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|Vancouver City Facts|
|Total Area||44.39 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||49.2505° N, 123.1119° W|
|Time Zome||Pacific Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -7 hours)|
|Area Code||(604, 778), Canada (+1)|
|Major Religion||Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Contemporary Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver Maritime Museum|
|Universities||University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Fairleigh Dickinson University|
Vancouver, located in the British Columbia in Canada, has consistently been named as one of the top five cities of the world for quality of life. It was also named as the ’Top Destination’ in Canada in 2012.
About the City
Vancouver lies in the southwestern corner of British Columbia, and is one of the most linguistically and ethnically diverse cities of Canada. It covers an area of 114.97 sq km, and has an estimated population of 628,621.
The territory of the city was historically occupied by Squamish, Musqueam and other people of Coast Salish group. Modern Europeans arrived in 1791, and the city is named after George Vancouver who visited the area in 1792. The city grew during the Fraser Gold Rush and was incorporated in 1886. Today, it is one of the leading industrial cities of Canada and also contains the head offices of a number of mining and logging operations.
The city of Vancouver is a sea-level port, surrounded by snow-covered mountains. It is located between the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River. The cityscape is dominated by the North Shore Mountains. Vancouver contains one of the largest urban parks of Canada called Stanley Park.
Modes of Transport
You can travel to Vancouver in the following ways:
- The city is served by the Vancouver International Airport, which has regular flights to various destinations of America, Asia and Europe. The airport is located immediately to the South of the city.
- Vancouver is also served by Abbotsford International Airport, which is located 60 km to the East of the city.
- Helicopter and float plane services are also available to get to the city.
- Highway 99 connects Vancouver to the US border. The Trans-Canada Highway connects the city to the eastern part of Canada.
- The city is served by the Pacific Central station. Traveling to Vancouver by train can be time consuming, but the route is very scenic.
- Ferry connection exists with places like Bowen Island, Sunshine coast and Victoria.
- Vancouver is also the popular port for the famed Alaska cruise.
Vancouver has one of the warmest climates in Canada. It has a Oceanic climate, with dry summers and wet winters. Some snowfall occurs in winters. The best time to visit the city is between July and September when you are likely to get excellent weather.
Culture and Traditions
The ethnically diverse population of Vancouver has given rise to a colorful culture. Some of the festivals celebrated in the city are as follows:
- The Chinese New Year is celebrated with many festivities and a colorful parade.
- The Chinese population also celebrates the Dragon Boat festival in the False Creek in June.
- Celebration of Light is a major festival that draws a huge crowd. This four-day festival held in late July and early August includes a fireworks extravaganza and a competition between countries of 30-minute displays, choreographed with music.
- ‘Eat! Vancouver’ is a cooking festival that takes place in May. Celebrity chefs, restaurants, wineries, and food and beverage merchants take part in the three-day festival.
- The Khatsalano Music and Arts festival takes place every summer. More than 50 bands take part in it to form a giant street party.
- The Vancouver Pride Parade, held in July draws a huge crowd.
- Finally, the Fringe festival presents a number of street theatres in a variety of venues.
Points of Interest
There are several places to visit in Vancouver. Some of them are:
- Downtown Vancouver has several historic buildings including the Canada Place, the Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver Aquarium etc.
- The Museum of Anthropology contains interesting historical artifacts from the area.
- The Vancouver Art Gallery, in addition to a permanent exhibit of works of Emily Carr, also displays the works of prominent local artists.
- There are a number of parks and gardens in the city, out of which Stanley Park is the most renowned.
Vancouver has a variety of accommodation for travelers with all kinds of budgets; hence whether you are eyeing on a luxury stay or on a budgetary option you are sure to get the hotel of your choice. Five star hotels include Fairmont Pacific Rim, Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel, Shangri-la and Opus, while four star hotels include Georgian Court, Listel, Sheraton, Metropolitan, Fairmont etc. There are a number of three and two star hotels, hostels and other accommodations in the city, though accommodation in the city itself can be somewhat expensive.
Reference Links :
- About Vancouver (British Columbia Official Website)
- Vancouver (Wikipedia Website)
Last Updated : April 08, 2014