This is a question I am asked over and over again. It seems that Vancouver, one of the trendiest, most beautiful places in Canada has a big problem with connection. People just can’t seem to find the friends they are looking for.
There are many possible reasons for this phenomenon. Possibly it’s because of the transient nature of the people that inhabit the city, or maybe it’s because of the high living costs (which often lead to overworking). I’m not entirely sure why Vancouver has this problem, but I do have some suggestions for those that are looking to connect with like-minded people.
1) Check out meetups! Meetups are usually free, happen often, and are geared towards helping individuals meet like-minded people. Interested in art? Check out our meetup group: “Art For Connection” (we also have a Dream Exploration meetup group!)
2) Go to some of the many free events Vancouver is host to. These events are advertised on Facebook and Eventbright. You are more likely to find people you will connect with at events you are interested in!
3) Join a community class. Vancouver’s many community centres offer everything from yoga to Italian cooking lessons! These are a great way to learn something new and meet new people!
4) Get a dog-or borrow a dog! Vancouver is a strangely dog oriented city. Off leash parks are some of the best places to meet new folks! This only works if you actually like dogs though.
What are your best “meeting friends in Vancouver” tips?