Matt Churchill is co-owner of The Standard bike shop in Vancouver's Chinatown. The creation of bicycle lanes as part of Vancouver's Green City strategy has seen a boom in cycling and marked reduction in car usage.
Vancouver – Been There

Why everyone will find happiness in Vancouver

Photo by Ton Koene

Vancouver – Been There Why everyone will find happiness in Vancouver

Walking around in Vancouver, I feel a sense of happiness in everywhere. Vancouverites seem very happy with the city they live in.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

Even a tipsy woman in the trendy Opus Bar, where I am enjoying an evening cocktail, sings the praises of her city. Kate was pushed over from a giggling bachelorette party with some risqué questions, before I turned the tables by asking her to define what makes Vancouver great. “It’s the freshness,” she says, “Wherever I go, when I come back to Vancouver I feel the freshness, the rain.”

At the very least, Vancouver is a place where it seems impossible not to be upbeat, with or without alcohol. Maybe it is all that exercise; seldom have I seen more people out running or cycling every morning. Or perhaps it is just the invigorating view of mountain and sea that places Vancouver between two aspects of nature at her loveliest.

Asking around, I find many other sunny Vancouverites. Matt Churchill, owner of The Standard bike shop on the edge of the city’s Chinatown, has his own thoughts on why it’s so great to live in Vancouver. “In this city you can’t be bored,” he says. “There are so many options, always something to do. You can climb a mountain, jump in the ocean or do a million other things.”

Jenn Potter, a guide with Tours by Locals agrees: “Our proximity to the beach means we’re constantly reminded – to put it bluntly – that life is good. We regularly stop to take a breath and look around and feel happy about where we are. We work to play rather than live to work as in other large Canadian cities.”

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Forestry is still the largest industry in Vancouver, although tourism has become a close second due to the city's closeness to nature. The city is considered one of the world's best for quality of life.

Forestry is still the largest industry in Vancouver, although tourism has become a close second due to the city's closeness to nature. The city is considered one of the world's best for quality of life.

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