is all about land and sea as it sits snugly on a narrow peninsula bordered by Burrard Inlet, English Bay and False Creek, with greater Vancouver spreading south to the Fraser River. The city's 1.8 million residents enjoy every type of outdoor activity that's been invented, from sailing, swimming, fishing, hiking, to skiing, golf or tennis. Vancouver claims an excellent museum and symphony orchestra, as well as impressive and expressive opera, theatre and dance companies. Festivals run in high gear during mild weather and the club and live-band scene is quickly coming into its own. Like Montreal, the citizenry is a mix of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, with a Chinatown that rivals San Francisco's. Toronto also became North America's largest film and TV production centre after Los Angeles and New York in the 1990's.