Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The most populated city in the province of British Columbia and one of the main ports in Canada

About Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver was discovered in 1791 by the Spanish explorer José María de Narváez, although the city was named after George Vancouver, who explored the interior of Burrard Inlet. Several indigenous groups inhabited this area for thousands of years, highlighting the communities of Squamish, Musqueam, and Tseil-Waututh. Vancouver had an accelerated growth during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush in 1858, which attracted around 25,000 people, mainly from California. Because of this, the colony of British Columbia was established and it became an important port. Later, in 1886, the first transcontinental train arrived and the city received its current name. The city is famous for being one of the first towns in America to allow women the vote. It is also important to mention its Chinese and Japanese communities, since Vancouver's Chinatown is one of the largest North America. Vancouver is known worldwide for its parks and surrounding gorgeous mountain landscapes. Stanley Park, an area larger than the famous Central Park in New York, was home to indigenous communities, some of its attractions include totems, Lost Lagoon, different animal species, and Vancouver Aquarium, which houses thousands of fishes, invertebrates, birds, and mammals, including beluga whales. The city hosts various events throughout the year, as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival or the International Jazz Festival; it also has several theaters and concert halls, as Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks; BC Place, Pacific Coliseum, Orpheum Theatre, and Vogue Theatre. Other attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery, the HR MacMillan Space Center, or the Vancouver Museum, the largest civil museum of Canada. Vancouver is known for having the third largest film production in North America, after Los Angeles and New York, receiving the nickname of Hollywood North. In addition, the city has hosted various sports events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics. ***The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).