I love just how beautiful Vancouver city is. I mean, everywhere you look it’s just mountains and ocean. ~Emma Bell
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is frequently ranked as one of the “best cities to live in” and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.
Vancouverites broadly split their city into three: the Westside, the Eastside (or East Van) and city center, everything west of Ontario St is the Westside, everything east is East Vancouver and everything north of False Creek is the city center.
Vancouver City has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade. Vancouver has been ranked as having the 4th highest quality of living of any city on Earth. Vancouver has also been ranked among Canada’s most expensive cities in which to live.
History of Vancouver City
Vancouver proper was signed into existence in 1886. The first City Hall was little more than a hand painted sign nailed to a wooden tent post. The arrival of the transcontinental railway a few years later spurred growth even more and by 1892 the area had over 20,000 residents; eighteen years later this figure was over 100,000.
Factor in constant growth every year since, and Greater Vancouver today is Canada’s largest metropolitan area west of Toronto by far with more than 2,600,000 residents, more than half of British Columbia’s population as a whole. It is also the fastest growing part of Canada.
Vancouver City is perhaps best known for its scenic beauty, and the opportunities afforded by its natural environment. Vancouver is one of those rare places where you could theoretically ski in the mountains, windsurf in the ocean, and play a round of golf all in the same day. Surrounded by water on three sides, and crowned by the North Shore mountains, Vancouver is a great destination in itself, as well a great starting point for discovering the area’s many outdoor activities.
Vancouver is a major sea port on the Pacific Ocean and a base for many Alaska Cruise Ships in the summer. It has the same name as another city in the region, Vancouver, Washington (USA).
Top Destinations in Vancouver City
- Stanley Park
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
- Science World
- Bloedel Conservatory
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Stanley Park Seawall
- Granville Island Public Market
- Museum of Anthropology