Did you watch the closing ceremonies from Torino? If so you got a glimpse of what things are like in Vancouver and what to expect. Mind-you, what you saw was the actually the politically correct, gratuitous kiss-up to the Aboriginal population and the French (do they even speak French in Vancouver?) that you always get from the British Columbian & Canadian Government. To get a good feel for what you can expect in Vancouver you might check out some of the innovative web mapping applications available from the GIS community (like VanMap and WhistlerMap). Many local governments including the City of Vancouver, North Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, and Whistler have dedicated web mapping resources... these have been explored along with a number of others in this information piece now at http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/8264/55/. FYI, do you need to speak French in Vancouver??? NO (hardly anyone speaks French) and you'll be hard-pressed to find any Inukshuks!