A Canadian city with a completely British character and undertones of Asian influences? Yes, you heard it right! Vancouver is all this and a lot more!
Beauty Par Excellence
Situated in southwestern British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver boasts of picturesque landscapes, with a natural harbour overlooking the sea and mountains. Not only is it immensely scenic but its weather is also pleasant and congenial, shifting between comfortable and rainy winter and mild summer.
The Hollywood Connection
Interestingly, it is the third largest film producing region in North America following Los Angeles and New York, which comes as no surprise as its geographical beauty offers many locations for filming. It is commonly referred to as Hollywood North with Hollywood blockbusters like Deadpool and Godzilla being shot here apart from popular TV shows such as Arrow, iZombie, Bates Motel and many others.
A Cultural Cauldron
As a potpourri of ethnicities, there are people from different parts of the world, who have made Vancouver their home. Here is a city that brings south east Asian, middle eastern and of course its local Canadian populace together and presents a fine mix of the best of myriad cultures.
Vancouver has been named after Captain George Vancouver, an English explorer known for his expeditions in the Pacific Northwest and the area of Gastown,
which eventually came to be known as Vancouver.
This ‘n’ That
- When in Vancouver, it is impossible to not visit the Stanley Park that spans a staggering 1,001 acres! In fact, it is nearly 10% larger than New York City’s famous Central Park.
- Actually Vancouver has the largest number of parks than any city in the world including the VanDusen Botanical Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park and many others.
- The Stanley Park has a 22-km long seawall at its periphery and this is the longest uninterrupted walkway in the world.
- Foodies take heart as the city boasts of fine sushi restaurants that leave one spoilt for choice. What’s more, the California Roll sushi is believed to have been created by Japanese-born Vancouver chef Hidekazu Tojo.
- The Lions Gate Bridge connecting North and West Vancouver to the central part of the city was actually constructed by the Guinness Beer Company. Who knew that beer companies could also add infrastructural value to cities apart from spreading good cheer and camaraderie amongst its residents?
- Nearly 52% of Vancouver’s residents have a first language other than English.
- Vancouver is the spot where one of the most prominent environmental group in the world was initiated in 1971.
- As a reflection of its cosmopolitan nature, Vancouver hosts one of the largest Pride Parades in the world with over 5,00,000 attendees every year till before the pandemic. The fact that it is a gender inclusive society makes it even more amenable as city that welcomes its arms to everyone no matter what sex, colour, caste or creed they belong to.
- Did you know that the city of Vancouver has been featured in the popular video game Mass Effect 3? In the game, the city is being threatened by extra-terrestrial space ships and a very futuristic vision is presented for players. Important landmarks like the North Shore Mountains and Canada Place are also visible in the game.
Apart from all these, the best part about Vancouver is that has been ranked amongst the cleanest cities in the world and is among the first five in the list of most “liveable place in the world” for its good quality of life. Need we say more?