V A N C O U V E R , B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A
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Friday, July 16, 2004
Visitors Bureau: 200 Burrard Street, Suite 210, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 3L6
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm (pacific)
Population: 1,986,965 (2001 Canadian Census)
Gender: 48.9% male, 51.1% female
Ethnic Origin: 24.1% English, 19.2% Canadian, 17.6% Chinese, 15.8% Scottish, 23.3% Other
Median Income: $ 77,005 (canadian)
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Voted the "Best City in the Americas" by Conde Nast Traveler magazine for 2004, Vancouver rates highest in the categories of friendliness, culture and sites, ambience, shopping, restaurants, and lodging. Nestled within a spectacular natural environment, the dynamic, multicultural city offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities year round. Future site of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver looks forward to increased world-focus and growth of their tourism, hospitality and business services.
Bordering the Pacific Ocean and warmed by its southern currents, Vancouver's mild climate exhibits average highs of mid-70s in summer and average lows of mid-40s in winter. Winters are wet but snow rarely falls upon the city's face, gathering instead in the low ski hills north of city center.
Based on the 2001 Canadian Census, close to 600,000 people call the City of Vancouver their home. Adding in the populations surrounding Vancouver, approximately 2 million folks reside within Greater Vancouver. That's about 50% of the total population of British Columbia.
I spent a couple of days in Vancouver, the first two days were spent biking around town and the remaining 3 days were spent travel writing.
Please come join me as I begin my tour of beautiful Vancouver.
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