as a native of toronto, an alumnus of mcgill, and a current resident of vancouver, i have to say that BC and the city of vancouver are unequivocally the best places to live in the world. i will be devastated if i don't get into UBC because i love vancouver so much. the people in vancouver are so much friendlier than in toronto or montreal, the weather is way better (sure it rains during the winter but it's better than freezing your ass off), you are right by the beach and the mountains and can go snowboarding any day of the week at local mountains. the atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going. i remember when i first moved here, after spending my entire life on the east coast, i was baffled by the way people behaved. they walked more slowly, drove slowly, smiled at you, and waited until the light turned green to cross the street. it drove me INSANE! if you live in toronto or montreal, you know about people rushing like they are always in hurries, honking horns and looking like the world is going to end. now, i find myself walking slowly and smiling at people, too. it sounds super cheesy, but i think the thing about vancouverites is that we enjoy life. we are mellow, laid-back, and don't get as angry as those east-coast cities. whenever my sister comes here (a torontonian), she always remarks at how at peace she feels and happy to be here. the air is cleaner and everything is GREEN.
seriously, i should be paid to give these kind of endorsements but i love the city of vancouver!