As we enter the last month of 2018, I thought it was a great time to look back and think about all the things we should be grateful for.
One of those things is the beautiful city we live in.
Here are 8 reasons why Vancouver is a world class city.
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It’s surrounded by endless nature
This is a given and it’s also one of the biggest reasons why Vancouver is such an amazing city to live in. Anyone who flies into Vancouver will right away notice the beautiful mountains and water that surrounds the city. Stanley Park gives visitors an unbelievable outdoor experience that they won't forget.
On the North Shore, there’s Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Seymour Mountain, each offering amazing hiking trails and endless winter activities.
It’s as if the entire world lives in our beautiful city. Individuals from India, China, South America, the Philippines and so many countries call Vancouver home. Our clean environment and air, quality of life and endless opportunities make it an easy sell for anyone.
Amazing food scene
This is one of my favourite reasons for loving Vancouver. Arguably the best foodie city in North America, Vancouver’s chefs have access to local seafood that is second to none. Vancouver is also home to high-quality fruits and vegetables.
Endless parks & beaches
Stanley Park (mentioned above) is the world’s largest (1,000 acres) park, boasting endless greenery and a stunning seawall. Whether you’d like to walk, jog, or rent a bike, going around the seawall is something that never gets old.
The park is also home to numerous beaches and the prestigious Vancouver Aquarium.
Other notable parks across the city include:
- VanDusen Botanical Garden
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- Riverfront Park
- New Brighton Park
There’s an estimated 800 miles of bike lanes throughout Vancouver and that number increases steadily every year.
It has lots of history
There are dozens of neighbourhoods in Vancouver and each one carries a different story. Some of these neighbourhoods are:
- Downtown Vancouver
- West End
- Coal Harbour
- False Creek
- Mount Pleasant
Close to other exciting places to visit
You don’t have to travel far from Vancouver to make your way to some other amazing destinations. The city is located fairly close to the American border, Whistler, Vancouver Island, Kelowna and the Okanagan.
Amazing craft brewery scene
Vancouver’s beer scene is slowly being recognized across the world and it just adds another layer of excitement to the city. Our summers are second to none and enjoying a nice glass of local craft beer is one of the best ways to soak in the local scene.
According to The BC Ale Trail, Vancouver “boasts the country’s most dynamic craft beer community, featuring more than two dozen breweries”. From recent start ups to veterans of the industry, Vancouver’s beer scene is just as diverse as its population.
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