Vancouver is often voted the most livable city in the world, and after your first trip you’ll find out why. In addition to being very scenic, it’s clean, well organized, friendly, and with plenty to do.
From a visitor’s perspective Vancouver can be on the pricey side, at least as long as the Canadian dollar is in the same neighborhood as the US dollar. Hotels and hostels, especially those with good locations, are not exactly cheap. There are plenty of free things to do, but many of the main attractions are surprisingly expensive, so choose wisely.
The city is one of the finest restaurant towns in North America, and fortunately the competition helps keep bargains available, even in some of the more exotic fare. Drink specials are not hard to find around happy hour, so those who plan ahead can keep costs low while having a great time.