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Framed by majestic snow-capped mountains and the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is known for its natural beauty. Many have even called it one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Also known for its fresh local seafood, diversity and outdoor recreation; Vancouver is home to more than 600,000 residents. Some of Vancouver’s most popular districts for shopping, dining and sightseeing include the West End, Gastown, and Main Street.
Like neighboring Seattle, Vancouver is known for being a particularly rainy city – it rains on average 160 days a year. When the weather is pleasant, many residents head outdoors to take advantage of the area’s many recreational activities.
Consistently named one of the world’s “most livable cities”, Vancouver strives to be a green city, and is often lauded for its urban planning and design. Sometimes called a “city of neighborhoods”, every neighborhood is different, and there is something for everyone here in Vancouver. One of Canada’s most diverse cities, Vancouver hosts many international conferences, festivals and events including the world renowned TED talks. The metro area attracts Canadian transplants from other cities, many international immigrants and more than 10 million tourists each year.