"Geography" Language, accents & slang Tip by RB_Oakes

Language, accents & slang, Vancouver: 3 reviews and 2 photos

Take note of Vancouver's proprietary geographical terms. ?The Valley? is the Fraser Valley, roughly from Surrey to Hope. ?The Island? is Vancouver Island. There are other islands, but this rule is universally recognized. The ?Lower Mainland? is another term for Greater Vancouver, which extends well into the Valley. ?Kits? is Kitsilano, the neighbourhood on the west side roughly from Burrard to Alma, English Bay to 16th. ?The Drive? is Commercial Drive, between Broadway and Hastings on the east side. The ?Seawall? is the pedestrian/bike path that encircles Stanley Park.

The ?North Shore? is the north shore of Vancouver Harbour. ?North Van? and ?West Van? are cities on the North Shore. ?East Van? is the eastern half of the City of Vancouver. Although there is a southern part to Vancouver, nobody ever says ?South Van?. The western half of Vancouver is the ?West Side? but over there references are usually to specific neighbourhoods, like Kits or Kerrisdale. UBC is the University of British Columbia (on the West Side) and SFU is Simon Fraser University (in Burnaby). As suburbs go, ?New West? is New Westminster, ?Poco? is Port Coquitlam, and ?That Godforsaken Hellhole Where I Had My Car Stolen? is Surrey.

Oh, and "The Province" is a newspaper, not a place.

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2005
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