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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

When the Rain Goes Away

By Becca Wertman

Vancouver, Vancity, Van, or whatever you want to call it, is home to a diverse ethnic community of individuals many of whom have one thing in common – they do not want to leave this amazing place. Having been voted the third most beautiful city in the world, and possessing the unique blend of ocean, […]

Vancouver Feeds You

By Patti White

I could write a book about how much I love Vancouver. My mother told me on a number of occasions that Vancouver “fed the soul”. I’d travelled here on vacation as a child, a teenager (twice), and as a wife. I’d learn for myself as well as observing my husband that Vancouver did indeed “feed […]

Hemisphere Inattention

By Sean Wiebe

Hemisphere Inattention Call me Mr. S., and since suffering a stroke, by which I mean the massive upheaval that has taken me cross country from Vancouver to Charlottetown, not only I have literally lost touch with the left hemisphere that is the Pacific coast, but I’ve also lost normal functioning in my cerebral left hemisphere. […]

Vancouver – Opportunity, Culture and Beauty

By June Wing

Vancouver has evolved and is still evolving. I feel strongly that I write about my love for this city as I have evolved with it. My grandparents emigrated from China looking for a better future when my father was 16. My Grandfather faced discrimination yet he was ambitious and determined to succeed. He started a […]

Loneliness, Late-night radio requests and Life in Vancouver

By Leana Yu

People say Vancouver is a beautiful city. All the time. I know it is. In my head I am aware of this fact. But I don’t always see it. I see it all over Facebook. People and their Instagram pictures of the latest sunset or pictures of the ocean and pictures of the ocean I […]

Getting there is only half the story….

By Kathryn Zorn

I enjoy the great good fortune of having been born a citizen of the most beautiful and, I feel, tolerant, city in the world. Vancouver is my birth place. Several years ago, I mentioned to my mother that I felt as though there were a large group of people around me when I was born. […]

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