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Vancouver is one of the most tolerant and environmentally-friendly cities in the world. Located far away from the other international centres of tourism and business, this Canadian city doesn’t feature in the media all that often. It is, however, an ambitious and comfortable settlement surrounded by nature that welcomes people of all cultural and religious backgrounds.

The city itself is home to only 600,000 people (or 2 million if suburbs were to be included). Situated on the country’s Western shore, the port of Vancouver can be seen as the continent’s final gate to the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean – above it you will only find boundless woods, Alaska and the freezing North. The local climate is pleasant – the winters are mild and summers warm, but not too hot. Couple that with lots of green parks, forests, ocean bays and mountains, and you’ll get an image of a truly idyllic city.

Aquabus in Vancouver, Canada
Photo taken by David J Laporte / flickr.com/creativecommons.  Aquabus in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is set to become the world’s greenest and most environmentally-friendly city by 2020. The local government is currently implementing a great number of conservation projects, while the locals spend their free time playing sports and enjoying the riches of the natural world. It’s one of the few cities in the world that allow people to go skiing on the nearby peaks in the morning, sunbathe on the beach in the afternoon, and dive into the hubbub of local bars and restaurants in the evening.

People who move to Vancouver like to stress the abundance of free time activities in nature that the city offers. The locals go canoeing, fishing in rivers, lakes and the ocean, cycle on the endless bike paths, climb mountains, hike in the nearby nature parks, enjoy spending time on the beach, and go skiing on excellent ski trails.

A view of English Bay from the Burrard Bridge
Photo taken by Dimbeko / wikimedia.org.  A view of English Bay from the Burrard Bridge

Vancouver is known as something of a tolerance mecca, welcoming people of all sexual orientations. As many as 50 percent of the local population is comprised of newcomers from the most remote of places, mostly in Asia. Walking round the city one might get the impression it’s a real-world utopia. Ethnic diversity, lots of immigrants, extremely low crime rates, and kind, courteous and benevolent people.

The city is often considered to be Canada’s culinary capital. Here you can always find fresh wild salmon, shrimp and other juicy seafood. There are also many Asian restaurants around the city, serving Chinese and Japanese dishes.

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