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Visiting Vancouver, Canada’s ‘Saltwater City’

For anyone with a love of the great outdoors, Vancouver represents the ultimate holiday getaway. Located in British Columbia (Canada's westernmost province), Vancouver and its surroundings offer visitors an impressive range of outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, cycling, and skiing, even whale-watching. This website is run by native Vancouverites to highlight the city's many charms and attractions. Here, readers will find all they need to know before planning a visit, including all the best restaurants, hotels, and B&Bs, and the most exciting things to do and see.

A Model of Diversity

Vancouver is known for its ethnic and linguistic diversity. More than half of its current residents are not native English speakers. What's more, Vancouver is frequently ranked among the top five cities worldwide in terms of both quality of life and livability. Vancouver has earned several nicknames over the years, all of which reflect its uniqueness. In the 19th century, Chinese immigrants called it 'Saltwater City' due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. More recently, the city's relaxed attitude towards marijuana (like Amsterdam) has earned it the tongue-in-cheek moniker 'Vansterdam.'

Arts, Culture, and Nightlife

This site also provides readers with detailed descriptions of Vancouver's artistic and cultural hot spots, such as the world-class Arts Club Theater and the inimitable Club 58. Readers will also find a range of helpful information on the vibrant nightlife for which Vancouver is famous, including all of the city's hippest bars, clubs, and live-music venues.