Vancouver, often referred to as North America’s most beautiful city, is situated in the southwest corner of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. It is 40km (25 miles) north of the US border and 190 km (118 miles) from Seattle, Washington.
The city is blessed with a stunning geography, with the Coast Mountains rising majestically to the north and the Strait of Georgia stretching out to the west. Numerous beaches ring the coastline and green spaces abound, providing countless recreational opportunities for the city’s residents.
In addition to its natural attractions, Vancouver can lay claim to being one of the world’s truly great cosmopolitan cities. The city itself is home to about 560,000 residents while the entire Greater Vancouver region, made up of 18 municipalities, has in excess of 2 million residents of all nationalities. The mix of immigrants that has populated Vancouver over the past 100 years or so has created an eclectic atmosphere where one can be walking on a downtown street and hear any number of languages or sample a variety of foods from around the world.