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Resembling both Seattle and San Francisco, Vancouver is considered one of the world’s most livable cities. The highrises of downtown gaze north across Burrard Inlet, the city’s deepwater harbor, to the steep slopes of cloud-shrouded Grouse and Cypress mountains, with suburban North Vancouver at their feet. The green span of Lion’s Gate Bridge echoes the Golden Gate as it guards the harbor’s mouth, with 1,000-acre Stanley Park at it’s south end. A diverse immigrant population, great universities, and thriving arts and film communities add to the rich tapestry of city life.
Vancouver’s recorded history is brief compared to many great cities, but native tribes have lived here for some 10,000 years, enjoying the rich fishing and moderate winter climate. The region was first visited by Europeans, including British explorer George Vancouver, in 1791-1792. The excellent, natural harbor and stands of giant timber perfect for sailing ships attracted commerce from the start. European settlements in the area were rough, gritty places dependent on lumbering until the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed, connecting both coasts and the Canadian interior in 1886. The population of newly re-named Vancouver (“Granville” seemed insufficiently grand) was just 5,000 at the time. The metro area population grew to 1.2 million over the next century.
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