Things I Have Learned In Vancouver, Canada
“I’ve been to Canada, and I’ve always gotten the impression that I could take the country over in about two days.” Jon Stewart
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, a morose sounding guy who hated the place. ( Opening to the Northwest Passage – monument to Captain Vancouver in Vanier Park)
Thirty five per cent of Vancouver’s population is foreign-born (the highest figure for a city in the world). It has the highest proportion of Asians in any North American city.
Greenpeace was started in Vancouver – just in case you thought it was started by vegans in San Francisco.
Sun Yat Sen Gardens (named after the Chinese revolutionary) were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China.
Chinese gardens employ principles of Feng Shui and Taoism, to achieve harmony and a balance of opposites. Craggy rocks, for example, are juxtaposed against delicate foliage. Water is also an important element of the garden. It is an oasis of peace in the beautiful city.
Vancouver ranks third in the world as the best city to live in.
This is a great eating city. Their specialties are seafood, local cheese and fresh produce. There is excellent Asian food as well. Don’t miss the Granville Market which is an entire island near downtown filled with crafts, farmer’s market, and specialty food vendors.
The Vancouver (YVR) airport has free WiFi.
Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada.
Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest and much used park.
Set against an urban seawall there are miles of trails, bike paths, beautiful beaches, gardens, monuments, sculptures the first nations totem poles., local wildlife, food, natural, cultural and historical landmarks.
You can’t buy beer or alcohol in the grocery store.
The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG)) is the fifth-largest gallery in Canada. Its permanent collection is about 10,000 pieces. . There are always interesting exhibitions as well and is a nice break from all the outdoor activities.
Vancouver is North America’s second largest port. (after New York)
Vancouver is the second or third largest film production centre in North America. It is second to LA in television production & third behind LA and NY in feature film production. This is due to favorable tax concessions to the industry, the year round mild climate, and Vancouver’s wide variety of locales. Most productions are American. Most Canadian productions are in Toronto.
The Twilight Saga was filmed in Vancouver.
Gastown was the first settlement in Vancouver. Today it has a lot of tourist shops, First Nation galleries, and pretty street lights. The main activity seems to be taking a picture of the steam clock.
Vancouver has the largest crime rate in Canada but still well below many American cities. This is due to the large number of drug addicts who live here.(because it is the third best city in the world to live?)
The city has less than fifty murders a year. Some of them are criminals killing other criminals. You can’t make this stuff up.