Before you move to Vancouver, let Vancouverite Jill Von Sprecken give you the inside track on a few things you should know about your new home city.
1. Finding a place to live may be a hurdle.
Rental vacancy rates in Vancouver are some of the lowest in Canada, but home prices are among the country’s highest. Be prepared to do your due diligence when finding a suitable rental. Scouring Craigslist and walking neighbourhoods in search of vacancy signs are good ways to get started.
2. Biking, walking and car-sharing are great ways of getting around.
Most neighbourhoods are very walkable, and the local transit system includes the SeaBus and SkyTrain rapid transit lines. Have a driver’s licence? Sign up for car-share services Car2Go and Evo. But to really embrace the local lifestyle, buy a bicycle (all your future friends will have one) or sign up for bike-share program Mobi.
3. The rain doesn’t slow Vancouverites down.
The average annual precipitation is 44 inches (less than Miami or New Orleans, by the way), making it a wet but wonderful place to live. Summers offer a welcome, sunny reprieve. But be sure to buy an umbrella and boots to navigate the months between October and April.
4. Speaking of rain, umbrella etiquette is a thing.
Some pointers to get you started: leave the golf umbrella on the course; when meeting another umbrella on a crowded sidewalk, either raise or lower your brolly depending on your height; save the awnings for the umbrella-less; and when entering a building, leave your bumbershoot in the designated holder.