Vancouver is a city that is located on the west coast of Canada. It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest city in Canada. Vancouver was first settled in the 1860’s, as a result of immigration. With the arrival of the transcontinental railway, the city rapidly developed from a small town to a metropolitan city. Vancouver was incorporated in the year 1886. After the completion of the Panama Canal, the Port of Vancouver became internationally significant and has since then, become the busiest seaport in Canada. In fact, it exports more cargo than any other port in North America. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were also held in this beautiful city. Forestry is the largest industry in Vancouver, and although the city is a small urban center, it never fails to attract tourists, making tourism, the second largest industry. If you would like to learn more about this exciting city, read further to find some more fun and interesting facts about Vancouver.
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Continent: North America
Established In: 1886
Established By: Captain George Vancouver
Population: 603,502 (2011 census)
Area: 114.97 km2
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time (west) is GMT/UTC- 08:00
Fun & Interesting Facts About Vancouver
- Vancouver is named after Captain Vancouver.
- The population of Vancouver is growing at a steady rate of 3%.
- Vancouver is situated at an altitude of 71m/236ft.
- Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada, after Toronto and Montreal.
- Vancouver is North America's second largest Port; both in tonnage & physical size, and is also one of the world’s major cruise ship ports.
- Vancouver has the highest per capita proportion of Asians of any North American city.
- Vancouver is amongst the largest film production centers in North America. It is second to LA in Television production & third behind LA and NYC in Feature film production.
- Vancouver has been labeled as the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ by a research group connected to the highly reputed British financial journal.
- According to Forbes magazine, Vancouver and Vienna have the third highest quality of living in the world.
- There are no expressways in the suburban Vancouver.
- More than 35% of the population of Vancouver is foreign born. This city is home to a large number of Asians than any other Canadian city. A special area called ‘China Town’ was established by the effervescent Asian population, which is a thriving marketplace in Vancouver today.
- Vancouver was once ranked as Canada's second most expensive city to live, after Toronto, and the 89th most expensive globally.
- In 2006, Vancouver was ranked as the 56th most expensive city to live, amongst 143 major cities in the world.
- In 2004 and 2005, Vancouver was voted as the ‘Best City in America’ by the Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.
- In 2007, Vancouver was ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world.
- A resident of Vancouver is called a Vancouverite.
- There are three ski hills in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain.
- Vancouver is probably the only place in the world where it is possible to ski, play golf and go sailing, all in the same day.
- Vancouver is the birthplace of the one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, called Greenpeace.
- The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler.
- Vancouver is in the Pacific Time zone in Canada.
- Vancouver is home to the fourth largest cruise ship terminal in the world and most of the cruises, head to Alaska from here.
- Did you know Vancouver could have a big earthquake, measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale at any given time, as the city is placed on a major fault along Portland and Seattle.?
- Some of the mildest climates in Canada are experienced in Vancouver. However, Vancouver is known to be the rainiest city of all the other, neighboring cities in the country.