Vancouver Canada Location:
Vancouver is located on the southwest coast of British Columbia, Canada's most westerly province (see map). The Greater Vancouver Area is also referred to as the Lower Mainland, where the Fraser River empties into the Pacific Ocean.
Vancouver is about a 3 hr drive from Seattle, Washington, and a 12-14 hr drive through the Rocky Mountains from Calgary.
What's Vancouver Canada Like?
Vancouver is a physically beautiful city (see pictures), surrounded by water and mountains; its proximity to nature gives residents a love of nature and a laid back charm and friendliness.
Vancouver is also diverse, with prominent Indian, Chinese and other Asian population.
What's Vancouver Famous for?
Vancouver Canada Climate:
Vancouver is infamous for the amount of rain it receives; however, the weather is mild year-round. From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to mid 40's Fahrenheit (0° to 5° Celsius) in winter, the climate is seldom unpleasant. Winters are wet, but snow is rare, except on local ski hills. See month by month Vancouver weather and event guide.
Vancouver Canada Language:
English is the predominant language spoken in Vancouver. However, the city is multicultural and you will hear a variety of languages on the city's streets, especially Chinese.
Vancouver Canada Population:
The Greater Vancouver Area is the third largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of 2.1 million.
Vancouver Canada Economy:
Vancouver has Canada's largest and most diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods annually. It is home to a variety of different industries, including the mining, forest, biotech, film and software industries.