Welcome to Vancouver
A cosmopolitan centre surrounded by nature, Vancouver was named “most liveable in the world” five years in a row by The Economist. A mild climate lets Vancouverites enjoy the great outdoors year round, from hiking and cycling to snowshoeing and skiing. The city’s thriving arts and culture scene includes the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, and countless museums and galleries.
A sustainability leader
The birthplace of Greenpeace, Vancouver has earned global attention for its efforts to design a healthy urban environment that is vibrant and sustainable. Residents enjoy an extensive public transit network that includes buses, sea buses and SkyTrain, the longest fully automated light metro system in North America. Currently, the municipal government is taking steps to tackle remaining environmental challenges and transform Vancouver into the greenest city in the world by 2020.
An Asia Pacific gateway
Internationally recognized as North America’s Asia Pacific gateway, Vancouver enjoys close cultural and economic ties with many countries in the region. Nearly half of Metro Vancouver residents have an Asian heritage—more than any other city outside Asia. Similarly, British Columbia is responsible for nearly 30 percent of Canada’s total exports to Asia—more than any other province.
A diverse community
Home to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations for tens of thousands of years, Vancouver now welcomes people from around the globe regardless of ethnicity, religion, ability or sexual orientation. Today, you will find more than 179 languages spoken on the streets of Vancouver—more than any other city in Canada. This rich diversity is celebrated during seasonal festivals and events and reflected year round in vibrant communities like Little Italy and Chinatown.