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5 good churches in Vancouver

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Updated September 19, 2018

This article may not represent the opinion of VancityAsks.com but represents the opinion of the editor/writer:

There’s no such thing as a best church in Vancouver. When it comes to faith, it’s about family and it’s not a competition for the best or biggest church. While there is no such thing as the best church in Vancouver, there are many good churches in Vancouver and many choices available.

At VancityAsks.com we hope to help locals and tourists find the best of Vancouver. Since there isn’t such a thing as the best church in Vancouver, we’re going to share some things to consider for when looking for a local church along with five good churches for your consideration.

Perhaps, you’re new to the city and looking for a Vancouver church. Maybe you’re simply looking for a community to grow, we hope the following list can help you along. Enjoy reading.

If you’re non-religious, feel free to skip on to another article. If you’re looking however for a supportive community founded in Love, I hope you consider reading the list and stepping into one of these cathedrals (building, community centers, or theatre nowadays). It may be the missing piece you’re looking for to fill that emptiness or desire?

 

Note: The church is His body and I believe He cares about it. Shouldn’t you? It’s the longest living organization on earth that has planted schools, advocated for education, advanced science, and built/staffed hospitals. (Look at St. Paul’s if you need a local example) It cannot be under emphasized that if you’re a Christian, you should get connected and serving in a local church. I cannot think of a government or society group that has made as much an impact globally than the Church. I believe the local church is one of many ways that God uses to help humanity and add to society tangibly, an expression of His care and His love.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” – Matthew 28:18

If you want to experience the full power of God then be connected to a local church; it’s the dispensation that it comes through imho. Much like how the feeding of 5000, the people set in groups (organization), and the disciples (church) distributed the food. The miracle was from the Lord, but the disciples were used and order was present. Order as you will find is very important for progress. Order such as the usage of gifts through the church.

 

How to find a good church in Vancouver?

As I mentioned, there is no such thing as the best church in Vancouver. There are many good options for community and fellowship. Here are some things I look for when trying to find a church in Vancouver. It’s by no means a definitive list but what I believe are important points.

Christ Centered church: Look for a church that emphasizes on the finish work of Jesus Christ and the second person of the God-head. You don’t have Christianity without Christ. It’s about God’s love towards humanity that He sent His Son; it should not be only about our frailties or God’s judgement.

Biblically based: A church should be grounded in the Bible. While I believe there’s an importance to relevance in society, it should be in context of the Word. Church goers did not go to church to hear what reader digest said about modern culture – they already do that in the washroom.

Triune God-head: It’s been said that how people live their lives are based upon (1) their view of God (2) their view of themselves. It’s been emphasized throughout the Bible the concept of the triune God-head. I believe it’s an important point that a Vancouver church acknowledges the triune God as it affects your view of God and hence how you live your life; it’s also a reflection of being Biblically based. (“Elohim” is a plural word with references in the Bible using “Let us” still further saying “the Lord is one!”)

New Covenant: In my humble opinion, it’s important that the church emphasizes on the New Covenant or grace. All books of the Bible are important for the full counsel is necessary and every word of God is profitable for teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness. Let’s show the world love and grace because we have first been recipients of this love and grace from Him.

Community: Finally, community cannot be understated. We all have a longing to belong; maybe this branches to our desire to achieve, and to succeed. If Christianity is about a relationship with God then you would know your horizontal relationships matter as well.

Unfortunately by virtue that we’re humans and we make mistakes (sometimes wilfully), some people have been hurt by the church community itself. This should not mean that you put yourself at a distance from community always but maybe find another community.

 

Now that I’ve underlined what has been considered when creating the list of churches in Vancouver, here are some good churches for you to consider visiting.

 

Five Good Vancouver Churches:

Broadway Pentecostal Church Vancouver: Broadway Church in Vancouver is a modern church under the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and shepherded by lead pastor Darin Latham (who was a former police officer in Toronto area and enjoys apologetics).  Broadway Pentecostal plans their sermon series at the start of the year on different topics varying from money management to hung-ups; these effectively finding biblical answers to are life topics.

Broadway Pentecostal Church in Vancouver features a diversified international community comprising of many mature families (children in high school or universities) with elders and younger families. They don’t have a very active community group program at Broadway Pentecostal Church but feature other programs. Broadway Pentecostal church also runs various programs such as a day care and City Reach society (a separate non-profit association affiliated with Broadway Church) as well as contributing to the YVR airport Champlain program.

Since Broadway Pentecostal Church Vancouver is such an inter-generational church, they have elected to run three services with different styles of worship. The 9 AM service features the traditional worship service, the 11:15 AM service features a contemporary worship service and the 6 PM service features an emerging worship service (with loud music, and free food targeting young adults)

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Broadway Pentecostal church at 2700 E Broadway. Picture taken from Google maps, street view.

Address: 2700 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8

 

Willington Church Vancouver: Willington Church Vancouver is another Mennonite Brethren church just outside Vancouver in Burnaby by Metro-town area. It’s headed by pastor Mark Loewen and one of the largest church in the Vancouver area.

The community is once again very multicultural. The church also takes on various ministries for the betterment of their members and the city at large. The Willington Mennonite Brethern church has a strong emphasis on the gospel and prayer with open invitation for prayer on their website. Here’s their statement of faith:

I have not personally visited this church so don’t have much further information about it but I have had many friends who attend this church and enjoy the diversified community of people.

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Willingdon Church at 4812 Willingdon Ave. Picture taken from Google maps, street view.

Address: 4812 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC

 

Coastal Church Vancouver: Coastal Church is a non-denominational church in downtown Vancouver right in front of the Trump tower. The church’s lead pastor is Dave and Cheryl Coop. Coastal Church in Vancouver likes to ensure their sermons are relevant to modern living and the hub city of Vancouver (where people regularly transit in and out). Their self-professed mission at the church is to make the city of Vancouver a better place.

Coastal Church has a strong emphasis on community with life groups running throughout the year in cycles on different topic or sermon. Congregation is comprises a lot of students and working adults and couples in downtown Vancouver. The church also encourages entrepreneurship and positive thinking. They have a strong online presence and social media team which is unusual for a church.

Services run weekly on Saturdays at and Sundays at 9 AM, 11 AM and 12:30 PM for about 1.5 hours, an introduction followed by a brief 45 minutes sermon between worship. Coastal Church is built in a historical building on 1160 West Georgia Street where you can see drawings of the old architecture of the building pinned in the hallways.  They provide free coffee, apples, and snacks after service and also have a kiosk that serves ice cream, fresh squeeze orange juice at a nominal cost.

Coastal Church in Vancouver, BC

Coastal Church in Vancouver, BC. Picture courtesy of Google Maps, street view.

Address: 1160 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3H7

 

TBD: This is kept in the faith that another church will come to Vancouver that will contribute to the local community J

 

More Churches in Vancouver:

Here are many other churches in Vancouver.

West Coast Christian Fellowship: WCCF was suggested on our Facebook post. They are a non-denominational church affiliated with Salt & Light Ministries (http://www.saltlight.org/international/). Their statement of faith can be found here. Services start at 11:30 AM on Sundays.

“We believe God has called us to be a Christ-centered, Word-based, Spirit-led Family.” – WCCF website

Address – 3198 E Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V5K 2L1

Website – http://wccf.ca/

 

Salvation Army Cariboo Hill Temple: Located in Burnaby, Salvation Army Cariboo Hill Temple was suggested as well on our Facebook post. I was not able to find mentions of their denomination but I would assume affiliation to the Salvation Army? Their statement of faith can be found here. Services run on Sundays at 10:30 AM and 6 PM.

They value, “People, Word of God, Growth, Spiritual Gifts, Relationships, Service, Prayer” – http://www.cariboohill.ca/our-values 

Address – 7195 Cariboo Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N 4A6

Website – http://www.cariboohill.ca/

 

Bethel International Church: Bethel International Church was suggested from someone on our Facebook page. Services appear to be at 10 AM on Sundays. Not affiliated to Bethel music.

“We desire to make a lasting difference in people’s lives in the city of Vancouver and beyond. Our vision is to be a community of transformation: where people disconnected from God experience fullness of life through knowing Jesus.” – Bethel International Church website

Address – 739 33 AVE E, Vancouver, BC

Website – http://bethelinvancouver.com/

 

Redemption Church: Formally Point Grey Community Church which was joint with another church to form Redemption Church. They are a Pentecostal church with affiliations to the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Services run on Sunday at 9 AM and 11:15 AM.

“To follow our Redeemer and King Jesus in bringing his love and salvation to every person we can. To be a church that loves others in a generous, gracious, and joyful. To make disciples who are obedient to Jesus in thought, word, and deed. To bring the transforming and renewing power of God into the city and the world.”  – http://www.redemptionchurch.ca/about/

Address – 3512 7 AVE W, Vancouver, BC

Website – http://www.redemptionchurch.ca/

 

Relate Church: Relate Church was suggested by several on our Facebook page as well. Otherwise known as Victory Christian Centre, this congregation was renamed to Relate Church in 2009. It appears that Relate Church is affiliated to Hillsong Churches (Pentecostal) and have adopted a similar vision with the “Church that I see”.  Services are on Saturdays at 5:10 Pm and Sundays at 9:40 AM along with 11:40 AM.

“We exist to build the church by developing flourishing relationships with God and people.” – Relate Church Website

Address – 6788 152 St, Surrey, BC V3S 3L4

Website – http://www.relatechurch.ca/

 

Trinity Central Church: This church was also recommended by someone on our Facebook page. It’s a new church in Vancouver seeking to impact this city with the message of the gospel. They are part of Newfrontiers family of churches. Trinity Central Church meets in the Vancity Theater on Sundays at 10:30 AM.

“We’re a community that’s all about loving God and loving people. Our vision is to reach and influence Vancouver by building a Christ centred church that changes mindsets and empowers people to lead and transform society in every sphere of life.” – Trinity Central Church website

Address – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

Website – http://www.trinitycentral.org/

Take caution:

Think for yourself – I’ve heard it spoken before, “do not leave your brains at home when you come to church”. Remember to think for yourself. Church is not a place where you ignore logic or thought processes; God created your brain as much as he created you.

Do not let anyone else think for you; esteem the teacher but do not regard anyone more highly than you ought. Christianity is not a brainless religion; that’s a cult. Christianity is about relationship between a Holy God and humanity saved by grace and love. Many of the greatest philosophers and individuals in academia are Christians.

Adding or Taking – Be careful when people make deviations from the Word. There are minor and major disputes as in life there are disagreements of opinion and interpretations although the crux of the gospel and the God-head should not be disputed neither should the instructions in the Bible be contradicted.

I believe God has made us all with an intuitive desire for worship and community. This leaves room for error when the desire is abused. In my opinion, this is why Cults and religions can catch on so successfully when people add or take from the Bible for their own profit. For example the “children of god” cult that abuses the name of Jesus for sexual exploitation but completely ignores the Bible talks about sexual purity and lust.

Be careful when leaders knowingly make a deviation from the Word for their own intents or profits. If someone takes the frame and fills it with their own opinion and junk, take caution. Learn but judge and do your own fact checking. Acts 17:11

Compromises – This last caution may be subjective. I believe a church should never compromise on their convictions and their faith. It should not be bended to societal influence or what is “acceptable” to man. This applies to what is good, just, and true. Accepting a lie doesn’t make it anymore true and any less hurtful. One should not accept compromise in their faith or conscience. However neither should we expect everyone to agree with our convictions or believes and neither should we force such believes upon others unwillingly. God gave man free will, shouldn’t we respect their free will as well?  (1 Peter 3:15)

Living in society with different believes requires acceptance but not compromises. Yes, compromise is necessary in daily life for a cohesive society though compromises should never be about Truths or facts.

 

Every individual is unique and different. Take the metaphor of plants, one plant may grow better in red soil with higher iron while another plant may grow better in soft, fertile soil with a lot of peat. I hope you find a good church in Vancouver and you enjoyed this article.

Note while denomination should not be a divisive factor, we have noted it because denomination represent slight differentiation in interpretation of certain scriptures or preferred style of worship. I find you may be more familiar or comfortable with a church that matches your denomination (upbringing or preference) enabling for fellowship in your community.

The purpose of this list is to help new Christians in Vancouver find a church they can get connected to and begin living life, growing, and serving the community and city at large.

 

Updates:

Here are some previous text which was removed or updated; I am placing a reference of this for transparency…

  • The following recommendation was removed on September 19, 2018:

Westside Church: A Christ-centered Mennonite Brethren church right in the heart of Vancouver pastored by pastor Norm Funk. This church has a history of going through books of the Bible for sermon series with relevance to modern living. It’s a great church that you can be sure is giving sound doctrine.

The community is friendly comprising of yuppies, young families, young professionals, and students. Westside also has a church in North Vancouver headed by pastor James Bonney. They run life groups throughout the year allowing for more tightly knitted fellowship in small groups.

Services throughout the year meet at 9 AM and 11 AM on Sundays though only one service per week during the summer at 10 AM on Sundays as well. The congregation is fairly large – may be the largest downtown Vancouver church with several thousand members. The Vancouver campus also features a cool café serving tea and pastries before and after service. It’s definitely one of my favourite churches in Vancouver.

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Westside Church at 777 Homer Street in Vancouver, BC. Picture taken from Google maps, street view.

Address: 777 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W1

March 27, 2018 – I have some concerns personally regarding Westside Church’s doctrine and cultural values, while listening to a few audio sermons and have temporarily removed it from our five good churches list while prayerfully considering the matter. Cultural and doctrinal concerns. For such reasons, I cannot in good conscience recommend the church for the benefit of the Church.

May 15, 2018 – I will be keeping Westside Church off our recommendations for churches in Vancouver in good conscience. Didn’t actually take a month to decided but was reluctant to change anything on this article because it was written after a time of prayer (inspired thereafter to write this initial article as above which was finished in an hour – typos and all Haha).

I will be keeping Westside Church on the other churches in Vancouver list. Westside Church has at various times taken a stance again nationalism; while I believe, ultimate allegiance is to Christ, I don’t think it is beneficial but rather divisive to take such a stance against nationalism. (Not intending to bring race into the matter but I think it’s easy as a majority Caucasian leadership with North American origins to overlook this matter but those who have grown up in Asian heritages are taught the importance of remembering those before and of heritage, respect, and honor. “Christianity is the religion by which I live my life, but I continue to draw insights from and be guided by Chinese philosophy. Harmony is the goal of Chinese philosophy. It stresses harmony with oneself, harmony with nature and harmony with humanity” – David Lam)  The Bible says every nation and every tongue – there is still a distinguishing between nationality and language but a unity in the body of Christ. They also take an unusual stance against commerce that Christians cannot accumulate any wealth but I would much rather see my brother with the wealth properly stewarded than not. I have several other observations that resulted the decision but I am very very cautious about what I write negatively of any church (not to say my opinion matters per say). I am also inclined to think they believe in replacement theology but the Bible says the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable further saying “God has not forgotten His people”. I also observe concerns about some sermons which have suggested believers visit temples and shrines for the “cultural experience”. As someone growing up in Singapore, where religious and racial harmony is emphasized. where Buddhist temples are common, I am not at all against temples or other religions however I find it hard to imagine reading the Bible about how God chastens the children of Israel not to learn from the Baals and to shun idols that it would say “when you go into the land I am giving to you, seek it out, observe their idols, and learn from their temples for cultural experiences for you will worship me as they worshiped their gods” (the Bible doesn’t say it – it actually says the opposite).

Further with regards to nationalism, Paul intently spoke, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” There are different fractions, nationality, and races of society – to each one is called to one… remain as you are called and be whom the Lord has called you to be. I do not think it beneficial to necessarily white-wash every individual to be bland and boring where nationalism is frowned upon in the church (in Singapore, many church pastors choose to honour government for a cohesive society). I for one, am thankful and glad to say I’m a Canadian emphasizing on Canadian cultural values. People are better reached when there are mutual ground, to be void of all nationalistic identity (or heritage) removes opportunity for connecting with others (or to seek the good of the country). It is not good for the Body and not good for the country of which the Bible says to seek the good of where you are. (both old and new testament) Nationalism is necessarily for nation building.

I suppose both concerns go hand in hand, when you remove something good it can easily be replaced with something perverse (unintentionally presumably). When you remove the cultural experience learning from heritage and history, you suggest replacing it with learning “cultural experience” from idolatry. I personally think error comes when we ignore the old testament as it was written. The Bible has both the new and old testaments and both are equally important to learn from. I believe there is grace and we live in the new covenant but I believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The same character and jealously (good jealously – one that is jealous for His people, that is good for His people) that we see in God is the same God today. Although we don’t sacrifice sheep and oxen because the Lamb of God was slain from the foundation of the world to take away our sins and to know that salvation is in no other name than the name of Jesus. Simply by believing in His finish work and calling Him Lord have we received the salvation, freedom, liberty, and forgiveness that is found in Christ… By grace we have been saved through faith and not of ourselves so that no man can boast. (There is a measure of sovereignty in this whereby anything we do, it is permitted by God or it would not happen.)

I also have observed a lack of brotherly love and community at Westside Church as a few might attest to. The warmth of family; there will always be cliques in any society group however it seems very important to have a wide variety for a broader audience to belong somewhere; why I would also recommend people see out nationality churches like Indonesian Church with Indonesians or Korean Church with Koreans if that is their preference; a direct connection and belonging but ultimately all under Christ as head.

I am convinced it is also very socialist to the point of weakness (socialism works in places like Acts – within family context of which the Church is also family) however to suggest in a sermon that once your business starts making money to give the money away – (1) you will not be able to grow the business larger and (2) you are weakening the body collectively if it is stewardship and (3) it is not equality that the Bible teaches. You do not know the risks and things which an individual goes through which God teaches and trains an individual to handle His purpose. Such blanket statements/instructions are not ideal in my opinion. It is like saying once you build up a church, divide the members and go to another country – you shouldn’t have churches with more than 100 people. (not the case – there is no specific indication in the Bible about what sizes churches should be. Two person is a church if Christ is in the midst, 1000 is a church. In today’s context with society, I think mega churches have a role if their are doctrinally sound, strength in numbers with ability to impact the world greater.)

So alas, this is the lengthy discourse I wanted to write about why I have removed Westside Church from our recommended churches, not with spite, but in due consideration and prayer. This is a personal article which I hope will help new believers and this is a personal writing not void of errors so please share your opinions civilly bellow if you disagree. I am no theologian nor Bible student, just one who reads the Bible and knows Christ as Lord and Savior. As Elihu said in the book of Job, it is God who gives understanding.

UBC Prospective Undergraduate

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So you’ve applied to UBC and you’re awaiting for your admission decision.

It’s quite a nerve racking process; I remember four years back applying for UBC as my first choice for post secondary studies. Why UBC? There are many excellent universities to choose from in British Columbia. To name a few you have UBC, SFU, UBC-O, UVIC, UNBC, Langara, TWU.

 

Personally:

Yet my choice for UBC came while in high school in BC. I liked their campus. You really get to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of Vancouver.

Next, I like the large campus. UBC has a huge campus and almost like a city of itself, it makes for good exploring and things to do. Importantly, in my opinion, it’s part of the university process. To have somewhere away enough from your norm to experience something different. It’s an incentive to live on campus which is part of the experience you get at university (I’m of the inclination that university is more than education but the networks and experience you build).

Finally, I chose UBC because of the community. I like a big university with a big international community. It introduces thoughts and allows you to intermingle with other cultures and people. It’s interesting and it’s vibrant.

I’m not saying UBC is the university for you (there are a lot of difficult people there too lol), those are simply some of the reasons why I appreciated UBC (there’s lot of eagles too!).

And BTW heads up, the picturesque photo they use in marketing UBC, IS NOT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY SEE…you know what I’m talking about. The sunny rose garden over looking the ocean and mountains. That’s real. It’s by the flag pole past Koerner and Sauder school of business. The sunny weather? Comes once every 7 days in the months from November to March 🙂

 

Who is this for:

Who is this article for? Well it’s for you, the one reading because you’ve applied to UBC. You’re a UBC Prospective Undergraduate. Congrats 🙂

 

Firstly, this article is more so intended for the international community coming to Vancouver to study at UBC. I hope it’ll help you get started and know what you can find in Vancouver. Feel free to browse this site for other information about Vancouver from a local’s view point.

 

Next, let me get this out there. I really enjoy meeting people and I enjoy helping people. I enjoy inviting and welcoming people and sharing any experience we can (partly the reason for VancityAsks.com). It’s something intuitive and something I enjoy (yes I used that word a lot). I find it exciting quite honestly.

We at VancityAsks.com would like to extend our genuine assistance for you moving from another country for your studies. If you have any questions about Vancouver please reach out and comment bellow! If you need a ride from the airport, we can help you too. (free) We just really enjoy welcoming people to this amazing city, even at our own expense of time and gas! Basically, this is a formal suggestion that we’d be happy to help you with your transition to Vancouver however we can at VancityAsks.com

 

Now, who else would be interested in reading this?

It’s for you who are still closing near the end of your high school education and looking for something to read while you procrastinate.

It’s for you who grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver (like me) in Coquitlam or maybe Port Coquitlam (good on you – your commute must be enjoyable) who perhaps may not know what Vancouver has to offer.

It’s for you, who’s perhaps currently in Singapore or New York and want to know more about what to expect in Vancouver and UBC.

 

Why is this on VancityAsks.com?

VancityAsks.com is a local question and answer site for Vancouver. We want to discover the best Vancouver has to offer. When you ask, where’s the best pizza in Vancouver, we have the answer from a first-hand local experience. When you’re wondering where you can get the best sushi in Vancouver? We got you covered. Something you’ll come really accustom to is drinking coffee and we also share the best coffee in Vancouver.

So it seems fitting that we also uncover our own experiences about UBC and I hope it’ll help in some way at all with your transition to university. We’re also writing this to get some likes here:

http://www.facebook.com/VancityAsks

 

What to expect:

The waiting process can be frustrating can’t it. I remember refreshing the UBC SSC again on a daily basis waiting for my admission. UBC goes on a rolling admission base on your application strength (the best application gets approved first). My grades weren’t so good, and so my application was the latter to be approved. Foolishly or maybe faithfully, UBC was the only school I applied for haha.

Once you’ve gotten your offer, really consider if you think UBC will be the best option for you economically and personally. (There are some really amazing people and professors at UBC although there are also the fair share of ummm. yeah.)

Now once you’re admitted and you’ve accepted your offer of admission. Up and coming for international students is Jump Start in August. I’ve talked to a lot of friends while at first year residence about their jump start experience and some loved it and some did not like it so much. It is a great way to make friends though. I knew some who simply came early to Vancouver with their family and explored the city together.

When school starts in September, the first week (and even the second) is really relax. It’s a great time to meet new people and get involved with on campus activities. Go to imagine day and check out the (student) club days later on.

Honestly speaking, this video is quite accurate to many experience of their four years at UBC (with some exceptions):

If you’re a keener, it can be definitely worth while to get involve in student government.

Apply to be the first year representative of your faculty student association. I’ve notice, it seems those who go on to further positions in the student government are typically first year reps. I would think because they have the experience, rapport, and network/familiarity to be elected for other positions.

So if you intend on being in the student government later on, be the keener in the first year and apply as a first year rep. I don’t think you get paid for being a first year rep (I was quite an introvert so it wasn’t my bid) but if I’m not mistake the higher positions later in student government do pay quite reasonably.

Also in my humble opinion, if you want to run for student president some time in your 4 years at university and score that $30,000+ salary for the year…you should know, it’s a lot of a popularity contest than a merits in some level. Most of the people who become student president have strong marketing campaigns and are typically part of frats or large clubs (whose members then help with word of mouth pushing for votes). As a voter, inform yourself of each individual platform and vote purposefully.

http://www.ams.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Budget-2013.pdf

Student execs are being paid what?

Learning also comes in different ways as cliche as it sounds. I wasn’t quite the fan of in-class learning and haven’t done so well in my classes (mostly those that I didn’t like) although keep reading outside of class on what interest you. Many of you I know are likely going through university to check that box for a degree. I’ve spoken to many who have gone on to do careers in things outside of their degree scope.

I personally find that university is essential not for the rigid academics (many of which you won’t actually use outside your classroom unless you pursue academia) particularly but for the life skills, experience, and networks.

Go figure this one out, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

That’s pretty much it I suppose in terms of expectation for your first year. Know also that the point above leads to the next, your grades are important but look at it with perspective. Many people (myself included) got really stress about first year grades. It doesn’t really hit you as much until probably 3 months into your first year when you realize relative to others, you appear behind.

Your 90%+ you got in high school is rare in university. Attaining a B is quite a feat for certain classes. Look at the grade distribution here (you’ll need your SSC login now it appears – previously you could access it public):

https://cas.id.ubc.ca/ubc-cas/login?TARGET=https%3A%2F%2Fwebprd01.pair.ubc.ca%2Freports%2Fgradesdist_request.action

You have pretty much everything you need on campus if you choose to live on residence but do take the time to explore Vancouver outside of UBC. UBC is situated to the west of Vancouver in the Point Grey community. It’s near by two communities: (1) Kitsilano – Otherwise known as Kits, check out the beaches, cafes, and eateries. You will find good coffee and donuts at 49th Parallel Coffee shop. You’ll find a beach (you can actually walk there from UBC through Spanish Banks if you’re up for a hike). You’ll find hippy stores. (2) Kerrisdale – It’s a nice, small community you arrive taking the 41 bus or the 43 bus. Here you’ll find good sushi and a nice family orientated neighborhood.  UBC is also 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by transit for your downtown Vancouver adventures.

Follow Ricardo Seah for his downtown Vancouver adventures: https://www.facebook.com/ricardoseah

Read this Vancouver guide by Alvin Yu:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/alvin-yu/yus-guide-to-everything-vancouver/10151434883321618

Both are UBC students above. Well Alvin, went on to Edmonton to study at University of Alberta.

 

Some tips:

  • Go for the orientation. Go for the campus tours. Make those friends and networks. I attended several UBC events while in high school and it was really useful for me personally. Many of the seniors are very glad to share their experience and they are really friendly (contrary to a “friend” I remembered who told me if they knew we were from high school, we’d be scorned at the events – hence think for yourself.) Imagine what a easier transition it would be if you’ve met a few in your program (or one you wanted to transfer into 😉  ) who could tell you about courses and professors to expect. Imagine how much easier it would be to make friends if you could recognize people you met before on campus and get introductions. Imagine how much easier it is for positions at (student) clubs or events if you knew the individuals from a previous encounter. Networking isn’t only exclusive to a specific study. It’s a general good and it’s always nice to make meaningful relationships. Be genuine.
  • The AMS has some nice paid positions for the student government that can be worth applying for. IMHO if you’re looking some extra income, get involve in student government early on and build upwards. Also for international students, if I’m not mistaken you’re allow to work on campus without a work permit:http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/working-canadaThe AMS does hire for a lot of position and UBC has quite a bit of programs to encourage on campus hiring. It appears you can work off campus too up to 20 hours.
  • Honestly, your first year grade doesn’t matter as much (it does matter) but there’s no point beating yourself up if you didn’t do as good as you expected when you first considered your goals. Sometimes our self expectation can be unrealistic. It’s sad to read occasionally about suicides because of grades that occur in university (and in certain south east asian countries). You have so much potential, you’re admitted into one of the top universities in Canada; you have other skills and gifting so be able to look beyond your grades but for where it matters, you’re paying (or your parents are paying) $10k/year for your studies so do make the most of it.The part it matters is largely with course selection for the second year. Your GPA determines your time for course registration; you want the good courses and good professors. Professors do matter a lot to your learning. Most the professors in the Math, Computer Science, and Economics department are amazing. (with a few exceptions)Study what you enjoy and take some GPA boosters 🙂 I use to think GPA boosters was a waste of credits but they do help and they do matter. Check with the grade distribution link I posted above and choose GPA boosters if you need it. Good GPA boosters are typically intro foreign language courses of course it depends on your bent as well.

 

Final thoughts:

University is an exciting time and a time of transition. You can waste it away or you can make the most of it; we suggest you consider what you hope to get out from your 4 years (or five) and go for it.

It cannot be understated but genuinely choose your friends carefully. Yes, it’s a time where many fool around and reckless decisions but it can also be a time for growth and genuine understanding of who you are. Will you use this four years for your life as a platform or will it be a waste?

Honestly, the programs are such that you can easily make it through without really getting much from your education but why would you? Lastly, control your thoughts and your consciousness. (don’t lose your chooser – don’t let others choose for you. Don’t listen to propaganda. Think for your life and be productive to society. We’re neighbors for a reason.)

I hope you’ll enjoy your university experience whether at UBC or wherever else you go. If you plan on studying in Vancouver from another country, please feel free to reach out to us at VancityAsks.com and we’ll be happy to help however possible. (whether be it question, or being a line of support, or a ride from the airport to your destination – if schedule permits. I may be in and out of Vancouver). Also follow VancityAsks.com to learn more about Vancouver!

 

I’ll probably update this article later when I feel like it; meanwhile after a straight 2 hours of writing, I’m simply going to post as-is. It’s not a graded essay after all. Please leave your comments and thoughts and suggestions. I’m sure there are many others who can provide better tips than these so please do!

Cheap Parking Downtown Vancouver

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Here are some cheap parking right in downtown Vancouver, BC:

Depending on where about downtown Vancouver you’re located each of these 10 options would be great for you. If you’re looking for monthly parking, these downtown Vancouver parkade offers monthly parking offers as well competitively.

Namely the top 3 also offer the cheapest for monthly parking in downtown Vancouver.

 

Here’s the list of the cheapest parking in downtown Vancouver. (maybe not the cheapest but cheap parking anyways).

Pictures are taken from Google using Google maps street view. Sorry, as much as we like you guys, I’m not about to hop to 10 different locations downtown just to snap a picture when we can take it on Google equally as good. Go Google!

1. 1237 Davie Street:

A little out of the way but a lot to save. Parking is only $70/month at 1237 Davie Street. An ideal long term parking for deal seekers.

This parking spot is very near to Sushi Bar Maumi in Davie Village on our list of the best sushi in Vancouver so you can enjoy sushi after a day of work. Another perk to choosing this as your long term parking location is it’s right beside a grocery store so you can pick up grocery on your way home. How convenient!

For hourly parking consider 843 Seymour Street for cheaper and better location to Vancouver’s downtown core. Still this is cheap downtown Vancouver parking with many perks to convenience which is why this is listed first for cheap parking in Vancouver. Get a deal!

$4/ Hour

$70/Month

1237 Davie Street Cheap downtown Vancouver Parking spot

1237 Davie Street marking entrance. Picture from Google.

Full address (for your GPS): 1237 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

Entrance is on the right if you turned into Davie from Bute street. It’s on your left if you turned into Davie from Jervis Street (going the other direction)

 

2. 930 Seymour Street:

This location is ideal for monthly parking solutions. This is likely the cheapest downtown Vancouver parking you can find for the location. The price is only so because of an ongoing promotion.

930 Seymour Street is fairly convenient location closer to downtown than the West End Vancouver. It’s near Staples for your office supplies should you be running low on printer ink (maybe from printing this list of the cheap parking in downtown Vancouver). It’s also near a some good cafes (but where are you now in downtown Vancouver? Here’s the best Cafes in Vancouver.) Parking is cheap though at least.

$115/month

No hourly parking

930 Seymour Cheap parking spot in downtown Vancouver

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 930 Seymour Street. Picture used from Google.

Full Address: 930 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B4

 

3. 900 Howe Street:

Located right in the center of the Downtown core, this is one of the cheapest parking in downtown Vancouver for the location. It’s an excellent monthly parking location if you’re looking to get near your centrally located office at the TD building. The pricing is more than most other parking locations because it’s right in the heart of downtown.

This parking location is very central in downtown Vancouver. You’re a block from Granville street if you plan on parking on Fridays after work. It’s right next to UBC Robson where you’ll frequently find food trucks out which makes a good bite on your way back from the office to your car. There’s coffee and pizza nearby too.

This is a great parking location but slightly at a premium. If you value your convenience and walk time then it’d be a good trade-off but maybe you prefer your morning walk in downtown Vancouver with coffee and croissant (talking about croissant, here’s the list of the best bakery in Vancouver) in hand while you hear the bird chirp and the construction growl?

$5.50/hour

$200/month

Cheap Parking downtown Vancouver at 900 Howe Street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver near UBC at 900 Howe Street. Picture from Google.

Full address: 900 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2S9

 

4. 843 Seymour Street:

An excellent solution for hourly downtown parking. You’ll be paying $2.50 an hour for parking in the heart of downtown. Certainly one of the cheapest hourly parking in downtown Vancouver.

This is absolutely the best cheap parking in downtown Vancouver for those needing cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver. The parking spot is located about 2 blocks from Robson Street where the restaurants are. It’s also near Dunn’s Famous which happens to be on our list of the best poutine in Vancouver for none other than their smoke meat poutine. (Dunn’s Famous is famous for Montreal style smoke meat). Consider this hourly parking spot for catching a bite at Dunn’s. Conveniently near to Orpheum theatre and Nester’s for grocery run.

$2.50/Hour

Cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver at 834 Seymour

Cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver at 834 Seymour Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full address: 834 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B

 

5. 969 Burrard Street:

Also known as First Baptist Church, this parking location is centrally located near UBC Robson and Sheraton. You can take a skytrain to downtown Vancouver, Waterfront station or walk there in a few minutes. The location is also about 10 minutes walk to English Bay and accessible to Yaletown by the Canada Line skytrain from City Hall station. This is our preferred parking location for the pricing and locality.

This cheap downtown Vancouver parking spot is just a little out of the way but very conveniently besides the Robert Lee YMCA for gym goers. Perhaps stop by before or after work for a brief workout or fitness class; apparently, working out in the morning provides more energy and mental agility throughout the day. If fitness is not your bid, you’re a block south from a grocery store and a block east will find you Tim Horton’s.

Entrance is just before First Baptist Church as pictured.

$4/Hour

$135/Month

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 969 Burrard Street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 969 Burrard Street (First Baptist Church). Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 969 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1J1

 

6. 311 W Hastings:

This parking location is a bit towards the East of downtown by Gastown but still centrally located and a good parking spot for $2/hour.

It’s an outdoor parking spot on the cusp of Gastown which makes it a cheap hourly parking spot in downtown Vancouver if you planned on dining in Gastown. Maybe park here as you dine at Al Porto Ristorante on our list of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver. Other nearby attractions includes the Revolver Cafe and the infamous “Meat and Bread”. Effectively, it’s a good parking option if you’re looking for cheap parking as a visitor to Vancouver for a couple hours downtown. Not the best part of town however.

It’s a little hard getting to this parking spot. You cannot turn into it from W Hastings street actually as it’s a different elevation. To enter this cheap parking spot in downtown Vancouver, you have to drive through the back street of W Hastings where the back entrance to the shops on W Hastings are. Entry by Cambie Street or Homer Street.

$2/hour

Cheap parking downtown Vancouver at 311 W Hastings Street.

Cheap parking downtown Vancouver at 311 W Hastings Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full Address: 311 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4

 

7. Granville Island:

Lots of free parking and cheap parking located at Grandville Island. If you like to start your day with a nice adventure, artisan coffee, premier donuts (Lee’s Donuts which happens to be on our list of the 5 best donuts in Vancouver – for good reason), then you can park at Granville Island and take the water taxi across to downtown (about $5 each way).

Hence this is best if you are making a lifestyle decision and want to enjoy more of your day. Economically, the time you take to get from Granville Island to downtown Vancouver won’t be worth the cost savings.

A great solution for tourists or a day trip too to enjoy Vancouver (when it’s sunny). Realistically, it’s not practical on a daily basis but a perfect solution for those exploring Vancouver for a couple days and looking for cheap parking to roam downtown.

$117/Month

$15/day

$3.50/Hour (Free parking available for 1-3 hours from 7 AM to 7PM for Granville Island visitors)

Cheap Vancouver parking at Granville Island for tourist and visitors.

Cheap parking at Granville Island for tourist and visitors. Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 1535 Johnston St #102, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

8.  900 Burrard Street:

We listed Paramount Place parking on our top 10 list of cheapest parking in Vancouver because of it’s central location and lower monthly rate.

This cheap parking location in downtown Vancouver is situated right where where the Scotiabank Theater is should you wish to catch a movie after the office. At the Hornby entrance, there’s a Tim Hortons and by the Burrard entrance, there’s a Starbucks so you have options for your morning coffee. For your grocery shopping, you can stop by IGA opposite the street or maybe grab a Japadog (which is on our list of top 5 food trucks/carts in Vancouver) at the junction of Burrard and Smithe Street after a day’s work.

The parking spot is accessible both on Burrard Street and Hornby Street by UBC Robson. It’s covered parking.

$5/Hour

$170/Month

Cheap downtown Vancouver parking at 900 Burrard street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 900 Burrard Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view. Picture of entrance at Hornby Street.

Full Address: 900 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5

 

9. 330 Cambie Street:

Very centrally located and cheap hourly rate for parking in downtown Vancouver. The pricing is excellent for hourly parking in downtown Vancouver although 834 Seymour street may be a better option for cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver unless you’r visiting this specific area of Vancouver such as picking up coffee from Timbertrain Coffee Roasters (on our list of the best coffee roasters in Vancouver).

As with our earlier mention of cheap downtown Vancouver W Hastings parking, this 330 Cambie Street parking is a good option for day trips cheap parking. It’s rather close downtown and right besides the Meat and Bread shop opposite which is Revolver Cafe.

The unassuming entrance leads to a fairly large parking lot behind the building. It’s definitely cheap parking for downtown Vancouver area. This isn’t the best or safest part of downtown but still acceptable.

$3/Hour

Cheap hourly Vancouver downtown parking at 330 Cambie Street

Cheap downtown Vancouver parking at 330 Cambie Street. Hourly rates at $3. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full Address: 330 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N3

 

10. 320 Granville Street:

Expensive hourly rate of $6.50 but a fair $130 for monthly parking. The price is good for monthly parking rates.

This parking spot in downtown Vancouver is the perfect parking spot location wise for the Waterfront area right outside the Waterfront station with Seabus to North Vancouver, Canada Line to Richmond, and the Sky train across Greater Vancouver Area. It’s a good spot for tourist preferring convenience and security as the parking is gated and indoors.

Entrance is at the corner of W Cordova Street and Granville Street.  You may enter from W Cordova Street or Granville Street.

$6.50/Hour

$130/Month

Cheap monthly downtown Vancouver parking at 320 Granville Street

Cheap monthly downtown Vancouver parking at 320 Granville Street. Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 320 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0G5

 

Monthly Parking in Downtown Vancouver:

Hope these help you find your parking options in downtown Vancouver. Bellow are the top 5 cheapest monthly parking in downtown Vancouver as well.

1. 1237 Davie Street: $70/month

2. 930 Seymour Street: $115/month

3. Granville Island: $117/month

4. 320 Granville Street: $130/month

5. 969 Burrard Street: $135/month

 

Good City Parking:

Lastly, in case you wanted some city parking, here are some good parking spots to watch out for:

Vancouver Library – Free for Library visitors

Granville Island – Free parking for visitors.

These are best for visitors to Vancouver. There are no economical longer term street parking options (most have limitations to the # of hours) unless you use the meters which then it would be better to get a monthly parking pass from one of the options mentioned earlier.

 

Parking in downtown Vancouver is a peculiar art, central downtown Vancouver parking by Waterfront Station can eat $8 every hour whereas to walk only a block or two later.

Even then there are great parking deals to be had that will save you hundreds over time. It isn’t a perfect market and there isn’t perfect information so we hope to help you save more with your parking on VancityAsks.com by revealing the best deals in Vancouver downtown parking and the cheapest Vancouver downtown parking available by hourly or monthly rate. Due to the constant changing rate of parking prices by supply and demand in downtown Vancouver, we will update the list periodically.

It’s a quick list which you don’t need to look too long at; just enjoy the savings.

 

Resource for cheap parking in downtown Vancouver:

We gone through the complicated lists for you although here are some more resources you may be interested with:

http://www.bestparking.com/vancouver-parking/

https://advancedlots.myparkingworld.com/ADV/en?latlng=49.2827291,-123.12073750000002&q=Vancouver%2C%20BC%2C%20Canada&a=#details=52,9149

http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/find-parking.aspx

The resource mentioned above allows you to plug in the specific hours and days that you’ll be looking for parking in downtown Vancouver and it’ll help you to calculate the estimated costs of parking in downtown Vancouver. Quite a useful tool if you want to browse through a whole lot of options.

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