Thirteen Interesting Facts about Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, situated between the North Shore Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Here are thirteen interesting facts about this stunning city.

  1. Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.
  2. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.
  3. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometer, which makes it the fifth most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census.
  4. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English.
  5. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world's most well-living cities for five consecutive years.
  6. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, UN-Habitat I, Expo 86, the World Police and Fire Games in 1989 and 2009; and the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 mi) north of the city.
  7. In 2014, following thirty years in California, the TED conference made Vancouver its indefinite home.
  8. The eco-activist group Greenpeace, one of the most successful environmental groups worldwide, was founded in Vancouver in 1971. A group of volunteers first met in Gastown’s Luna Café, which is now known as Smart Mouth Cafe.
  9. As of 2014, Port Metro Vancouver is the third-largest port by tonnage in the Americas (recently displacing New York City), 27th in the world, the busiest and largest in Canada, and the most diversified port in North America.
  10. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban center surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry.
  11. The cosmetic treatment Botox was invented in Vancouver.
  12. Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada and is the third least affordable major metropolitan real estate market after Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia.
  13. Major film production studios in Vancouver and nearby Burnaby have turned Greater Vancouver and nearby areas into one of the largest film production centers in North America, earning it the nickname "Hollywood North".

Source: Wikipedia

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