- Local Shopping Mall
1) Metrotown: Biggest shopping mall in Greater Vancouver area http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/
2) Pacific Center: The most luxurious shopping mall in Greater Vancouver area http://www.pacificcentre.ca/en/Pages/default.aspx
3) Richmond shopping malls：shopping malls located within Chinese communities
- Aberdeen Center: http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/index.php
- Lansdowne Center: http://lansdowne-centre.com/
- Richmond Center: http://www.richmondcentre.com/en/Pages/default.aspx
- Online Shopping
1) Ebay http://www.ebay.com/
2) Amazon (US address only) http://www.amazon.com/
3) Futureshop, Bestbuy, NCIX, Staples, Canadian Tire, etc
- Grocery Shopping
1) T&T: The most common Chinese supermarket in Vancouver http://www.tnt-supermarket.com/en/index.php?
2) Local western supermarket：safeway, no frills, save on foods, young brothers, etc.
Vancouver offers various types of cuisine from all over the world. Since every people has different definition for fine food, it is hard to recommend good restaurant to you. Just go out and explore by yourself ^_^
All the public transportation service is provided by translink. You can visit their website to download bus/skytrain/seabus schedule and plan your trip online http://www.translink.ca/
1) Opera House https://www.vancouveropera.ca/
2) Art Gallery http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
3) Museum http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/
- Explore the Mountains
1) Whistler: Heaven for winter sports http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/index.htm
2) Grouse mountain: the closest skiing and hiking resort from UBC http://www.grousemountain.com/
3) Cypress mountain： a good place for winter sports and hiking http://cypressmountain.com/
4) Mount Seymour: a good place for winter sports and hiking http://www.mountseymour.com/home
- Walk in Parks
As the best place on earth, Vancouver has lots of beautiful and free parks. Visit http://vancouver.ca/parks/ for park information. We have to mention that as the biggest city park in the world, Stanley park is really beautiful and worthy to visit. Vancouver aquarium is located inside of Stanley park http://www.vanaqua.org/ It is really good and thus is highly recommended.
Vancouver has lots of fishing resources due to its excellent location. Fishing (crab, shark, salmon, etc) is a popular leisure activity among Vancouver local residents. All the fishing activities are subject to the administration of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Anyone who wants to go fishing must apply for a license first and understand related regulations.https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm
III. Personal Development
- Local News
1) Local newspaper，such as 24 hours, Vancouver Sun, Metro, etc.
2) Local TV channels：like CTV 。All the residences on UBC campus offers lots of free TV channels.
3) Vansky：The local Chinese website in Vancouver http://www.vansky.com/
4) Mitbbs：The biggest Chinese online overseas community http://www.mitbbs.ca/ It does have Canadian version
5) Zhonghua list: mailing list-based information-sharing platform built by UBC students, providing various information like housing, jobs, sale etc. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe” in the mail body to ask to join the mailing list.
6) Craigslist: Local online community http://vancouver.craigslist.ca/
7) Group Purchase Website：Groupon, SocialShopper, Livingsocial, Wonton, etc.
- Work Information
1) Citizenship and Immigration Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp
2) Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver: http://vancouver.china-consulate.org/chn/
3) US visa appointment website: http://usvisa-info.com/en-CA/selfservice/ss_country_welcome