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Facts and Figures

Location

The city of Vancouver is in British Columbia, the western-most province of Canada. The latitude is at 49 degrees, and longitude at 123 degrees. Vancouver is protected by Vancouver Island with the Straight of Georgia and Gulf Islands lying between the mainland and Vancouver Island – home to Nanaimo, Victoria, Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park – and is easily traversed by BC Ferries. The west coast is situated at the Pacific Ocean and is the gateway to the Pacific Rim, Whistler/Blackcomb ski resort., Banff/Jasper, the Rocky Mountains, Alaska and Seattle – to mention just a few of the more popular The city is surrounded by waterways, as well as the Coast Mountain range, which includes Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain, popular local ski hills. The attributes combine to win Vancouver the title of Most Livable City.

Downtown Vancouver from Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park
Downtown Vancouver from Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park

Climate

The Vancouver climate is mild year-round, with temperatures ranging from an average of 3 degrees Celsius in January, to 20 in July. Vancouver has its rainy times, most of which occur in the winter months. Vancouver weather is pleasant and amongst the mildest in Canada.

Population

According to the most recent census, Vancouver city population stood at 545,671, in its 22 neighbourhoods. Of those, Yaletown, West End, and Downtown neighbourhoods are seeing particularly positive growth and are revitalizing the city’s core. Outlying areas combine to total more than 2 million people in the Lower Mainland. And the construction boom is continuing in many of those outlying areas, including Richmond, Coquitlam, and the Fraser Valley.

Economy

The economic growth taking place in Vancouver is unprecedented. According to a recent report in the Vancouver Sun, ‘Vancouver will have the fastest growing economy in the country next year with the white-hot construction sector leading the way, the Conference Board of Canada says. Almost 31,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Vancouver in 2006, allowing consumer spending to double to 5.6 per cent. Real gross domestic product is expected to grow from 3.3 per cent to 4.0 per cent, aided by a rebound in the transportation and communications sector.’

Vancouver real estate is booming and prices continue to soar in the Lower Mainland, and this trend is expanding to Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

History

Vancouver’s history is diverse and rich. Settled first by coastal Indians and later by Europeans, Vancouver continues to be a city of rich cultural diversity. More on the history of Vancouver...


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