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Living in Vancouver

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Vancouver is surrounded by the North Shore and coastal mountains and sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It offers limitless opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking, sailing and mountain biking in the spring and summer and skiing and snow boarding at nearby resorts in the winter.

The vibrant downtown core offers all of the amenities of an international destination from hundreds of restaurants, clubs, parks and recreation facilities to world-class entertainment including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to the Vancouver Canucks, the city's National Hockey League franchise. Vancouver is a multi-cultural city with a large immigrant population, mostly from Asia but also from the Middle East, which makes for a very interesting dining experience.


Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild climate temperatures all year round. From high 70 Fahrenheit (low 20 Celsius) in summer to a mild mid 40 Fahrenheit (0-5 Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows except on the local ski hills.

Time Zone

Vancouver is in the Pacific Standard time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from 0200 hr on the first Sunday in April until 0200 hr on the last Sunday in October.


English and French are Canada's two official languages, with English being the predominant language spoken in British Columbia.


City of Vancouver = ~600,000
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) = 2 million
The GVRD is made up of several cities including Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, White Rock and Richmond.