Vancouver is a dynamic, multicultural city set in a spectacular natural environment. Based on the categories of ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping, Vancouver is consistently voted as one of the top cities in the world and was once again named the world's most livable city in 2009.
Vancouver is located on the mainland of North America, in the south west corner of British Columbia, which is the westernmost of Canada's ten provinces.
As a visitor to Vancouver, you will find it spectacular, safe, and exciting!
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Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests, and beautiful foliage during all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Canada is known for our people's friendly nature. Vancouver's citizens take great pride in our welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round.
Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights, and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver.
The International Olympic Committee selected Vancouver as the Host City for the XXI Winter Games. Athletes and spectators from around the world gathered in Vancouver and the alpine resort of Whistler during February and March 2010 to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Games were a great success! Athletes and vistors alike enjoyed incredible competition, the beautiful city of Vancouver and the numerous free activities located in and around Vancouver. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Games have also been named the Greenest Olympics to date.
Stanley Park is Canada’s largest city park with 404 hectares. Described by one local writer as a 'thousand-acre therapeutic couch', it began as a military reserve in the mid-1800s to guard the entrance to Vancouver harbour from aggressive Americans.
Stanley Park Seawall: On any given day, at just about any given hour, you can run, walk, blade or cycle Stanley Park's seawall.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the third largest in North America after the Chinese communities in San Francisco and New York.
Vancouver has the largest port in Canada and the largest on North America's West Coast.
A hundred years ago it was so quiet on Burrard Inlet you could holler across the water to fetch a ferry to take you across. The ferry was a rowboat.
There are two spectacular mountain peaks overlooking Vancouver's harbour. They resemble the ears of a lion. They were named as a remembrance of statues of two lions in London's Trafalgar Square.
The Guinness Brewing Company built this huge bridge, which spans the First Narrows entrance to Vancouver's wide harbour and Burrard Inlet, from Stanley Park to West Vancouver. Guiness bought a lot of property on the north shore of the inlet, now the cities of West Vancouver and North Vancouver, and then built the bridge at its own expense to give people a reason to buy the land. The BC government bought the bridge from Guinness years ago. In 1986, the Guinness family donated money to decoratively light the bridge in the evenings. The name comes from the fact that one can see The Lions from the bridge.