Welcome to Vancouver
Known as the gateway to the Pacific, Vancouver is known the world over for its beautiful setting. It is surrounded by water on three sides, as well as spectacular mountains. Vancouver is the largest city in BC and the third largest city in Canada. The almost 2 million inhabitants of the Greater Vancouver area are multicultural, and come from more than 60 cultural groups. The city was named by Europeans after Captain George Vancouver, who first sailed here in 1792.
Vancouver is a major port and probably leads the world in grain exports. As the main western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes, it is the primary city of western Canada, as well as one of the nation's largest industrial centers. Major industries include lumber and paper products, shipbuilding, food processing, petroleum refining, fish processing, and metal product manufacturing. A superport at Roberts Bank, 40 km to the south, is used for exporting coal and ore to Japan.
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