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Vancouver, British Columbia


Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and most recently the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 125 km north of the city. Several matches of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup were played in Vancouver, including the final at BC Place Stadium.


The City of Vancouver is a coastal, seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia. Located on the western half of the Burrard Peninsula, Vancouver is bounded to the north by English Bay and the Burrard Inlet and to the south by the Fraser River.


The City of Burnaby lies to the east and the Strait of Georgia to the west. Vancouver Island, across the Strait of Georgia, shields Vancouver from the Pacific Ocean.


With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live.


Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English.


Facts about Vancouver


  • Size: 114 km2 (44 m2)
  • Population: 603,502 (according to the 2011 census)
  • Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, and the eighth largest municipality in Canada; the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area (which includes neighbouring cities such as Burnaby, Richmond, and Surrey) is the third largest in Canada
  • City Hall coordinates: 49° 15' 39.14" N, 123° 6' 50.23" W
  • Pacific time zone: GMT -8
  • Pacific maritime ecozone
  • Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America


About Vancouver's first peoples


An aboriginal settlement called Xwméthkwyiem, (“Musqueam,” from masqui, “an edible grass that grows in the sea”), near the mouth of the Fraser River, was present here at least 3,000 years ago.


At the time of first European contact in the late 18th century, the Musqueam and Squamish peoples had villages around present-day Vancouver, along with the Tsleil-Waututh, ancestors of today's Burrard Band in North Vancouver.


They were all Coast Salish First Nations, sharing cultural and language traits with people in the Fraser Valley and Northern Washington.