Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vancouver, Number 1 Most Livable City

For the fifth year in a row Vancouver was ranked the best place to live in the world in a survey by the Economist magazine in 2007. Not the least of which factors contributing to that is the gorgeous setting.

Looking towards the mountains beyond the BC Place Stadium
home of the opening and closing ceremonies
of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Out and about today with my Thursday walking group I took some photos that might convince you that they were not wrong.

Warm enough for a stroll, more mountains to enjoy

Time to get the old trimaran ready for some sailing

Mr or Mrs Bald Eagle is back, to the left of the huge nest
a little difficult to see unfortunately

Later on my drive home I stopped to take this
photo looking back towards downtown

Looking across the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club towards
the North Shore Mountains

February 21st and Spring is here, almost

I think you have to agree that Vancouver has a few things going for it. When did this blog turn into a photo blog?


Janice Thomson said...

Vancouver is definitely a beautiful city with lots to see and lots to do. As eloquent and informative your words are, photos add that finishing touch teasing the reader to come back for more. I always do.

Love Bears All Things said...

Beautiful photos.
Mama Bear

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of your beautiful city. I always enjoy your narrative but I like photographs too. You strike a good balance.

Vic, the Cariboo Ponderer said...

I lived downtown Vancouver in the 70's close enough to Stanley Park to take a walk every day from my apartment. It is a beautiful city.

Chrysalis Angel said...

What gorgeous photos. It reminds me of when I lived on Lake Champlain.

Tai said...

I miss it! Your photos do it proud!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I visited Vancouver for just a brief couple of days almost 15 years ago. A lot must have changed but my impression of Vancouver was of being in a small town, in the country, in the wilderness but never in a major city. I liked that.

Dr. Clay said...

I flew into the airport in Vancouver and took a bus to Whistler, thus allowing me only a brief look at the city but I fell in love with it. Ever since I have dreamed of returning.

Ellee Seymour said...

This is a very enticing post, maybe one day I will make it there.

Beaman said...

I would love to visit or even live in this part of North America. Vancouver, Seattle and the surrounding landscapes are very enticing.

Chris said...

Methinks that Vancouver has considerably more than just a few things going for it, JMB! Wonderful place.

CalumCarr said...

Think I'm going to emigrate. Once we've gone through separation and house sale, I'll upsticks.

Could you do two little things for me?

Find me a good job!

Buy me a house!

That's not too much is it?

Well, I can always dream.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

If I weren't so in love with Sicily, I might consider moving there!

jmb said...

Hi Janice,
Vancouver is beautiful, in fact this part of the world is very special. Thanks for the kind words.

Hi Mama Bear,
Thank you, good to see you.

Hi Carver,
It seems there are more photos than words these days. Well it does to me.

Hi Vic Grace,
Stanley Park is special too. You were lucky to live close.

Hi Angel,
Thank you, is Lake Champlain as beautiful as this? Lots of water here.

Hi Tai,
I think you live in a beautiful place too, but Vancouver is special.

I think you must be suffering from memory loss about Vancouver. LOL. It's not such a big city although getting bigger and not at all industrial.

Hi Clay,
Did you go to Whistler for skiing or a conference? Do come back again and explore.

Hi Ellee,
I would love to see you here in Vancouver. It would be great to meet you.

Hi Beaman,
I'm sure you would love it here, the whole Pacific Northwest Coast is beautiful.

Hi Chris,
Yes it does, well except for the rain. But we love it anyway.

Hi Calum,
That's a great idea. Maybe a job, but a house is another matter. This is the most expensive area for real estate in North America.
Probably always be a dream for you.

Hi Welshcakes,
Sicily is a great place but we do usually have running water in our taps, unlike Modica. Plus the post office is more efficient.

Thanks to you all for visiting and commenting.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

But you still haven't answered why it's also the drug capital of Canada? Surely your east side must reduce the overall "liveability"?

Liz said...

We might be coming to Vancouver this year, jmb! I'll have to email you and ask about the best time and places etc.

Tuscan Tony said...

Superb pics, jmb; I've only been once and landed from Chicago during a deepish fog - all I could see were some nondescript low hills surrounding the town; went to the hotel and woke on a clear bright morning very confused - thinking I was somewhere else entirely, a place encircled by the most stunning scenery and mountains. What a great city.

Sean Jeating said...

Ha ha. I 'knew' James would ask this question.
Whatever your answer may be, jmb: Lovely photos, and an elegant riposte. :)

jmb said...

Hi James,
I thought I answered that once before but Vancouver is the drug capital of Canada because of its mild climate and being a port city on the Pacific Rim, nearest to the source of supply. A small area of Vancouver is not so nice due to this activity but it does not affect the ordinary people on the whole. Well except the break-in rate is high too.

Hi Liz,
Do email me Liz, it would be great to see you here.

Hi TT,
That's the funny part about Vancouver, one day shrouded in rain or fog and the next day it all opens up to this wonderful setting. Every one drives around looking up to see the mountains.

Hi Sean,
James is very taken with this drug capital notion, isn't he? What can I say? Climate and location. Certainly a source of high grade marijuana for the rest of the world.
It is a beautiful city on a lovely day, this cannot be denied.

Thanks to you all for visiting and commenting.

Michael Borello said...
Scottsdale, Arizona USA