"Without question it may be said of Vancouver that her position, geographically, is imperial to a degree, that her possibilities are enormous, and that with but a feeble stretch of the imagination those possibilities might wisely be deemed certainties." - A. N. Homer, The Imperial Highway, 1912
Background Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Albert Normandin
Located along the western shores of mainland Canada, Vancouver, BC is a thriving, modern metropolis of 600,000 with a well-developed public transit system, numerous public parks and 21 distinct neighborhoods including Kitsilano, Van East and Mount Pleasant.
Bordered by the snow-capped North Shore mountains and connected to the Pacific Ocean via Burrard Inlet, European, Asian, South-Asian and First Nation influences have made Vancouver one of the most culturally-diverse cities in the world; over half of the residents speak more than one language.
The climate is temperate throughout the year, although snow and sub-freezing temperatures can occur during the rainy season (November through February). Visitors here can sea kayak past skyscrapers, buy fresh-caught fish at Granville Public Market and shop at luxury boutiques along Vancouver's famed Robson Street.