Downtown Areas

Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia, and is a world-renowned city for its breathtaking natural setting and a cosmopolitan flair, complimented by beautiful parks and gardens, beaches, and a variety of cultural and recreational facilities. As the matter of fact, the City of Vancouver and its companion cities, voted the second place to live in the entire world! Actually, for two years in a row Vancouver had the honour of being tied for #1 with Zurich and in 2002 came a close second to Zurich.

Vancouver is situated in the southwestern corner of the province, located approximately 40 kilometres north of the Washington State border. Vancouver is surrounded on three sides by water - Burrard Inlet to the north, the Straight of Georgia separating Vancouver from Vancouver Island to the west, and the north arm of the Fraser River to the south. The view to the North is of the nearby coastal mountains rising to the height of 3,048 feet in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The City of Burnaby is to the East, the City of Richmond is to the South and the Strait of Georgia is to the West. Vancouver's strategic location has helped it to take a leading position in trade. It is near mid-point on the west coast of North America, and is equidistant by air from London and Tokyo.