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Why Vancouver? Why You?

Thank you to all entrants. Please visit the semifinalist page to view the top ten essays as determined by our panel and the public voting. Click here to view the top ten

A Walk To The Corner

By Gordon Cavenaile

My friend Alf lives in what I call the social housing zone: a long rectangle extending from Main to Heatley, from Alexander up to Hastings.  This includes Oppenheimer Park, the Sunrise Market, the Courts at 222 Main, the police museum and the Firehall Theatre, not to mention a lot of drug dealers and some trendy […]

Nat and Me

By Katharine Clark

I heard an interesting bit of trivia on the radio the other day: people with higher IQ’s – in the top third of testable intelligence – are more likely to move from their birthplace, and settle far away from their family homes, relatives, and childhood friends. Conversely, those individuals with IQ’s in the bottom third […]

Where the dreams are

By Mauricio Coronado

The heart leads us where our dreams are. The difficult thing about this; is we don’t know that our dreams have a place. It comes as an idea, a dream job, the dream car, the dream girl. It just floats around nicely in the back of our minds. For me, it was a dream job. […]

A Painters Paradise

By Sue de Leeuw

Diamonds are a rare gem we know and can be characterized by their clarity, carat, cut and colour.  I like to compare the City of Vancouver as a diamond.  Its rich culture, charm, climate and characters make it a real gem of a place to live. Passionate about painting en plein air, (on location) I […]

The 1992 Vancouver International Marathon – Why I love Vancouver

By Craig Dick

The 1992 Vancouver International Marathon Why I Love Vancouver To paraphrase, it’s like the great tales, Dark and dangerous so scary you didn’t want to know the ending. When so much bad had happened how could there possibly be a happy ending. In the depths of the darkest despair it seemed like all hope was […]


By John Dueckman

I have lived in or around Vancouver for my entire life of 57 years so. I have visited literally hundreds of places around the world, from India to China to Australia to Europe, but Vancouver is the only place that I have ever called home. Why? The answer to that simple question is as complex […]

A Nickel’s Worth

By Shelley Evans

He might have been a jockey in his younger days. At not much more than five feet tall, his lean, wiry frame blended in among the kids who swarmed around his old VW Beetle. Maybe his jockey past was just my wishful thinking, born of the imagination of a horse-crazy city-locked girl. Regardless, horse history […]

Tough City

By Erin Flanagan

“You wouldn’t last a day in Vancouver. It’s a tough city, you gotta be tough there.” My nine year old self looked at my twenty year old sister as she streaked dark blue shimmering powder across her eyelid. She had been to Vancouver and she knew first-hand about how the city was just waiting to […]

Metamorphic Becomes Metaphoric

By Jennifer Getsinger

Thirty-five years ago I came to the University of British Columbia to study metamorphic rocks because I thought they were beautiful. Kyanite-staurolite-garnet mica schist is formed from layers of plain old brown mud deposited in ancient oceans, and then squished and folded and recrystallized from the stress of converging continents over tens of millions of […]

Human Enough

By Karen Giesbrecht

My most unique and most quintessential Vancouver experiences are one and the same. One sunny afternoon, I was walking down East Hastings, toward a café where I was about to convene a few culinary friends and some hungry neighbourhood residents for a cooking group. I had been doing this twice a month for several years, […]

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