Favorite thing: Yes that is a plam tree growing in Canada! Vancouver has a very mild climate compared to most of Canada, the winters are mild and wet (lots of rain, but it rarely snows).I saw snow in the city maybe 5 times last winter, but its ussally just a dusting that melts off by the afternoon. However the local mountains get lots of snow, cypress mountain has over 5 mt of snow at the top of sky chair this season. In the spring it is great, you can go boarding on the local mountains in the morning and go chill on the beach or go golfing in the afternoon, I dont know if there are any other cities that can offer that. The summers are sunny and warm most of the time.
It can be nice at first, and a little tiring if you have to live with it, but it rains constantly all fall, winter and spring in Vancouver.
Make sure you have a good umbrella! =)