Loving life in the Lower Mainland
Metro Vancouver is widely known as one of the best places in the world to live in. Leisure and recreation is right on our doorstep, our economy is thriving, we have a lively arts and cultural scene, and new residents move here in droves.
But what exactly makes the Lower Mainland such a wonderful place to live?
"I think people love living in the Lower Mainland because of the excellent work-life balance," says Bob de Wit, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association. "There aren't many places where someone can ski and golf in the same day in the same city!"
Michael Hungerford, a partner at Hungerford Properties, agrees, saying that Metro Vancouver has it all.
"There's a tremendous quality of life here," he says, adding "People recognize the stability that the Lower Mainland has. It's a great city to work in and have fun."
Hungerford himself lived outside of the Lower Mainland for 10 years, but kept coming back to Vancouver.
"There are studies that speak to the Lower Mainland as one of the best places to live in the world," he says. "People want to raise their kids here. They recognize the stability that the Lower Mainland has."
Indeed, Vancouver was rated as the fifth best city in the world on the Mercer Quality of Living survey, the results of which were released earlier this month. A similar study by the Economic Intelligence Unit rated Vancouver as third in the world.
The citizens of of Metro Vancouver are an intelligent bunch, if a study by Smartcities Hub is correct. The study rated Vancouver as the fourth smartest city in the world.
Our relatively temperate climate is also a draw for people considering where to live. With warm summer days and cool fall nights, it's rare for citizens of Metro Vancouver to experience major weather-related problems, unless of course you're yearning for the white Christmas that doesn't happen very often.
"I think people are drawn first to Canada – because of our relatively greater political and economic freedoms – and then once they're here, to the Lower Mainland, probably due to our having the best climate in the country," says de Wit.
Another wonderful thing about the Lower Mainland is the opportunities for business owners here.
"You can really create your own opportunities," Hungerford says. "It's really a city of the future."
It's no wonder Metro Vancouver's population grows every year, when there are so many great reasons to live here.