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Cities in the Spotlight: Vancouver

Vancouver's climate is quite different from much of Canada.

Vancouver's climate is quite different from much of Canada.

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most scenic areas in North America, and whether you live north or south of the border, there are many outdoor activities to partake in. If this area sounds attractive to you, devising a moving budget to relocate to Vancouver may be a good idea.

Vancouver has a population of more than 630,500, which makes it the largest city in British Columbia. In order to get around the city, you may want to take advantage of the TransLink. This system serves the Vancouver metropolitan area, and has not only buses, but also a SkyTrain. This can bring you to most of the major areas of the region, which is important if you need to get to other parts of the metro area quickly. There is a SeaBus that also helps connect the areas separated by water.

The weather in Vancouver is more mild than the rest of Canada, with warm summers and relatively cool winters. The average summer high temperature is 71 degrees, while the average winter low temperature is 32 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.

There are multiple colleges and universities in Vancouver, which could be great if you plan to use higher education, or just want to have schools around in case your kids go to college in the city. The University of Vancouver, Emily Carr University, Simon Fraser University and Langara College are just some of the options at your disposal.

Recreation activities abound around the city
If you are a big sports fan, or you just want a few hours out, there are many professional teams in the Vancouver area. The city has one team representing the four major sports in North America. The National Hockey League's Canucks play in the Rogers Arena.

The Canadian Football League's representative is the BC Lions, which play at BC Place. For soccer fans, the city has the Whitecaps, a member of Major League Soccer, while baseball fans can watch AAA team, the Canadians.

Vancouver was the former home of the Winter Olympics, which shows that outdoor activities are an important facet of life in British Columbia. Those who love to ski, hike, fish or just enjoy a break from city life may feel at home in the province, as there is much to offer.