01 May, 2009

Vancouver: One of the Worlds Most Livable Cities


Consistently called one of the most livable cities in the world Vancouver is major seaport in the southwest part of Canada. With a population of approximately 580,000 it is the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Originally settled in the early 1860’s as a result of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, the city rapidly developed from a lumber mill to a large metropolitan city after the arrival of the railway in 1887. With the completion of the Panama Canal and its resulting lowering of freight charges, Vancouver became a major seaport.

Vancouver’s economy has traditionally been based on the resources of British Columbia: agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining. Over time, its economy has become more diversified and today is known as the ‘Hollywood of the North’ being the third largest cinematic production center, after New York and Los Angeles, in North America. Tourism is also become a growing industry as is the service industry that supports it.

With a temperate rain forest climate, Vancouver’s vegetation consists mainly of conifers, thought there are groupings of alder and maple scattered throughout the region. Large swamplands are also prevalent due to poor drainage. With several rivers and straights as well as the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountains, it is one of the most scenic cities in the Pacific Northwest.

The city has a growing cultural scene and several museums and theaters for the presentation of the arts. Art Club Theater Company, Touchstone Theater, Vancouver Playhouse Theater and Studio 58 are all renowned around the world as is the International Film Festival and Fringe Festival held by the city each year. Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Maritime Museum are two popular museums available to visitors.

Located in the Pacific Northwest and ethnically diverse, it is a town whose industry and economy is changing. Its beautiful scenery and cultural exhibits make Vancouver a beautiful place to visit.



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