Inspired by the recently celebrated B.C. Day, which came with attendant essays on what makes this province unique and worth bragging about, I’ve decided we need a Vancouver Day, with guidelines on how you can tell a true Vancouverite (whether here for five days or five generations) from a mere visitor.
Plus, we all need a chance to be silly.
Here is my kickstarter and highly idiosyncratic list about what defines someone as a Vancouver native:
- Knows the difference between West Vancouver, the West End, and the west side of Vancouver
- Never bothers to carry an umbrella in any weather. What are Gore-Tex jackets with hoods for?
- Pronounces Vancouver as “Vangcouver,” a strange but true Canadianism I’ve noticed.
- Has a strong opinion about cycling, one way or the other
- Does not think there’s anything strange or unusual about butter-chicken poutine.
- Has waited more than four hours in a ferry line-up, at some point.
- Knows where there is a decent wild blackberry patch