Vancouver is located in the Lower Mainland and is bordered by the
communities of Burnaby in the east, Richmond
in the south and, over Burrard Inlet, the City
of North Vancouver, the District
of North Vancouver and West Vancouver,
the latter three commonly called the North Shore.
Vancouver, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is British Columbia's
financial centre and largest city for population. Vancouver is defined
by the natural boundaries of the north arm of the Fraser River,
the Strait of Georgia and a natural harbour that, in time, shaped
its destiny in becoming one of North America's busiest port cities,
especially for the export of grain.
Vancouver is made up of a number of distinct communities, each having
a culturally diverse neighbourhood and distinct history. The communities
of Vancouver include Downtown Vancouver, the West End, Yale Town,
Granville Island, the Downtown Eastside, East Vancouver, Broadway,
Langara, Killarney, Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Point Grey/UBC,
South-East Marine Drive and Marpole.
Downtown Vancouver contains a high number of high-rise office towers
situated along the West Hastings, West Pender, Georgia and Burrard
Streets. Throughout the office towers, there are a large selection
of luxury hotels, nightclubs and restaurants. Downtown Vancouver
also offers a wide variety of shopping with specialty stores along
fashionable Robson Street and the mall at Pacific Centre.
Located north-west of Downtown Vancouver is the West End which borders
onto Stanley Park. The West End is home to a large population of
gay and alternative lifestyle people featuring a number of ethnic
and diverse restaurants, coffee shops and inviting cafés.
The main area for you to explore includes Denman, Davie and Beach
Streets, especially near English Bay.
Yaletown is east of the West End and is Vancouver's newest upscale
neighbourhoods. At one time an area of manufacturing and warehouse
district, Yaletown has been transformed since the arrival of Expo
89 into a desired living place for upscale urbanites all within
close proximity to entertainment at General Motors Place, BC Place
Stadium and Chinatown.
Just east of downtown Vancouver is where you'll find North America's
second-largest Chinatown. Situated mostly on Keefer and Pender Streets,
Chinatown offers you a wide variety of restaurants, fresh-produce
markets, novelty stores, fascinating architecture and traditional
Chinese herbalist stores. Chinatown also presents you with the fabulous
Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden and Park.
Vancouver is home to some of British Columbia's most visited attractions,
entertainment, festivals and amusements centres. Some favourites
include the PNE, H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, Science World, the
Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Vancouver is also well known for the number of parks and green space
found throughout the area.
Columbia's Most Visited Park
One place that you'll have to visit is British Columbia's one of
the most treasured and visited park, Stanley Park. The entrance
to Stanley Park is situated north-west of the West End off Georgia
Street or coming from West or North Vancouver, the first exit off
Gate Bridge to Prospect Point.
In Stanley Park you can find the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science
Centre, Stanley Park Zoo and 8.8 km (5.5 miles) seawall. Throughout
the park there are a number of swimming beaches, lush forests, ocean
views, botanical gardens plus and for kids, the famous Miniature
For people who love the ocean waterfront, Vancouver has a number
of areas where you can enjoy sailing, boating, swimming in the summer
to walking and beachcombing along wide expanses of sandy or rocky
beaches. Some favourites include the Second and Third Beaches in
Stanley Park, English Bay in the West End, Kitsilano Beach, Jericho
Beach, Spanish Banks and an optional-clothing area at Wreck Beach
Sports Teams in Vancouver
Vancouver is host to British Columbia's major sports teams which
include the Vancouver Canucks who play in the NHL at Rogers Arena,
the BC Lions who play in the CFL at BC Place, Vancouver Canadians
baseball team and the Vancouver Giants who were 2007 Memorial Champions
and who play hockey at the Vancouver Coliseum located near the PNE
in East Vancouver.
If you are visiting from out of town and staying in Vancouver, try
and get out to see other close by landmarks including Simon Fraser
University in Burnaby, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
in the District of North Vancouver and Ambleside Beach and seawall
in West Vancouver. Also, for a spectacular view of Vancouver Harbour,
take the SeaBus from the north end of Seymour Street over to the
City of North Vancouver and the Quay Market.
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