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“Beautiful city, fabulous skiing not far away” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Beautiful city, fabulous skiing not far away”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2010

Great hotels, fabulous resturants and multi-national city that is teaming with life and vigor.Art studios and galleries abound, Grandville Island is home to great tourist spots, boating, hiking and great beer! Skiing is close on the hills north and west of Vancouver and of course world renound Whister is just a two hours drive away. Fabulous vacation spot year round.

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1 review
29 helpful votes
“A bland, overpriced sham”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2009

A lot of people writing here have twigged it already: Vancouver is dull, soulless and devoid of charm. I have lived here for six years, for my job. I hated it at first, learned to like it, then realised I was right to begin with. It is, essentially, a small provincial city that suddenly got an injection of money, immigrants, and an overinflated sense of its own importance.

Vancouver is like a teenaged girl who discovers one day that people suddenly find her attractive, and from that moment onwards makes no effort to better herself in terms of culture, education or manners, as it all seems too easy.

Van is a little urban island on the edge of a continent, with no intellectual currents moving through it. Its inhabitants are relatively uneducated, other than in business and real estate. Nobody here has anything interesting to say, because there is nothing interesting in their heads. All they know is that Vancouver is "beauuuutiful". Well, compared with Winnipeg, maybe. And that's being a little harsh on Winnipeg. What the Vancouverites really mean is, "Vancouver has some nice inlets, and is situated next to some mountains". The setting is spectacular; it's a shame the city itself is so gum-achingly bland. No architecture of any note, cookie-cutter tower blocks, disgusting stucco and pebbledash houses.

The weird thing is that when you live here, lots of people want to come and visit, and when they do, you realize there's actually nothing you can advise them to do. Walk around Stanley Park, maybe. Go skiing if that's your thing. Other than that, errr...buy some sushi? Go hiking in the local mountains?

I've been to all the major cities on the west coast. Only San Diego matches Vancouver's general blandness, but it also has some nice old houses, and a population who aren't convinced that their city is the greatest in the world.

It's a bit like Logan's Run here, with extra rain, and some skiing. Living here makes you miserable, unless you're already brain-dead.

29 Thank CPhillips92
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1 review
“great city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2009

If you are from india, or better from Delhi, and live in the States, this is the palce for you. Awesome indian food, great shopping for your wife ect

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New York City, New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
27 helpful votes
“Beautiful vistas, but it's hard to live on air...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2009

I used to live in Vancouver for 10 years, from 1990-2000, and by the time 2000 rolled around, I couldn't wait to get out. I've visited several times since (almost once a year every year), and have to say I enjoy Vancouver MUCH more as a visitor than a resident.

It's hard to argue with the sheer natural beauty of mountains and seascape; or the opportunity to hike in a mountain just an hour's drive from town; or to just sit and smell the sea salt in the air.

But the reality of living in Vancouver means extremely high rents (and a fiercely competitive rental market), and basically resort prices for everything.

It's really a shame, since the West Coast still holds a special tug for me. I miss it every day, even now, 9 years after having moved away. And even now, living in NYC, a town with endless opportunities for stimulation and/or entertainment (as you wish).

6 Thank TorontoFrequentrvlr
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Norman, OK
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Great vacation in a great city,”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2009

In early June 2009, before the summer heatwave, we took the Amtrak train from Seattle up the scenic coast to Vancouver, then the skytrain over to the Metropolitan Hotel ( a very comfortable way to go if you hate cramped airline seating or buses). Within walking distance to Gastown with wonderful shopping and stores not found in the U.S. (example.Nood Store) along with good restaurants. Granville island, a short taxi ride from our hotel featured an excellent public market where food, flowers, fruit and veggies were at their best. Had lunch at the market with free local musical entertainment and gulls that mingled casually looking for handouts. Art shops and galleries along with excellent harbor view can be found on Granville Island. Wished we had taken the water taxi's but were short on time. Loved the Capilano suspension bridge and paid for organized tour. Tree houses were amazing. Can't wait to go back. Only wished we had more time there.

1 Thank tonygrider
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