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May 2018

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May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Campbell River
Melissa Edwards

Like many resource towns, Vancouver Island’s northernmost city has seen tough times: layoffs in the coal industry, the closure of the pulp mill in 2010 and declines in wild stocks that haven’t done any favours for commercial fishermen in the “salmon capital of B.C.” But Campbell River has found opportunity in the affordability squeeze roiling Vancouver and Victoria, catching the...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Nanaimo
Melissa Edwards

For many years, the Island’s second-largest city sat comfortably in the shadows of Vancouver’s highrise gleam and the waistcoated charm of Victoria. Unpretentious, down-to-earth—maybe a little seedy in spots—Nanaimo quietly did its work, offering affordable homes, decent resource industry and service careers, and an outdoorsy lifestyle for urbanites who don’t need immediate access to an international celebrity chef. But on...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Victoria and the Capital Regional District
Melissa Edwards

Greater Victoria—the centre of the Capital Regional District at the southern tip of Vancouver Island—once held to a simple but stable diet of tourism and government. Rich with students, retirees and starter-home families, the city had a reputation for offering little in the way of mid­­-career growth outside the civil service. But the past decade has brought a new wave...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Maple Ridge
Dee Hon

Maple Ridge’s pace of life has always moved a little slower than in most of Metro Vancouver. So has its pace of growth. Despite its early start in 1874 as B.C.’s sixth municipality, it remained a district until 2014 rather than incorporating as a city. Things have picked up considerably in recent years, though, and the community of 85,000 is...

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

There’s no doubt what’s driving the population boom in Langley: soaring housing costs rippling outward from Vancouver are pushing homebuyers to more-affordable parts of the Fraser Valley. For example, a benchmark house in Langley costs two-thirds the price of one in East Vancouver. The Township of Langley saw its population rise by 7.8 percent from 2012 through 2017, making it...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Burnaby
Felicity Stone

When Maclean’s magazine compiled its first (and only) ranking of Canada’s best- and worst-run cities in 2009, Burnaby topped the list. Debt-free, thanks to lessons learned during the Great Depression, when the city went bankrupt, it also scored highly for its environmental health, recreation and culture, and economic development. Although it covers slightly more than 3 percent of the land...

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