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Vancouver Quick Facts

Living in Vancouver

The city sits comfortably between the coast mountains and the Gulf of Georgia surrounded by temperate wilderness. Its inhabitants appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds them and enjoy it all year round. The people are health conscious, multicultural and relaxed. They enjoy good restaurants and an exciting nightlife.


Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to a mild mid 40's Fahrenheit (0º to 5º Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills.


The population of the City of Vancouver is almost 600,000. When you count the surrounding urban area the total population is 2 million.


Arriving by Air

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is approximately 20 kilometers from VMEI. The Institute will pick up registered students from the airport free of charge on Saturday or Sunday. If you arrive on another day or have not made prior arrangements with the Institute for a pick up, a taxi will cost about CDN $25-30 to downtown.

You can catch a special bus (The Airporter) which goes downtown and leaves every 15-30 minutes for about $12.

You can also use public transportation which only costs about $3, but it is not very convenient if you have much luggage.


Federal government departments provide service in English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either a first or second language.

The City of Vancouver is quite cosmopolitan and is a mix of many multicultural groups. Because the city is multicultural, it's also multilingual on an unofficial level. Its people speak many different languages and many follow the traditions of their native lands, sometimes moderating them with Canadian culture.

After English and Chinese, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish. More than half of Vancouver's school-age children have been raised speaking a language other than English.

Things to do

Vancouver has an endless supply of things to see and do. It doesn't matter what time of day or what time of year - whether you want to be indoors or out, active or a spectator, spend a lot of money or none at all - Vancouver has it all! The following are just a few of the available pursuits for those times when you are not busy with your classmates or with activities at the Institute:

Skiing - Sailing - Horseback Riding - Golf - Nightclubbing - Shows - Museums - Hiking and Walking - Sightseeing - Shopping - Festivals and Events


Getting around

VMEI is located in the downtown core of Vancouver and close to attractions, shopping, outdoor activities - everything you want to do and see in Vancouver is easily accessible - within walking distance, a short drive, a quick ferry ride or convenient trip on the local transit system.

Basic maps of Vancouver can be found at For specific addresses both and will give you detailed maps and directions.