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 International Film Festival (VIFF)
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival
- Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver
- FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery
- Queer Arts Festival
- Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration
- PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
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.
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.