Vancouver is a vibrant place with a dizzying array of different neighbourhoods, identities and communities. It can be overwhelming, and sometimes it can be hard to make friends in this city.
That said, once you do manage to build out your social circle, you can be sure that at least a few of them will fall into one of these well-worn Vancouver stereotypes.
1. The fitness freak
How do calves even get that toned? This friend exists almost solely to make you feel bad about that third maple-bacon cronut last night. If only they could teach you a yoga pose to erase your shame.
2. The #HollywoodNorther
This friend has memorized the nicknames for everything currently filming in Vancouver, and they’re not afraid to tell you about them. No trip downtown is complete without, “This was the intersection in the background from 54:23-54:26 of Deadpool!”
3. The diehard Canucks fan
Their life revolves around screaming at Jim Benning and they have no idea what to do with themselves over the summer. Can be heard whispering, “2011, so close” in their sleep.
4. The No-Fun-Citier
Can often be heard complaining about outdated liquor laws and poor city planning. And they’re right – it is hard to have fun in this city when you dedicate 80 hours a week to griping about how hard it is to have fun in this city.
5. The yogi
They’re so centred it’s infuriating.
6. The club king / queen
If it’s Friday night, they’re on Granville. You never thought you’d ever be legitimately impressed by how much post-club pizza one person can consume, but wow – for better or for worse, they go hard.
7. The ski bum
Opening day is marked on their calendar with more hearts than their anniversary. Whistler is more like their second home than a mountain. No way you’re having a conversation with them over the winter without hearing, “You going up today bro?”
8. The know-it-all
How does this person know so much about Vancouver? You’ll either find them at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC or on Granville, recreating Fred Herzog photos in their head.
9. The beach bum
Also known as what the ski bum morphs into during the summer. Without fresh pow, what are they to do but lounge on the sand all day and get golden? Hit up their Instagram for 18,000 shirtless sunset yoga poses at Jericho.
10. The grad student
A.K.A the guy with an excuse to wear his tweed blazer every single day.
11. The craft beer snob
The changing of the seasons means little more to this friend than changing the type of brew they drink. Did you know the perfect citrus pairings for Parallel 49 and Dead Frog’s interpretations of the Belgian Hefeweizen? If you’re friends with this guy, you will.
12. The cyclist
When you need to legitimize your neon spandex obsession, cycling is the way to go. Pro tip: try to avoid traffic when traveling with this friend, unless you want to hear about how much faster the trip would be on their Specialized.
13. The stoner
Did you know all the differences between CBD- and THC-heavy strains of the most primo local indica? Did you know there are different kinds of weed? If you’re friends with this guy, you will.
14. The militant vegan
Everyone has that one friend they feel guilty eating real food in front of. Five years ago you wouldn’t have thought eating an eggs benny would make you feel like a war criminal, but here you are.
15. The gluten-intolerant
It’s kind of mind-boggling to you how this friend stays alive, since your diet almost exclusively consists of bagels and ramen.
16. The allergist
They’re not sick – it’s allergies. Every day. All the time. This friend’s catchphrase during the spring and summer is something along the lines of, “*loud sniff* – ugh.”
17. The outdoors enthusiast
They’ve been up and down the Chief more times than you’ve thought about maybe planning a hike one day. Always hassling you to “go on an adventure,” whatever that means.
18. The hipster
She’s rocking a ripped flannel, a poodle skirt and a fuchsia beret on her way to a coffee shop you’ve never even heard of. He’s got a beard, and everything else is unimportant. The worst part? They both look great.
19. The guy-who-knows-a-guy
…who knows a guy, who knows a girl, who knows a guy who can maybe get you into a club.
20. The foodie
They’ll know a new spot was opening before you can wrap your head around what Sudanese/Czech fusion could even consist of. “You’re still going to Medina? Pretty 2015 brunch, dude.” or “You’re still on brunch, bro? 2016’s all about linner.”
21. The foodie photographer
“Wait, don’t eat yet! Let me get a pic.” Don’t bank on eating hot meals while this friend is around. You have to admit, though – their Insta feed makes you hungry every time you look at it.
22. The out-of-towner
They just arrived in Vancouver and can’t wait to tell everyone about how great it is. Choice soundbite: “You don’t have to shovel rain!”
23. The tech bro
Seriously – this guy’s startup is going to be the world leader in disruptive reverse-Twitter optimization. Bonus points if he actually gets funded. Bonus bonus points if he blows his funding on foosball tables and bean bag chairs.
24. The Almost-Actor
They’ve been right on the cusp of their big break for a few years now. Just a few more yogurt commercials and bam! Next stop, #HollywoodSouth.
Did we miss any categories? Have a friend who doesn’t fit any of them? Let us know in the comments.