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

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

Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.

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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.

Our 125th anniversary

2011 was Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and year as Cultural Capital of Canada. Vancouver 125  was a year-long program of anniversary initiatives and events.

As part of our 125 celebrations, a digital media project, Vancouver Stories , was completed to gather and record neighbourhood stories in communities across the city.

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Video about Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games

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.


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


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.

Yokohama photo by Skyseeker on Flickr

International and consular relationships

The City of Vancouver has five sister-city relationships with Odessa, Yokohama, Edinburgh, Guangzhou, and Los Angeles

View of Vancouver City Hall in 1936 from Yukon Street

Architecture of City Hall

The Vancouver City Hall building was built in 1936. Discover the history, architecture, and interior design. Visit in person or online.

City of Vancouver flag

City Symbols

The City of Vancouver has an official emblem, coat of arms, badge, flag, mace, colour, and flower. Many of the symbols represent our plant life, waterways, wildlife, and mountains.

Graphic of people playing in Vancouver

Be part of Vancouver's story

Learn about Vancouver's brand and how you can make our city special.

Vancouver 130 celebration for 2016

Vancouver 130

Join us as we celebrate Vancouver 130. Connect, remember the past, celebrate, show our pride and think about how to create a Vancouver that we all want to live in tomorrow. This is your celebration! How will you be part of it?

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