Diverse in nature and culture
Vancouver is consistently rated one of the most livable cities in the world, and it doesn't take visitors long to see why: the city enjoys a stunning natural setting, a mild climate (by Canadian standards), and a diverse, progressive, cosmopolitan population. It's been said that in Vancouver, you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon - and indeed, one of the best ways to experience the city is to get outdoors. Visitors can walk, bike, or jog in the enormous waterfront Stanley Park, ski the North Shore Mountains, indulge in almost any type of water sport on the city's Pacific shoreline, or lounge on its many beaches. The world-famous ski resort at Whistler is within reach as well. After exhausting themselves outdoors, visitors can choose from the city's range of restaurants, where Vancouver's diversity - more than fifty percent of the population speaks a first language other than English - makes itself felt. Try Chinatown or the Punjabi Market to taste the city's cultural variety. Vancouver is also a great place to learn more about the aboriginal peoples of the Pacific Northwest at the University of British Columbia's renowned Museum of Anthropology.