Language, accents & slang, Vancouver
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.
Though I noticed this in Canada generally...Vancouver had all these lovely little things that you saw when you are walking around town. Like asking you to do something to do something without asking.....the picture below speaks for itself...great Canadian humor
Although the Canadian accent really does sound like a bizarre mixture of Scottish and American, on no account point this out to a native, or they will get strangely irate and you will rapidly lose any chance you might have had of them inviting you back to their hoose to talk aboot it. And especially do not tell Canadians they are in fact just like Americans or there is even less chance of them inviting you to their hoose. In fact they will probably sit doon with you to eat hoping that you choke on a fish boon. Tip: if in doubt, order chicken or beef.
Photo: a typical irate Canadian, wearing a 'touque' (i.e. a bobble hat)