I didn't have enough time to see the city but what I say about my short trip to Greater Vancouver is it's a very nice city but expensive. There is two kind of taxes: Federal and Provincial which added to 14.5%. It's just 5% in Alberta, which is Provincial, I guess and t it's 15% in Ontario.
B. C. never gets as cold as Alberta, except it's north. When I was there the coldest was -1 C and one day after that (Sun.) It was warm and started raining. There's lots of raining there. It's a very beautiful place. esp. in summer but it's fall is nice too. The other problem is unemployment. There is not many jobs there. So if you wanna really go there, think, plan and then make your mind.