Gas Town & Storyeum (BC History)
Museum of Anthropology
Canada Place & CN Imax
Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium & Lion's Gate Bridge
Grouse Mountain (Skiing/Gondola Views)
Vancouver Art Gallery
Grandville Street, Metrotown, Robson Street & Pacific Centre Shopping
China Town & Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Great Nightlife & Fine Dining
Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park
Water parks in Chilliwack, Cultus Lake, & Tsawwassen
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain (skiing/gondola), & Cleveland Dam
Sports Venues: GM Place home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, BC Place Stadium home to the BC Lions of the CFL,Pacific Coliseum home to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, Nat Bailey Stadium home of the Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club, Burnaby's Swangard Stadium home to the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team, and Hastings Racecourse (horse racing).
The aboriginal people settled in the area, now known as Vancouver, had potentially resided here for more that 4,000 years ago (some time after the last ice age 10,000 years ago). Three prominent tribes of the First Nations culture that mastered the skills of long house wood buildings of Western Red Cedar and economic systems of status (ranking)were the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil'wauthuth. Life, at that time, entailed efforts made by all members for survival, rearing of young members in the villages, food collection and historical depiction through language (stories) and legends (tales of the spirit world). Their family markings were carved into giant trees as totem poles which stood outside their homes and other totems of the tribe were placed on the grounds of their villages. These historic symbols are seen throughout Vancouver today and in the local museums and cultural centers.
By 1791, the first European to discover the Strait of Georgia on the West Coast of Vancouver Island was Spanish Captain Jose Maria Narvaez. Later, (1757-1798) British Captain George Vancouver arrived and continued to explore the Strait further until he reached the mainland to discover the area now named in his honour, Vancouver.
Vancouver's port industry and economy was initially fed by lumber sawmills, the CPR Railway, and saloons. After the Panama Canal was completed in 1914, the Port was able to compete in International Trade and thus thrust Vancouver into the market center stage. More business would come to the city as word spread in Europe about the "new land's" (British Columbia's) gold rush. Though the city battled with discrimination of Asian migrant workers, the depression and the aftermath of the end of the gold rush, Vancouver's dense and very diverse cultures harmoniously thrive today. Each distinct "town" portrays a strong sense of pride and ethnic charm in commemoration of their ancestor's commitment to a new life.
Summer average 20 degrees Celsius
Winter average 6 degrees Celsius
Often with the mountain range backing the city, days in late fall and winter are rainy for whole days or weeks.