Vancouver, one of the largest cities in Canada, is known for its peculiar geography. The snow covered mountains are located close to the Pacific Ocean. No wonder, Vancouverites love skiing and snorkelling. However, Vancouver is also prone to major earthquakes.
The city got its name from Captain George Vancouver, a British royal navy officer who became the first European to explore the Pacific coast of Canada. Vancouver is one of the largest port cities in Canada and also one of the largest cruise ship ports in the world.
The city plays a crucial role in the American Film Industry. Vancouver has the second largest television production centre and the third largest centre for film productionin North America after Los Angeles and New York. The city has picturesque locations, apt for film shootings. As a matter of fact, movies like The X-Files, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian and Twilight: New Moon have been shot here. Hence, Vancouver has an interesting nickname: ‘Hollywood North’, on the lines of its American Tinsel town sister.
Stanley park in Vancouver, is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It has pleasant beaches and hiking trails in plenty. The park houses the Vancouver aquarium, which is ranked among the top five aquariums in the world. It is named after a former Canadian Governor- General, Lord Stanley, who was also a conversationalist. If you do plan to visit the park, don’t miss out on its other interesting features such as the Brockton Point Lighthouse, the “Girl in a Wetsuit” and other sculptures, and the Lions Gate Bridge.
A very interesting attraction of this park, which puts it on the world map is the ‘hollow tree’. It is a trunk of a Western red cedar tree, which is around 800 years old. Not so surprisingly, it is the most photographed landmark in Vancouver.
The Deadman’s island has quite an interesting story behind it being home to many ghostly tales for centuries now. A revered haunted site, it was discovered by some English settlers, way back in 1862. The natives of the region had deserted the place, where battles were fought and many tribes had perished. However, the white settlers used the island to confine diseased people suffering from small pox. The name of the island comes from the fact that it was used as a burial ground by both natives and the first settlers. Presently, it is closed for public viewing.
Did you know?
- Greenpeace, one of the world’s largest environmental organisations, was started in Vancouver in 1971.
- The famous cosmetic surgery called Botox was invented by the doctors of Vancouver.
- Vancouver is known for the ‘9 o’clock gun’ tradition, a tradition where a kind of cannon is shot every night at 9. It was done in the past to help sailors to adjust their marine clocks. Presently, it helps locals adjust their clocks to the correct time.