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Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of Canada in the province of British Columbia, next to the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by water on three sides (basically it is located on peninsula), on the fourth one, there is Coast Range Mountain rising abruptly to more than 1500 metres. It has the climate of mid-west of Canada, with average January temperatures 3°C and July temperatures 18°C. It is dynamic, multicultural city set in spectacular natural environment.

Vancouver is the largest city of British Columbia and the third largest city in Canada. It lies in a region of more than 2 million people, with the population of 600,000 in the city proper. Greater Vancouver is made up of 18 municipalities that occupy 2,930 square kilometres on and around the Fraser River delta. The City of Vancouver is one of them (having 114 square kilometers). The east of Vancouver is made by six municipalities – Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody; north of Vancouver, separated from it by Burrard Inlet, which is the main waterway for Canada's largest western port, there are five municipalities – West Vancouver, Lions Bay, North Vancouver, Belcarra and Anmore, known as North Shore. On the opposite shore of the Fraser River are the lowland Greater Vancouver municipalities: Richmond, Delta, Surrey, White Rock and Langley.

Therefore Canada is a bilingual state, Federal government departments provide service in English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either a first or second language.

Vancouver got its name according to the British naval captain George Vancouver, who explored the area in 1792. However, the first name of the sawmill settlement founded on this location in 1870s was Granville. The city was incorporated and renamed in 1886.

Vancouver, being the primary city of western Canada is one of the nation’s largest industrial centres as well. Its port is the largest in all the country and the airport is the second largest international passenger gateway on the west coast of North America. The city is also home to headquarters of forest products and mining companies as well as branches of national and international banks, accounting and law firms. Recently it has become also the centre for software development and biotechnology, as well as film production industry. The city is a major tourist destination, with tourists enjoying mainly its gardens and parks (the most famous is Stanley Park).

The most notable upcoming event in Vancouver is Winter Olympic and Para Olympic Games taking place in 2010.

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