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 1990s TV series, "The X-Files" and 2007 movie, "Are We Done Yet?" and 1970 movie, "Five Easy Pieces" and 2006 movie, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and 1996 movie, "Happy Gilmore"
Well-known residents have included:
· David Suzuki, host of CBC's "The Nature of Things"
· Jason Priestley, actor
· Hayden Christensen, actor
· Dorothy Stratten, Playboy playmate who was murdered in 1980
Local bands: 54-40, New Pornographers
Local festivals include:
· Wooden Boat Festival - Aug. 23-26, 2007
· Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - Sept. 25, 2007
· Storytelling Festival - Feb. 1-4, 2007
· Vancouver Folk Music Festival - July 13-15, 2007
· Celtic Festival - March 14-18, 2007
· Fringe Festival - Sept. 6-16, 2007
· PuSh International Performing Arts Festival - Jan. 10 - Feb. 4, 2007
· Festival Vancouver - Aug. 6-19, 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: Friends of Chamber Music, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Recital Society, Arts Club Theatre Company, Ballet British Colubia, Playhouse Theatre Company, Vancouver Opera, Carousel Theatre Company, Vancouver Theatre Sports League
Lion's Gate Bridge
Attractions: Capilano Suspension Bridge, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Garden, Bloedel Floral Conservatory
Sports teams: Canucks (NHL), Lions (CFL)
Historic sites and museums: Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Artspeak Gallery, Science World British Columbia, British Columbia Golf Museum, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Gallery Gachet, Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology, Biblical Museum of Canada, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Police Historical Society & Centennial Museum, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Roedde House Museum, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Museum, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Maritime Museum
Colleges and universities: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University - Vancouver, Emily Carr Institute, Langara College, Vancouver Community College, Columbia 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