Trader Simon Fraser and his crew became the first known Europeans to set foot on the site of the present-day city.
The city starts to grew up around John (Jack) Deighton’s saloon on the west edge of the Hastings Mill logging sawmill's property. Jack Deighton got its nickname: Gassy Jack because he was known as quite the talker, or "gassy". He convinced the millworkers to build him a tavern in exchange for all the whiskey they would be able to drink.
The "settlement" quickly became known as Gassy's Town or "Gastown". The city became Granville and finally takes its name from George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792. The City of Vancouver was incorporated on 6 April 1886, the same year that the first transcontinental train arrived.
Archaeological records indicate the presence of Aboriginal people in the Vancouver area from 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. Europeans explorers start to map the coast in 1791.
Vancouver is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia in Canada. The city is located on the Pacific coast and has the most populous city in the province. It’s also the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.
- 631,486 people in the city and 2,463,431 people in the Greater Vancouver area
- City 114.97 km2 (44.39 sq mi), Metro 2,878.52 km2(1,111.40 sq mi)
- 0–152 m (0–501 ft)
- Indigenous territories
- Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, Sto:lo
- Time zone
- PST (UTC−8)
There are many nicknames for the city of Vancouver, usually they are from: city's history, climate, geography, economy, etc. Here is couple of them:
- Vancouver receives on average 1,199 mm (47.2 in) of rainfall a year
- Hollywood North
- Vancouver is home to the fourth-largest film and television production industry in North America
- Derives from the Lotus eaters of Greek mythology from the Homer's Odyssey. Also reflects the laid back lifestyle, the Zen atmosphere, the lush vegetation and evokes Asia
- No Fun City
- Refer to some of the city's cultural policies that result in a less lively local music scene
- Vancouver has had a large Chinese community from its earliest days and the Chinese population surged as large numbers of Hong Kong citizens in 1997
Vancouver was named one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life by different organization. The city hosted many international conferences and events, including:
- British Empire and Commonwealth Games
- World Fair - Expo 86 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication
- 1989 and 2009
- World Police and Fire Games
- Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler
- TED conference who is made Vancouver its indefinite home
- FIFA Women's World Cup, including the final at BC Place