A local’s guide to Vancouver, B.C.
- By Eagranie Yuh
- Photos by Jackie Dives
Vancouver, B.C., is often touted as one of the world’s most livable cities, but while residents were busy being smug, a funny thing happened. Skyrocketing real estate prices and questionable politics transformed the city into a haven for the uber-affluent. A collective hangover has the locals wondering: Now what?
Now we focus on what we love about this place. We bask in the feeling of each neighborhood — exuberant West End, tony South Granville, up-and-coming Fraserhood — and how each spawns unique businesses. We hunker down in the rainy winter (but still run five miles on the seawall each morning) and emerge in the spring, cameras poised to document every single cherry blossom.
And we eat. We know our dim sum from our pierogies, our jianbing from our dosas. And despite being notoriously reserved, we love visitors — especially when we get to share our secrets about the city. So stay awhile. And don’t forget your umbrella.
Meet Eagranie Yuh
Eagranie’s a born-and-raised Vancouverite, aside from the five years she lived in Ontario. She’s married to an Australian, which mostly means eating a lot of Vegemite and spending a month each year in Tasmania.
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Explore more of Vancouver, B.C.
- Although many places accept U.S. dollars, we do have our own currency in Canada — one that doesn’t include pennies. Your total gets rounded to the nearest nickel if you’re paying cash (and stays as-is if you’re using plastic).
- Canada’s two official languages are English and French, but you won’t hear much of the latter in Vancouver. You’re more likely to hear Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi — a reflection of the larger immigrant groups who have settled and shaped the city.
- Yes, marijuana is legal here. Driving while high is not. And trying to take weed home with you — on an airplane, across a border — is not a good idea.