Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, located on the western coast of British Columbia. It is most recently known worldwide as the site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where the entirety of Canada cheered on its ice hockey team to a dramatic gold medal finish.
Vancouver has a large immigrant population, with a large portion of Chinese descent, and many whose first language is not English. This ethnicity lends to the city's unique culture.
The climate in Vancouver is rainy, but warm most of the year. It has the best of all worlds and is often considered a highly livable city. Stanley Park is the most popular park in Vancouver, with a large pathway system ideal for running or walking along the shoreline. Hiking and skiing are popular activities, as mountains surround the city. Likewise, the city is located on the coast, so sailing and water sports are also extremely popular among Vancouverites. Vancouver is home to many sports teams, including the Vancouver Canucks, one of the National Hockey League teams in Canada.
Things to do and tourist attractions in Vancouver are many to choose from. Strolling around the VanDusen Botanical Garden which is home to plant collections from around the world is a must. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Art Gallery, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Fort Langley National Historic Site are among the top tourist attractions in Vancouver.
Vancouver has a burgeoning film industry and is often dubbed "Hollywood North." Many movies are filmed in the Vancouver area, and the entertainment field has increased exponentially as a result of this. It's not uncommon to see celebrities at a restaurant or shopping on Robson Street or in Coal Harbour.
Unique to Vancouver is the reverse-commuter lifestyle, wherein many people live in the downtown core and commute outside of the city for work. This contributes to a vibrant nightlife, unrivalled by most other cities. Granville Street is the most popular stretch, and is often closed to vehicles on weekends to accommodate the large crowds in and among the many restaurants and bars.
Vancouver has some of the best seafood in Canada and, combined with the fresh regional ingredients attracts some of the world's best chefs to the city's restaurants. For a romantic evening, try The Beach House, located in an old beach house on the waterfront. If you're in the mood for excellent sushi, try Tojo's, where tradition meets innovation. Vancouver has also become famous for its street vendors selling Japadogs, which are hot dogs served with sushi toppings. There's a cuisine for everyone in Vancouver!