The first thing that hits you in Vancouver is unparalleled natural beauty. Tucked between mountains and the ocean, the region has no end to outdoor activities, from skiing to kayaking to mountain ziplining. For the less sporty, whale-watching or a jog along the Seawall offers a chance to enjoy the area's mild climate. As far as local concerns, Vancouver has been at the front of issues like environmental activism—think Greenpeace—and the locavore movement. Foodies will savor the fresh seafood, specialty coffees, street food, and local craft beer.