Vancouver is an easy sell
Dramatically set between the Strait of Georgia and the coastal mountains, with mild weather; an impressive lodging and dining scene; loads of recreational options; and a progressive, multicultural population, Vancouver seems too good to be true.
One of the most noteworthy qualities of the city is its evident commitment to sustainability. Greenpeace was born in Vancouver, as was the 100-Mile Diet, which advocates the use of locally raised foods. Many restaurants showcase the region's produce, seafood, and wines from the nearby Okanagan Valley. It's hard to avoid noticing all the hybrid cars enlisted as taxis. Recycling bins are everywhere. And a green roof is a major feature of the convention center expansion.
These days, Vancouver is busy preparing to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The airport is expanding while new properties are nosing up out of the city's already impressive skyline. (See listings, page 34.)