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Removals to Canada – A City Guide to Vancouver

Flanked by mountains and water, Vancouver in British Columbia is known for its natural beauty and offers a host of activities for the outdoorsy types from skiing, to kayaking, hiking, caving, bungee jumping, surfing and mountain biking.

If you are organising removals to Canada to settle, Vancouver has it all from stunning scenery to vibrant café bars, excellent eating establishments, and a varied mix of sports and cultural activities to participate in. Even the weather tops the bill: in winter, Vancouver is one of the warmest cities in the country, where average temperatures rarely fall below 0 degrees centigrade.

In addition, Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada: more than half the 2.5 million population don't count their first language as English; among the other languages regularly spoken include French, Chinese, Punjabi and German. Considered one of the most 'liveable cities' in the world for five years running, one of the biggest draws is the high quality of life which is why so many UK expats choose to settle here.

Dolphin Movers specialise in removals to North America including shipping to Canada to or from the UK or elsewhere in the world. We frequently organised full or part load home or office moves from the UK to Canada and back. Whether you require packing and unpacking, storage, shipping or specialist removals, contact Dolphin Movers for a competitive quotation for removals to Vancouver, Canada.

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Where to Live in Vancouver

Vancouver has undergone some major building work and there are all sorts of appealing neighbourhoods to settle in, each with their own individual character. Vancouver West is pricier than the arty East.

Yaletown is a modernised former warehouse district largely inhabited by 20-40 year old professionals and has a great city open market called Urban Fare, whereas Fairview is ideal for transport links and Shaughnessy is an upmarket neighbourhood.

Best places for families to settle include Mount Pleasant, Dunbar, West Point Grey (also good for beach lovers), Grandview and Riley Park, and if you like beach life, West End and Kitsilano are ideal.

Working in Vancouver

Vancouver is a centre for industry, including timber and mining, and its port generates huge employment opportunities as it is a major part of the economy. Other industries that attract UK expats include hospitals and educational establishments, the IT industry – including software and video game development – aerospace, biotechnology and the hospitality trade.

Schools in Vancouver

If you are moving to Canada with children, the country offers a high standard of education and there are plenty of schools to choose from, from Montessori schools, bilingual schools (including French and Mandarin bilingual schools), gifted schools, state and independent establishments.

In addition to this are a wide range of higher educational establishments including University of British Columbia – one of the best public universities worldwide – Simon Fraser University , Carr University of Art and Design. It also has a variety of private university including University Canada West and Fairleigh Dickinson University. If you or your family are interested in film production or video game design, the Vancouver Film School offers one-year courses.

Shopping in Vancouver

The city has a wide range of stores from fashion boutiques, designer shops, art shops and ethnic produce. If you like upmarket clothing and boutiques, head to the Alberni intersection, Gastown or Yaletown and Kerrisdale. Granville Island has art related stores and a market, as does Commercial Drive and East Hastings. For ethnic produce, Chinatown and Punjabi Market are the places to go.

A Brief History of Vancouver

There is evidence of human settlement in Vancouver as far back as 10,000 years ago when it was inhabited by aboriginal people. The area is thought to have been discovered in the late 1500's by Sir Francis Drake, although it didn't get its first European settlers until the early 1800's.

The population soared in the gold rush of 1858, and soon after a sawmill was established which was a key part of the local economy and remained open until the 1920's, following the advent of the railway.

The population soared towards the turn of the 20th century when various industries and large corporations were established, and it later became Canada's third largest metropolitan area, and remains so today.

Places to Visit in Vancouver

Tourism is big industry in Vancouver and more than a million people pass through the city on cruise ships alone. Among the top attractions include the gardens, including VanDusen Botanical Garden, as well as the mountains and parkland. Other popular places to visit is the maritime museum, Vancouver Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery. And if you are sight-seeing with children, the interactive Science World is a huge hit, attracting nearly three quarters of a million visitors a year. It is set in a stunning, eye-catching modern building overlooking the water at False Creek.

Another great tourist draws are the year round festivals. These include the colourful Chinese New Year celebrated in Chinatown and the Celebration of Light, a four day festival in summer which includes fireworks set to music, the film festival in September/October time and EAT! In May, which is a celebration of the city's food.

Food in Vancouver

The city is known for its cuisine and its restaurants offer cuisine from all over the world including an excellent selection of Asian restaurants, seafood fare and food straight from the farm. From food carts, dim sum restaurants, and upmarket restaurants in the Central Business Districts, you are sure to find a restaurant to delight your palate.

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