Welcome to Vancouver!

From the harbour, you can watch float planes take off and land in the Burrard Inlet, cruise ships arriving and departing in summer and boats and ships sailing, rowing or motoring back and forth year round.

One tenth of Vancouver’s nearly 600,000 inhabitants live downtown, most in innovative, high rise apartment buildings that feature glass and more glass showcasing the city’s light and views.

Along with its downtown, Vancouver has many mature, thriving, well defined neighbourhoods with locally owned businesses, a unique identity and a community feel. Each presents a different view of the city.

Moreover, Vancouver has one of the most diverse populations in North America and with that diversity comes all the benefits: great new ideas, an embracing, cooperative spirit, ethnic food, shops, customs and celebrations.

In Vancouver, you can swim in English Bay or Second Beach, kayak in False Creek or ride horses in Southlands. Twenty minutes away, in the North Shore mountains, you can ski and snowboard in winter and hike or mountain bike in summer.

From Vancouver you are 63 km from Victoria. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, is another beautiful city. You can get from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria in 35 minutes by float plane or three and a half hours by bus and ferry.

From Vancouver, you are 120 km from Whistler, a spectacular winter ski resorts and summer playground and the site, along with Vancouver, of the 2010 Winter Olympics.