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Overview of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the largest metropolitan centre in western Canada and the 3rd largest in Canada. It is the main city of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and of the larger geographic region commonly known as the Lower Mainland of BC. Vancouver is also the 3rd largest film producer in North America for US based film productions after Hollywood and New York. The city`s population is 545,671. Residents of Vancouver are called a 'Vancouverites.' The mayor is Sam Sullivan. As for sports, Vancouver will be the host for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2006 United Nations World Urban Forum and the 2007 Memorial Cup. Vancouver will also host games for the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup.

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  • Population: 545,671 (2001)
  • Population Density: 4 758 km2
  • Area: 114.67 km²
  • Latitude: 49°16? N
  • Longitude: 123°7? W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 190 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Vancouver, British Columbia

Archeological records show proof of the presence of Aboriginal peoples in the area of Vancouver for at least 3,000 years. The 1st European settlement had become established in 1862. The precondition of completion of the railway was needed for British Columbia joining confederation in 1871. Because of the completion of the railway, the population of Vancouver increased rapidly from 5,000 in 1887 to 100,000 in 1900.

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Vancouver's Demographics

Chinese are the greatest visible ethnic minority group in the city of Vancouver. Vancouver contains the 2nd largest Chinatown in North America, second to San Francisco's. There are also many multicultural neighbourhoods such as the Punjabi Market, Little Italy, Greektown, Japantown, Commercial Drive, and a series of Koreatowns. There is also a large community of aboriginal people located in Vancouver as well as in the surrounding metropolitan region.

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Vancouver's Climate

The climate of Vancouver is second warmest major city in Canada during the winter in second to Victoria, British Columbia. Precipitation can vary from about 1,100 mm at Point Grey to 3,500 mm or more up near the north shore mountains. Summer months are mostly sunny and dry, with fairly moderate temperatures. The daily maximum average is 22°C in both July and August. Thunderstorms are rare, with about 4 to 6 per year. Rainfall is common in winter.

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Education in Vancouver, British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) serve the Lower Mainlands as Public Universities. The British Columbia Institute of Technology has campuses here as well, which provide polytechnic education and grants degrees in several fields. Colleges such as Vancouver Community College and Langara College are also located in Vancouver.

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Transportation around Vancouver, British Columbia

Due to Municipal bylaws and geography only one major city intersects Vancouver, Highway 1. Available within Vancouver is bus service, a foot passenger and bicycle ferry service (known as SeaBus), a two-line automated metro system called SkyTrain, and the commuter rail West Coast Express. Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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Tourism and Attractions of Vancouver

Vancouver is internationally renowned for its scenic setting. Vancouver has one of North America`s largest urban parks, Stanley Park. Some Notable buildings within the city include Christ Church Cathedral, the Hotel Vancouver the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. There are several striking modern buildings in the downtown area, including the Vancouver Law Courts and surrounding plaza known as Robson Square.

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Geography of Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8), and is located in the Pacific Maritime Ecozone. Vancouver's area of 114.67 km² includes both flat and hilly ground. Vancouver's climate is wet and it is surrounded by water. Early records show that there may have possibly been up to 50 creeks and streams in the area of Vancouver; currently only four are left.

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Vancouver's Government

Governing Vancouver is the ten-member Vancouver City Council, as well a nine-member School Board and a seven-member Parks Board. All of these members are elected for three-year terms through an at-large system. A number of issues concern Vancouverites. Protection of urban parks, the development of transit as, a harm reduction approach to illegal drug use and a general concern about community based development are a few examples.

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Vancouver's Economy and Industry

Vancouver is one of Canada's largest industrial centers. The Port of Vancouver is Canada`s largest. It does over $43 billion in trade with over 90 countries every year. The Port's activities generate over $4 billion in gross domestic product and $8.9 billion in economic output. Vancouver is also the headquarters of forest products and mining companies. Throughout recent years, Vancouver has an increasing importance for software development, biotechnology aswell as a vibrant film industry.

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Vancouver's Culture and Significant Events

Vancouver hosts a major regional centre for Canadian music and it's development. Vancouver's musical contributions include performers of classical, folk and popular music. In 1986, the Greater Vancouver's cultural community created the Alliance for Arts and Culture to provide a strong voice for the sector and an avenue to work together.

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Sports in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver has many sports teams and leagues. The Vancouver Canucks are Vancouver's NHL team and play at the General Motors Place, The British Columbia Lions are Vancouver's CFL team and they play at the BC Place Stadium, The Vancouver Canadian's are Vancouver's Northwest baseball team and they play at the Nat Bailey Stadium, The Vancouver Giants are Vancouver's Western Hockey League Team and they play at the Pacific Coliseum, The Vancouver Whitecaps are Vancouver's United Soccer League Team and they play at Swangard Stadium.

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Media of Vancouver

Vancouver has two major English-language daily newspapers. There are also two national newspapers distributed in the city and Two free daily newspapers. Some television stations broadcast from Vancouver as well. There are three main news radio stations in Vancouver. .

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