Vancouver, BC Canada – is a vibrant, multi-cultural city set in a spectacular natural environment. The city played host to the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games and proved to the world exactly why Vancouver is ranked as one of the best places to live in the world. Whether strolling along the sands of the Pacific Ocean beaches, taking jumps with your snowboard off the snow-filled mountains, or window shopping along the high-fashion Robson Street area, Vancouver is a year-round paradise for city and outdoors-minded people alike. The city is clean and safe.
Vancouver bursts with city life and cultural neighborhoods. In the heart of downtown is Robson Street – a designer shopper’s dream for fashion and gourmet fare. Just west of Robson is Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in North America with the Stanley Park Seawall and its fabulous views of the city and harbour. Vancouver is a collection of neighborhoods – from the unique shops and European bistros of trendy Yaletown to the outdoor cafes of laid-back Kitsilano – where there are always places to go and things to do.
This city of two million people is Canada’s western gateway to Far East Asia, Eurasia, New Zealand and Australia, and to the United States of America. It is also British Columbia’s major education and service industry centre.
Canadians are known all over the world to be friendly, hospitable people who welcome visitors from all over the world. The population itself is a very multicultural group and is made up of people from all different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. In fact, asides from the indigenous aboriginals who make up only 3.8% of the population in Canada, all Canadians or their ancestors are actually immigrants.
Canada enjoys a society that is open and relatively free of class distinctions. Most Canadians take pride in the fact that all people deserve the same rights and respect, regardless of their gender, race, religion, or cultural background. People in Canada usually resent comments that seem disrespectful to anyone from a particular background.
For more about Vancouver, such as transportation, accommodation, climate and more, visit our section for International Students.