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Vancouver is the most populous city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, home to nearly 3 million people in the greater Vancouver Area. It is a coastal seaport city, and also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. The city also ranks as one of the best cities to live in in the world.
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Key Facts & Information
HISTORY OF VANCOUVER
- Vancouver and the surrounding area had long been inhabited by many First Nations peoples, as long ago as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, in fact.
- Vancouver is located in the traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples of the Coast Salish group.
- There is a bit of discrepancy with regards to who explored the area first – some say it was Francis Drake in 1579, while others say that Jose Maria Narvaez of Spain explored the coast in 1791.
- The first European to set foot on the site of present-day Vancouver was Simon Fraser, who was an explorer and trader for the North West Company in the early 1800s.
- A post at Fort Langley was set up in 1827 to aid with the distribution of fur for the fur trade.
- Only a few Europeans lived in the area until about 1850 when the town of New Westminster (which is now a suburb of Vancouver) was established.
- By the 1860s, thousands of miners (mostly from California in the U.S.A) flooded the area as a result of the gold rush in the Cariboo Mountains.
- The influx of American workers benefited the area, as many of them set up businesses and factories, including a sawmill and a sugar refinery.
- By the 1870s, Vancouver was known as a small sawmilling settlement and was called Granville; it was incorporated as a city on April 6, 1886 and was renamed Vancouver.
- The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 allowed grain and lumber to be exported to the U.S and Europe.
- For much of the 20th century, the economy was dominated by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
- The 20th century was also dominated by many labor movements, strikes, and many social movements that were instrumental in Vancouver’s development.
- In 1929, two large suburbs amalgamated with Vancouver, making its metropolitan area the third most populous in Canada.
- After World War II, Vancouver became Canada’s major Pacific coast port, serving as the main business hub for trade with Asia and the Pacific Rim.
GEOGRAPHY AND ECONOMY OF VANCOUVER
- Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, and lies between the burrard Inlet and the Fraser River.
- Although there is an island called Vancouver Island, the city of Vancouver is not located there.
- The city is home to one of the largest urban parks in North America, called Stanley Park, covering 1,001 acres.
- Historically, the vegetation in Vancouver was a temperate rainforest with a mix of unique trees such as Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock; some old-growth forests are still accessible to this day.
- Vancouver has an oceanic or marine west coast climate, which has warm summers and mild winters, with lots of precipitation.
- As of 2011, Vancouver is the most densely populated city in Canada.
- Vancouver acts as the western terminus of Canada’s transcontinental highway, rail routes, and shipping ports; it is Canada’s largest and most diversified port.
- Vancouver is also the head of forest product and mining companies, as well as a center for software development, biotechnology, film, aerospace engineering, and serves as a hub for lifestyle brands such as Lululemon, Herschel Supply Co, Aritzia, Nature’s Path Foods, and several more.
- It is also a major tourist destination due to its scenery, gardens, mountains, parks, and access to the Pacific Ocean.
- Housing costs and the city’s affordability have taken a hit in the 21st century – it is ranked as the second-most unaffordable city in the world, behind Singapore.
CULTURE OF VANCOUVER
- Vancouver’s popularity as a major film location has been on the rise; it is home to the Vancouver International Film Festival and is nicknamed
- Many prominent theater companies are located in Vancouver, as well as several libraries and museums.
- Vancouver’s location makes it a great place to participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, and plenty of other activities.
- Vancouver’s nightlife scene is vibrant, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Vancouver across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Vancouver worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Vancouver which is the most populous city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, home to nearly 3 million people in the greater Vancouver Area. It is a coastal seaport city, and also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. The city also ranks as one of the best cities to live in in the world.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Vancouver Facts
- The Great Vancouver Fire
- Spotlight On: George Vancouver
- A Beautiful Forest
- The Pacific Scandal
- Word Work
- Vancouver Crossword
- On The Map
- The Squamish People
- A Unique Coat of Arms
- Vancouver Wordsearch
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