Vancouver is the most important city in British Columbia and the third Canadian city, its metropolitan area is home to over 2,300,000 people, the city extends over the river Freser, on the Burrard Peninsula, and along the shores of the Strait of Georgia Pacific Ocean. Chinese is by far, the largest visible ethnic minority group in the city.
The city is famous for its natural landscape, dominated by the chain of the North Shore Mountains, is rich in parks and public gardens, the most important and extensive is Stanley Park. The city in recent years has been repeatedly elected, from among various research, between the most livable cities in the world.
The city center is full of soaring skyscrapers close of which is the green lung of Stanley Park. The city has several important museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Vancouver Art Gallery), the Museum of Vancouver on the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present, the naval museum (Vancouver Maritime Museum), the Museum of Astronomy (HR MacMillan Space Centre) and the museum of history and traditions of Indian peoples of the north-western Pacific (Museum of Anthropology at UBC).
Vancouver is a young city, was founded at the end of the nineteenth century with the name of Granville, the city developed thanks to the Canadian Pacific Railway train, which made it the final point of arrival on the Pacific, and the gold rush of end nineteenth century.