Vancouver is a small city that has always punched above its weight both culturally and in terms of standards of living. With the influx of immigrants in recent years – 30%2525 of residents are now of Chinese origin – the cultural mixing pot has been given an almighty stir.
Vancouver’s excellent Museum of Anthropology at UBC is a good place to start for well informed exhibitions on early communities of the Pacific north-west.
Moving on the Vancouver Art Gallery operates as the hub of some of the most interesting developments in recent years such as disputed "Vancouver school of conceptual photography" as well as the work of prominent indigenous artists. The gallery is also one of the foremost architectural attractions.
For evening entertainment the Vogue Theatre on Granville Street is a good bet.