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City of Vancouver


Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia, at about 49° Latitude and 123° Longitude, next to the Pacific Ocean, on the mainland of BC, 9 miles (15 km) north of Vancouver International Airport. Vancouver is surrounded by water on three sides and overlooked by the Coast Range - mountains that rise abruptly to more than 1,500 m.  Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest in Canada. It covers an area of 114 sq km.

As the main western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes, Vancouver is the primary city of western Canada, as well as one of the nation's largest industrial centers.

The Port of Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port, trading more than $43 billion in goods with more than 90 trading economies annually. Port activities generate 69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in gross domestic product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

Vancouver's Central Area has 60% of the region's office space and is home to headquarters of forest products and mining companies as well as branches of national and international banks, accounting and law firms. In recent years, Vancouver has expanded as a centre for software development and biotechnology, while film studios and the streets provide a backdrop for the developing film industry. Two of the Port of Vancouver's container docks are located in the city. The Fraser River has barge and log traffic serving forestry and other water related industries. Around 1,800 acres of industrial land provide an important range of support services, manufacturing and wholesale premises for businesses throughout the city and region.

Vancouver is a major tourist destination. In addition to the city's scenic location, visitors enjoy beautiful gardens and world-famous Stanley Park, one of more than 180 city parks, and a combination of natural forest and parklands near the city center.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)  is Canada's second busiest airport and the second largest international passenger gateway on the west coast of North America.



With a population of about 600,000 (BC Stats estimate2011), Vancouver lies in a region of  2,135,201 people. Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest in Canada. It covers an area of 114 .97 sq km. Transportation

Translink (Vancouver Public Transit)

The most common buses are the city buses operated by Translink. City buses run frequently and can get you most places in the city quickly, inexpensively and conveniently. The city buses are linked to both the SeaBus, a ferry that crosses the Burrard Inlet between Vancouver and the North Shore, and the SkyTrain, an elevated train that travels between Vancouver and Surrey with 20 stops along the way.


BC Ferries

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Vancouver has a number of transportation options involving ferries and boats since the city is surrounded on three sides by water. If you're a visitor, or even a local, you'll find that much of the boat transportation is fun even if you have no particular destination.


Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
(604) 207-7077

Flying into and out of Vancouver British Columbia is a pleasure because the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is such a great airport. In the last year, it has been named the best medium sized airport in North America, the second best airport on the continent, and the tenth best in the world. Business travelers rate it #3 in the world.


Port of Vancouver

Port Vancouver's premier Canada Place cruise ship facility is located in the city centre, near excellent hotels, shopping, dining and entertainment. Its distinctive white sail design, five-star hotel, and the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre make Canada Place an attractive start and finish to any cruise experience.


West Coast Express

West Coast Express is Vancouver's Commuter Rail system. Currently, there is one line between the Vancouver Waterfront east to Mission B.C.. Like many commuter systems, West Coast is set up as a "round trip" system, offering travel only in one direction at peak travel times. In the case of Vancouver, westbound trains only run in the morning, then head east in the afternoon.


Amtrak Vancouver

Amtrak offers passenger service between Vancouver and many destinations in the United States. The route between Seattle and Vancouver is one of Amtrak's most popular. There is one round trip train each day.


ViaRail Trains and Tours
350 Davie Street, Yaletown, Downtown Vancouver
(604) 642-0557\

ViaRail is Canada's national passenger railroad. It offers year round trains between Vancouver and Jasper, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and other major cities in central and eastern Canada.


Greyhound Vancouver

The Pacific Central Station, located at the corner of Main and Terminal near the Main Street/Science World SkyTrain station is the terminal for Grayhound Lines, Pacific Coach Lines and three trains: ViaRail, Amtrak and the Rocky Mountaineer. It also has a Hertz car rental kiosk.



The Vancouver School Board (VSB), a municipally elected body funded by the Province, is responsible for schools and education in Vancouver. The VSB, with 56,000 students, is one of the largest school districts in BC. The VSB has 91 elementary schools and 18 secondary schools. There are schools close to, or in, each neighbourhood of the city. The VSB has a yearly operating budget of more than $350 million and employs more than 3,200 teachers and staff.

The Federation of Independent Schools Association (Tel: 604-684-6023) is an umbrella organization which offers information regarding private schools, including Catholic schools, in the Province. The Conseil Solaria Francophone de la Colombia-Britannique (Francophone Education Authority of BC, Tel: 1-888-715-2200) is an independent school board that provides French programming to students who have French as a first language.

Registering for schools

For information about schools for your children or courses for adult education, call the Vancouver School Board at 604-713-5000. The District Reception and Placement Centre at 2530 East 43rd Ave (Tel: 604-713-5999) evaluates new students for placement in classes.

Multicultural Liaison Workers at schools provide parents and children with additional help in communicating with school staff. In Vancouver, staff speak the following languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean.


The Vancouver School Board also has Aboriginal Liaison Workers to assist with aboriginal students.

VSB Community Education Services (CES)

Community Education Services (CES) has more than 2,000 programs for adult education and special courses. There are special courses for all ages, for people trying to get into college or university, and also classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) for beginner to advanced levels. Call CES at 604-713-4500

CES offers courses in many languages, including Cantonese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sign Language and Spanish.

Colleges and Universities in Vancouver:

1. British Columbia Institute of Technology Tel: 604-434-5734  


2.   Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Tel: 604-844-3800  


3.  Langara College Tel: 604-323-5686  


4.  Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre: Tel: 604-291-5000  


5.  University of British Columbia Tel: 604-822-2211  


6.  Vancouver Community College Tel: 604-871-7000  



Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada. Temperatures average 3°C in January and 18°C in July. Vancouver's average annual precipitation is 1,219 mm. Most rainfall occurs in winter.



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 Source: Canada Post Corporation, 2006.















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