Everyday life at SFU: living in Vancouver.

Vancouver skyline
Vancouver skyline and mountains

Grocery shopping 

It can be more expensive than in France and you should be careful: meat, cheese, what you need for breakfast, for example, costs more. 

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Hiking while at SFU

One semester in Vancouver … and what an amazing semester! British Columbia is the right place for nature lovers. Burnaby and its surrounding areas gather a diversity and a myriad of beautiful landscapes. There’s something for everybody!

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SFU experience – Stanley Park

If you had to only see one thing in Vancouver, that should probably be Stanley Park.

A real gem of the city, it has a vastness of nature housed in the heart of the city. Believe us, you will never be bored with discovering this beautiful area. Continue reading

Life at SFU: Transport in Vancouver

At the beginning of the semester, each student receives a Compass Card (this is the card you can use for public transport). Each month you have to recharge this card (on the website dedicated to it) to be able to use the card for the next month.

We can go everywhere by bus. The bordering cities of Vancouver (Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey) are easily accessible by the subway (called the SkyTrain) and we can go to Vancouver-North via a ferry (called a SeaBus)

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Studying in SFU – Gastown, an unmissable district of Vancouver

Gastown was the first downtown core area of Vancouver. Its historical boundaries are the waterfront, Columbia street, Hasting street and Cambie street.

The name Gastown comes from “Gassy” which was the nickname of Jack Deighton, an English mariner and saloon keeper, who opened the first saloon of the area in 1867. It quickly became the core area for trade and a resort for off-work loggers and fishermen. The small community between Carral and Cambie street quickly grew and it was incorporated into Vancouver in 1886. But it was devastated the same year by the “Big fire of Vancouver” and only 2 buildings remained. Everything had to be rebuilt. It was considered as the center wholesale production and distribution for the city. However, after the great Depression of 1930’s it became a forgotten area of the city. It stayed like that until the 1960’s, when citizens became concerned about the conservation of the architectural hertitage of the neighbourhood because it was going to be demolished to build a huge freeway in the city centre. It was saved by a campaign led by local business people and property owners. The restart of the area began with the opening of the “Exposition Gallery” by Henk F. Vanderhorst which encouraged the development of Gastown in the 1960’s. It led to new businesses and activities coming in the area. Finally, it gave a new start to Gastown and in 2009 it was designated a National Historic site of Canada.

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