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Mountain & Ocean Views

Vancouver is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland region of BC. It lies between Burrard Inlet to the north and the Fraser River delta to the south, opposite Vancouver Island.

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About Vancouver, BC

Originally known as Granville, Vancouver was renamed after an English navigator George Vancouver, of the Royal Navy, who had surveyed the coast in 1792. The Canadian Pacific Railway chose the town to be the terminus of a transcontinental railway. It was incorporated as a city in April 1886. Two months after, Vancouver was devasted by a fire and was later rebuilt.

The city recovered and became a prosperous port with the help of the foundation of the Panama Canal in 1914, which made it economically possible to export lumber and grain from Vancouver to the east coast of the United States and Europe. By the 1930s, Vancouver had become the third most densely populated region in Canada. After World War 2, it advanced into the country's leading business center for trade with Asia and the Pacific Rim. Vancouver has long been a renowned destination for immigrants from overseas as well as other parts of Canada.

Situated among snow-capped mountains on an ocean inlet, Vancouver has one of the most charming settings of any city in the world. The city's proximity to the water and mountains results in constantly changing weather conditions. Its climate is characterized by mild, wet winters and moderately warm summers.

Vancouver is the commercial, industrial, and financial heart of British Columbia, with transportation and trade as the main components of its economy. It features Canada's largest deepwater port on Burrard Inlet that handles freighters, ferries and a fishing fleet.

Vancouver's Essential Qualities


Renamed in honour of British naval Captain George Vancouver, it was incorporated as a city in 1886. The area was discovered by a handful of different explorers in the late 1700s.


Vancouver is blessed with supernatural beauty. The city is surrounded by the North Shore Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park and other natural wonders. Enjoy biking through the parks, zip-lining across the mountains, hiking Quarry Rock, sailing, skiing and more…

Great Investment

Vancouver real estate offers investors great potential to grow their wealth. The biggest port in Canada is located in Vancouver, making it easy to access commodities from all over the world. This makes it a super place for investment.

Small Town Vibes

Although it is not necessarily small, Vancouver is a delightful town that delivers everything you would need.


Vancouver is a pricey place to live in, but it offers different lifestyles for all ages. It depends on your lifestyle and background.

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Housing Market In Vancouver

Vancouver has the most expensive housing market in Canada. However, it has attempted to develop strategies to reduce housing costs, including increased density, co-op housing, and subsidized single homes. Many people live in high-rise condominiums.

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Why Vancouver?

Vancouver is pretty and quite vibrant. You can live at a slower pace of life and still get all the benefits you would want from living in any city (diverse and exciting restaurants, a wide range of shopping options, high-quality education, great nightlife etc.). In addition, residents are friendly and polite.

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Vancouver Living

Historic & Beautiful

Vancouver is among the world's most livable cities. Its picturesque location near the ocean and the North Shore mountains makes living in Vancouver an ideal base for exploration throughout the year. The setting makes Vancouver's life special and fantastic.

Who Is Vancouver For


As BC's commercial hub, Vancouver has the most prosperous economies, making it ideal for business people. It features Canada's biggest port that offers great access to goods from around the world. The city is also a home for a variety of other industries.

Diverse Lifestyle

Consistently ranks in the top ten of the world’s most livable cities. It has a variety of indoor and outdoor parks, recreational spots, museums and interactive educational exhibitions for kids and parents year-round. There are excellent schools for your kids. Vancouver also has an amazing selection of family-friendly neighbourhoods with residential real estate, top schools and local activities to meet your family's needs.

What To Do In
Vancouver, BC


If you are a food enthusiast, do not worry, restaurants in the city offer a wide range of tastes. There are many restaurants, and they provide a wide range of menus to suit every type of budget and have amazing offers. Formal or informal, there's a restaurant to match everyone's style and tastes, whether Sushi, Pacific Coast seafood, BC wines, coffee, etc.

Parks, Sport courts & Pools

Vancouver has numerous parks that offer free fun and outdoor activities for everyone. There are parks with excellent hiking trails, scenic parks, parks where the dogs can run free, and parks for kids. They include world-famous Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lynn Canyon Park, Trout Lake, Pacific Spirit Park, Vanier Park etc.

Weekend Activities

Enjoy a handful of exciting and relaxing outdoor and indoor activities during the weekends, such as hanging out in parks, hiking, mountain biking on the North Shore, touring Vancouver's art, taking a scenic drive, taking your favourite microbrew, among others.


Rules for closing times for Vancouver nightclubs have been eased. Now you can enjoy some of the best nightlife in the city until much later without having to worry about the unsafe part of it. Night clubs can be found in the downtown part of Vancouver and the various neighbourhoods like Kitsilano, Granville-Woodland, and the West End.

Parts of the city, such as Yaletown, Gastown, and the entertainment district on Granville Street, offer countless hours of fun for residents and visitors of Vancouver. There are all types of clubs, bars and restaurants throughout the city, and they provide something for everyone, including swimming pools, themed dance floors, weekly parties, among others. If you are looking for a wild night/weekend of partying, Vancouver nightclubs will not let you down.

Vancouver Rental Market

The rental market primarily comprises townhouses, detached homes, condos, and low-rise apartments for rent. Over the past month, the average rent for a studio apartment in Vancouver remained flat. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment increased by 2% to $2,150, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment remained flat.

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What Is Vancouver Known For

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Public & Private Schools

The education standards in Vancouver are generally excellent, making it a great place for people moving there with children. There are free public schools, private schools, colleges and universities. The city has two major universities: Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.

Parks & Recreation

The city has numerous parks, trails, beaches, gardens, community facilities and a growing arts and culture scene including Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre municipal.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a world-renowned park and a massive tourist attraction in Vancouver, Canada. Sights include Prospect Point, Teahouse, Third Beach, and Second Beach Pool.

Waterfront Access

Enjoy the Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Harbour. Several public beaches and seawall access are used for walking, running or bike rides.

Entertainment Options

Find the best places for entertainment, including arts and theatre venues, sports courts for soccer, hockey, and football and places for live performances.

A Glimpse of Vancouver, BC as a Tourist

This video is an amazing snapshot of Vancouver used for people looking to visit from out of town. Big thank you to Expedia for creating this video. We hope you enjoy it.

Local Businesses

The main seaport is located in Vancouver, and it is one of the largest industrial centres in the country. The city’s economy is based on the main sectors: mining, forestry, agriculture and fishing. The area has expanded as a centre of biotechnology and software development. Vancouver is an ideal place to establish a technological company.


Access to Bridges & HWYs and multiple cities

Vancouver by Public Transit

Public transit in Vancouver is excellent; you can easily time your trips. The city is well-served by Translink, running a series of buses, commuter rail (West Coast Express), transit trains (SkyTrain), and sea ferry ( SeaBus) between North Vancouver and Vancouver.

Vancouver by Taxi or Uber

Cabs are all over the city, and they are metered, so you don't need to negotiate a fare. Uber and Lyft are also available as part of the Vancouver transportation infrastructure.

Biking In Vancouver

There are bike lanes and traffic-calmed bike paths, making Vancouver very biking-friendly. You can ride on the road when these designated paths are not available, as riding on sidewalks is illegal.

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YVR AIRPORT: 15 - 20 min*
USA BORDER: 60 min to Pacific Hwy Crossing
SURREY: 25 min
BC FERRIES: 50 min* (Tsawwassen) | 20 min (Horsehoe Bay)
SKYTRAIN STATION: There are a total of 20 Skytrain stations conveniently located throughout Vancouver.

  1. Millennium Line
  2. Expo Line
  3. Canada Line

All times are approximates based on driving times.