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Vancouverites share their ideas on what it means to live in Vancouver

April 7 2017

A third of us own four umbrellas or more!

To celebrate Vancouver's 131st birthday on April 6, the City of Vancouver invited its Talk Vancouver panel members to take part in the annual "Vanniversary" survey. A total of 2,348 citizens weighed in on fun topics about being a Vancouverite, including their "Vanniversary" – the date they first arrived in Vancouver.

View the full results and summary

Survey highlights

August and September were the most popular Vanniversary months. Here are ways some citizens said they celebrate their Vanniversary:

"When I first arrived in Vancouver all the cherry blossoms were in bloom, and I had never seen them before. Each April I try to get out to enjoy the cherry blossoms and remember my awe when I first saw them."

"I came here as a refugee of war, I celebrate Vanniversary as my chance to live."

"I am a fourth generation Vancouverite...we celebrate on Easter Sunday as that is when our first generation arrived. We also celebrate on Canada Day and our birthdays."

"I share something I love about Vancouver on my Instagram with the hashtag #vanniversary !"

People moved to Vancouver for many reasons, but the top reason was the lure of west-coast living (22%), followed by jobs (19%) and school (15%).

A survey about Vancouver would not be complete without having questions about the weather. More than a third of respondents said they own four umbrellas or more. It is no wonder respondents answered the way they did when asked what kind of rain is the best:

  • 36% of respondents said gentle spring rain
  • 24% of respondents said torrential downpours
  • 24% of respondents said rain that is mostly mist

And how about that white winter we had?

  • 49% of respondents said it went on way too long
  • 42% of respondents said the snow was beautiful
  • 14% of respondents said they did not sign up for this (for example: "it's why I left Ontario!")

Among the results, Vancouverites care for the environment and love the natural beauty this city has to offer with 95% of respondents saying they recycle as much as they can and 93% agreed that they still get a thrill every time they see a good Vancouver sunset.

Talk Vancouver members are asked to share their opinions on a wide range of City consultations throughout the year – many of which involve complex issues – and feedback on projects through Talk Vancouver have been and extremely valuable tool for the City.

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