City Hopper: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
One of the cities I enjoy visiting while I am spending time at my place in Victoria, B.C is just across the water in mainland British Columbia and that city is Vancouver. Vancouver is a coastal seaport in British Columbia and a very nice city. It is not only the most populous metropolitan city in Western Canada but it is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52% of the people with whom English is not their first language!
Here’s some interesting facts from Wikipedia on Vancouver:”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 the third-largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the film industry nickname, Hollywood North.”
The list of movies that have been filmed in Vancouver, B.C. is long indeed – from X-Men and The Butterfly Effect to the Twilight vampire saga and everything in between it seems Vancouver is the place to film. You can even take a tour of all the movie sites in Vancouver if you’re so inclined and see exactly where your favorite scenes and actors were standing when the film was being made.
Vancouver was the first city to rank among the top-ten most livable cities in the world for five years in a row! And the reason for that is apparent. Although the city of Vancouver is…well, it’s a city and a clean, easily accessible one at that, it is also surrounded by nature everywhere you look from the sea coast that runs along side it to the Olympic Mountains that are readily visible all around. If you want to shop downtown Vancouver has everything you could possibly want including different coffee shops every few feet so you’ll never run out of energy to do everything the city has to offer.
If you’re looking to experience all that nature has to offer then just like the rest of British Columbia, Vancouver won’t disappoint you because just a short ride out of the city will land you in nature so beautiful you’ll be in awe! If you’re the adventurous type then there is plenty for you to do from kayaking on the waters and seeing whales to hiking in the forests and walking across suspension bridges like the Capilano Suspension bridge high above the forest ground.
One of the things that you’ll notice in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia are the native totem poles that are all around. These totem poles are from the tribes of aboriginal people that have been in the area for over 10,000 years. Although modern T.V. and movies would like you to believe that totem poles are evil or have some sort of spell on them, they are actually the life story of the the tribe or person that the totem pole was erected for and if you study them you can learn a lot about the person or person’s the pole was dedicated to not to mention that they are just plain beautiful.
Next time join me as I explore more of the area and head across the water to the island beauty that is known as Victoria, B.C.