2001 population: 545,671
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Vancouver is a city in the province of British Columbia. It is on Burrard Inlet at the mouth of the Fraser River.
The community was named after Captain George Vancouver, British navigator.
Former and merged community names include:
Filming location for 1996 movie, "Happy Gilmore" and 1970 movie, "Five Easy Pieces" and 1990s TV series, "The X-Files" and 2006 movie, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and 2007 movie, "Are We Done Yet?"
Well-known residents have included:
· David Suzuki, host of CBC's "The Nature of Things"
· Hayden Christensen, actor
· Jason Priestley, actor
· Dorothy Stratten, Playboy playmate who was murdered in 1980
Local bands: 54-40, New Pornographers
Local festivals include:
· Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15, 2007
· Festival Vancouver - Aug. 6-19, 2007
· Celtic Festival - March 14-18, 2007
· Wooden Boat Festival - Aug. 23-26, 2007
· Fringe Festival - Sept. 6-16, 2007
· Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Sept. 25, 2007
· PuSh International Performing Arts Festival - Jan. 10 - Feb. 4, 2007
· Storytelling Festival - Feb. 1-4, 2007
Dates often change. Check Vancouver web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Ambleside Park
Performing arts: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Theatre Company, Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Ballet British Colubia, Friends of Chamber Music, Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Recital Society
Lion's Gate Bridge
Attractions: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Garden, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Bloedel Floral Conservatory, VanDusen Botanical Garden
Sports teams: Lions (CFL), Canucks (NHL)
Historic sites and museums: Artspeak Gallery, Biblical Museum of Canada, British Columbia Golf Museum, Contemporary Art Gallery, Gallery Gachet, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Science World British Columbia, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Vancouver Police Historical Society & Centennial Museum, Roedde House Museum, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Museum
Colleges and universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University - Vancouver, Columbia College, Langara College, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver Community College
"Winter in Vancouver was not like any winter I had ever known. No snow, not even anything much in the way of a cold wind."
-- Cortes Island