With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live.
Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English.
Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics.
Watch: History of Vancouver
About Vancouver’s first peoples
An aboriginal settlement called Xwméthkwyiem, (“Musqueam,” from masqui, “an edible grass that grows in the sea”), near the mouth of the Fraser River, was present here at least 3,000 years ago.
At the time of first European contact in the late 18th century, the Musqueam and Squamish peoples had villages around present-day Vancouver, along with the Tsleil-Waututh, ancestors of today’s Burrard Band in North Vancouver.
They were all Coast Salish First Nations, sharing cultural and language traits with people in the Fraser Valley and Northern Washington.
Our 125th anniversary
2011 was Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and year as Cultural Capital of Canada. Vancouver 125 was a year-long program of anniversary initiatives and events.
As part of our 125 celebrations, a digital media project, Vancouver Stories , was completed to gather and record neighbourhood stories in communities across the city.
Moving to Vancouver
Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the top cities in the world to live. The combination of economic opportunity and the beautiful, natural environment draws people from around the world. These newcomers – like you – contribute to Vancouver’s diversity and liveability.
If you are new to Vancouver or planning your move, get started here.
Free resources for new arrivals to Vancouver
Growing Roots: A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver
This guide was developed in response to the diverse needs of people arriving in Vancouver; as an invitation for participation and civic engagement; and as a useful resource for accessing services and welcoming spaces.
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers
Newcomers are often at a disadvantage when it comes to learning about First Peoples because of language barriers, access to information, or the time to learn.
This guide provides information about the rich culture, diverse history, and experiences of Canada’s First Peoples designed to build greater understanding between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities.
The publication of the guide also commemorates the City of Vancouver Year of Reconciliation.
Areas of the city
Vancouver is made up of a number of smaller neighbourhoods and communities. Neighbourhood boundaries provide a way to break up the city’s large geographical area for delivering services and resources and identify the the distinct culture and character of different areas of our diverse population. However, there is some disagreement on all of the names and boundaries of these areas.
We refer to neighbourhoods as areas and we have divided the city into 23 distinct areas.
From Arbutus to the West End, you can learn more about a particular part of the city.
Areas of the city
False Creek Flats
False Creek North
False Creek South
Main article: Climate of Vancouver
Kitsilano Beach is one of Vancouver’s many beaches
Vancouver is one of Canada’s warmest cities in the winter. Vancouver’s climate is temperate by Canadian standards and is usually classified as oceanic or marine west coast, which under the Köppen climate classification system is classified as Cfb that borders on a warm summer Mediterranean Climate Csb. While during summer months the inland temperatures are significantly higher, Vancouver has the coolest summer average high of all major Canadian metropolitan areas. The summer months are typically dry, with an average of only one in five days during July and August receiving precipitation. In contrast, there is some precipitation during nearly half the days from November through March.
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