Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and a popular destination for conferences and events, Vancouver is a comfortable yet dynamic place to study abroad. As an ultra-modern city surrounded by Canadian nature, Vancouver offers the best of both worlds. Study abroad in Vancouver and, with so much to do in and around this inviting city, you’ll never be bored.
Food & Culture
From comfort food to Asian fusion, a myriad of cuisines and eateries make Vancouver known internationally as a great restaurant town. A huge variety of international influences give Vancouver a diverse culinary landscape. In fact, Vancouver is one of the most ethnically diverse locations in Canada, with more than half of the permanent residents calling English their second language. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the second largest in North America behind San Francisco’s. Some favorite local eateries include Naam, Bridges, Go Fish, and Dave’s Fish & Chips.
Getting around Vancouver might seem overwhelming at first, but there are several ways to get from A to B. Public transportation is plentiful throughout the city and comes in the form of taxis, buses, commuter and local trains, and the SeaBus, a network that includes shuttle boats that operate every hour throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased in vending machines near the docks, and the boats are disability- and bicycle-friendly. Skytrain and CanadaLine are Vancouver’s train and rapid-transit networks which run every day of the week.
Things to Do
With a variety of museums, galleries, and attractions in Vancouver, every great meal can be accompanied by a cool outing. Before or after you’ve filled your belly, you might venture into one of Vancouver’s many museums or galleries. Spend a day perusing the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, or the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. If you’re spending the fall semester abroad in Vancouver, you’ll be just in time for the Vancouver International Film Festival in September. Otherwise, you can catch a great film or play at the renowned Vogue Theatre, Vancity Theatre, or the Pacific Cinematheque any other time of year. The city is nicknamed “Hollywood North” for its booming film industry, and studying abroad in Vancouver might bring you into regular contact with traveling film sets.
While the city of Vancouver has much to offer, the surrounding areas make the destination even more attractive for study abroad. Vancouver is nestled alongside the Strait of Georgia, just miles north of the United States border. Take a ferry to picturesque Victoria, B.C.; or drive a few hours south to Seattle, Washington in the U.S.; or head north to spend a weekend in the whimsical and world-famous mountain town of Whistler.
For breathtaking views and mountainous fun, Whistler is a must. A charming resort town in the Coast Mountains, Whistler entertains more than 2 million visitors per year who ski, snowboard, bike, hike, shop, and much more. Victoria also makes for an unforgettable weekend trip. The capital of British Columbia is one of the oldest settlements in the Pacific Northwest and is home to many remnants from what was British North America. Have afternoon tea at The Empress Hotel and explore the beautiful gardens and statues throughout Victoria.