Welcome to Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver – the city of winter Olympics
Vancouver is a city in the southwest of Canada, it is one of the most ethnically and linguistic diverse cities in Canada and the area around it is the third most populous metropolitan area of the country. The origins of Vancouver can be found in aboriginal people but after the discovery of America, the city has seen many different races. Now Vancouver is a growing city, with a flourishing economy and many environmental projects in process. For this reason, after winter Olympics in 2010 it was named as one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life.
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Vancouver has an animated night-life scene, everywhere you look, there are pubs or bar. The Granville Entertainment districts has the highest concentration of entertaiments: in the weekend, the street attracts large crowd so it is closed to traffic some nights.
The town, in addiction to its many skyscrapers, boasts the presence of a beautiful view of the Fraser River. Navigating the river, we come across Edwardian buildings, built during King Edward VII of the United Kingdom's reign or we can see the giant tent-frame Canada Place, the former pavilion from the 1986 World Exposition.
Vancouver in the last 50 years hosted two important events: the Expo in 1986 and the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics in 2010. Thanks to these events the city is became more and more known, to the point to greatly increase the flow of tourists.
In Canada, ecology's theme is really important. For this reason, Vancouver has as a goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020 and from 2013, it has started paving its street with recycled plastic: in this way, the town spends less energy to make cement and eliminates tons of garbage reusing.
Vancouver has two official languages: English and French. 52% of people do not speak English as their first language and almost 30% speak Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino and Japanese.
Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities in the winter because it has a temperate climate. Summer is tipically dry but precipitation falls from November through March.
Vancouver is served by Vancouver International Airport (YVR), in the south of Vancouver. The city has different means of transports, such as metropolitana, buses and trains.