In Vancouver, we enjoy one of the highest qualities of life worldwide. British Columbia is known as "Beautiful British Columbia" for its spectacular natural scenery and a distinct lifestyle focussed on outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, skiing, sailing and golfing. Physically, British Columbia is Canada's third largest and westernmost province, located on the Pacific Coast. Increasingly, BC is gaining recognition for its cultural activities including a variety of year-round festivals.
Vancouver is Canada's third largest city, with Greater Vancouver's population being close to two million. It is a modern Pacific Rim city with the best in international music, theatre and dance, set against the backdrop of a spectacular natural environment that includes snow-capped mountains, dense rain forests, the Fraser River, and the Strait of Georgia. It is one of few urban centres where residents can sail, golf and ski year-round—and sometimes all within the same week!
Locals take pride in Vancouver’s cultural activities, with the city playing host to events such as the International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and the Vancouver International Film and Writers Festivals. Vancouver also has a vibrant business and financial environment covering a wide range of economic sectors, including major resource industries and a rapidly expanding high tech industry.
However, Vancouver's popularity is based on more than "home-town" pride. Over the last few years, Vancouver has consistently ranked at or near top spot as one of the best cities in the world to live. Such rankings include those reported by The Economist, Maclean's Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and Conde Nast Traveler. The latter describes the city as "safe, clean, friendly, scenic, and international."
Vancouver tied for top spot of cities worldwide for quality of life in a January 2000 assessment of cities worldwide, carried out by human resources consultancy firm William M. Mercer. This assessment was based on quality of life factors such as political stability, personal safety, health care, crime levels, water quality, transportation, traffic congestion, education, and the availability of public services.