Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is a beautiful city nestled between the mountains and the ocean. As a world-class destination, Vancouver offers the best of both worlds for city-dwellers and adventure-lovers, with an abundance of green spaces, access to the beach and mountains, and a cosmopolitan vibe. The city spans an area of 114.97 sq.km, with 1,001 acres of that being Stanley Park, and is the key access point to Vancouver Island.
With a climate that contrasts with the rest of Canada, Vancouver experiences hot summers and mild winters; however, is prone to the occasional flurry of snow and a generous amount of snow at higher elevations and in the mountains. Vancouver enjoys prominent seasons, but is known for receiving a fair amount of precipitation especially in winter.
Population-wise, Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada, with 631,486 people, while the Metro Vancouver area has a much higher population of over 2.4 million. The city is comprised of a number of different ethnic groups, including British, Irish, Scottish, German, and Chinese. Vancouver embraces diversity in all forms, and has a large LGBTQ community and is home to the country’s largest annual pride parade. Vancouver is Canada’s top destination for the film and television industry, and its other key industries include tourism and recreation, health care, retail, manufacturing and construction, and real estate. Tourism is a huge driver of Vancouver’s economy, due to its recreational activities and popular resorts such as Whistler Blackcomb and the North Shore ski resorts, as well as the beaches, city attractions, restaurants, and shops.
Popular areas in Vancouver include: