Living in Vancouver

Ski, surf and savasana all in one day – we are the most livable city in North America attracting the world's top professionals

Economic and political stability, universal healthcare, diversity in culture and environment, as well as world-class education and infrastructure are just a few of the reasons Vancouver has consistently been ranked as #1 for livability and quality of life across all North American cities. Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canadians are known for our friendly nature, and Vancouver’s citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets – day or night, all year round.

Vancouver by the Numbers


From Sea to Sky

Outdoor enthusiasts love having nature’s playground at their doorstep. Three local mountains, Cypress, Grouse and Seymour, offer access to trails for hiking and biking in summer and first-rate skiing and snowboarding in winter. Whistler – North America’s #1 ski resort – is also located 90 minutes from the downtown core. Within the city, residents and tourists flock to Stanley Park which offers a 13 mile seawall for walking, cycling, running and rollerblading. And if you’re seeking sun and sand, Kitsilano Beach is a popular local destination, boasting the longest swimming pool in North America.


A top-rated food destination

Vancouver has a globally-renowned food and drink scene, with established and on-the-rise chefs, restaurants, food trucks and bars for all tastes. Foodies flock to Vancouver’s many local farmers’ markets and Granville Island Public Market for its fresh ingredients — local and exotic. Our 75 microbreweries and distilleries, as well as the real ethnic flavour of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods, ensure we can cater to every unique taste in our vibrant community.



A Vibrant Scene of Arts & Culture

Vancouver’s festivals and events showcase the region’s cultural diversity, arts, community and outdoor activities. Discover Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods at events such as the Dragon Boat Festival, Diwali Fest, TED and TEDx Conferences, and Vancouver Pride Parade. You can also attend the International Jazz Fest to hear world-class musicians. The Celebration of Light fireworks festival draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to Vancouver’s beaches and shores, while the Playland and Science World each have lots to keep the whole family busy.


Thinking about your next career move?

Vancouver’s bustling and vibrant economy – home to thousands of homegrown startups and global companies – has captured the attention of skilled workers from all over the world.
Learn more about working in Vancouver


Are you new to Vancouver or planning a move?

Growing Roots – A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver was developed in response to the diverse needs of people arriving in Vancouver; as an invitation for participation and civic engagement; and as a useful resource for accessing services and welcoming spaces. It features unique and personal stories shared by Vancouver residents, and highlights the many services and resources available to newcomers to the city.
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