This is for all the friends we have met along the way who ask us about Vancouver.
First some general info: Vancouver is a busy west coast seaport in British Columbia and among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. It is Canada's third largest city (after Toronto and Montreal) and has a population of about 3 million. Vancouver is alternately known as a place where one can ski, play golf and sail all on the same day or as the birthplace of Greenpeace. It is also a very popular filming location, 'Hollywood North' - hosting the second largest film industry in North America. Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, and has a stunningly beautiful natural setting.
Getting to Vancouver is easy, it is about 2.5 hours north of Seattle by car or a 2.5 hour flight from San Francisco. Many people also know Whistler, one of the top ski destinations in the world, which is an easy (an super scenic) 90 minute drive away.
Despite claims by Toronto & Montreal that they are the most multicultural cities in Canada, 35% of Vancouver's population is foreign born, the highest figure in the world. This makes the city technically even more multicultural than New York, although maybe it is not so obvious. Almost any elementray school in Vancouver has children from easily 25 or more language groups.
Vancouver is North America's second largest Port (in tonnage & physical size - after New York) and one of the world's major cruise ship ports. We get lots of cruise ships that are bound to Alaska.
Vancouver has the highest proportion (per capita) of Asians of any North American city. This makes for a great city and a great selection of Oriental restaurants. It also has one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in North America as well as outrageously excellent and cheap sushi. No wonder Vancouverites dine out more than in any other North American city!
Make sure to get in touch with us if you are ever planning a visit to British Columbia.