Editor Rating: 8-Budgeting in Vancouver really depends on where you're coming from and the exchange rate at the time. But all things being normal, Vancouver is a pretty expensive place to visit. There are a decent number of hostels, more than in most US cities of similar size, but you're still going to pay a decent amount for even a dorm bed compared to other, less expensive regions of the world. Food is not cheap if you're going to eat out, but there are some cheaper alternatives around.
Indie Travel Scale
Editor Rating: 6-While there are a lot of touristy aspects to Vancouver, there are plenty of reasons why it's a great indie travel destination. The city is very diverse, offering a variety of different ethnic restaurants to choose from. There is also a good amount of green space for such a large city, and the outdoor possibilities, both in and around the city, are endless. There are plenty of off the beaten path opportunities for travelers to Vancouver, and the vibe here is pretty awesome. Everyone seems to be really friendly, and immersing yourself into the local culture is quite easy.