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Relocation briefs

Vancouver co-housing passes another city hurdle

Robertson lays out plan for Vancouver’s innovation economy


he proposal for Vancouver’s first co-housing community inched closer to reality October 9 when it gained unanimous approval from the City of Vancouver’s urban design panel. Project proponent Cedar Cottage Cohousing Corp. (CCCC) received rezoning approval for the project, on East 33rd Avenue near Victoria Drive, in March. “Nex t we hop e to receive a development permit and begin construction early next year for completion in early 2015,” said Lorne Mallin, a member of

V Vancouver Cohousing, the group that will live in the project. CCCC wants to build 31 units on three 220-feet-deep single-family lots. Two units will be rental. Unlike co-operative housing, where all people rent, members of co-housing developments tend to own their suites. Co-housing communities also place a higher priority on resident interaction.

Christy Clark promises bridge to replace Massey Tunnel

Brodie told Business in Vancouver replacing the bridge is a good idea, but added the province need not wait until 2017 to relieve some of the congestion. “It’s a good idea to have a new bridge because the tunnel is coming to the end of its life, but don’t wait on that to relieve congestion – it can be done in the meantime,” he said.

orth Vancouver outerwear, climbing harness and backpack manufacturer Arc’teryx will scale the brick-and-mortar wall October 12, when it opens a 2,100square-foot store at 2033 West 4th Avenue, between Arbutus and Maple streets. The company operates a factory store in North Vancouver and has branded stores in places as far away as Singapore, Shanghai and Montreal. It opened its 17th branded store in Seattle in September. Its Vancouver store will be its 18th branded location.

“Arc’teryx is a global brand with a growing and loyal following,” Adam Ketcheson, Arc’teryx’s vice-president and senior director of marketing, told Business in Vancouver. “The opening of our first fully branded Vancouver store finally allows us to provide the complete Arc’teryx retail experience to our local customers.”

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to be managed by the Vancouver Economic Commission. He also announced a “lowcarbon zone” dedicated to businesses in False Creek Flats, and district energy systems to run through many neighbourhoods. District energy will “slash pollution and provide stable, low-cost renewable energy to thousands of homes while creating new jobs.”


Concord Pacific unveils plans for new False Creek neighbourhood oncord Pacific unveiled plans October 2 for eight residential towers containing a total of 1,300 homes and 90,000 square feet of retail and hospitality space. The buildings’ residents will help populate a new neighbourhood at the north end of the Cambie Bridge and add life to the area near BC Place. Paragon Development is the active landlord in the area given its plans to build a $535-million resort connected to BC Place. The four Concord Pacific towers

ancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he will continue to focus on technology, tourism and creative industries like film and gaming as the key sectors of the city’s economy. Robertson made the comments at a speech to The Vancouver Board of Trade in October. The three areas holding back economic growth in the city are lack of transit, skills training and capital for tech companies, he said. To tackle the third item, Robertson announced a new innovation fund

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ne of the Lower Mainland’s biggest bottlenecks, the George Massey Tunnel, will be replaced by a brand-new bridge, Premier Christy Clark announced this fall. Clark said work on the bridge would start in 2017, and that it would follow the existing Highway 99 corridor. The tunnel connects Richmond with Delta. There has been talk for years about either twinning it or building a new bridge. Ri c h m o n d Mayo r Ma l c o l m


closest to the Cambie Bridge will be condominiums whereas the other four buildings will be for what the City of Vancouver considers “affordable housing.” Concord Pacific spokesman Peter Udzenija told Business in Vancouver that the city has not yet determined whether those buildings will be rental buildings or subsidized housing.

he British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) has partnered with professional services giant Deloitte in support of the tech association’s Centre4Growth program. Centre4Growth is an accelerator program that focuses on midsize and startup tech companies. Deloitte will provide clients with expertise in the areas of media and telecommunications, as well as general tech issues. “Having access to dozens of real world experts, providing key insights into must-know areas

of business and access to connections around the globe is a priceless benefit to any tech business,” said BCTIA president and CEO Bill Tam. “This partnership represents a tremendous opportunity to boost the growth of tech companies, and we are delighted to have Deloitte as a BCTIA Centre4Growth partner.”

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WHERE BEAUTY AND AMBITION SOAR Newcomers to Greater Vancouver discover spectacle and opportunity in equal measure DARAH HANSEN

You can forgive Danie Prevost for assuming the soaring, snow-capped mountain peak she can see off in the distance from her New Westminster home is the pretty West Coast community of White Rock. Danie and Claude Prevost came from Ontario to Metro Vancouver and, because of its entrepreneurial energy, haven’t looked back since | DON MACKINNON

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It’s spectacular. It’s white. It’s a big rock. It’s… Mount Baker, over the border in Washington State. Not t h at it m a t ters. P revo s t i s s t i l l m i g h t i ly impressed. “The view is so beautiful, even if it is cloudy or foggy. You don’t have mountains like that where we come from,” she said of the abundance of natural beauty outside her front door. Prevost, 43, is a newcomer to Metro Vancouver. She readily admits she still has much to learn about the region she now calls home, and she is eager for the education. She and husband Claude Prevost, 45, arrived here from Cornwall, Ontario, last January. The move was prompted as much by a desire to expand their Internet advertising company, I Yee Sales, beyond eastern Canada as it was to take in new sights and sounds of a totally different part of the country. The pair is part of a steady wave of entrepreneurs drawn to Vancouver by the thriving economy, reputation for creativity and green innovation, and multicultural vibrancy. Add to that the renowned parks, hiking trails and beaches and it’s easy to see why the regional population is expected to swell by another one million people over the next 25 years. The area has much to recommend. Vancouver is home to Canada’s largest and busiest port, handling more than $172 billion of cargo each year, or about $475 million a day, according to a 2012 economic impact study released by the port. It’s built considerable strength across a variety of established and emerging sectors, including manufacturing, mining, oil and gas development, digital media, biotech, film and tourism. This is Hollywood North and the birthplace of Lululemon Athletica and HootSuite, after all. Many other big-name companies call BC home, such as Telus, Teck Resources and Goldcorp. For Danie and Claude Prevost, it’s the entrepreneurial energy that is proving a lasting attraction. More than half (56 per cent) of all private-sector jobs in British Columbia are generated by small business, the second-highest rate in the country, according to provincial statistics published in 2012. Indeed, at 18.5 per cent, B.C. ranks first in Canada

for the share of self-employed people working as a percentage of the population. The national average is 15.4 per cent. The Prevosts are pleased to be counted in the club. “It’s been great,” Danie Prevost said of community response to their small business. The couple established I Yee Sales in 2007 as a part-time gig to earn extra money for travel. The steady growth of the company has since allowed both of them to quit full-time jobs to concentrate solely on the home-based marketing business. The online nature of the work makes their mobility possible. They have retained established clients in Quebec as they push into the West Coast market, Prevost said. It’s not all work, work, work, of course. The Prevosts are fully committed to taking in as much of Vancouver as possible while they are here. They’ve toured the city by bus, crossed the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon, visited the aquarium and shopped at Granville Island. Future plans include travelling south to Seattle, Las Vegas and Portland. Danie Prevost said she told her mother she and Claude were moving west for only one year. “Everyone else I said five years,” she said. Now, even that timeline is starting to look flexible. “People are saying that now we are here, we are never going to leave,” Prevost said. “I am starting to believe it.” Á

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CONNECT WITH VANCOUVER’S LEADERS The Vancouver Board of Trade helps newcomers build a business network


embership in The Vancouver Board of Trade opens doors to a network of thousands of business contacts. Simply put, no other organization in Western Canada offers as many opportunities to build your business network, along with exclusive services and benefits that will save you money.

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By making use of everything The Vancouver Board of Trade offers, members gain access to a unique network of business leaders, including professionals from all industry sectors, and — of course — potential customers and clients. Members also have access to valuable information and resources to strengthen business skills and expand their markets – vital components to achieving success in today’s business world. First formed in 1887, The Vancouver Board of Trade has a long history of working on behalf of Vancouver’s business community, with a mandate to promote prosperity through commerce, trade and free enterprise. For nearly as long as there has been a City of Vancouver,


there has been a Vancouver Board of Trade — and that is no coincidence. Over the past 126 years, The Vancouver Board of Trade has played a pivotal role in making Vancouver the worldclass city that it is today and has championed many of the projects that now define the region. The Vancouver Board of Trade has spearheaded a number of historic developments, including the establishment of a faculty of commerce at the University of British Columbia; advocating for fast border lanes, resulting in PACE lanes and the NEXUS pass; supporting the bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; laying the groundwork for the creation of the Vancouver Airport Authority; and the salvation of Vancouver’s rapid-transit Canada Line after it was originally voted down by local politicians. As the premier speakers’ platform in Western Canada, The Vancouver Board of Trade hosts more than 150 events each year with more than 75 of those featuring inspiring business leaders, renowned dignitaries and other influential people from around the world. In recent years, key speakers have included former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, Canada’s Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and many, many more. Connecting its members to the business community is The Vancouver Board of Trade’s top priority. In addition to luncheon speaker events, The Vancouver Board of


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Trade also hosts 50 exclusive, members-only events every year, including many complimentary receptions that are specifically designed as networking opportunities.

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Special programs The Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) was founded in November 2007 and is governed by an advisory council. All women members of The Vancouver Board of Trade are automatically members of the WLC, where they have the opportunity to connect with remarkable leaders and learn the secrets of their success. WLC members enjoy special speaker and workshop events, are invited to join exclusive roundtable discussions with major visiting speakers and can join a table hosted by a WLC advisory council member at major Vancouver Board of Trade events. The Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) mentorship program is The Vancouver Board of Trade’s student initiative. Each year, the LOT program selects 100 of today’s emerging leaders from post-secondary educational institutions and nurtures their talents and abilities to inspire them to become successful leaders. LOT introduces students to the business world and facilitates their development through the four pillars of mentorship, networking, leadership and volunteerism. Students attend skillbuilding events and receive personal mentoring to prepare them for a smooth transition into the workforce. The Company of Young Professionals is a leadership development program that welcomes young professionals under the age of 32, including entrepreneurs, managers, accountants, lawyers, articling students, real estate and investment professionals and LOT graduates. Members get the opportunity for both professional and personal development through attending hot-topic events, meeting with prominent business leaders and community involvement with The Vancouver Board of Trade’s many policy committees and task forces. The Small Business Council (SBC) oversees all the activities and services of The Vancouver Board of Trade to ensure they meet the needs of members in small and medium-sized enterprises. The SBC recommends policy and action on taxation, labour and other issues, especially affecting small business. The SBC meets regularly to ensure that The Vancouver Board of Trade is fulfilling the needs of its small business members, which comprise nearly 75 per cent of the board’s ranks.


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It’s easy to make a case for relocating your company to B.C. – in fact, it’s a no-brainer. Here’s why FIONA MACFARLANE

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he case for relocating your business to Vancouver — or British Columbia — may seem obvious. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities. But there’s a lot more than beautiful scenery that can sway the decision to set up shop on the West Coast. Vancouver boasts low tax rates, competitive operating costs and great quality of life. It’s no surprise, then, that we’ve seen a substantial shift to the west in recent years. Canada is the fastest-growing country in the G8, and much of that growth is driven by the western provinces. With business starting to shift towards the Pacific coast, western provinces are booming, and Canadian companies would be wise to consider the benefits of moving their businesses to Vancouver.

Corporate tax rates At 25 per cent, B.C. has a corporate tax rate lower than some other business-centric provinces. Companies moving their business to B.C. also have the advantage of not being subject to certain additional costs, like Ontario’s Employer Health Tax. Personal taxes B.C. boasts the lowest income tax rates of all Canadian provinces for taxable income below $120,000. That’s not all. An individual living in BC has a top marginal personal income tax rate of 43.7 per cent. In Ontario, that jumps to 46.4 per cent (or 49.5 per cent on income over $509,000). Operating costs When it comes to finding space for your business, Vancouver’s gross rental rate on Class AAA downtown office space is approximately 10 per cent lower than Toronto’s. It’s also plentiful: an additional 1.7 million square feet of Class AAA space is under construction. Staffing these spaces is more cost effective as well. Worker’s compensation premiums are lower in B.C. than elsewhere in Canada. Labour The majority of highly successful organizations attribute their success to their people — not products. Having the


most dynamic workforce means bringing together people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and education who represent the global environment that multinationals currently operate within. And in Vancouver there’s no shortage of that diversity. Many in the city’s vibrant talent pool also call China and India home. This workforce also has access to a robust education system. Six universities and more than a dozen postsecondary education institutions with strong business programs call the Greater Vancouver area home. Travel Vancouver offers easy access to key Canadian, U.S. and international destinations. But it’s the city’s reputation as Canada’s gateway to the Pacific that’s most attractive to the majority of executives. It’s been said that while the 20th-century economy was centred on the Atlantic Ocean, the 21st century is all about the Pacific. This movement is driving the economic and political shift in Canada from east to west. Vancouver is North America’s shortest sea route to Asia, and more transpacific flights fly in and out of Vancouver International Airport than any other airport in Canada. In fact, the airport itself continues to top worldwide rankings. These are just some of the factors that earned Vancouver the recognition of being the best city for business travel by the Economist Intelligence Unit. If you’re still not convinced The decision to set up or move your company’s headquarters to Vancouver can be an easy one — especially with these numbers and statistics on your side. But what really makes Vancouver the right choice is the quality of life it offers. The accolades are countless. Vancouver has been named the world’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the best destination for meetings in North America by the International Convention Association, the most sustainable city in Canada by Corporate Knights and — most importantly — the highest quality of life in North America by Mercer. There’s no arguing. Welcoming people and even better business call Vancouver home. It’s time to make the move. Á


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the deal for Lammers. The family had vacationed in the region before, both in summer and winter, and had fallen in love with the beaches, ski hills and abundance of “great Canadian nature,” Lammers said. Living in the United States, or even Eastern Canada, would have brought his business geographically closer to his new clients and projects, but lifestyle won out over logic. Nine months in, Lammers has no regrets. “Vancouver has a lot of things I miss in Hamburg; we are close to the ocean and yet in a big city,” he said. “This is what makes Vancouver special.” THE IOS DEVELOPER

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Stefan Lammers, Stefan Lammers landed his first North American contract in Florida earlier this year. But when it came time to establish a home base on the continent, Vancouver was the natural choice. Lammers, 43, is the owner and managing director of the office-management software firm, headquartered since 1994 in Hamburg, Germany. Last March, he and wife Carola, along with their children Anika, Lasse and Ole, packed up their lives in the bustling European port city and moved to the West Coast of British Columbia. The family has since settled in Port Coquitlam, with Lammers working out of a satellite office in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver has much to offer as a leading business centre in Canada, Lammers said of his decision to relocate. The proximity to Seattle and the information technology industry in Washington was certainly appealing. But it is the city’s natural beauty that really clinched

Andrew Kilroy, iOS developer Andrew Kilroy got his first look at Vancouver six years ago and he’s been trying to get back here ever since. Kilroy, 38, is an iOS developer currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Yes, he enjoys his job and the Windy City itself, with its historical neighbourhoods and friendly residents. But Vancouver is special. Much of that has to do with the fact his wife, Heather Kilroy, lives here. The pair were married in 2009, but have been living apart while they sort through immigration and employment issues stemming from their differing passports. They travel back and forth every month to visit each other, an agonizing solution to their situation until a more permanent arrangement can be found. “Every time I come back to Chicago, I start the countdown,” he said of their visits. Kilroy unabashedly loves everything about Vancouver – and that includes the rain. Originally from the southern U.S. state of Louisiana, Kilroy said he grew tired of the “torturously hot” weather that stretched from April to the end of October. Chicago is cooler, but the winters are “brutal.” Vancouver, meanwhile, is Goldilocks-like perfection: Not too hot and not too cold. Kilroy said Vancouver’s affluence and cleanliness are also significant attractions. “It’s not only a big city, but a big city that actually works, where you are not afraid of the city itself,” he said.

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THE ONLINE MARKETING COMPANY Earl and Charlotte Almeida, RevLocal Earl and Charlotte Almeida have travelled to dozens of fascinating cities in recent months, but find none so alluring as Vancouver. “T here is just a beauty that comes with the water and mountains. It is such a beautiful, clean city,” said Earl Almeida, 34. The entrepreneurial pair recently returned to the West Coast after a roundthe-world trip that took them to 24 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia over eight months. The plan was to continue their travels across Canada in search of new business opportunities and a place to put down roots and raise a family. They never made it beyond the Rockies. A five-month house-sitting gig on the Sunshine Coast quickly reaffirmed their affection for the region where they had previously lived and worked as independent contractors for a British Columbia-based summer student employment firm. In April, they moved to south Burnaby where they’ve been busy carving out a strong presence with the Canadian division of the online marketing company RevLocal. Earl Almeida said the nature of the business allows him and his wife to work from home, with clients all over the country. But in a competitive industry, the ability to meet with someone in person is still the best recipe for success. “If I can, I will try and drop in and get even 30 seconds of their time. Oftentimes that face-to-face really does make a difference,” Earl Almeida said, noting 95 per cent of their clients – a blend of small to mid-sized businesses – are located in B.C., particularly the Metro region and Sunshine Coast. The future likely does involve at least one more move – out to the Fraser Valley where they could have their own bit of land around them. But they aren’t likely to stray too far from Vancouver again, especially when the sun is shining. “On a gorgeous day in Vancouver, there really isn’t any better place in the world,” Almeida said. Á


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WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS? Relocating parents can rest assured that education in Vancouver is excellent – just make sure you are aware of catchment areas before you settle



ike many parents, Jackie Nicklin was determined to find a good school for her child before finalizing plans to relocate to the Lower Mainland from Dubai this year. She arranged visits to two public schools in West Vancouver in advance of the move and quickly settled on Caulfeild elementary for her 10-year-old son. “You know how you just get a good feeling after walking in? Well, that was it,” she explained in an interview. “We hit the jackpot.” But the search for a school isn’t always that easy. Nik Fabisiak said he and his wife found a house in Surrey that they wanted to buy, but they changed their minds after research indicated that the local school had larger class sizes than most and lower test scores. “The house was really nice, but the school wasn’t what we wanted,” said Fabisiak, who later found another place in Surrey that’s within walking distance of a school with a better record. Although British Columbia has an open-boundary policy, which allows families to enrol their children in schools outside the neighbourhood catchment area, home addresses still matter. If a school is popular, registration preference is almost always given to students who live within the catchment area, providing they meet deadlines for registration. That can bring disappointment. Surrey district spokesman Doug Strachan offered Hazelgrove elementary as an example of a school that has so many in-catchment students that it refused cross-boundary students this year. The quality of the neighbourhood school is a prime consideration for house-hunting parents, according to Vancouver real-estate agent Sebastian Albrecht. Neighbourhoods with good schools often have other family-friendly features as well, and houses there are in high demand, he said. His experience suggests the most popular schools for

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those who can afford Vancouver’s west side are Trafalgar, Kerrisdale and Quilchena elementary along with Prince of Wales and Magee secondary. On the east side, the top picks are Fleming and Charles Dickens elementary and Killarney secondary, he said. Families who are relocating within the Lower Mainland usually rely on relatives and friends for advice about schools, he said, but those who are moving to B.C. from elsewhere often turn to the Fraser Institute’s annual report cards on elementary and secondary schools, even though those rankings are rejected by educators as an inadequate measure of a school. While controversial, the report cards are often the only source of information for families researching schools. “People turn to the Internet, and if the only thing they discover is the Fraser Institute report, that’s what they’re going to base their entire decision on,” Albrecht said. Pamela Chan, who blogs about issues of interest to B.C. families, checked the Fraser Institute report cards before moving to Coquitlam from Vancouver but said more valuable information can be gathered by talking to other parents in the neighbourhood. She recommends that people moving to the Lower Mainland also review the websites of the dozen Lower Mainland school districts to ensure they choose a district with an educational philosophy that matches their own. “You should get a feel for the priorities of the district ... (because) they’re not all the same.” She’s not convinced that meeting the school principal is essential, noting the administration can change from one year to the next. Last year, the B.C. Education Ministry created a website ( to help families


make educational choices, but don’t expect to find critical reviews. The website also states it can’t answer all questions. “The data shown here is just a starting point,” it says. “The best way to get to know a school is to go there. Talk to the principal. Meet the teachers. Get a feel for the school first hand. Go to the school’s website, which will give you much more detail about what is going on.” And be mindful of registration dates. Even students within the catchment area may not get a space at a nearby school if they don’t enrol on time. But John Dawson, a district principal at the Vancouver board of education, urges parents not to get too stressed about educational choices. “Relax! It’s not deterministic. It’s not like you do this and it’s right and you do that and it’s wrong. “Most kids are unbelievably resilient and can thrive in a multitude of environments,” he said, adding that parents regularly report a high degree of satisfaction with their children’s schools. He does offer one qualification: Parents of specialneeds students should check out district programs and determine what supports exist within the neighbourhood school. “If you have a child who [has been] identified with challenges or learning disabilities or whatever, you really want to check out the resource staff at the school. Meet the resource teacher – that’s such a critical person – and ask some questions.” Parents should also consider the various choice programs offered in certain Lower Mainland schools, such as French immersion, Mandarin bilingual, sports academies, fine arts, outdoor education, Montessori and International Baccalaureate. Á


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From sushi to steak, dim sum to dal, it’s difficult to name a world cuisine that isn’t represented in Vancouver’s diverse dining scene



ancouver’s culinary landscape is as diverse as its population. From sushi to steak, dim sum to dal, it’s nearly impossible to name a world cuisine that isn’t represented among the city’s wide range of restaurateurs, chefs, farmers and food makers. bloggers Gary and Taya Ng say some of their favourite foods – including Haida Gwaii halibut and raspberries from the Saanich Peninsula – come from British Columbia


“There’s something for everyone, no matter what part of the city you’re in,” says Gary Ng, who runs the popular blog with his wife, Taya. “It’s reflective of the multicultural makeup of Vancouver.” Ca rly Wi ntschel, ow ner of Langley-based K itchening & Co., agrees, adding that a seemingly insatiable appetite for novel, exotic foods makes it easy – and exciting – to introduce new edibles to the local market. “People here want to taste things beyond the usual coffee-shop fare,” says Wintschel, who learned to make traditional French macarons in culinary school. She now sells the pretty pastel pastries via various Lower Mainland retailers and seasonal pop-up shops. “There was, and still is, a longing for something more European,” she says. “I think that’s why things like macarons have really started to take off here – and why

they’ll continue to stick around.” Vancouver’s Forehand Foods Group has picked up on a similar concept. Though the homegrown company’s main aim is to provide “classic comfort foods” at its four Burgoo Bistro restaurants, the menu includes a revealing nod to the country of origin of each dish offered. “Nearly every culture in the world has that one-pot meal that families serve at their own tables,” explains Forehand vice-president Ken Carty, pointing to French ratatouille, Irish stew, Russian borscht, Spanish paella and Hungarian goulash. “[Our guests] get to enjoy the comfort of these global dishes right here at home.” Newcomers, too, play a key role in the diversity of the city’s food scene. Attracted, more often than not, by a lush bounty of locally grown ingredients, numerous international chefs have chosen to relocate to Vancouver, bringing the flavours of their homelands with them. “My goal was to take this Indian food and … to use those spices, use those styles and use those old-world traditions and combine them with where I live,” says award-winning Vancouver restaurateur Vikram Vij. “Why buy fish from India, which is frozen, when you have beautiful – and


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sustainable – halibut and sablefish here?” Chef Hidekazu Tojo hand-picks produce every few days from a farmers market – fresh, local foods figure largely at his world-renowned sushi bar. Tojo’s menu even includes locally made sake – a traditional Japanese beverage that’s rarely brewed beyond that country’s borders. Artisan sake maker Masa Shiroki has been making premium Japanese rice wine by hand in his Granville Island studio since 2006. Though he’s proud to be doing something “culturally meaningful” in the Lower Mainland, he’s the first to admit that his sake differs from the stuff produced “back home in Japan” in one significant way. “Of course, it tastes different,” Shiroki says with a smile. “We may use the same Japanese rice and yeast, but we use Canadian water.” Á

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e don’t have a fancy mission statement,” said Terry Rodgers, founder and president of the hugely successful and international award-winning HighStreet Accommodations of Vancouver. “We are all about making people more comfortable.” A simple concept, perhaps, but it is a powerful mission that underlies all that HighStreet has delivered for more than a decade: superlative returns for real estate investors; worry-free housing for blue-chip corporate clients; and, for guests arriving in a strange city, a welcome as if they are coming home. What HighStreet Accommodations does – and apparently does better than anyone else, based on industry recognition – is provide fully and finely furnished accommodation in quality privately owned residences for people who will be working, relocating or visiting Metro Vancouver for a relatively long time, often for months, sometimes for years. HighStreet works with investors who want to maximize the rental return on their residential real estate without worrying about management and tenant issues. The company works with corporate clients who need high quality housing for employees relocating and rotating through Metro Vancouver, and with insurance companies seeking immediate shelter for victims of flood or fires. And, of most importance to Rodgers and her full-time staff of 40, is working with the guest who wants a comfortable place to stay. “Our goal has always been ‘head to bed’ in two hours,” said Rodgers, whose staff provides true round-the-clock service that can include picking a guest up at the airport and tucking them into a home where the towels and linen are spotless and the phones, TVs and toaster work perfectly. Think of it as a concierge for a virtual luxury hotel that extends from West Vancouver to the eastern Fraser Valley. Rodgers got her start in the furnished accommodation business during Expo 86, sourcing, securing and managing more than 500 homes and apartments during the five-month event. In 2002, she decided to focus on the corporate housing industry and opened HighStreet Accommodations with a continued dedication to service. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, HighStreet became indispensable to an international audience of long-stay clients, beginning with television crews arriving in September 2009. Today, with more than 250 different properties to choose from, HighStreet has the widest range of

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Terry Rodgers, president of HighStreet Accommodations, which has the widest range of property sizes and types of any corporate housing company in Vancouver

Think of it as a concierge for a virtual luxury hotel that extends from West Vancouver to the eastern Fraser Valley property sizes and types of any corporate housing company in Vancouver. “We have properties in downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, the West End and ‘The Drive’; plus North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, North Burnaby, South Burnaby, Richmond, Steveston, New Westminster, Langley, Surrey, South Surrey, White Rock and Abbotsford,” said Wendy Galati, HighStreet’s vicepresident of sales and marketing. Choices range from exquisite one- to three-bedroom condominiums to spacious houses ideal for larger groups and families, Galati added. “We are fully staffed to service all these properties with dedicated housekeeping teams, maintenance experts and quality assurance folks. All of our properties meet the same rigorous standards for comfort and quality,” Rodgers said. When a HighStreet guest arrives, day or night, they are met with a complimentary “mobile front desk service.” Agents are quickly dispatched to meet the guest at any location and provide full orientation of the chosen property. “It’s our personalized check-in service and it’s designed to make guests feel at home right from the get-go,” Rodgers said.

“Guests get fully serviced private accommodation and peace of mind.” That peace of mind extends to real estate investors, who own about 30 per cent of all the condominiums and private rental property in Metro Vancouver, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Investors can purchase their own furnishings to HighStreet’s specification, or have HighStreet conduct the design, furnish and equip on their behalf. HighStreet’s services to investors include arranging regular housekeeping, on-call, 24-7 maintenance, and taking care of all billing and receivables collection. Properties are rented at a premium to the market and the owner receives 60 per cent of the income. HighStreet works with a large number of investors, many of whom even rely on HighStreet to recommend where they should buy. Corporate and insurance clients, in turn, trust HighStreet to provide hassle-free, quality housing where and for as long as it is needed. The company’s corporate recognition was underlined this year when Oakwood Worldwide, the world’s largest corporate housing organization, created a unique “Partnership of the Year” award to honour HighStreet’s reliability. While totally local and independent, HighStreet Accommodations is linked to a global network of corporate clients that allows efficient and seamless scheduling. The prestigious awards and the high-technology appear secondary to Terry Rodgers, however. “It is really all about the service to our guests,” she said, “to really make them feel at home.” ■

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A HOUSE IN TOWN Vancouver is a diverse, multicultural city and and international gateway

The Stanley Park seawall at Coal Harbour in Vancouver | TOURISM BC/ALBERT NORMANDIN

First Nations sculpture titled Raven and the First Men by Bill Reid at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC – one of the province’s cultural gems | TOURISM BRITISH COLUMBIA



ancouver is an international gateway city, welcoming a mix of cultures unique among cities in Canada. English, Chinese and Punjabi are the top local languages, reflecting a cosmopolitan population. The city is home to some of the best Chinese food outside China, and Filipino immigrants are rapidly making their own mark on the city. Vancouver claims bragging rights as one of the world’s most livable cities, with a network of civic spaces, community gardens and transportation routes that link its neighbourhoods in a harmonious whole. Walking and cycling are as convenient as transit and cars when it comes to getting around, not to mention being popular recreational activities. While renovations give a facelift to many single-family neighbourhoods, the densification of local hubs is revitalizing key hubs along Oak Street, Cambie Street, Fraser Street and Kingsway. Meanwhile, new office towers are ensuring downtown remains the business centre of a growing region.

Downtown Vancouver boasts one of the most compact and livable urban cores in the world, thanks to a mix of office towers and condos that ensure the streets are never empty. Gastown and Chinatown, downtown’s core residential neighbourhoods, are reinventing themselves with chic restaurants and contemporary residences. Rogers Arena and BC Place, the city’s primary sports venues, are a

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short distance from galleries and theatres. Trains, buses, float planes and ferries lead to destinations throughout the province. West End, Coal Harbour One of Canada’s most densely populated neighbourhoods, the West End lies in a prime spot on the downtown peninsula west of Burrard Street. Pioneered by the Canadian Pacific Railway, it has been joined in recent years by Coal Harbour – an upscale enclave of multimillion-dollar condos built on the CPR’s former rail yards. Just minutes from downtown offices, homes in this area have marinas, beaches and the 1,000-acre urban oasis of Stanley Park

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for their backyard. Robson, Denman and Davie streets are the area’s main shopping strips, and downtown and waterfront restaurants are only moments away. Yaletown City planners transformed this former warehouse district into a forest of condo towers that’s now a model for urban revitalization exercises around the world. Expo 86 set the stage for Concord Pacific to redevelop the north shore of False Creek, and jobs followed as tech companies set up shop in adjacent warehouse properties. Now an established neighbourhood stretching south from False Creek to Smithe Street, Yaletown has its own stop on the Canada Line rapid-transit service. Point Grey West of Alma Street on the bluffs above Jericho, Locarno and Spanish Banks beaches, Point Grey attracts both the well-to-do and students. Once its own municipality, Point Grey boasts many older homes recently renovated or redeveloped. Others are rented to students, drawn by the area’s proximity to the University of British Columbia (UBC). Shops, restaurants and services cluster around West 10th Avenue and Sasamat Street. Transit routes run along the key east-west streets, connecting residents to UBC and downtown.

HOME PRICES Neighbourhood




Arbutus Ridge Cambie, Oakridge, South Cambie Central (Main, Fraser, Knight, Victoria) Downtown Dunbar, Mackenzie Heights, Southlands Fairview, False Creek, Mount Pleasant West Fraserview, Champlain, Killarney, South Vancouver Grandview, Mount Pleasant East Hastings, Hastings East Kitsilano Marpole Point Grey Renfrew, Renfrew Heights, Collingwood Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale, Quilchena South Granville, SW Marine University West End, Coal Harbour Yaletown

$2,447,533 $1,776,528 $946,858 $410,000 $2,306,325 $1,430,287

$945,000 $1,009,739 $629,028 $645,807 $1,014,394 $717,264

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$894,885 $822,418 $1,843,029 $1,345,953 $2,728,740 $848,574 $3,345,848 $2,662,799 $4,704,500 $1,374,875 n/a

$687,156 $578,823 $1,034,564 $688,557 $1,146,750 $530,459 $1,328,221 $958,888 $1,192,648 $1,226,173 $1,165,517

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University UBC’s campus on the western edge of Point Grey is home to some of the city’s best-known cultural jewels as well as a fast-growing residential community. Comprising more than 3,000 acres, the UBC campus, the University Endowment Lands and Pacific Spirit Regional Park, with its extensive forest trail network, provide a refuge from city life. A developing cluster of retail services is available on campus at Wesbrook Village. Kitsilano Kitsilano (“Kits” to locals) enjoys a convenient spot between Point Grey and downtown, making it popular with students, young professionals and those wanting to be close to English Bay. Upscale restaurants and boutiques as well as the annual Khatsalano street festival create a vibrant street scene, even as redevelopment transforms Broadway west of Macdonald Street. Transit along West 4th and Broadway connect with SkyTrain. Dunbar, Mackenzie Heights, Southlands The riverfront Southlands neighbourhood is a secluded corner of Vancouver south of Southwest Marine Drive that’s home to equestrian estates and the city’s last remaining agricultural land. Dunbar and Mackenzie Heights are established singlefamily neighbourhoods boasting manicured lawns and city views. Key arteries are West 41st Avenue and Dunbar Street, home to shops, services and transit connections. Arbutus Ridge This affluent, family-friendly neighbourhood is being remade as developers build apartments in an area dominated by single-family homes. A generous mix of parks and community centres help the area retain its sense of

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community, while stunning views continue to draw buyers. Arbutus Shopping Centre, the main retail complex, anchors the neighbourhood with its central location. Bus routes provide links to UBC and SkyTrain.

English Bay Beach in Vancouver’s West End at sunset | TOURISM VANCOUVER/ CLAYTON PERRY

Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale, Quilchena The tony precincts of Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale and Quilchena have historically been home to some of Vancouver’s most affluent residents and the estates designed to preserve their privacy. Some of the city’s priciest properties are located here, beneath the boughs of ancient trees that speak to the area’s old-fashioned splendour and prestige. Quilchena Park attracts ball players and picnic groups; shopping is available on Granville Street and West 41st. Students take public transit to local schools and UBC, but private vehicles carry the rest. Fairview, False Creek, Mount Pleasant West Home to Vancouver’s largest cluster of offices outside of

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Marpole Marpole, long known for aging walk-ups and a workingclass character, is being transformed with the addition of highrise residential towers. Situated between downtown Vancouver and Richmond, Marpole is an ideal bedroom community with a tight-knit spirit. Proximity to YVR and highway connections to the U.S. complement transit, making Marpole a home for people on the go.

emerging side of Vancouver’s downtown | TOURISM VANCOUVER/AL HARVEY

Float planes connect downtown Vancouver with the province’s coastal communities | TOURISM BC/DANNIELLE HAYES

downtown as well as a small cluster of industrial properties, this is also a popular residential area with many professionals and families. Townhomes and low-rise apartment blocks dominate, but highrises are steadily rising along False Creek. A cut more expensive than areas further east, homes are within walking distance of Granville Island and Canada Line service to the airport. Grandview, Mount Pleasant East Grandview and Mount Pleasant East are the heart of working-class Vancouver, with warehouses, rail lines and port lands just a few blocks away. Development of the Great Northern Way Campus and adjacent properties is set to transform the area in the coming years, boosting its popularity with young professionals. SkyTrain, express buses and feeder routes to the Trans-Canada Highway will continue to ensure the area remains within easy distance of neighbourhoods across the city. Cambie, Oakridge, South Cambie Convenient connections to downtown and Vancouver International Airport as well as proximity to Oakridge Shopping Centre contribute to the appeal of housing in this trio of west-side neighbourhoods. Redevelopment of the area is moving forward, and promising new amenities. Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver, is here, together with the Bloedel Conservatory and elegant Seasons in the Park restaurant. Students appreciate the area’s transit connections to UBC and Langara College. South Granville, Southwest Marine The south end of Granville Street overlooks the Fraser River, and is home to a mix of single-family homes and rental apartments. The area’s appeal lies in its proximity to the airport, and home prices that compare favourably to neighbouring Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale. Riverside trails off Southwest Marine Drive provide recreational opportunities. The neighbourhood is underserved by transit, making a vehicle essential for getting around.

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East Vancouver (Main, Fraser, Knight, Victoria) The neighbourhoods of Main, Fraser, Knight and Victoria make up vibrant East Vancouver. Situated east of Queen Elizabeth Park and south of 16th Avenue, they’re home to relatively affordable single-family homes and a growing number of new condo developments. A rich mix of cultures means everything from congee to kielbasa is available in local shops. The diversity is grassroots Vancouver, and just 20 minutes from downtown by transit. Fraserview, Champlain, Killarney, South Vancouver Fraserview, Champlain, Killarney and South Vancouver are oriented to the Fraser River, where the redevelopment of the East Fraser lands is creating a new residential hub with plans calling for up to 10,000 people. The development promises new amenities, including better transit services in an area where a vehicle has long been essential for getting around. Affordable housing has made these neighbourhoods ideal for immigrants and young families. Hastings, Hastings East Running from the downtown core to Burnaby, Hastings Street includes both the down-and-out and the up-andcoming. Railtown and the shopping area east of Nanaimo Street showcase the city’s industrial roots and immigrant cultures. In between, a wave of development will transform the blocks between Clark and Commercial. Hastings Park offers a swath of green space on the edge of Burnaby. Transit routes link Hastings Street with Simon Fraser University, North Vancouver and Port Coquitlam. Renfrew, Renfrew Heights, Collingwood Grandview Highway and a pair of SkyTrain lines cut across this easternmost trio of neighbourhoods, creating a convenient alternative to areas further south. Grandview is the commercial heart of the area, with Broadway Tech Centre and film studios home to well-paying jobs, while transit provides links to downtown and Burnaby’s office parks. Á

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SUBURBAN SPOILS Sterile suburbs? Think again. Vancouver’s outlying communities feature all the comforts of the big city NOA GLOUBERMAN


hile Vancouver’s major suburbs offer many options when it comes to residential housing, Burnaby, Richmond and New Westminster also boast the kind of consumer and business services and amenities you’d expect from a far bigger city.

Burnaby or bust Burnaby, east of Vancouver, is home to nearly 225,000 people, making it British Columbia’s third-largest municipality. The city features excellent public transport, two post-secondary campuses, acres of green space and the province’s largest shopping mall. The Lower Mainland’s SkyTrain rapid-transit system, based in Burnaby, crosses the city from east to west in two places – the Expo Line in the south and the Millennium Line further north. With travel time to downtown Vancouver a mere 25 minutes (trips to New Westminster and Surrey are equally quick), transit-takers who work beyond city borders enjoy an easy, speedy daily commute. Burnaby also provides opportunities to work close to home. A hub for major tech-industry players like Electronic Arts, Ballard Power Systems and Telus, the municipality is home to numerous national and global high-tech firms. Top-notch higher education also exists locally thanks to Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Far from being “all work and no play,” the city is said to include the highest ratio of parkland to residents in North America. From colossal old-growth trees in Central Park to an array of wildlife at Deer Lake, Burnaby’s green spaces are popular venues for outdoor concerts, theatrical performances and other artistic and cultural events. For recreation of the retail variety, Burnaby offers B.C.’s biggest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown, with about 400 stores and plenty of family-friendly events year-round. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, chances are that nearby Lougheed Town Centre or Brentwood Town Centre carry it. Dining in Burnaby is characterized by a mix of eateries serving up flavours from around the world. Choose from Italian pasta places in the Heights area to Asian cuisine at Crystal Mall – this city’s restaurant scene is as varied and multicultural as its residents. Burnaby is also a best bet for home ownership. In a report released in May 2013, Colliers International gave the city’s multi-family housing market a “green light” rating thanks to steady sales activity that may have been spurred, in part, by some significant buyer incentive offerings.

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Recent upgrades to aging structures like the Alex Fraser Bridge make travelling to and from New West easier | JAMES CHEN A mix of heritage buildings and modern architecture rises along New Westminster’s riverfront | STEPHANIE PETRIE/PICTURE BC

Strike it Richmond Vancouver’s southern sister features an array of fabulous retailers and exciting attractions, plus some of the best Asian food around. In fact, Richmond is widely known for its exotic fare – particularly along Alexandra Road, which boasts 200-plus restaurants on just three city blocks. Between meals, Richmond’s nearly 200,000 residents – a large percentage of whom are immigrants – enjoy a wide range of recreational and cultural pursuits. From concerts at the River Rock Casino Resort to ice skating at the Olympic Oval to shopping at the International Summer Night Market, there’s never a shortage of things to do. R ich mond’s most popu la r attraction, however, could likely be Steveston Village, which preserves the

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travelling beyond city limits is a cinch. However, numerous shopping centres – including Richmond Centre and the Chinese-oriented Aberdeen and Yaohan centres – plus big-box stores offer residents the attractive option of doing all their shopping close by. Work, for many locals, is nearby, too. In fact, a 2010 “Growing Cities” report by the Neptis Foundation identifies Richmond (along with Burnaby and New Westminster) as having “active core” pockets that allow residents to walk to their jobs. With a large stock of single-family homes, three post-secondary campuses, 10 high schools and nearly 40 elementary schools, it’s easy to see why people choose to settle in Richmond. SkyTrain’s Canada Line shuttles commuters from Richmond to downtown Vancouver in minutes flat | JOSEF HANUS Burnaby Village Museum in Deer Lake Park hosts fun family activities all year long | JOSEF HANUS Steveston Village preserves Richmond’s fascinating fishing history | JAMES CHEN

area’s fascinating fishing and agricultural histories in sites such as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Britannia Heritage Shipyard and London Heritage Farm. Steveston’s also a prime spot to find fresh, local produce and seafood, with farmers markets and fishmongers open year-round. A sort of mecca when it comes to religion, Richmond is home to more than 60 temples, mosques, churches and chapels that line No. 5 Road (a.k.a. “Highway to Heaven”) and other thoroughfares. A “highway to heaven” of a different sort exists here, too, in the form of the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), winner of several international best airport awards. With SkyTrain’s Canada Line shuttling Richmonders from YVR to downtown Vancouver in minutes flat,

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Go New West T he former capital of British Colu mbia, th is city of 66,000 knows how to have a good time. With yearround festivals, historic sites and a range of recreational activities, there’s never a dull moment in New Westminster. Easily accessed by SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines, New West is neatly divided into 13 districts with a variety of residential and retail options: condos and big-box stores in Queensborough, heritage homes and mom-and-pop shops in Queen’s Park and townhomes and produce markets in Westminster Quay. Educationally speaking, the city has one high school, two middle schools, nine elementary schools and several post-secondary campuses, including Douglas College, the Justice Institute of BC and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. For entertainment, check out the long-established Royal City Musical Players at the Massey Theatre and comedy or mystery shows on Queen’s Park’s stages. The park’s sports arena is home to the New Westminster Salmonbellies – one of the oldest professional lacrosse teams in Canada. There’s always a reason to celebrate in New West. The city’s historic Hyack Festival, launched in 1870, is said to be the longest-running May Day celebration of its kind in the British Commonwealth. Other public parties include a culture crawl, music festival, Victorian Christmas and multicultural fest. RiverFest, held annually, pays tribute to the Fraser River that edges a large portion of town. Á

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HIGH FLYERS Vancouver’s North Shore offers a range of superb residences and settings

Hikers in the trees in Indian


Arm Provincial Park in North Vancouver | TOURISM BRITISH COLUMBIA



orth of Burrard Inlet, at the base of the Coast Mountains, are three municipalities and several distinct communities that were originally one. Known collectively as the North Shore, the city of West Vancouver, and the city and district of North Vancouver, were established as a single entity in 1891. Prosperity at the turn of the century led to the formation of the City of North Vancouver as the commercial core of the region in 1907, while West Vancouver – wishing to distinguish itself from the industrial zone east of the Capilano River – separated in 1912. Today, the three municipalities are home to a diverse, multicultural population. Residents stick close to home, often working at neighbourhood businesses or in one of the many commercial areas along the waterfront. Rush hour on the Lions Gate and Second Narrows bridges is now frequently defined more by when parents take children to school than by workers commuting downtown. The homes clustering along the ragged shore from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove define several close-knit communities, including Eagle Harbour, Caulfeild, Lynn Valley and Maplewood. North Vancouver North Vancouver is the calico cat of Metro Vancouver municipalities, with the district wrapped around the city but their boundaries occasionally trading places. Together, the two occupy the area east of the Capilano River. The city includes the commercial heart along Lonsdale Avenue

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north to 29th Street, as well as the area from MacKay Road in the west to Mountain Highway in the east. The district, simply put, is everything else. The city is defined by its highrises, clustered in the Lower Lonsdale area – a hip district complete with upscale restaurants and condos to rival Yaletown. The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier is popular with visitors, while merchants and galleries along Lonsdale Avenue offer diverse shopping. The district is a much larger municipality dominated by single-family residences ranging from mountainside villas to creekside cottages. Some properties in the district, especially around Deep Cove, rival the luxury homes of West Vancouver, while others are older homes that present opportunities for redevelopment and densification. Highdensity construction on former industrial sites in the Seylynn area is extending urban amenities from Lower Lonsdale to other parts of the municipality. Capilano Mall and Park & Tilford serve as retail bookends

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for the city, while recreational opportunities include snow sports at Mount Seymour and “the Grind,” the famous trail up Grouse Mountain that is a rite of passage (and endurance test) for any local resident. The 48-kilometre Baden-Powell Trail runs from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay, connecting bikers, joggers and hikers with West Vancouver and the North Shore’s natural splendour. West Vancouver A city of many neighbourhoods, West Vancouver is among the toniest and most rustic areas of Metro Vancouver. A short distance from downtown, it offers homes synonymous with the West Coast’s good life. Ocean views from forest-clad slopes just below the Cypress Mountain ski area combine to make West Vancouver a retreat as well as a wealthy suburb where the amenities of Dundarave and Ambleside are just minutes away. Ambleside Park is a key venue for festivals and home to

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a popular dog park. A seawall promenade connects it with the Dundarave neighbourhood further west. Several community centres provide indoor recreational facilities. Horseshoe Bay is home to a busy marina and ferry connections to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. The secluded enclave of Eagle Harbour is home to the West Vancouver Yacht Club, and nearby Lighthouse Park provides a touch of unspoiled wilderness. Caulfeild elementary and Hillside secondary schools are the choice for many West Vancouver students, but plenty of other top-rated options exist, including Mulgrave and Sentinel secondary schools. Park Royal is the municipality’s premier retail destination and Canada’s oldest enclosed shopping centre. An ambitious redevelopment of the mall’s south side will add retail and entertainment space. The mall is also the hub for West Vancouver’s iconic blue buses that link the North Shore with downtown Vancouver. Á

Downhill skier with views of Howe Sound at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver | TOURISM BC/ INSIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Kayaking at Lighthouse Park in Burrard Inlet, West Vancouver | TOURISM BC/ALBERT NORMANDIN

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Coquitlam ■Port Coquitlam ■Port Moody ■Maple Ridge ■Pitt Meadows

FAMOUS FIVE These areas are known for mixing urban convenience with rural pleasures

Maple Ridge and Pitt


Meadows residents love living on Mother Nature’s doorstep | UGUR OKUCU Situated on Burrard Inlet, Port Moody affords picture-perfect fishing conditions | UGUR OKUCU

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ive fabulous communities situated within an hour of Vancouver offer the perfect mix of city living and country charm.

Two ways about it: Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Drive 45 minutes east of Vancouver on Highway 7 – or make even better time by taking the West Coast Express commuter train – to the close-knit communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, where nearly 95,000 residents enjoy a range of housing options, business opportunities, public festivals and recreational activities. From trout fishing in Pitt Lake to hiking in nearby Golden Ears Provincial Park, outdoor enthusiasts love living on Mother Nature’s doorstep. Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge also boast numerous golf courses, including the spectacular, 18-hole, Les Furber-designed Meadow Gardens. With fertile soil that lends itself to agricultural pursuits, farming has long been a way of life in the Fraser Valley – and still is. These days, however, new manufacturing, biotech and other businesses are cropping up alongside the farms, dairies and vineyards that dot the landscape. Maple Ridge’s expanding downtown core – with some 600

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Coquitlam ■Port Coquitlam ■Port Moody ■Maple Ridge ■Pitt Meadows

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Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Coquitlam Port Coquitlam Port Moody

$461,600 $510,600 $705,500 $548,100 $847,900

$274,200 $315,900 $377,600 $366,400 $400,400

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Coquitlam, 15 minutes east of Port Moody on Highway 7, is a bustling metropolis in every sense | JOSEF HANUS New manufacturing, biotech and other businesses are cropping up in the Fraser Valley | PICTURE BC/ OLIVER RATHONYI-REUSZ

With three rivers, hundreds of acres of parkland and an extensive trail network, PoCo’s 56,000 residents are able to take full advantage of the great outdoors | UGUR OKUCU

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shops and services – is testament to increased economic activity in the area. Finally, they don’t call them the “cities of festivals” for nothing. Between them, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge host at least a dozen public events and celebrations a year, including running and cycling races, art studio tours, trade shows, farmers markets and outdoor concerts.

Three’s a pleaser Greater Vancouver’s Tri-Cities, comprised of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, continue to attract new residents looking for appealing living options. The new $1.4 billion Evergreen Line, slated for completion in summer 2016, is driving investment and development into Coquitlam, and will enable residents and businesses to connect quickly with communities across Metro Vancouver via SkyTrain rapid transit. Port Moody, accessed via the Barnet Highway and situated on breathtaking Burrard Inlet, affords its 33,000 residents picture-perfect conditions for a plethora of water sports, including swimming, boating and coldwater scuba diving. Cultural pursuits are abundant here, too. Port Moody is known as the City of the Arts for a reason, hosting an annual film festival in March and celebrating its historical railway roots at July’s Golden Spike Festival. Commercial activities occur mostly in Newport Village, which includes several condominium towers suited to downtown dwellers. Single-family housing is available in Port Moody’s College Park, Glenayre and Harbour Heights neighbourhoods. Coquitlam, 15 minutes east of Port Moody on Highway 7, is a bustling metropolis in every sense. Home to at least 125,000 residents, this mountainside municipality includes a large francophone community and, thus, several French-immersion schools. While the multimillion-dollar homes in Coquitlam’s ritzy Westwood Plateau area may not suit every budget, the city offers plenty of options for affordable home ownership. The duplexes of River Heights, for instance, are popular among young families and first-time buyers, while those seeking denser digs (and shopping galore) can settle in Coquitlam Centre. Formerly farmland, modern-day Port Coquitlam is home to a variety of industrial and commercial developments, including metal fabrication, high-tech and transportation firms. Business activities, however, do not take away from this community’s picturesque beauty. With three rivers, hundreds of acres of parkland and an extensive trail network, PoCo’s 56,000 residents are able to take full advantage of the great outdoors. Cultural activities are also a draw – Port Coquitlam plays host to open-air concerts, farmers markets, parades and public festivals all year long. Á

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Delta ■Surrey ■Langley

FUN, FOOD AND FORTUNE Delta, Surrey and Langley are home to international ports – and wines



ne of the fastest-growing regions in the province, the area south of the Fraser River is just 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver yet a world apart. Affordable housing is plentiful, drawing young families and a rich mix of cultures. Job opportunities exist in local office parks, as well as more traditional industries from agriculture to manufacturing and distribution. Universities are fostering clusters of technology companies, while significant investments in local road and rail networks support connections with Vancouver’s port. Recreational opportunities and summer festivals abound, offering room to play as well as work. Transportation connections, the Golden Ears Bridge and expanded Port Mann Bridge place the region at the centre of the Lower Mainland and make it a crossroads for traffic from across the country or travelling to and from the U.S.

Delta, port of call Sitting on the south bank of the Fraser River, Delta encompasses the three diverse communities of Tsawwassen, Ladner and North Delta. It also neighbours Tsawwassen First Nation, which has ambitious plans for residential, retail and industrial development. Tsawwassen is largely residential, while Ladner is home to the municipality’s administrative centre and Roberts Bank, slated for a significant new container terminal. Agriculture is also a significant industry, with greenhouses, berries and field crops dominating. Commercial development adjacent to the new South Fraser Perimeter Road promises residents job opportunities well into the future, while housing and amenities keep pace. North Delta is home to a vibrant mix of cultures and shops. Housing that is typically cheaper than in Tsawwassen or Ladner. Situated along the Fraser River, it includes Annieville – the area’s historic heart – as well as numerous parks and conservation areas boasting networks of walking and cycling trails. Here, as throughout the municipality, agricultural land doubles as green space. Highway 99 and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal connect Delta with the U.S. and Vancouver Island.

Alfresco dining in the vineyard at Vista D’oro Farms and Winery in Langley | TOURISM BC/ALBERT NORMANDIN

A man at the Vaisakhi celebration in Surrey | TOURISM BC/TOM RYAN

Surrey, the central city Surrey, designated by regional planners as home of the region’s second downtown, is the eastern terminus of the region’s SkyTrain transit line. SkyTrain delivers riders to the hub of the municipality, complete with a new civic centre and highrise condos. Offices, hotels and retail space are also planned. Ringed by industrial land along the Fraser River and business parks, North Surrey offers jobs and convenient

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Langley offers the chance to make new friends | TOURISM LANGLEY Lavender farm and old stone farmhouse near Langley | TOURISM BC/ DANNIELLE HAYES

Clubhouse at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey | MORGAN CREEK GOLF COURSE

access to Highway 1, the region’s east-west transportation route. The expanded Port Mann Bridge has reduced congestion, facilitating travel to destinations north of the Fraser. Subdivisions, farmland and parks stretch south to the Canada-U.S. border, a lush backyard to the city’s urban core. Morgan Crossing, Grandview Corners and other developments are shopping destinations, as well as anchors for residential communities, while Morgan Creek Golf Course and Campbell Valley Regional Park offer recreational opportunities. Surrey is home to several well-regarded public and private schools, as well as campuses of Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Langley, city and township Langley is a blend of the urban and rural. The rapidly developing 200 Street commercial corridor contrasts with the secluded acreages south of 8 Avenue. The city encompasses Langley’s commercial heart, while the township is a separate municipality where bucolic equestrian acreages sit alongside contemporary farms. Wineries and berry plantations are active tourist destinations, thanks to their proximity to downtown Vancouver. Relatively cheap land prices keep local housing in

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demand, and have also attracted warehouses with their well-paying jobs. Pitt Meadows and other municipalities north of the Fraser are now within the ambit of Langley residents thanks to the Golden Ears Bridge. The busy 200 Street corridor leads south to U.S. border crossings in Surrey and Aldergrove. Transit connections link the Langleys to SkyTrain in Surrey, while Highway 10 leads to Delta and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Abbotsford International Airport, a short distance east, is a convenient alternative to Vancouver International Airport, thanks to regular WestJet schedules. In addition to primary and secondary schools, the Langleys are home to internationally acclaimed Trinity Western University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Horticulture. Á

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Abbotsford ■Chilliwack ■Mission

BET THE FARM Rural comforts and modern amenities in the region’s outlying areas



he Fraser Valley, just over an hour from Vancouver on the Trans-Canada Highway, brings in over half of British Columbia’s agricultural revenue each year. But don’t let the corn and berry fields fool you – bustling urban centres like Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission make country living a cinch.

Absolute Abbotsford Abbotsford, home to B.C.’s second international airport, lies roughly 70 kilometres east of Vancouver on Highway 1. While farming still figures largely here, manufacturing, transportation and aerospace are among several growing industries in the area. Increased business activity means that more than 60 per cent of the city’s 134,000 residents work right in Abbotsford. In turn, the city’s stock of residential housing has broadened, offering a range of options for young families and first-time buyers. The Abbotsford School District operates 46 public elementary, middle and secondary schools. Shopping includes farmers markets selling locally grown produce, big-box retailers along Sumas Way and a variety of specialty shops clustered in the historic downtown core. Abbotsford’s reputation as Sport Town Canada is well deserved. The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre – host to a variety of athletic pursuits – is home to the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat franchise. There’s something to do in Abbotsford virtually every month of the year. Among the city’s most popular public events: the Abbotsford International Airshow and Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo. Chilliwack checks in Chilliwack’s grown from a rural community to a vibrant city of 92,000. Bordered by mountains and recreational areas like Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake provincial parks, it’s also a great place to reconnect with Mother Nature. Boasting the warmest average daily temperature in the province, residents partake in outdoor sports and activities year round. Chilliwack is also a centre for arts and culture, with two classical orchestras and a community of thousands of artists and artisans. The city hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year, like the Chilliwack International Film Series. The local arts council offers classes in dance, cooking and theatre, and organizes its popular Christmas Craft Market in December. Retail wise, Chilliwack boasts two malls, various shopping plazas and a mix of specialty stores, galleries and

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Bordered by mountains and recreational areas like Cultus Lake and Chilliwack Lake provincial parks, Chilliwack’s a great place to reconnect with Mother Nature | PICTURE BC/KEN BRAMBLE

Mission is a hub for farmers markets, arts and crafts shops, boutique retailers and familyfriendly eateries | PICTURE BC/BOB FRIESEN

restaurants in the downtown core. It’s also home to the largest second-hand bookstore in all of B.C. Mission possible The District of Mission, on the north bank of the Fraser River, is home to some 45,000 residents. Access to Vancouver exists via Highway 7 or on the West Coast Express commuter train. Unlike other Fraser Valley municipalities, Mission is mostly forested. In fact, over 40 per cent of the district is a municipal tree farm 50-plus years in the making. Besides

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forestry, manufacturing and hydroelectricity are among the area’s main economic drivers. Mission celebrates its fascinating history through a number of heritage sites, including the Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre, which is believed to be the site of the oldest dwelling yet found in B.C. The Westminster Abbey monastery, established in 1939, is home to approximately 30 Benedictine monks who operate a seminary for young men and raise cattle, pigs and chickens on more than 70 hectares of land. The town itself is a hub for farmers markets, arts and crafts shops, boutique retailers and family-friendly eateries. Mission also hosts many public events at its Fraser River Heritage Park, including a folk festival, twilight concerts and car shows. Canada’s largest night parade – the Mission Candlelight Parade – occurs annually in December. Á

The Westminster Abbey monastery in Mission is home to approximately 30 Benedictine monks who operate a seminary for young men | LIJUAN GUO Single-family homes in Abbotsford | TYLER BOYES The Fraser Valley, just over an hour from Vancouver on the Trans-Canada Highway, brings in over half of British Columbia’s agricultural revenue each year | LIJUAN GUO

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Business associations Architectural Institute of British Columbia 440 Cambie St Suite 100, Vancouver V6B 2N5 604-683-8588 604-683-8568 Asia Pacific Foundation Canada (APF Canada) 890 Pender St W Suite 220, Vancouver V6C 1J9 604-684-5986 604-681-1370 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) 4010 Regent St Suite 200, Burnaby V5C 6N2 604-430-8035 604-430-8085 B.C. Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association 8678 Greenall Ave Suite 307, Burnaby V5J 3M6 604-436-0220 604-436-2627 BC Chamber of Commerce 750 Pender St W Suite 1201, Vancouver V6C 2T8 604-683-0700 604-683-0416 BC Human Resources Management Association 1111 Hastings St W Suite 1101, Vancouver V6E 2J3 604-684-7228 604-684-3225 Better Business Bureau Mainland B.C. 788 Beatty St Suite 404, Vancouver V6B 2M1 604-681-0312 604-681-1544 British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) 409 Granville St Suite 603, Vancouver V6C 1T2 604-637-6766 604-637-6765 British Columbia Environment Industry Association (BCEIA) 1130 Pender St W Suite 305, Vancouver V6E 4A4 604-683-2751 604-677-5960 British Columbia Film + Media 2225 West Broadway, Vancouver V6K 2E4 604-736-7997 604-736-7290 British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) 1420 – 701 West Georgia St, PO Box 10123, Pacific Centre, Vancouver V7Y 1C6 604-683-7702 604-683-8601

British Columbia Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA) 2246 Spruce St Suite 2, Vancouver V6H 2P3 604-669-2239 604-669-6175 British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) 1188 Georgia St W Suite 900, Vancouver V6E 4A2 604-683-6159 604-683-3879 British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) 20111 93A Ave Suite 100, Langley V1M 4A9 604-888-5319 Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA BC) 409 Granville St Suite 556, Vancouver V6C 1T2 604-684-3916 604-684-4876 Burnaby Board of Trade 4555 Kingsway Suite 201, Burnaby V5H 4T8 604-412-0100 604-412-0102 Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) 1050 Pender St W Suite 810, Vancouver V6E 3S7 604-684-3384 604-684-7957 Canadian Federation of Independent Business - BC 625 Howe St Suite 1430, Vancouver V6C 2T6 604-684-5325 604-684-0529 Certified General Accountants Association of BC 1867 Broadway W Suite 300, Vancouver V6J 5L4 604-732-1211 604-732-1252 Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia 1111 Hastings St W Suite 100, Vancouver V6E 2J3 604-681-2351 604-681-4364 Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) 44550 South Sumas Rd Suite 402, Chilliwack V2R 5M3 604-858-7199 604-858-7345 Genome British Columbia 575 8th Ave W Suite 400, Vancouver V5Z 0C4 604-738-8072 604-738-8597

Greater Vancouver Gateway Council 800 Robson St, Vancouver V6Z 3B7 604-682-5330 604-822-8423 Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association 7495 132 St Suite 1003, Surrey V3W 1J8 778-565-4288 778-565-4289 Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia (ICBA) 3823 Henning Dr Suite 211, Burnaby V5C 6P3 604-298-7795 604-298-2246 LifeSciences British Columbia 1188 Georgia St W Suite 900, Vancouver V6E 4A2 604-669-9909 604-669-9912 Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) 808 Hastings St W Suite 900, Vancouver V6C 2X4 604-681-4321 604-681-5305 Mobile Muse Network 577 Great Northern Way Suite 102, Vancouver V5T 1E1 604-230-4154 Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA) 555 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver V7G 3S5 604-983-5980 604-983-5981 New Westminster Chamber of Commerce 601 Queens Ave, New Westminster V3M 1L1 604-521-7781 604-521-0057 North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce 124 1st St W Suite 102, North Vancouver V7M 3N3 604-987-4488 604-987-8272 Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) 2433 Spruce St, Vancouver V6H 4C8 604-730-3000 604-730-3100 Richmond Chamber of Commerce South Tower 5811 Cooney Rd Suite 202, Richmond V6X 3M1 604-278-2822 604-278-2972

Shelfspace, the Association for Retail Entrepreneurs 1730 2nd Ave W Suite 208, Vancouver V6J 1H6 604-736-0368 604-736-3154 Small Business BC 601 Cordova St W Suite 82, Vancouver V6B 1G1 604-775-5525 604-775-5520 Surrey Board of Trade 14439 104th Ave Suite 101, Surrey V3R 1M1 604-581-7130 604-588-7549 The Appraisal Institute of Canada – British Columbia (AIC – BC) 10451 Shellbridge Way Suite 210, Richmond V6X 2W8 604-284-5515 604-284-5514 british-columbia The Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch 845 Cambie St Suite 1000, Vancouver V6B 5T3 604-687-3404 604-669-9601 The Digital Media and Wireless Association of BC (DigiBC) 1188 West Georgia St W Suite 900, Vancouver V6E 4A2 604-602-5237 604-683-3879 The Law Society of British Columbia 845 Cambie St, Vancouver V6B 4Z9 604-669-2533 604-646-5913 Tourism Vancouver 200 Burrard St Suite 210, Vancouver V6C 3L6 604-682-2222 604-682-1717 Vancouver Board of Trade 999 Canada Pl Suite 400, Vancouver V6C 3G3 604-681-2111 Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) 134 Abbott St Suite 402, Vancouver V6B 2K4 604-632-9668 604-632-9788 West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce 2235 Marine Dr, West Vancouver V7V 1K5 604-926-6614 604-926-6436

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BCIT School of Business Burnaby 604-434-1610 Kwanten Polytechnic University, School of Business at Kwantlen Surrey 604-599-2100 Langara School of Management Vancouver 604-323-5255 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Vancouver 604-639-0942 SFU Beedie School of Business Burnaby 778-782-3708 UBC Sauder School of Business Vancouver 604-822-8500

Berlitz Canada 808 Hastings St W Suite 300, Vancouver V6C 2X4 604-685-9331 Canadian as Second Language Institute (CSLI) 188 Nelson St, Vancouver V6B 6J8 604-683-2754 Canadian College of English Language (CCEL) 1050 Alberni St Suite 450, Vancouver V6E 1A3 604-688-9366 EF International Language Schools Vancouver 929 Granville St Suite 400, Vancouver V6Z 1L3 604-633-0505 ELS Language Centres Vancouver 549 Howe St Suite 600, Vancouver V6C 2C2 604-684-9577

Eurocentres Vancouver 815 Hastings St W Suite 250, Vancouver V6C 1B4 604-688-7942 GEOS Vancouver Language School 322 Watter St, Mezzanine Level, Vancouver V6B 1B6 604-684-6407 Global Village English Centres 888 Cambie St, Vancouver V6B 2P6 604-684-2112 inLingua Vancouver 150 Water St Suite 300, Vancouver V6B 1B2 604-605-0960 International House 1215 Broadway W Suite 200, Vancouver V6H 1G7 604-739-9836 International Language Academy of Canada 688 Hastings St W Suite 300, Vancouver V6B 1P1 604-484-6660

International Language Schools of Canada 555 Richards St, Vancouver V6B 2Z5 604-689-9095 LSC Language Studies Canada 570 Dunsmuir St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 1Y1 604-683-1199 LSI Language Studies International 808 Nelson St Suite 101, Vancouver V6Z 2H2 604-683-7654 Pacific Gateway International College 1155 Robson St Suite 300, Vancouver V6E 1B5 604-687-3595 Pacific Language Institute (PLI) 1030 Georgia St W Suite 300, Vancouver V6E 2Y3 604-688-7223 SEC - Studey English in Canada Inc 549 Howe St Suite 500, Vancouver V6C 2C2 604-678-8148 SELC Vancouver 321 Water St Suite 200, Vancouver V6B 1B8 604-639-9075


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Education St Giles International Language Centres Canada 1130 Pender St W Suite 400, Vancouver V6E 4A4 604-685-0291 Tamwood International College Vancouver 842 Thurlow St Suite 230, Vancouver V6E 1W2 604-899-4480 UBC English Language Institute 2121 West Mall, Vancouver V6T 1Z4 604-822-1555 Vancouver English Centre 250 Smithe St, Vancouver V6B 1E7 604-687-1600 VanWest College 1016 Nelson St Suite 200, Vancouver V6E 1H8 604-731-5256 VGC Language School 411 Hastings St W, Vancouver V6B 1L4 604-688-9057 Western Town College 987 Granville St, Vancouver V6B 1V9 604-844-7660 Zoni Language Centres 568 Seymour St, 4th floor, Vancouver V6B 3J5 604-687-7000

Universities & Colleges Academy of Learning Vancouver 604-876-8600 Alexander College Vancouver 604-681-5815 Ashton College Vancouver 604-899-0803 Brighton College Vancouver 604-901-5131 British Columbia Institute of Technology Burnaby 604-434-1610 Canadian Tourism College Vancouver 604-736-8000 Capilano University North Vancouver 604-986-1911 CDI College of Business, Technology & Healthcare 604-685-8585 Columbia College Vancouver 604-683-8360 Coquitlam College Coquitlam 604-939-6633 Cornerstone College of Canada Vancouver 604-687-5414 Douglas College New Westminster 604-527-5400 Emily Carr University of Art + Design Vancouver 604-844-3800 Erickson College Vancouver 604-879-5600 King George International Business College Vancouver 604-683-7528 Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey 604-599-2000 Langara College Vancouver 604-323-5511 LaSalle College International Vancouver 604-683-2006 MTI Community College Vancouver 604-682-6020 New Image College of Fine Arts Vancouver 604-685-8807

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Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Vancouver 604-734-4488 Simon Fraser Unicersity Burnaby 778-782-3111 Sprott-Shaw Community College Vancouver 604-683-7400 Stenberg College Surrey 604-580-2772 The Art Institute of Vancouver Vancouver 604-683-9200 The Centre for Digital Media Vancouver 778-370-1001 Trinity Western University Langley 604-888-7511 University Canada West Vancouver 800-360-7213 University of British Columbia Vancouver 604-822-2211 University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford 888-504-7441 Vancouver Academy of Music Vancouver 604-734-2301 Vancouver Career College Vancouver 604-915-9675 Vancouver College Vancouver 604-261-4285 Vancouver College of Counsellor Training Vancouver 604-683-2442 Vancouver Community College Vancouver 604-871-7000 Vancouver Film School Vancouver 604-685-5808 Vancouver Institute of Media Arts Vancouver 604-682-2787 VSO School of Music Vancouver 604-915-9300

Private Schools Aldergrove Christian Academy 604-856-2577 Anchor Point Montessori School 604-677-1958 Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary 604-942-7465 Az-Zahraa Islamic Academy 604-274-7861 BC Christian Academy 604-941-8426 Bibleway Christian Academy 604-576-8188 Blessed Sacrament School (École St Sacrement) 604-876-7211 Bodwell High School 604-924-5056 Boundary Bay Montessori House 604-946-9814 Brockton School 604-929-9201 Carver Christian High School 604-523-1580

Century High School 604-730-8138 Childen of Integrity Montessori Academy 604-461-1223 Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC 604-437-0255 Chilliwack Adventist Christian School 604-792-8344 Choice School for Gifted Children 604-273-2418 Cloverdale Catholic School 604-574-5151 Collingwood School 604-925-3331 Cornerstone Christian Academy 604-303-9181 Cornerstone Montessori School 604-599-9918 Corpus Christi School 604-321-1117 Credo Christian Elementary 604-530-1131 Crofton House School 604-263-3255 Deer Lake School 604-434-5844 Delta Christian School 604-946-2514 Eaton Arrowsmith School 604-264-8327 École Française Internationale Cousteau 604-924-2457 Family Montessori School 604-224-2643 Fraser Academy 604-736-5575 Fraser Valley Adventist Academy 604-607-3822 Fraser Valley Christian High School 604-581-1033 Fraser Valley Elementary School 604-533-5469 Gatehouse Montessori School 604-925-1437 Glen Eden Multimodal Centre 604-821-1457 Highroad Academy 604-792-4680 Holy Cross Elementary School 604-299-3530 Holy Cross Regional High School 604-581-3023 Holy Trinity Elementary School 604-987-4454 Hope Lutheran Christian School 604-942-5322 Immaculate Conception Elementary School 604-224-5012 Immaculate Conception School 604-596-6116 Iqra Islamic School 604-583-7530

James Cameron School 604-465-8444 John Calvin School 604-823-6814 John Knox Christian School 604-522-1410 Khalsa School 604-591-2248 King David High School 604-263-9700 Langley Christian Elementary School 604-533-2222 Langley Christian School - Middle & High 604-533-0839 Langley Montessori School 604-532-5667 Lions Gate Christian Academy 604-984-8226 Little Flower Academy 604-738-9016 Maple Ridge Christian School 604-465-4442 Meadow Montessori School 604-465-3492 Meadowridge School 604-467-4444 Mennonite Educational Institute 604-859-3700 Mount Cheam Christian School 604-794-3072 Mulgrave School 604-922-3223 Noah’s Ark Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary 778-990-3520 North Star Montessori Elementary 604-980-1205 Notre Dame Regional Secondary 604-255-5454 Our Lady of Fatima School 604-936-4228 Our Lady of Good Counsel School 604-581-3154 Our Lady of Mercy School 604-526-7121 Our Lady of Perpetual Help School 604-228-8811 Our Lady of Sorrows School 604-253-2434 Our Lady of the Assumption School 604-942-5522 Pacific Academy 604-581-5353 Pattison High School 604-608-8788 Purpose Independent Secondary School 604-526-2522 Queen of All Saints Elementary School 604-931-9071 Regent Christian Academy 604-599-8171

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Richmond Christian Elementary School 604-272-5720 Richmond Christian Secondary & Middle Campus 604-274-1122 Richmond Jewish Day School 604-275-3393 Roots and Wings Montessori 604-510-2588 Sacred Heart School 604-946-2611 Seminary of Christ the King 604-826-8715 Sikh Academy 604-599-3828 Southpointe Academy 604-948-8826 Southridge School 604-535-5056 St Andrew’s Elementary School 604-325-6317 St Anthony of Padua School 604-261-4043 St Anthony’s Elementary School 604-922-0011 St Augustine School 604-731-8024 St Bernadette Elementary School 604-596-1101 St Catherine’s Catholic Elementary 604-534-6564 St Edmund’s Elementary School 604-988-7364 St Francis de Sales School 604-435-5311 St Francis of Assisi School 604-253-7311 St Francis Xavier School 604-254-2714 St George’s School 604-224-1304 St Helen’s School 604-299-2234 St John’s International School 604-683-4572

St John’s School 604-732-4434 St Joseph The Worker School 604-277-1115 St Joseph’s School 604-872-5715 St Jude’s School 604-434-1633 St Mary’s Catholic School 604-792-7715 St Mary’s School 604-437-1312 St Michael’s Elementary School 604-526-9768 St Patrick’s School 604-467-1571 St Patrick Elementary School 604-879-4411 St Patrick Regional Secondary School 604-874-6422 St Paul’s School 604-277-4487 St Pius X Elementary School 604-929-0345 St Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary 604-987-4431 St Thomas More Collegiate 604-521-1801 Star of the Sea Catholic School 604-531-6316 Stratford Hall 604-436-0608 Surrey Christian School 604-581-2474 The Global Montessori School 604-534-1556 The King’s School 604-888-0969 Timothy Christian School 604-794-7114 Traditional Learning Academy 604-931-7265 Traditional Learning Academy 604-575-8596

Unity Christian School 604-794-7797 Urban Academy 604-524-2211 Valley Christian School 604-826-1388 Vancouver Christian School 604-435-3113 Vancouver College 604-261-4285 Vancouver Formosa Academy 604-436-2332 Vancouver Hebrew Academy 604-266-1245 Vancouver Montessori School 604-261-0315 Vancouver Talmud Torah 604-736-7307 Vancouver Waldorf School 604-985-7435 West Coast Christian School 604-255-2990 West Point Grey Academy 604-222-8750 Westside Christian School 604-224-3030 Westside Preparatory School 604-687-8021 White Rock Christian Academy 604-531-9186 William of Orange Christian School 604-576-2144 York House School 604-736-6551 Zion Lutheran School 604-576-1394

Public School Districts School District No. 034 (Abbotsford) 2790 Tims St, Abbotsford BC V2T 4M7 604-859-4891 604-852-8587 School District No. 041 (Burnaby) 5325 Kincaid St, Burnaby BC V5G 1W2 604-664-8441 604-664-8382

School District No. 033 (Chilliwack) 8430 Cessna Dr, Chilliwack BC V2P 7K4 604-792-1321 604-792-9665 School District No. 043 (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody) 550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC V3J 6A7 604-939-9201 604-939-7828 School District No. 037 (Delta) 4585 Harvest Dr, Delta BC V4K 5B4 604-946-4101 604-952-5375 School District No. 035 (Langley) 4875 222nd St, Langley BC V3A 3Z7 604-534-7891 604-533-1115 School District No. 042 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) 22225 Brown Ave, Maple Ridge BC V2X 8N6 604-463-4200 604-463-4181 School District No. 075 (Mission) 33046 Fourth Ave, Mission BC V2V 1S5 604-826-6286 604-826-4517 School District No. 040 (New Westminster) 1001 Columbia St, 2nd floor, New Westminster BC V3M 1C4 604-517-6240 604-517-6390 School District No. 044 (North Vancouver) 2121 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver BC V7M 2K6 604-903-3444 604-903-3445 School District No. 038 (Richmond) 7811 Granville Ave, Richmond BC V6Y 3E3 604-668-6000 604-233-0151 School District No. 036 (Surrey) 14033 92nd Ave, Surrey BC V3V 0B7 604-596-7733 604-596-4197 School District No. 039 (Vancouver) 1580 Broadway W, Vancouver BC V6J 5K8 604-713-5000 604-713-5049 School District No. 045 (West Vancouver) 1075 21st St, West Vancouver BC V7V 4A9 604-981-1000 604-981-1001 French School Board (Conseil Scolaire Francophone) 10200 Shellbridge Way Suite 180, Richmond BC V6X 2W7 604-214-2600 604-214-9881

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Relocation services Accommodation Providers BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre 1100 Granville St, Vancouver V6Z 2B6 Philip Bryant ....... 604-633-2050 604-669-4928 Best Western PLUS Uptown 205 Kingsway, Vancouver V5T 3J5 Dave Stevens ......604-267-2000 604-872-6072 Coast Coal Harbour Hotel 1180 Hastings St W, Vancouver V6E 4R5 Simon Chalmers ..604-697-0202 604-697-0123 Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites 1763 Comox St, Vancouver V6G 1P6 Simon Chalmers ....604-688-7711 604-85-7210 Spacious 1 or 2 bedroom suites with balconies, kitchens and panoramic views of the city, mountains or ocean. Features a pool, health club, parking and shopping mall. Comfysuites Rentals Inc 1010 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z 1P5 Alicia Chia....................................... 778-855-2442 DB Relocation Services Inc 1156 Millstream Rd, West Vancouver V7S 2C9 Julia Brooks .................................... 778-227-7456 Downtown Suites Ltd 1174 Pender St W, Vancouver V6E 2R9 Nicholas Meyer ..604-694-8801 604-682-5634

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport 10688 No 6 Rd, Richmond V6W 1E7 Jovanna Chung ...604-241-1830 604-241-1840

St Regis Hotel 602 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver V6B 1Y6 Janet Thomas .....604-681-1135 604-683-1126

Holiday Inn Vancouver Airport - Richmond 10720 Cambie Rd, Richmond V6X 1K8 Stephen Crann ....604-214-8452 604-207-3150 Lamond Properties 1755 Robson St, Vancouver V6G 3B7 Wendy Lamond .. 604-684-4649 604-685-2510 L’Hermitage Hotel 788 Richards St, Vancouver V6B 3A4 Jean-Michel Tanguy ....................... 778-327-4100 778-327-4109 Lord Stanley Suites on the Park 1889 Alberni St, Vancouver V6G 3G7 Wendy Krasovec 604-688-9299 604-688-9297 Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver 645 Howe St, Vancouver V6C 2Y9 Paul Hasegawa ..604-687-1122 604-602-7844 MODE Suites Rental Services Inc 1118 Homer St Suite 216, Vancouver V6B 2W9 Paula Robinson .. 877-501-6633 778-331-3846 Pacific Coast Accommodations Box 64557 RPO Como Lake Ave, Coquitlam V3J 7V7 Becky Reeve ........604-931-2121 604-931-2122 Pan Pacific Vancouver 999 Canada Pl Suite 300, Vancouver V6C 3B5 Kathryn Poole ..... 604-662-8111 604-891-2861

SuiteLiving Rentals Ltd 862 Renfrew St, Vancouver V5K 4B6 Lisa Chan.............800-909-6088 888-505-5442 Sunset Inn & Suites 1111 Burnaby St, Vancouver V6E 1P4 ...............604-688-2474 604-669-3340 The Fairmont Vancouver Airport 3111 Grant McConachie Way Vancouver International Airport, Richmond V7B 0A6 Lesliann Kuhn .....604-248-3206 604-248-3219 The Fairmont Waterfront 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver V6C 3L5 Indu Brar .............604-691-1991 604-691-1999 The Sylvia Hotel 1154 Gilford St, Vancouver V6G 2P6 Ross Dyck ........... 604-681-9321 604-682-3551

Eagles Nest Relocation Services Ltd 6431 Nelson Ave, West Vancouver V7W 2A5 Eve Meli ..............604-921-8174 604-926-3877  www.eaglesnestshort,

Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver V7L 0B1 Michalle Simpson .......................... 604-986-7437 604-986-7432 Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver 1221 Granville St, Vancouver V6Z 1M6 Scott Cowden ..... 604-685-1111 604-685-0707

Georgian Court Hotel 773 Beatty St, Vancouver V6B 2M4 Susan Leung .......604-682-5555 604-682-5669

ACCOMMODATIONS HighStreet Accommodations Ltd 325 6th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1L1 Terry Rodgers ......604-605-0294 604-605-0296

Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites Langley 8828 201 St, Langley V2Y 0C8 Elisia Olsen .........604-455-7263 604-881-0225

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 15808 104 Ave, Surrey V4N 5L2 Cheryl Neathway 604-930-8510 604-930-8517

Smartlodge Vancouver Daniela Lucas ............... 604-722-7272

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Executive Relocation Services Richmond Laileen Springgay.......... 604-275-4465 TRG Downtown Realty Group 849 Homer St, Vancouver V6B 2W2 Brian Ross...........604-453-6666 604-453-4966

Employment Agencies: Temporary & Permanent Staffing BBW International Inc 999 Canada Pl Suite 404, Vancouver V6C 3E2 Lois Jackalin ...... 604-984-0352 604-608-3510 Executive Waiter Resources Inc 1975 16th Ave W, Vancouver V6J 2M5 Chris Monk ......... 604-689-0640 604-689-3670

Immigrant Services Society of BC 333 Terminal Ave Suite 501, Vancouver V6A 2L7 Patricia Woroch . 604-684-2561 604-684-2266

Times Square Suites 1821 Robson St, Vancouver V6G 3E4 Jacqui McMullen 604-684-2223 604-684-2225 Looking for a Vancouver-based home away from home? Or a place to live while moving? Located in Vancouver’s West End. Enjoy the comfort of home, with the perks of a hotel. Travelodge Hotel Chilliwack 45466 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack V2R 3Z8 ...............604-792-4240 604-792-2325 TRIUMF House 5835 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver V6T 2L6 Shylla Guzman .... 604-222-7633 604-222-7647

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown 1234 Hornby St, Vancouver V6Z 1W2 Melanie Koller ....604-688-1234 604-689-1762

Boathouse 14935 Marine Dr, White Rock V4B 1C3 Larry Borden ....... 604-536-7320 604-730-5508

Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours 789 Pender St W Suite 760, Vancouver V6C 1H2 Greg Colborne..... 604-688-2555 604-688-6437

Park Inn & Suites Hotel by Radisson 898 Broadway W, Vancouver V5Z 1J8 Lyra Attolba........ 604-872-8661 604-872-2270

Dunowen Properties Ltd 1288 Alberni St Suite 201, Vancouver V6E 4N5 Pelin Arin............ 604-736-1900 604-736-5680

Destination Services

Tropicana Suite Hotel 1361 Robson St, Vancouver V6E 1C6 John Halani .........604-687-6631 604-687-5724 Unique Real Estate Accommodations Inc 1010 Queens Rd W, North Vancouver V7R 4S9...............604-984-7368 604-984-7323 Wedgewood Hotel & Spa 845 Hornby St, Vancouver V6Z 1V1 Joanna Tsaparas-Piché ................... 604-608-5309 604-608-5349

Lock Search Group 1040 Georgia St W Suite 810, Vancouver V6E 4H1 Frank Joe ............604-669-8806 604-669-5385 McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group 860 Homer St Suite 407, Vancouver V6B 2W5 Cheryl Nakamoto 604-662-8967 604-662-8927 Mercer Bradley Inc 401 Georgia St W Suite 1680, Vancouver V6B 5A1 Cliff Kanto .......... 778-331-7570 778-331-7578 Nannies on Call 788 Beatty St Suite 302, Vancouver V6B 2M1 ............. 604-734-1776 604-648-8362 Premium Staffing Solutions 1661 2nd Ave W Suite 101, Vancouver V6J 1H3 Brad Bates ..........604-602-9193 604-734-8999 Randstad Engineering 555 12th Ave W Suite 475, Vancouver V5Z 3X7 Katrina Keinhorst 604-915-9333 604-915-9339 STRIVE Recruitment Inc 1030 Georgia St W Suite 1013, Vancouver V6E 2Y3 Michael Dha .......604-336-8844 604-336-8849

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Swim Recruiting Inc 601 Cordova St W Suite 330 The Station, Vancouver V6B 1G1 ..............604-689-7946 604-689-7950

Government Agencies

TPD (Formerly The Personnel Department) 595 Howe St Suite 1205, Vancouver V6C 2T5 Kelsey Boyd ........ 604-685-3530 604-689-5981

Financial Services BlueShore Financial 1112 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver V7M 2H2 .............604-983-4500 604-985-6810 EY 700 Georgia St W Suite 2300 Box 10101 Pacific Centre, Vancouver V7Y 1C7............... 604-891-8200 604-643-5422 Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc 2165 Broadway W, Vancouver V6K 4N5 .............. 604-734-1667 604-734-8221 Pacific Spirit Investment Management Inc 800 Pender St W Suite 1100, Vancouver V6C 2V6 John Clark ...........604-687-0123 604-687-0128 RBC Dominion Securities - Edward Teodoro 666 Burrard St Suite 2500, Vancouver V6C 3B1............................................778-327-5481

City of Coquitlam - Economic Development 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam V3B 7N2 David Munro .......604-927-3442 604-927-3535 City of New Westminster Economic Development 511 Royal Ave, New Westminster V3L 1H9 Blair Fryer ...........604-527-4536 604-527-4599 City of Richmond 6911 No 3 Rd, Richmond V6Y 2C1 Neonila Lilova .....604-276-4000 604-276-4132 City of Surrey - Economic Development 14245 56 Ave, Surrey V3X 3A2 Donna Jones.......604-591-4128 604-594-3055

Home Inspection Amerispec Home Inspection Services 3665 Kingsway Suite 300, Vancouver V5R 5W2 Sharon Martin .....604-430-0343 604-628-0128 Duxbury & Associates - Building Inspection and Consulting Ltd. 125 DeBeck St, New Westminster V3L 3H7 Glenn Duxbury.... 604-524-2502 888-877-0630

S.U.C.C.E.S.S - Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project 8131 Westminster Hwy Suite 238, Richmond V6X 1A7 Monica Mak ....... 604-232-1100 604-232-1130 UBS Wealth Management 999 Hastings St W Suite 650 Box 24, Vancouver V6C 2W2 Christian Martin ..604-669-5570 604-669-7521 Vance Financial Group Inc 5811 Cooney Rd Unit 201, Richmond V6X 3M1 Andy Lau .............604-377-7683 604-271-4863 Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) 183 Terminal Ave, Vancouver V6A 4G2 Catherine Ludgate ..........................604-709-6940 604-877-8292

Furniture Leasing Services Home Ingredients 65 7th Ave W, Vancouver V5Y 1L4 ............... 604-876-9959 604-876-9951

James Dobney Inspections 1833 Coast Meridian Rd Suite 63, Port Coquitlam V3C 6G5 ..............604-942-8272 604-945-7114 Mainland Home Inspections 114 West Keith Rd Suite 602, North Vancouver V7M 3C9 ............. 604-986-6000 604-986-6007

Lawson Lundell LLP 925 Georgia St W Suite 1600, Vancouver V6C 3L2 Valerie Mann.......604-685-3456 604-669-1620

Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) 845 Cambie St Suite 1000, Vancouver V6B 5T3 ............... 604-687-3404 604-669-9601

McMillan LLP 1055 Georgia St W Suite 1500 PO Box 11117, Vancouver V6E 4N7 Karl Gustafson ....604-689-9111 604-685-7084

Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce 46093 Yale Rd Suite 201, Chilliwack V2P 2L8 Fieny van den Boom ....................... 604-793-4323 604-793-4303 Languages Canada 5886 169A St, Surrey V3S 6Z8 ............... 604-574-1532 888-277-0522 Small Business BC 601 Cordova St W Suite 82, Vancouver V6B 1G1 Sara Clark............604-775-5525 604-775-5520 The Society of Notaries Public of BC 625 Howe St Suite 1220 Box 44, Vancouver V6C 2T6 GW Wayne Braid 604-681-4516 604-681-7258 White Rock & South Surrey Chamber of Commerce 15261 Russell Ave Suite 100, White Rock V4B 2P7 Cliff Annable .......604-536-6844 604-536-4994

Insurance Providers Temporary Health Thorne Financial Planning 1045 Howe St Suite 925, Vancouver V6Z 2A9 Mike Thorne ....... 778-836-3213 604-630-7186

Insurance Services All West Insurance Services Ltd 1681 Chestnut St Suite 315, Vancouver V6J 4M6..............604-731-6696 604-731-9210

Home Staging

House to Home ReDesigns & Real Estate Staging Port Moody Leah J Armstrong ....... 604-469-9324 NexTrend Design 14735 68 Ave, Surrey V3S 2B2 Ellie Hanson .................................... 604-598-1842

HR Consultants All Tech 2906 Broadway W Suite 212, Vancouver V6K 2G8 Mark Strong.....................................604-739-1711

Industry Associations/ Chambers of Commerce BC Hotel Association 948 Howe St Suite 200, Vancouver V6Z 1N9 ..............604-681-7164 604-681-7649

Miller Thomson LLP 840 Howe St Suite 1000 Robson Crt, Vancouver V6Z 2M1..............604-687-2242 604-643-1200

Mortgage Brokers Invis - Team Rob Regan-Pollock 777 Broadway W Suite 902, Vancouver V5Z 4J7 Rob Regan-Pollock.......................... 604-879-2772 604-709-9438

Move Management & Space Planning Bizzy Butler 11875 Crawford St, Maple Ridge V4R 1Z1 Mary Ann Westendorf ....................778-829-4760 Creative Move Management & Design 828 Agnes St Unit 1405, New Westminster V3M 6R4 ......................................... 604-540-1702 In Order To Succeed Professional Organizing Inc Vancouver Kyla Rozman ................. 778-558-1340 nextphase Moving and Downsizing 1319 29th St E, North Vancouver V7J 1T2 Scott Morrison.................................604-209-4241 Orderly Concepts & Solutions 3363 Rosemary Heights Cres Unit 16, South Surrey V3S 0X8 Janis Nylund ................................... 604-536-1288 Refined Design Inc 1370 Duchess Ave, West Vancouver V7T 1H6 Debora Bengtson ............................ 604-922-6828

Packing & Shipping Suppliers

Dekora Staging Inc 3498 Bridgeway St, Vancouver V5K 1B6 Ron Sowden ....... 604-876-4355 604-215-3897

TPD (Formerly The Personnel Department) 595 Howe St Suite 1205, Vancouver V6C 2T5 Kelsey Boyd ........ 604-685-3530 604-689-5981

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BC Real Estate Association 701 Georgia St W Suite 1420 PO Box 10123, Vancouver V7Y 1C6............... 604-683-7702 604-683-8601

Allworld Packaging Supplies Ltd 1023 Clark Dr, Vancouver V5L 3K1 Janet Nixon......... 604-637-0179 604-254-4987 DCIS Health Insurance Brokers 2083 Alma St Suite 350, Vancouver V6R 4N6 Jason Cummings 604-228-8816 604-228-9807 Specializing in medical insurance for new residents in Canada, foreign workers, international students and visitors (including Super Visa visitors). HUB International Insurance Brokers 4350 Still Creek Dr Suite 400, Burnaby V5C 0G5 .............. 604-269-1000 604-269-1001

Lawyers/Legal Services Boughton Law Corporation 595 Burrard St Suite 700, Vancouver V7X 1S8 Sabine Eckardt.... 604-687-6789 604-683-5317 EOS Immigration Inc 4080 Garry St Unit 13, Richmond V7E 6J9 Helmut Daiminger .......................... 604-210-3624 604-210-3608

Personal Goods Moving & Storage Alternate Moving Systems Ltd 31330 Wheel Ave Suite 101, Abbotsford V2T 6G9 Dan Bustin.......... 604-870-3275 604-850-1320 AMJ Campbell - Vancouver 9924 River Rd, Delta V4G 1B5 Allan Brown ........604-940-4208 604-940-2385 Astra International Moving & Shipping Inc 7830 Express St, Burnaby V5A 1T4 Gabryelle van der Molen.................604-422-8001 604-422-8109 Brown’s Moving & Storage 19677 Meadow Gardens Way Suite 118, Pitt Meadows V3Y 0A1 Kieran Brown ..... 778-938-1399 778-990-1048

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Relocation services Century 21 In Town Realty 421 Pacific St, Vancouver V6Z 2P5 Michael La Prairie ...........................604-685-5951 604-685-2807

Canadian International Relocations 6580 Chatterton Rd, Richmond V7C 2Y7 Hans Martens .....604-275-4280 604-275-4012 Downtown U-Lok Storage Ltd 915 Cordova St E, Vancouver V6A 4B8 Yvonne De Valone........................... 604-215-2156 604-215-2220 Ellis Moving & Storage 1580 Columbia St, North Vancouver V7J 1A4 James Ellis ..........604-986-9817 604-986-6714 Great Canadian Van Lines Ltd 669 Ridley Pl Suite 203, Delta V3M 6Y9 Mark Valliant...... 604-540-6683 604-540-6640 Premiere Van Lines - Vancouver 6350 204 St Unit 5, Langley V2Y 2V1............... 604-530-2221 604-530-2241 Purely Canadian Movers Inc 91 Golden Dr Suite 16, Coquitlam V3K 6R2............... 604-522-7222 604-522-7241 Salmon’s Transfer Ltd 9500 Van Horne Way Suite 100, Richmond V6X 1W3 Doug Kellough.... 604-273-2921 604-273-4963

Holly Wood - RE/MAX Metro Coal Harbour 1378 Pender St W, Vancouver V6E 4S9 Holly Wood .........604-561-9699 604-684-4155

DominionGrand Realty Corp 1500 Georgia St W Suite 2000, Vancouver V6G 2Z6 Alan Nixon ..........604-683-4515 604-683-5350

Macdonald Realty 1050 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z 1P5 Shelly Smee........604-763-2787 604-689-5665 ABR, SRES - official designations.

Key Rental, a division of Key Marketing 328 2nd Ave W Suite 200, Vancouver V5Y 1C8...............604-688-5566 604-608-5656 Vista Realty Ltd 1497 Marine Dr Suite 207, West Vancouver V7T 1B8 .............. 604-925-8824 604-925-1357

Macdonald Realty 1050 Howe St, Vancouver V6Z 1P5 Shelly Smee........604-763-2787 604-689-5665

Real Estate Appraisal

Vehicle Rental & Leasing

Macintosh Appraisals 555 Sixth St Suite 401, New Westminster V3L 5H1 Stew Macintosh . 604-522-3900 604-522-2611

car2go Vancouver 45 Water St, Vancouver V6B 1A1 Justin MacDonald .......................... 778-328-2850

National Appraisal Group Ltd 5718 Owl Crt, North Vancouver V7R 4V7 Azim Jamal .........604-904-9676 604-904-9690 Westech Appraisal Services Ltd 197 Forester St Suite 411, North Vancouver V7H 0A6 Hank den Breejen ........................... 604-986-2722 604-986-2552

Realtors Anson Realty Ltd 3378 Cambie St, Vancouver V5Z 2W5 Stephen Kwok ....604-876-9222 604-876-9225

Macdonald Realty Vancouver Lynne Hooper

RE/MAX Advantage Realty 321 Sixth St Suite 102, New Westminster V3L 3A7 Elio Parente .................................... 604-526-2888

RE/MAX Central Realty 5050 Kingsway Suite 1, Burnaby V5H 4C2 George Gomory...604-765-7653 604-433-5274 CBRE Ltd 1111 Georgia St W Suite 600, Vancouver V6E 4M3 Mark Renzoni ..... 604-662-3000 604-684-9368 Chandler Realty Ltd 1648 6th Ave W, Vancouver V6J 1R3 ........................................... 604-328-0077

Property Management

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RE/MAX Lifestyles Realty 22308 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge V2X 3J2 Jim Williams ................................... 604-463-2200

Relocation Management Services

Zipcar 654 Seymour St, Vancouver V6B 3K4 Chris Duve .......... 604-697-0550 604-697-0560

Advent Real Estate Services 1168 Hamilton St Suite 204, Vancouver V6B 2S2 Michelle Farina ...604-736-6478 604-608-9292

RE/MAX Commercial Division Put the power of the RE/MAX brand to work for your commercial, industrial, agricultural, investment or international real estate needs.

Verico Manifest Mortgage Corp 272 4th Ave E Suite 101, Vancouver V5T 4S2 Ivan Cerman ....... 778-997-9606 866-271-9606

TR Westcan Inc/Tippet-Richardson 8035 North Fraser Way, Burnaby V5J 5M8.............. 604-324-5015 604-324-2047

Colliers International - Commercial 200 Granville St Suite 1900, Vancouver V6C 2R6 Doris Yip .............604-662-2657 604-661-0849 Fraser Valley Real Estate Board 15463 104th Ave Surrey V3R 1N9 Rob Philipp..........604-930-7600 604-930-7625

Zipcar 654 Seymour St, Vancouver V6B 3K4 Chris Duve .......... 604-697-0550 604-697-0560

Vehicle Share

NKF Devencore 543 Granville St, Vancouver V6C 1X8 Andra Nedelcu ................................ 604-697-3060

RE/MAX Central 3906 Hastings St, Burnaby V5C 6C1 Francine Legault ............................. 604-723-4404

Storage For Your Life Solutions Inc 19950 88 Ave E Suite 200, Langley V1M 0A5 .............604-513-5001 604-294-8149 33433 North Railway Avenue, Mission 2544 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam 13498 73rd Ave, Surrey

Relocation2BC PO Box 262 Stn Ganges, Salt Spring Island V8K 2V9 Frank Gerryts................................... 604-613-3442

Across Canada Vanlines 555 Hastings St W Unit U-8, Vancouver V6B 4N5 .............. 604-232-5550 604-232-5551 Astra International Moving & Shipping Inc 7830 Express St, Burnaby V5A 1T4 Gabryelle van der Molen.................604-422-8001 604-422-8109 Creative Move Management & Design 828 Agnes St Unit 1405, New Westminster V3M 6R4 ......................................... 604-540-1702

Modo The Car Co-op 470 Granville St Suite 200, Vancouver V6C 1V5 ......................................................... 604-685-1393 Join, Book and Go with Modo! Drive 300+ cars, trucks, minivans, cargo vans and electrics at the lowest car-sharing rates in Metro Vancouver.

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