I’ve had opportunity to visit the city of Vancouver, Canada several times in the past couple of years. As far as big cities go, I think it’s one of the coolest around. It buzzes with culture and is a melting pot of people, food and lifestyle. Given the fact that Vancouver will host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games here in the next month or so, I thought I’d post up a couple of images from my travels there, along with some interesting tidbits about this coastal hub.
Vancouver is surrounded by water from three sides. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada not only because it is on the south side of Canada, but more because of Pacific Ocean and the prevailing south easterly winds that keeps Vancouver mild and damp.
Vancouver is very rich with parks having close to 200 parks including well known Stanley Park of Vancouver City (pictured here).
Vancouver was rated the best in the world for quality of life in 2001. Pictured here is False Creek Bay.
Vancouver is North America's second largest Port (in tonnage & physical size - after New York) and one of the worlds major cruise ship ports.
Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest city (Toronto is 1st and Montreal 2nd) with an area population of 2 to 2.6 million.
False Creek Bay (pictured here) is a quiet residential area along the water and it’s also home to the Olympic Village.
The Lions Gate Bridge has become of landmark of Vancouver and the North Shore. In 1986 the Guinness family, as a gift to Vancouver, purchased decorative lights that make it a distinctive nighttime landmark. In July 2009, the bridge's lighting system was updated with new LED lights to replace this existing system of 100-watt mercury vapour bulbs. The switch to LEDs is expected to reduce power consumption on the bridge by 90 per cent and save the Province about $30,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs. With the new LED bulbs, which are designed to last 12 years, it could be a decade before any work crew is called out to do a replacement.
Vancouver has the highest proportion (per capita) of Asians of any North American city. This makes for a great selection of Oriental restaurants. It has one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in North America.