Just got back from a short vacation to Canada's west coast...and I found out what all the fuss about hills is!
We spent a couple of days in Vancouver, where I rented a bike (Norco Bush Pilot), from West Point Cycles. With the hills there, I can see that even riding casually you're bound to get in shape riding up and down some pretty steep inclines.
Vancouver seems like a very bike friendly place, with lots of marked bike lanes, and traffic light controls within reach of the curb. In a lot of the residential areas there are traffic islands at the intersections, making them a hassle for motorists, but not affecting cycle traffic, and they are marked as bike routes. I saw a lot of roadies training on Marine Drive, by the University, and it seemed like a great place to ride.
We spent the last part of the week in Victoria, and were able to borrow bikes from relatives.
We had a couple of good rides along the ocean on Dallas Drive, and again there are a couple of good hills there. Lots of cyclists there as well, including roadies which I don't see as much of at home here.
Well I'm back home now, and looking for hills - I guess I'll have to stick to the bridges and on ramps to get my hill fix!