With the Coast Mountains north of the city creating a majestic backdrop and glass towers and
copper-topped skyscrapers ringing two newly-developed waterfronts, Vancouver continues to
retain its image as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Located at the southwest tip of
the province of British Columbia on the west side of Canada, the surrounding evergreen forest
and an abundant amount of rainfall keeps the city perpetually clean and green. In season, the
beautiful gardens both private and public, are impossible to ignore.
Historically, the city is very young. In 1886, nearly one hundred years after visits from Spanish
explorer Navarez and British explorer George Vancouver, the thriving settlement, first known as
Granville, became the city of Vancouver.
Lumber and fishing boosted the economy and helped
the city grow. Today, due to environmental issues these commodities are no longer secure,
however, the city's physical attributes assure a solid future in tourism.