- City Guide - Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver - one of the world's most spectacular cities! Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia and has a population of more than 603,000people in the city - making it the eighth largest city in Canada.
Archaeological records indicate the presence of Aboriginal people in the Vancouver area anywhere between 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. The first European to explore the coastline in 1791, but wasn’t settled until 1862. Vancouver was named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 and gave various places British names.
With its location on the Pacific Rim and at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes, Vancouver is one of the nation's largest industrial centres. The Port of Vancouver does more than C$75 billion in trade annually with over 130 different economies. Port activities generate $10.5 billion in GDP, and $22 billion in economic output. In recent years, Vancouver has also become an important centre for software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation studios, as well as a vibrant film industry.
Named "Top City of the Americas" by Condé Nast Traveler magazine's in 2009, Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and indoor fun. Vancouver has also been named a Top 100 World Destination, one of ten Best Family Vacations in Canada, and was chosen as the world's "Most Liveable City" in 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – awarded a total of eight times since 2002.
There are always exciting things to do in Vancouver – challenging you to figure out how to do as much as you can while you’re here. There are countless municipal, provincial and national parks to choose from – where you can walk, hike, and bike. In the mountains, ski, snowboard, snow shoe or have a snowball fight. Vancouver offers spectacular views, wildlife, history, and cultural that is sure to please everyone.
Come see why Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities in the world!