The beautiful city of Vancouver, which is located on the west coast of Canada, is one of the most diverse cities in the world. It’s known for its all-year-round mild climate due to its nearness to the ocean and mountain ranges. For this reason, tourism is a very important part of the city’s economy, attracting millions of people each year. Below you will discover some fantastic facts about Vancouver and why you must visit today.
1) Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia. It has an estimated population of over 677,300.
2) With over 5,400 people per sq kilometre, the beautiful city of Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada.
3) A majority of Vancouver’s residents do not speak English as a first language, making it one of the most linguistically and ethnically diverse cities in Canada.
4) The majority of residents are not native English speakers, and 50.6% of them identify as members of visible minority groups.
5) A number of global rankings place Vancouver among the best cities for quality of life and livability.
6) It is the most expensive city in Canada, followed by Toronto. Additionally, the Vancouver housing market is the 4th most expensive on Earth.
7) Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh (Burrard) people have lived on the traditional and unceded territory of Vancouver for at least 8,000 to 10,000 years.
8) A makeshift tavern owned by Gassy Jack on the western edge of Hastings Mill was the origin of the present-day city, which was originally called Gastown.
9) A deal between the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and the city resulted in the city’s renaming as Vancouver in 1886.
10) Numerous international conferences and events have taken place in Vancouver, such as the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games in 1954, and the UN-Habitat I.
11) Vancouver is home to TED Talks Conferences, since 2014.
12) The city’s port is the busiest and largest port in Canada as well as the most diversified in North America in terms of freight tonnage as of 2016.
13) Vancouver’s largest industries are forestry and tourism.
14) Nicknamed “Hollywood North”, Burnaby and Vancouver have combined to be a major film production, one of the largest in the world.
15) The city is named after George Vancouver, a British officer of the Royal Navy. However, the name Vancouver traces its roots to the Dutch city of van Coevorden.
16) The Scottish explorer and fur trader Simon Fraser charted most of what is today British Columbia. In addition, he established the first white settlement in British Columbia. Today, he is honoured by having multiple things named after him such as Simon Fraser University, the Fraser River and the Fraser Canyon. He died at the old age of 86, August 18, 1862… 5 years before Canada officially became an independent nation.