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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

My fortuitous move

By Bonnie Quan Symons

I am a poet, and I work at BC Teachers’ Federation in Vancouver as an Administrative Secretary. I truly fell in love with Vancouver when I visited Vancouver over the Victoria Day long weekend during May, 1987. I stayed at the Sylvia Hotel in the West End, and I was in awe over its location […]

My Daughter’s Daughters

By Michelle Randall

I was born here, as was my mother, and her mother before her. So it is fitting that my love for my city was born through hours of walking my neighbourhood, wearing my newborn daughter whilst pushing my toddler daughter in her stroller. My maternity leave has given me the luxury of time with my […]


By Carol Riera

Why Vancouver?  Why do I love Vancouver?  It is a question I have asked myself everyday since leaving my beautiful hometown.  Growing up in Vancouver I knew I lived in the best place in the world.  Nothing new there.  What child doesn’t think they live in the best place on earth?  Not only that, but […]

At home, between the mountains and the sea

By Margaret Ritchie

Far from home and falling in love, we managed an hour alone in a cozy alcove of a chalet in Huemoz, Switzerland. He was a West Side Vancouver man of 25; I had been born in Tokyo, of missionary parents. He knew where home was, and I was looking for a new one. He had […]


By Odin Riter

I hated moving here. Not an hour after I received the shock from my parents, I was compelled to give it to Gene. I thought, since he was my best friend, it would be most appropriate we should part ways in the most dramatic fashion I could concoct. I imagined we would be like two […]

Bred in the Bone

By Sal Robinson

Vancouver was the magnet that drew my ancestors from across the continent or the hemisphere, so I am genetically predisposed to love it. Three hundred years after his seafaring antecedent was born in England, a machinist-engineer from New Brunswick moved to Vancouver’s West End with his wife and young son to take a job in […]

Her Legacy

By Jennifer S Tan

I have a history of moving around – some might say that I can’t sit still. After completing three university degrees in music and counselling, I found myself moving back and forth between four provinces while trying out countless jobs. I felt like a rootless wanderer who kept on starting afresh, until sheer exhaustion hit […]

Ooh Dream Away Vancouver

By Leslie Santos

Ooh Dream Away Vancouver! Paddle the cool waters of Indian Arm amidst the gentle tides, the mountain views and the running breeze. Vancouver serves to make all these happen, right here right now in our backyard. In Vancouver, kayaking is among the staple of leisurely activities west coast has to offer, thanks to our temperate […]

Thirst Quenching Vancouver

By Leslie Santos

I will not go about telling you the usual, I-am-lucky-I –live-in Vancouver monologue because most of us that live here must already know we live in a great place. The picturesque mountains, the great ski slopes, the year-round local and international events, sprawling arts & crafts, respected cultural diversity, global ecological leadership, independent urban lifestyle, […]


By S. J. Schwartz

It sounds so strange to say: I came to Vancouver because I thought I was going to die. Because while I survived 9/11 in New York City, in the years that followed I developed severe respiratory problems from my prolonged exposure to the toxic chemicals I inhaled while trapped underground for hours during the attack. […]

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