Centre for Digital Media

About Vancouver

False Creek in Vancouver

Location, Location, Location

Situated on Canada's West Coast, Vancouver is the Gateway to Asia and one of only a few places where it is possible to snowboard, hike and kayak—all on the same day. This dynamic and multicultural city (BC’s largest) is consistently ranked as one of the most livable on the planet. From 2007-2011, Vancouver was named the "Most Liveable City" in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2010, it hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Digital Media In Vancouver

Vancouver is a spectacular city that also hosts more than 1,100 digital media companies and numerous industry leaders and innovators in digital film, television, video games and interactive advertising. Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world, and companies such as EA, Nintendo, Sega and Microsoft all have studios in Vancouver (source: DigiBC). Additionally, game companies like Namco Bandai, Blackbird Interactive and Ayogo all have studios at the Centre for Digital Media. 

From the Vancouver Economic Development Commission:

Vancouver is packed with creative and original minds, and digital media companies cite access to a vast talent pool as a top reason for doing business in Vancouver. A tolerant and welcoming attitude towards other cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles draws talented individuals and globally-oriented companies to Vancouver from all over the world. 

The digital media industry in Vancouver is thriving and employers are demanding the high level of creative and technical competence and leadership ability that MDM graduates possess.

Weather

Vancouver boasts mild temperatures year round. Summer days, averaging 22°C (72°), are long, warm and sunny. The winter checks in at ­6°C (43°F) and rarely sees the temperature drop below freezing. Snowfall is usually confined to the local mountains where you can enjoy a number of winter sports.

Average Daily High Temperatures*

  • Spring 14°C / 57°F
  • Summer 22°C / 72°F
  • Fall 14°C / 57°F
  • Winter 6°C / 43°F

*as posted on Tourism Vancouver.

Vancouver is a casual town, and with mild weather year-round, people dress in layers and smart casual clothes are suitable in most situations.

Transportation

­Greater Vancouver has an extensive public transportation system that is convenient and easy to use. For details on routes and schedules, see the TransLink website.

An alternate way to get around is by taking advantage of the kilometers of Bikeways & Greenways that criss-cross the city. For those with bikes, blades or boots, these routes offer alternate connections that are cycle- and pedestrian-friendly. For more information, see the City of Vancouver's 'Cycling in Vancouver' page.