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ABOUT VANCOUVER

Vancouver is a green, clean, safe and multicultural city that attracts people from all over the world. With a population of over 2.5 million, Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest and most beautiful cities and is frequently honored as one of the best places in the world to live.

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This city and its surrounding municipalities are shaped by local residents from multicultural backgrounds, making Vancouver one of the most diverse cities in Canada. Although it is considered a young city, Vancouver’s history extends back thousands of years, when Indigenous Nations such the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish bands first inhabited these lands. “Vancouverites” also have European, Asian, Caribbean, Latin, Central and South American, and African origins, which are reflected through the local cuisine, culture, and neighborhood landscapes.

 

Vancouver is one of Canada’s fastest-growing urban centers and an international business destination. The region’s economy is driven by the resource-based industries: forestry, mining, oil and gas. However, businesses such as tourism, high technology, financial services, educational services and film production are changing Vancouver’s economic landscape.

 

Vancouver’s location on the Pacific Ocean gives the city a mild climate year-round. Generally, it does not get extremely hot in the summer. Average temperatures in September range from a low of 8°C (46.4 °F) to a high of 19°C (66.2 °F). Vancouver is well-known for its heavy rainfall, so umbrellas are essential and rain gear is an asset. Vancouver typically receives more rain than most other Canadian cities. Compared to your home country, you might find Vancouver a little chilly.

 

For more information about Vancouver, visit the Tourism Vancouver website here.