Host City

Overview

Overview

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. The 2011 census recorded more than 603,000 people in the city, making it the eighth largest Canadian city. The metropolitan area, with more than 2.3 million residents, is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country and the most populous in Western Canada. With 5,249 people per square kilometre (13,590 per square mile), the City of Vancouver is the most densely populated Canadian municipality among those with 5,000 residents or more. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada.

The original settlement, named Gastown, grew around the Hastings Mill logging sawmill and a nearby tavern, both established in 1867. Enlarging to become the townsite of Granville, with the announcement that the railhead would reach the site it was renamed “Vancouver” and incorporated as a city in 1886. By 1887, the transcontinental railway was extended to the city to take advantage of its large natural seaport, which soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient, Eastern Canada, and London. As of 2009, Port Metro Vancouver is the busiest and largest port in Canada, and the most diversified port in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and Burnaby have turned Metro Vancouver into one of the largest film production centres in North America, earning it the film industry nickname, Hollywood North.

The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 mi) north of the city.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Weather

Weather

Vancouver is one of the warmest and wettest cities in Canada. Average temperatures in early fall are around 19°C (66°F) during the day, and around 11°C (53°F) at night. September is a moderately rainy month. The hotel provides an umbrella if you don’t wish to bring one with you. We recommend bringing a rain jacket with you.

Main Attractions

Main Attractions

Here are some of the attractions you can visit only minutes from the hotel:

 

Here are some attractions to visit if you are staying an extra day or two in Vancouver:

 

Eating Out

Eating Out

As Vancouver is a very multicultural city, it offers a wide selection of dining options, with cuisine from around the world.

Here are some of the best restaurants in downtown Vancouver:

Here are some great but less expensive options:

(Source: Tourism Vancouver and Frommer’s)