I Live downtown Vancouver, walk/bike everywhere as I hate driving. Transit system is great here. Cost of living is high for Canada especially rent but everything else is the same. Weather and scenery are unmatched, mountains or the beach within 45 minutes of each other (If your into those things).
Winters are pretty mild, mainly rain and summers are usually nice and temperate (Nothing over 30c Usually). Ive been to places like NY, San Fran and Chicago and can honestly say Van is awesome to live in. The food scene is excellent and its a big enough city that we get a lot of cool things without being annoyingly big (NY, LA).