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With its mountain backdrop and urban beaches, Vancouver has the rightly earned reputation of being one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With its extensive parks and relatively equable climate keeping temperatures mild throughout the year, Vancouver is a paradise for leisure activities.

But it also boasts a busy cultural life, and the modern Downtown is easily explored on foot.

Downtown Vancouver is superbly situated on a peninsula in the Strait of Georgia, bounded to the south by the delta of the Fraser River and to the north by a deep fiord reaching far inland (Burrard Inlet).

Also to the north, gleam the often snow-covered ranges of the Coast Mountains.

After 25 years in the Vancouver Bach Choir, including serving as president of the choir's board of directors and bringing the choir to the Downtown Eastside for free concerts, she has joined the Jubilate Choir. from the University of British Columbia in microbiology/immunology in 1988, she did cancer research before changing her career path to focus on environmental issues.

Raised in Michigan, she received her BA in biology from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 1982 and moved from Cleveland to Vancouver for a medical research job in 1984. Councillor Deal developed science/environmental programs for UBC Continuing Studies, designed and taught courses for people restoring fish habitat in rivers for the Province of BC, and worked on marine habitat issues with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Other attractions on the university campus include the clothing-optional shoreline of Wreck Beach, the natural-history-focused Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and the rambling UBC Botanical Garden with its many interesting plantings and delicate Nitobe Japanese Garden.

Hours: Daily 10am-5pm (until 9pm on Tuesday) Admission: Adults .75, students and seniors .50 The sandy shoreline of Kitsilano Beach defines the laid-back, fun-loving Vancouver lifestyle.

The scenic city was showcased to the world when it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, in conjunction with nearby Whistler.