Good Golly Tzar, how old is that map.
Vancouver still has a pretty good zoo, but it's about an hour or so out of Vancouver proper near Langley. Greater Vancouver is actually made up of several cities, Vancouver, Richmond, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Aldergrove, Burnaby, West Vancouver, Delta, maybe even Mission and other town's like White Rock and Horseshoe Bay and so on..
There are mountains, lakes, trails, pools, great golf courses and universities, whales, seals, dolphins, yachts, cruise ships, three ski hills in town and the world class Whistler and 1 1/2 hours away.
Across the straight lies Vancouver Island with some of the best diving, skiing, fishing and surfing in the world, with forests of trees that rival the red woods in California. There are world class wineries tucked amoung mountains made for climbing, and quiet camp sites only you, the bears and cougars will find..
It's only 3 hours from Seattle, another very cool city. You'll fall in love with the city and I'm sure you'll make plenty of friends.