many expect Vancouver to have long, cold, snowy winters like the rest of Canada. Here, our winter forecast generally consists of rain on the ground, snow on the mountains and bursts of brilliant sunshine.