7 Of The Best Small Cities Near Vancouver That Locals Recommend Moving To

Tired of Downtown Vancouver rental prices?

Western Canada Editor
Port Moody, B.C.

Port Moody, B.C.

Downtown Vancouver is great, but if you're looking for a lower cost of living and want to possibly be able to afford a house, there are tons of smaller communities in the area to consider.

Unlike some small towns in B.C., Metro Vancouver cities have all the perks and convenience of city life, while being a bit more low-key than Downtown Vancouver.

Whether you're moving to B.C. for the first time, or are just sick of the big city housing prices — consider these smaller surrounding cities that locals are vouching for in a Vancouver Reddit thread.

The Reddit thread was started by someone looking to move somewhere in the Greater Vancouver area, but that's a small city. People came in with some great recommendations of nearby areas.

Port Moody

Port Moody was mentioned by a few Reddit users in the thread. It's only around a 30-minute drive from Downtown and is beautiful.

You get all the benefits of being close to Vancouver, while not having to be directly in the hustle and bustle of it all.

White Rock

This city is about an hour from Downtown, but it's worth the commute. The oceanside community is home to Canada's Longest Pier, has stunning beaches and a surf-town atmosphere.

Fort Langley

This is a bit of a drive from Vancouver too, at 45 minutes. It's actually a village that's a part of the larger city of Langley, and the cute area is filled with cool shops and restaurants.

North Vancouver

Multiple people suggested heading over the bridge to North Vancouver — or you can even take the sea bus!

This area is right by Downtown Vancouver but is close to tons of hikes and outdoor activities. You really get the best of both worlds here!

Port Coquitlam

A Reddit user said that Port Coquitlam is "just condos and small shops," but is walkable.

It's just around 30 minutes from Downtown and has everything you need in a city.

Pitt Meadows

This little city is about 40 minutes from Downtown and is full of beautiful nature. If you want to be in the great outdoors, but not too far from city life — this is the ideal spot.

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