Life in Vancouver

Located in southwestern British Columbia, Vancouver is a young coastal city renowned for its stunning natural beauty. It was originally founded as the settlement of Gastown in 1867 with the establishment of a sawmill on the south shore of its fine natural harbour. In 1886, the growing townsite was incorporated as the City of Vancouver. A year later, the transcontinental railway was extended to the port, after which it became a vital trade link between Asia, Eastern Canada, and London. Today, Port Metro Vancouver is busiest in Canada and the fourth largest port by tonnage in North America.

Surrounded by the Coast Mountains in the north, the Straight of Georgia to the west, and the Fraser River in the south, Vancouver is an attractive tourist destination for those seeking nature, while being able to enjoy the comforts of Canada’s third-largest metropolitan area. This natural setting has made tourism Vancouver’s second-largest industry. With the establishment of major film production studios, the city has become North America’s third-largest film production centre, after LA and New York.

Vancouver has consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities for over a decade. it was recognized by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the first city to rank among the world’s top ten most liveable cities for five straight years. This has attracted immigrants from around the world, which has formed the basis for a vibrant, multicultural society. Consequently, Vancouver has hosted a number of international events, including Expo 86, the World Police and Fire Games, and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Where to Live | Housing Information

Vancouver General Hospital
The immediate area within walking distance surrounding the Vancouver General Hospital is known as the West Side, (not to be confused with the West End which is Downtown Vancouver), Fairview Slopes/False Creek, South Granville and Kitsilano, approximately 15 minute bus ride or drive to VGH or 15-20 minutes bus or drive to UBC Hospital.

UBC Hospital
The immediate area near UBC Hospital is known as West Point Grey or Arbutus/Dunbar.  This area extends to South Vancouver.  These are nice areas and tend to be expensive.  A car or a bus ride would be required to and from work.

Apartments and Houses
In the area of VGH, most apartments do not advertise in the local newspaper.  However they advertise by posting a sign in front of the building.  Living near VGH is a popular area and close to the amenities.  The main newspapers are:  The Vancouver Sun or The Province.

Accommodations websites: 

Accommodations we recommend:



Close to the University of British Columbia (approx 20 minutes drive/bus to Vancouver General Hospital:

Conferences and Accommodation at UBC5961 Student Union Blvd

Vancouver BC  V6T 2C9

    Tel: 604-822-1000

   Fax: 604-822-1001

Triumf Guest House, UBC5745 Agronomy Road, UBC

Vancouver BC  V6T 1L9

   Tel: 604-222-1062   Fax: 604-222-7314


St. John’s College, UBC2111 Lower Mall, UBC

Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4

   Tel:  604-822-8788   Fax: 604-822-8885

Green College, UBC6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC

Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z1

   Tel:  604-822-8788   Fax: 604-822-8742


St. Andrews’ Hall Housing, UBC6040 Iona Drive,

Vancouver V6T 2E8

   Tel: 604-822-9720   Fax: 604-822-9718



Close to Vancouver General Hospital (within 5-15 minutes walk):

Shaughnessy Village
1125 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver BC  V6H 3Z3

   Tel: 604-736-5512   Fax: 604-737-1321

Reasonable but very small compact rooms.  Within walking distance to the Vancouver General Hospital.



Douglas Guest House
456 West 13th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
V5Y 1W5
    Toll Free Number: 1-888-872-3060
   Tel: 604-872-3060
   Fax: 604-873-1147   E-Mail:   Web:

  *** Their room comes with dark mahogany period-style furniture, colour cable TV, private or  shared bathroom, and daily maid service.

Windsor Guest House
325 West 11th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
V5Y 1T3 
    Toll Free Number: 1-888-872-3060
   Tel: 604-872-3060
   Fax: 604-873-1147   E-Mail:   Web:

   *** Their room comes with dark mahogany period-style furniture, colour cable TV, private or shared bathroom, and daily maid service.