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May 2018

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May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Port Coquitlam
Dee Hon

Port Coquitlam, with its close-knit charm, may be the Lower Mainland’s best-kept secret. Outsiders often ask locals, “How do you like it in Coquitlam?” But PoCo is not its much bigger, namesake neighbour. Take a walk along tree-lined Shaughnessy Street to sample life in this cosy community. Neighbours swap small talk at family-run barbershops and cafés, or run errands at the...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Pitt Meadows
Dee Hon

Pitt Meadows might not look like a boomtown to casual observers. With a population of just under 20,000, it’s Metro Vancouver’s smallest city. Farmland and marshes, not condominium towers, dominate most of its landscape. Yet Pitt Meadows’ population grew 7.1 percent between 2012 and 2017—a faster pace than in bustling nearby centres like Vancouver, Coquitlam and Burnaby. Agriculture, which employs some...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: North Vancouver
Felicity Stone

North Vancouver is a community of communities. Bounded by the Capilano River to the west, the Coast Mountains to the north, Indian Arm to the east and Burrard Inlet to the south, it contains the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, one of whose most notable members was the late...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Coquitlam
Dee Hon

Rapid transit is driving rapid growth to Coquitlam. Mayor Richard Stewart credits the Evergreen SkyTrain Extension with driving a flood of new residents to the community even before it opened in late 2016. Coquitlam has been one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the region since 2012, with its population surging 6.9 percent as of last year, to nearly 140,000. Now...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: City of Langley
Dee Hon

Langley is a tale of two cities—or, more accurately, a tale of one city and one district municipality. The City of Langley and the Township of Langley happily exist next to each other but are governed by separate mayors and councils. The former is a compact, 10-square-kilometre municipality bounded on three sides by the geographically larger and more rural township...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Chilliwack
Dee Hon

Many British Columbians have had a taste of Chilliwack, even if they’ve never set foot in the Fraser Valley city. Its nearly 1,000 farms supply milk, eggs, fruit and much more to grocery stores across the continent. And just thinking about the roadside stands selling sweet Chilliwack corn every summer gets everyone’s mouths watering. Farming has deep roots here—the industry dates...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Abbotsford/Mission
Dee Hon

Abbotsford-Mission has an enviable problem: figuring out how to build on success. Its economy is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2018, making it the second-fastest-growing census metropolitan area (CMA) in the country, according to the Conference Board of Canada. That places these two neighbouring Fraser Valley communities just behind Vancouver and its 2.7 percent real GDP growth. This nation-leading...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Richmond
Aleena Deandra & Nick Rockel

To call Richmond multicultural is an understatement. Visible minorities of Asian descent are the majority in B.C.’s fourth-largest city, accounting for about three-quarters of residents, Statistics Canada reports. Although you can meet people from 140 ethnicities here, the biggest group is those of Chinese ancestry, who comprise some 55 percent of the population. Accordingly, Asian culture exerts a strong influence on...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Squamish
Nick Rockel

Anyone who’s scaled Stawamus Chief Mountain on a clear day knows how good Squamish residents have it. The view from atop this 700-metre granite monolith takes in the turquoise waters of Howe Sound, with the city spread out along its north shore and snow-capped Mount Garibaldi looming in the distance. For young families fleeing Vancouver’s lofty property prices, Squamish combines closeness...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Terrace
Nathan Caddell

If you’ve ever dreamed of being surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests (and not in a nightmarish, lost-in-the-wilderness scenario), you might want to venture up the western side of the province’s Interior to Terrace. Enclosed by nature, it’s the closest city to about a dozen peaks and provincial parks—and thanks to its placement in the mountains, it enjoys less than half...

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