- Connected to business
As a gateway between North America and the Pacific Rim, Vancouver provides unique access to business opportunities in China, Hong Kong, Japan and the burgeoning markets of the Asia-Pacific. Its position along North America’s West Coast puts it in close proximity with other innovation hotbeds, such as Silicon Valley. Vancouver is also one of Canada’s premier business centres, offering substantial connections and business opportunities to UBC MBA graduates — in B.C., Canada and around the globe.
- Extraordinarily livable
Vancouver is one of the world’s most liveable cities, offering a temperate climate and tempting options for unlimited outdoor adventure. And it is all bounded by mountain and ocean, sea and sky.
- Close to it all
Vancouver is the cosmopolitan city that is small enough to make its many attractions accessible. Where else can you study in the morning, sail in the afternoon and downhill ski at night? Plentiful transit options make getting around easy.
- Remarkable recreation
Vancouver is home to professional hockey, soccer and football teams. But the city’s real draw is the vast number of recreation opportunities. The local ocean offers kayaking, sailing and swimming. Nearby mountains provide superb skiing, hiking and mountain biking. And the city itself is ideal for just about any activity you can think of: road riding, yoga, martial arts. Truly, Vancouver has it all.
- Lively nightlife
When the sun goes down, the energy goes up. Historic Gastown transforms from a hub of entrepreneurial activity into a haven for clubbers and pubbers and diners, with a wide array of hip entertainment options.
The Granville Street entertainment district offers everything from intimate pubs to fashionable shops to late-night dance clubs and more.
- Attractive neighbourhoods
From Little Italy to Little India, multicultural Vancouver has many distinct neighbourhoods that celebrate cultures from around the world. Chinatown is one of North America’s largest. Commercial Drive offers some of the city’s best coffee and most eclectic people watching. Kitsilano, or “Kits” is an upmarket neighbourhood, close to UBC, that offers beautiful sandy beaches (including the popular Kits Beach), smart shopping and a wealth of urban amenities.
- Unique celebrations
Festive Vancouver celebrates year round with a myriad of events that capture the city’s imagination. From the Pride Parade to the fireworks of the Celebration of Lights, the Folk Festival to Shakespeare in the Park, there is something intriguing for everyone.
- Culture and cuisine
Because of its diverse cultural mosaic, Vancouver offers some of the finest and most divergent dining experiences anywhere, with many restaurants celebrated around the globe for their culinary excellence. Home to the Vancouver Art Gallery, a symphony, an opera and countless smaller galleries and artistic endeavours, Vancouver is blooming with first-class cultural attractions.
- Discover more of the Vancouver difference
Get an insight into the business side of the city at the Vancouver Board of Trade. Or gain a better feel for the cultural and recreational opportunities Vancouver has to offer at Tourism Vancouver.