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About Vancouver

With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as one of the best places to live and is a popular tourist attraction.

Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52% of the population speaking a first language other than English.    

Vancouver has been host to many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.

About Vancouver's first peoples

An aboriginal settlement called Xwméthkwyiem, (“Musqueam,” from masqui, “an edible grass that grows in the sea”), near the mouth of the Fraser River, was present here at least 3,000 years ago.

At the time of first European contact in the late 18th century, the Musqueam and Squamish peoples had villages around present-day Vancouver, along with the Tsleil-Waututh, ancestors of today's Burrard Band in North Vancouver.

They were all Coast Salish First Nations, sharing cultural and language traits with people in the Fraser Valley and Northern Washington.

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Host City of the 2010 Winter Games

Learn how Vancouver continues to benefit from investments made in the 2010 Winter Games, from sustainably-designed community centres, to public art, community involvement, and better transportation systems.

Road conditions

View our major intersection traffic camera feeds. Port and highway images are provided by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI).

Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore

Geography

Vancouver is on the mainland of British Columbia surrounded on three sides by water. Learn more about its location, geography, and physical layout.

Weather in Vancouver

Weather

Vancouver's moderate, oceanic climate makes it one of the warmest cities in Canada. Find out more about the weather in Vancouver and links to common weather information sources including weather cams, weather reports, and more.

Pedestrians on Granville Island

Accessibility around the city

Find information on accessibility for visitors - accessible tourism, airport and transit information, accessible parking, streets, and sidewalks.

Granville Island

Areas of the city

Vancouver is made up of smaller neighbourhoods each with its own character, but on the website, we use areas, not true neighbourhoods, to focus information for particular parts of the city. Find out about these 21 defined areas; their amenities, news, events, and more.

Public transit

Vancouver has a comprehensive network of transit services linking destinations within the City and around the Metro Vancouver region. Transit services in Vancouver are operated by TransLink’s subsidiaries.

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Honouring Vancouver

Honours for Vancouver

Business and travel publications consistently place Vancouver at the top of their lists of best cities to visit or conduct business in.

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Vancouver in video

"Vancouver City" is music video resuling from an artistic collaboration between Innerlife Project and TimeLapseHD. The video runs 4:57

Last modified: Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:55:21

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