Are you into travelling, exploring places, and meeting new people? Are you into movies? If you are, you can kill two birds with one stone, by visiting the city of Vancouver.
The city has amazing scenery, thanks to its great location between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain. You’ll enjoy its stunning ski resorts, spectacular views, impressive architecture, and mesmerising natural beauty. Movie lovers can visit the places where their favourite romantic movie scenes were shot. For both travellers and romantics, Vancouver is the perfect destination. Let’s explore the ‘Hollywood of the North’ through these dreamy facts!
Vancouver was named after the British explorer, Captain George Vancouver, who sailed into the area in 1792.
The region had been inhabited for thousands of years before that by Canada’s indigenous peoples (now commonly known as First Nations).
In 1826 an apple tree was planted at Fort Vancouver and this tree is considered as the oldest apple bearing tree in the North West Region. This tree is popular as the Great Grandfather of the Washington State’s apple industry.
The city of Vancouver was officially incorporated in 1886 after it had become an important port for shipping lumber out around the world, particularly to China.
The first settlement on the downtown peninsula was called Granville. When the transcontinental railway arrived in the city a few years later, the population began to boom.
On the 13th of June 1886, Vancouver was destroyed by the Great Vancouver fire.
The city has long been a magnet for immigrants, particularly from Asia. It has the second-largest Chinatown in North America.
Vancouver has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, which is constantly maintained by the thousands of immigrants who come every year, attracted by the famous quality of life in this city.
It has been voted twice (in 2005 and 2006) as the best city for quality of life.
Vancouver is English-speaking on the whole, though it is a very ethnically rich city. 52% of the city residents and 43% of Vancouver Metro residents have a first language other than English.
The population of Vancouver City is nearly 612,000, whilst the Metro area as a whole has a population of over 2 million, making this the third-largest city in Canada after Toronto and Montreal.
Greenpeace one of the world’s oldest and most successful environmental groups was established in Vancouver in 1971.
The city is ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world.
Vancouver has played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Expo’86 World Fair.
There are no freeways in downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada and is the third least affordable major metropolitan real estate market after Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia.
Vancouver has the World’s first and only wind turbine. Called the Eye of the Wind, Vancouver’s wind turbine is located on the Grouse Mountain and is 65 meters in height. Opened in 2011, this wind turbine is one of the most famous places to visit.
The Port of Vancouver is the largest in Canada. It is therefore the main shipping route for most Canadian exports.
Cruise fan? You can take the Alaska cruise from Vancouver which will take you on a ride through British Columbia. Get ready to have an encounter with a marvellous view of the glaciers and reach Alaska in a whole different way.
Compared to the rest of Canada, Vancouver has a very mild climate, year-round, and rarely drops below freezing. Snowfall is also quite a rare occurrence in the city. The typical daytime high temperature in the summer is a pleasant 25C (77F).
Vancouver is home to Canada’s longest pool. Kits Pool is the city’s only saltwater pool and is located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. The lanes stretch 137 meters, which is almost 3 times as long as an Olympic pool.
Playland is the oldest amusement park in Vancouver. It’s not only a top-notch amusement park for thrill seekers, but its sky-scraping rollercoaster has been featured in films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rocky IV, and many more.
For all ski lovers, Vancouver should be their next holiday destination. It boasts 3 mountains where you can ski. They include; Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain.
Are you more into snorkelling? If you are, you’ll get to swim with beluga whales as you sightsee in the ice-cold waters.
The Vancouver Aquarium ranks in the top five around the world. It’s the place where you can see dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, seals and sea otters.
Vancouver boasts more parks than any other city in the world, the largest of which Stanley Park, takes up approximately half of the downtown peninsula. Stanley Park is 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park. It is a staggering 1001 acres. Stroll the park and take in the same sights that the casts and crews of productions like The X-Files and The Twilight Saga did.
Vancouver is also an education hub with five renowned universities in the region, among them, SFU and UBC rank among the world’s best.
Vancouver attracts 15-million tourists every year…so you’ll meet all kinds of people from every corner of the globe.
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