We just got home from spending a week downtown. Did a lot of homework, compiling lists and printing maps, so I knew what to expect.
We were so impressed by the courtesy and attitude of everyone we encountered, from waiters and waitresses to ferry, Skytrain and bus crews, to just common folks walking and driving the streets.
We took a beautiful walk from Robson/Georgia, zigzagging to Beach/Denman, then along Beach and up to Yaletown. Such stunning landscaping and pride of ownership. So many small parks and pedestrian-only walkways.
We're in our 50's, but felt quite at home in places like Blarney Stone and Doolins, among clean-cut kids having a great time. No one even asked us if we were looking for our own kids. LOL
Took a fabulous drive to Whistler for lunch. No doubt hosting the Olympics paid great dividends for you.
We were initially shocked at the prices and sales taxes, but soon realized Vancouver is no different than San Francisco, in this regard.
But I want to make a special mention about the pride you folks seem to take in your health. Walkers and bicyclists everywhere. I know I can only make a generalization, based on only a week, but we saw very little obesity, compared to the serious problem we have in the States. Even at the casino buffet we were at, we saw no one who really should not have been there. Being 20 lbs. over, myself, I know.
With the current leadership we have, you just might yourselves welcoming a couple more newcomers.
You have a lot to be proud of. Thanks again.