Vancouver

Canada

A Thriving City in the Middle of Nature’s Paradise

A cosmopolitan city located in a beautiful geographical setting, Vancouver is a fascinating city that seamlessly blends Asian and European influences with natural beauty, beauty, multicultural energy, and cosmopolitan panache.

Vancouver is a city that routinely tops the lists of the world's greatest places in which to live and it is easy to see why; it has something for everyone. For expatriates who enjoy the great outdoors, Vancouver is the stuff of dreams. Within the city itself there are lush green parks, the spectacular botanical gardens and the sight of joggers, leisurely walkers and cyclists will become almost second nature. Once outside the city, things get even better. You can always see the ocean and mountain peaks, whether you're on the seawall or right in the middle of downtown, and this brings with it a whole host of activities, including skiing, fishing, caving, whale watching, skydiving and bungee jumping.

Expatriates who enjoy a thriving art, shopping and culture scene will be equally content. Over the past twenty years Vancouver has undergone major redevelopment and trendy neighborhoods and bohemian districts are springing up on an almost-daily basis. The city now consists of many different areas, all of which have their own unique style and lure. Whether you spend an afternoon shopping in the trendy and upscale renovated warehouse district of Yaletown, hit Robson Street in Downtown Vancouver or spend an afternoon idly wandering the outdoor markets of Granville Island, you will find that there is always something to do and something new to discover.

Vancouver really is one of the few places in the world in which you can swim or sunbathe on the beach, hike in the mountains, shop for couture fashions, take in a hockey game, and wind down with a romantic dinner atop a skyscraper, all in the space of one day.

When compared with many other cities throughout the world, relocation to Vancouver can be relatively seamless, with the right tools. Because English is the official language in Vancouver, as in the rest of Canada (French is the other official language although not widely spoken in British Columbia), and numerous other languages are spoken, it is not difficult to navigate the system. People are friendly and helpful, and, as many were once newcomers themselves, are understanding of those new to the area and culture.


What’s the draw?

  • A well-developed city infrastructure with wilderness adventure right on your doorstep.
  • A large expatriate population that is welcoming and friendly.
  • A sustainable and environmentally-conscious city.

Live there:

When relocating anywhere in the world, it is imperative that you are armed with the right information about how to relocate and settle in. Our expat guide to Vancouver is filled with essential details about the logistics of relocation and integration into the city and culture, as well as useful facts such as cost of living, relocating with a pet, things to do on the weekend, and much more. Genuine experiences are always better than travel brochures and that is why our guides are truly the best on the market. Written by expats, for expats, they tailor all the information to ensure that it is practical, helpful and comprehensive to those who are looking to relocate or establish life in Vancouver.

Get to grips with one of the world's most livable cities with the Expat Info Desk.

About Vancouver we have

Our guide was written by Vivian Grace James and last published on Saturday 24th September 2011.

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Five top tips

01Learn the city’s streets and neighborhoods before arriving in Canada. It will help your confidence and prevent you from being mistaken for a tou
02Research and possibly decide upon schools for your children before arriving.
03Try to budget for the cost of living in Vancouver before arriving. Many people find living here more expensive than they expected.
04Get to know Metro Vancouver’s transit system before you arrive. A thorough knowledge of how the system works before you arrive will be invaluabl
05Because it is difficult to determine, ahead of time, which part of the city you will want to settle in, you should try to stay in a hotel at first.

Interesting fact

Vancouver has close to 1 million automobiles, almost one for every 2 people.