63 Facts About Vancouver


Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada, with over 5, 700 people per square kilometre.

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Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada: 46 percent of its residents are not native English speakers, 44 percent are native speakers of neither English nor French, and 51.

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Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in Canada and in the world.

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In terms of housing affordability, Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in Canada and in the world.

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Indigenous settlement of Vancouver began more than 10, 000 years ago, and included the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

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City takes its name from George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 and gave various places British names.

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Vancouver is among British Columbia's youngest cities; the first European settlement in what is Vancouver was not until 1862 at McCleery's Farm on the Fraser River, just east of the ancient village of Musqueam in what is Marpole.

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City of Vancouver was incorporated on April 6, 1886, the same year that the first transcontinental train arrived.

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Vancouver's population grew from a settlement of 1, 000 people in 1881 to over 20, 000 by the turn of the century and 100, 000 by 1911.

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Vancouver merchants outfitted prospectors bound for the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898.

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Economy of early Vancouver was dominated by large companies such as the CPR, which fuelled economic activity and led to the rapid development of the new city; in fact, the CPR was the main real estate owner and housing developer in the city.

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Amalgamation with Point Grey and South Vancouver gave the city its final boundaries not long before it became the third-largest metropolis in the country.

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Until the city's naming in 1885, "Vancouver" referred to Vancouver Island and it remains a common misconception that the city is located on the island.

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Vancouver has one of the largest urban parks in North America, Stanley Park, which covers 404.

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Vegetation in the Vancouver area was originally temperate rainforest, consisting of conifers with scattered pockets of maple and alder and large areas of swampland.

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Vancouver's climate is temperate by Canadian standards and is classified as oceanic or marine west coast, that borders on a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb).

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Winters in Greater Vancouver are the fourth-mildest of Canadian cities after nearby Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan, all on Vancouver Island.

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Urban planning in Vancouver is characterized by high-rise residential and mixed-use development in urban centres, as an alternative to sprawl.

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Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade.

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In contrast, according to Forbes, Vancouver had the fourth-most expensive real estate market in the world in 2019.

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Vancouver has been ranked among Canada's most expensive cities to live in.

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The 556-room Hotel Vancouver, opened in 1939 and the third by that name, is across the street with its copper roof.

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At the census metropolitan area level in the 2021 census, the metropolitan area referred to as Greater Vancouver had a population of 2, 642, 825 living in 1, 043, 319 of its 1, 104, 532 total private dwellings, a change of 7.

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Germans are the next-largest European ethnic group in Vancouver and were a leading force in the city's society and economy until the rise of anti-German sentiment with the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

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Since the 1980s, immigration increased substantially, making the city more ethnically and linguistically diverse; 49 percent of Vancouver's residents do not speak English as their first language.

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The black population of Vancouver is small in comparison to other Canadian major cities, making up 0.

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Vancouver has a significant aboriginal community of about 11, 000 people.

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Vancouver has a large LGBT community, with a recognized gay male enclave focused in the West End neighbourhood of the downtown core, particularly along Davie Street, officially designated as Davie Village, though the gay community is omnipresent throughout West End and Yaletown areas.

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Vancouver is host to one of the country's largest annual pride parades.

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Vancouver is the headquarters of forest product and mining companies.

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In recent years, Vancouver has become a centre for software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation studios and television production and film industry.

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Vancouver is the most stressed city in the spectrum of affordability of housing in Canada.

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In 2012, Vancouver was ranked by Demographia as the second-most unaffordable city in the world, rated as even more severely unaffordable in 2012 than in 2011.

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Concern was expressed that Vancouver's increasing homelessness problem would be exacerbated by the Olympics because owners of single room occupancy hotels, which house many of the city's lowest income residents, converted their properties to attract higher income residents and tourists.

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Some still-standing Vancouver landmarks, including the SkyTrain public transit system and Canada Place, were built as part of the exposition.

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The legislation, passed in 1953, supersedes the Vancouver Incorporation Act, 1921 and grants the city more and different powers than other communities possess under BC's Municipalities Act.

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Vancouver is governed by the eleven-member Vancouver City Council, a nine-member School Board, and a seven-member Park Board, all of whom serve four-year terms.

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Vancouver operates the Vancouver Police Department, with 1, 327 sworn members and an operating budget of $316.

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Vancouver plays host to special events such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, the Clinton-Yeltsin Summit, or the Symphony of Fire fireworks show that require significant policing.

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Jericho Beach in Vancouver is the location of the headquarters of 39 Canadian Brigade Group of the Canadian Army.

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The district administers about 76 elementary schools, 17 elementary annexes, 18 secondary schools, 7 adult education centres, 2 Vancouver Learning Network schools, which include 18 French immersion schools, a Mandarin bilingual school, and fine arts, gifted, and Montessori schools.

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These are augmented by private and vocational institutions and other colleges in the surrounding areas of Metro Vancouver that provide career, trade, technical, and university-transfer programs, while the Vancouver Film School provides one-year programs in film production and video game design.

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Prominent theatre companies in Vancouver include the Arts Club Theatre Company on Granville Island, and Bard on the Beach.

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Vancouver has become a major film location, known as Hollywood North, as it has stood in for several U S cities.

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The first Canadian prime time national series to be produced out of Vancouver was Cold Squad and its storyline was physically set in the city.

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Libraries in Vancouver include the Vancouver Public Library with its main branch at Library Square, designed by Moshe Safdie.

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Vancouver School of conceptual photography is a term applied to a grouping of artists from Vancouver who achieved international recognition starting in the 1980s.

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Musical contributions from Vancouver include performers of classical, folk and popular music.

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The Vancouver Opera is a major opera company in the city, and City Opera of Vancouver is the city's professional chamber opera company.

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Recent successful Vancouver bands include Gob, Marianas Trench, Theory of a Deadman and Stabilo.

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Today, Vancouver is home to a number of popular independent bands such as The New Pornographers, Japandroids, Destroyer, In Medias Res, Tegan and Sara, and independent labels including Nettwerk and Mint.

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Vancouver produced influential metal band Strapping Young Lad and pioneering electro-industrial bands Skinny Puppy, Numb and Front Line Assembly; the latter's Bill Leeb is better known for founding ambient pop super-group Delerium.

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Vancouver has a vibrant nightlife scene, whether it be food and dining, or bars and nightclubs.

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Vancouver currently has the second-largest trolleybus fleet in North America, after San Francisco.

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In 2012, Vancouver had the worst traffic congestion in Canada and the second-highest in North America, behind Los Angeles.

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Vancouver has a citywide network of bicycle lanes and routes, which supports an active population of cyclists year-round.

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Vancouver's airport is Canada's second-busiest airport, and the second-largest gateway on the west coast of North America for international passengers.

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In 2011, Vancouver hosted the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League championship game which is awarded every year to a different city which has a CFL team.

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In 2015, Vancouver was one of six venues for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and hosted the Final game between the United States and Japan.

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Vancouver is one of two Canadian cities which will host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

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Vancouver has an adult obesity rate of 12 percent, compared to the Canadian average of 23 percent.

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The City of Vancouver is the greenest city in Canada according to an independent ongoing urban ecological footprint study.

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City of Vancouver was one of the first cities in Canada to enter into an international sister cities arrangement.

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