Host City 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 kilometer (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 town site 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 center 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 centers in North America, earning it the film industry nickname, Hollywood North.
Vancouver is one of the warmest and wettest cities in Canada. Average temperatures in late spring are around 20°C (67°F) during the day and around 11°C (53°F) at night. April is a moderately rainy month. We recommend bringing an umbrella or a rain jacket with you.
Here are some of the attractions you can visit only minutes from the hotel
- The cruise ship terminals
- The Vancouver Convention Centre, and the cauldron from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There is also a display of medals, torches and a medal podium accessible for viewing and photo opportunities
- Stanley Park, Vancouver’s first, largest, and most beloved urban park, and the surrounding seawall, which starts just steps from the hotel. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures.
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC)Canada Place
Here are some attractions to visit if you are staying an extra day or two in Vancouver
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (free shuttle leaves from Canada Place)
- Grouse Mountain – From sophisticated entertainment to unspoiled nature, Grouse Mountain is the pre-eminent all-in-one, four season destination with something for everyone, and only 15-minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ride the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride that takes you to the Alpine Station, 3,700 feet above sea level.
- Granville Island – public market, artisan shops, art galleries and performing arts theatres
- Golf at one of Vancouver’s several golf courses
- Visit Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 mi) north of the city. One of the many things that makes Whistler so special is two unbelievable mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb.
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
- Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (seafood)
- CinCin Ristorante + Bar (Italian)
- COAST Restaurant (seafood and steakhouse)
- Hy’s Encore (steakhouse)
- Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House (seafood and steakhouse)
- Hawksworth Restaurant (West Coast)
- Kobe Japanese Steak House (Teppanyaki/hibachi style cooking)
- Raincity Grill (West Coast)
- Tojo’s Restaurant (Sushi/Japanese)
Here are some great but less-expensive options
- Cactus Club Cafe (casual/fusion)
- Chambar Belgian Restaurant (French/Belgian)
- Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour location (Sushi/Japanese)
- Salam Bombay Restaurant (Indian)
- Sciué Italian Bakery Café (Italian)
- Tap & Barrell – Coal Harbour (pub)