A metropolis of trade, finance and industry, Vancouver, like its border neighbour, knows a 24-hour lifestyle. Even some of the surrounding ski resorts function day and night, all year round. If you would prefer to relax by the water, head for the beaches that run alongside the city, then try a seabus, a sort of bus on the water that will take you from north to south with ease. Vancouver is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of North America, and is always welcoming new immigrants. This international intermingling comes from a large mixture of cultures and ethnic groups, promising you interesting encounters. The city spoils its guests with an abundance of cultural and festive activities throughout the year.