Located between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, Vancouver is the capital of British Columbia.
Concentrated on a peninsula, downtown Vancouver resembles to those of other North American cities, characterized by high glass towers and parallel streets.
Standing out for its multiculturalism, Vancouver is considered one of the most enjoyable cities in the world.
The city of Vancouver has approximately 595,000 inhabitants (2006 estimate).
The city was named after Captain Georges Vancouver who prospected British Columbia in 1792.
With a pleasant climate and a rich environment, Vancouver and its surroundings already had a large population of Native Americans before its arrival. 3000 years ago, the “Wu’muthkweyum” or “Grassland” tribe occupied the site, specifically at the mouth of the Fraser River.
In 1774, the Spaniards were the first Westerners to arrive on the territory. They learned very quickly the negotiation of skins with the natives, seasoned hunters of seals and whales.
The arrival of Captain Cook on Vancouver Island in 1778, announced the beginning of commercial hostilities between Spanish and English.
Following the discovery of gold in the Fraser River, Vancouver attracts a growing crowd of researchers from California and other countries.
Vancouver was officially notified as a British colony in 1859. Its economy also increased with the felling of trees for the construction of the masts of ships and the exploitation of timber for construction.
The attachment of British Columbia to the Confederation of the Dominion of Canada was decided in 1875 with the advent of a transcontinental railway network. The latter was established in 1885 although its realization in the Rocky Mountains was a challenge.
In the midst of economic expansion, the city grew in the 20th century, partly due to the massive arrival of immigrants from the rest of the country and the Asian countries.
Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Vancouver is a Canadian city located in the southwest of the territory, 38 km from the United States. It is bordered to the west by the Pacific, to the north by Fraser River and to the east by mountains culminating at 1500 meters and more. Its temperate climate and winter showers are favorable to its abundant flora and its phenomenal forests. It is often the scene of earthquakes, because the territory is on a geological fault.
How to get around town?
The city of Vancouver offers various modes of transportation, Bus, Train, Taxi, Car Rental or Bike.
The bus: the bus network in and around Vancouver is managed by Translink.
The train: two Skytrain Skytrain lines operate in Vancouver.
Taxi: private taxi companies provide passenger transport 7 days a week.
Car Rental: Most international companies have agencies in Vancouver, the airport and downtown.
The bike: the bike is ideal to discover the city. Vancouver has many bike paths, including around Stanley Park.
What to see in Vancouver?
The capital of British Columbia has many sights to see. Tourists will mainly visit Stanley Park on Grandville Island to discover its market and art galleries at Grouse Mountain, accessible by cable car, on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the highest and longest Pedestrians of the world, as well as Gastown, the oldest neighborhood in Vancouver, to see its famous steam clock.
Other sites such as the Harbor Center Observation Tower, Vancouver Museum of Fine Arts, and the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology will also attract visitors.