How much do you know about the Canadian city of Vancouver? A coastal city, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, its port is vitally important for shipping products between Canada, Asia, and Europe.
It is well-known for its high quality of life, and is consistently ranked highly in worldwide ‘liveable city’ rankings. Ethnically and linguistically diverse, Vancouver is a truly metropolitan city, with people from all around the globe calling it their home. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about Vancouver.
- The city is named after British Naval Captain George Vancouver, who in 1792 became the first European to explore Canada's Pacific Coast.
- Vancouver is Canada’s warmest city, with only 11 days of snow per year, and mild winters due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
- Vancouver is also known as the ‘Hollywood of the North’. It comes second only to Los Angeles in television production in North America, and third in movie production (after L.A. and New York).
- You will find the fourth largest cruise ship port in the world in Vancouver. Most of the cruise ships departing from the terminal are headed to Alaska.
- Vancouver hosts one of the largest gay pride parades in the world, attracting over 500,000 people.
- Eco-activist group Greenpeace was founded in Vancouver in 1971. A group of volunteers first met in Gastown’s Luna Café, which is now known as Smart Mouth Café.
- In 1886, most of the city was burnt to the ground in the Great Vancouver Fire. Only three buildings survived.
- Vancouver is one of the few North American cities with no freeways in the city.
- 40% of Vancouver’s population is made up of immigrants. The city is also home to more Asian people than any other North American city. Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America.
- The popular California sushi roll was invented in Vancouver by Chef Hidekazu Tojo. He has a restaurant called Tojo in Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood.
Are you interested in visiting Vancouver? You’ll never run out of things to see and do; the city boasts many different museums and theatres, you can go skiing, or even swim with beluga whales. Why not improve your English with TLG in Vancouver?