Vancouver must have one of the spectacular locations for a big city. From anywhere in the city you can see mountains, the sea or Thompson River are always close and you get the feeling that the wilderness is just outside the last house. At the same time it lies at the end of the valley where Thompson River flows, and that valley is fertil and an agricultural area. It is also the gateway to the interior. To illustrate what I mean:
In addition is it a multicultural city not only with a mixture of “western” decendents but with big groups of Asian immigrants and decendents. And then of course the first nation. This gives the city a cosmopolitan face at the same time as it is a bustling modern metropol.