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Territory of Vancouver
Unlike many parts of Canada, there is very little snow in the city of Vancouver. However, we do get snow up in our local mountains. During winter we usually have mild or rainy weather. Summer months are drier and sunnier with moderate temperatures. The daily maximum averages 22 °C in July and August, with highs reaching 30 °C.
Vancouver rarely has temperatures below freezing, but if you are joining our program in the winter, come prepared for cooler temperatures. On average, we only have 4.5 days a year with temperatures staying below freezing. If you are joining us in the summer, bring your bathing suit and sandals!
There are five public universities in the Greater Vancouver area, the largest being the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU). In 2006, UBC was ranked 27th best university in the world by Newsweek magazine, and SFU ranked as the best comprehensive university in Canada by Maclean's University Rankings in 2009. The other public universities are Capilano University, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Quality of Life
Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade. Vancouver regularly ranks in the world's top 5 cities for quality of living. Forbes also ranked Vancouver as the 1oth cleanest city in the world.
Recreation & Sports
The warmer climate of the city and close proximity to ocean, mountains, rivers and lakes make the area a popular destination for outdoor recreation. The city has several large beaches, many adjacent to one another. Beaches include Second and Third Beaches in Stanley Park, English Bay (First Beach), Sunset Beach, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach. The coastline provides for many types of water sport, and the city is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts.
Within a 20-to-30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver are the North Shore Mountains, with three ski areas: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour. Mountain bikers have also created world-renowned trails across the North Shore.