Vancouver is a city in Canada located in the western province of British Columbia. With a population of over 2.4 million in the Greater Vancouver area, it is the third largest metro area in Canada (behind Toronto and Montreal). How many of these fun Vancouver facts did you know?
- Vancouver consistently is rated as one the most liveable cities in the world: According to annual polls by Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver has been ranked third in terms of world’s most liveable cities from 2015 through to 2017.
- Vancouver’s port is the busiest within Canada, and the third-largest within North America: In 2014, Vancouver overtook New York for 3rd spot in North America. Annual container volume is over 3 million TEU.
- The name of the city is taken from the surname of George Vancouver, a British Royal Navy officer who charted the pacific coast of Canada: If you look further back, the name actually stems from a town in the Netherlands named Coevorden. At some point, George Vancouver’s family would have emigrated from the Netherlands to England, taking the surname Van Coevorden.
- George Vancouver’s name has been used in multiple circumstances, including for the name of a city in the US state of Washington: In addition, an Alaskan mountain bears his name, as does a New Zealand mountain.
- Immigration to Vancouver exploded in the 1980s, and almost one third of Vancouverites have Chinese heritage: One driver for immigration was the plan for Hong Kong to be handed back from British to Chinese rule in 1997, which prompted many HK residents to migrate to Vancouver.
- A 2015 report highlighted Vancouver as having the worst traffic congestion of any city in Canada: This is partly due to the fact that Vancouver itself has few highways and is serviced by old, narrow bridges.
- While Vancouver is probably more famous for having a cooler climate, it has reached a record high of 35.0 °C (95.0 °F) on several occasions: The first recorded occurrence of this temperature was in 1965, and it was also reached twice in the 1980s.
- At present, the tallest building in Vancouver at 62 storeys is the Living Shangri-La building: It was completed in 2008 at a cost of over CAD$350 million. The building was featured as the headquarters of a fictional company in the movie Tron: Legacy.
- Housing affordability in Vancouver is one of the main issues affecting society in recent years: Among all Canadian cities, houses are particularly unaffordable in Vancouver. In fact, in a 2012 study, Vancouver was ranked as the 2nd-most unaffordable city on earth!