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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

Fresh Off The Boat in Vancouver

By Maureen Lee

I’m fresh off the boat in Vancouver and proud of it. This is my fourth round of being figuratively fresh off the boat. At the age of 13, I left my birthplace, Singapore, to start a new life in Britain. Twelve years later, I returned to Singapore for two years to explore and reclaim my […]

Looks Like Rain: Heartbeat, Heartbreak

By Margaret Lin

Sometimes, I wish I were a novel character. For one, I would never have to worry about dying (unless my author was JK Rowling), because I’d exist forever embedded within the pages of a book: you’d just have to flip back to the beginning of the book and voila! Instant Reincarnation™! Unfortunately, I am mortal, […]

City Shock

By Tracy Lissner

Vancouver is a cultural experience, something not to be taken in all at once but slowly over time. My first night here I lay on my couch with a horrible feeling. What had I done, moving to Vancouver? It was so different I wasn’t prepared for it. In the middle of the night light streamed […]


By Franci Louann

You’d better pack your bags…cuz you won’t be going back! Two years after my graduation from dental hygiene at the University of Toronto, the 1968 Canadian Dental Convention was here in Vancouver. I wrote to a classmate who’d come directly to this city after grad. You’d better pack your bags…cuz you won’t be going back! […]

For My Sister

By Kimberley MacEachern

My story doesn’t have a precise beginning point; I am the continuing story of my family, culture, faith, and world. I am optimistic enough to believe that I’ll leave enough behind me in the way of culture-creation, relational footprints and all-round inspiring human behaviour that my story will exist far beyond my physical presence on […]

Vancouver: A (sort of) Love Story

By Rachel McDonnell

Approximately three years ago Vancouver lost its top spot as the world’s most liveable city. Two years ago the Economist Intelligence Unit released a special report kicking Vancouver out of the top ten most liveable cities in the world. The latest headlines scream that Vancouver traffic congestion is the second worst in North America and […]

More Than A City

By Irene McGuinness

Our Beautiful Coast – it’s more than the city. It’s the air. The blue skies. The thick clouds. The rain. And all that nurtures the immense trees and rocky mountains. I love Vancouver. I lived as a ‘granola’ in Victoria on a 5 acre farm for a summer. Flew back east to finish school gazing […]

Vancouver: A Love Story

By Sarah Miller

When people fall in love in the movies, it takes about two hours. They meet in some cute way like bumping into each other in a crowded hallway or getting into the same taxicab. There’s mood lighting, there’s a dramatic soundtrack and everyone has perfect hair. The happy couple might have to overcome an obstacle […]

A Beautiful Mess

By Frances Mior

I am not much for essays. I never really was. Even after taking three English courses during my last year at Handsworth Secondary I just never really understood why a person would enjoy writing an essay and how there were no other options available. I was always one for poetry. For creative writing. Who cared […]

The Vancouver in Me

By Fatemeh Mirbagheri

I gave my farewell to the Seattle terrain as I prepared for the City of Peace. Aboard the Victoria Clipper, I set thrilled as ever, the swift breeze sweeping gently off my face. On the roof I stood leaning towards the sea, gazing ecstatically as we neared the province. I could only imagine what a […]

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