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Canada Facts & Information

 Location Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous US
 Climate Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north
 Terrain Mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast
 Population 32,805,041
 Nationality Canadian
 Ethnic groups British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%
 Religions Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%
 Languages English (official) 59.3%, French (official) 23.2%
 Government Type Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary Democracy, and Federation
 Capital Ottawa
 Currency Canadian dollar (CAD)
 Description of Flag Two vertical bands of red, with white square between them and a red maple leaf is centered in the white square.
 Canada Flag Canada Flag

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Vancouver Culture

Vancouver has a thriving Asian population comprised of both natives and new immigrants, along with the third-largest Chinatown in the Americas (after San Francisco and New York). The city’s founders had to be hardy, enterprising, and adventurous, and today their descendants are no different.

The laid-back, do-your-own-thing atmosphere also draws many artists, musicians, and other creative

types, who tend to congregate in the dive bars in and around Gastown (and who wear the clothes found in its faux-vintage boutiques). Granville Island’s artsiness is glossier and more tourist-oriented, though it does have the presence of the illustrious Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

As you would expect in a place with so many excellent parks and beaches, Vancouver’s population is generally outdoorsy and fit. On summer evenings you’ll find athletic twentysomethings diving for balls on the sandy volleyball courts on the north side of Cambie Bridge, and there are always plenty of joggers and cyclists traversing Stanley Park’s Sea Wall.

More Information:
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Vancouver Culture

Vancouver has a thriving Asian population comprised of both natives and new immigrants, along with the third-largest Chinatown in the Americas (after San Francisco and New York). The city’s founders had to be hardy, enterprising, and adventurous, and today their descendants are no different.

The laid-back, do-your-own-thing atmosphere also draws many artists, musicians, and other creative

types, who tend to congregate in the dive bars in and around Gastown (and who wear the clothes found in its faux-vintage boutiques). Granville Island’s artsiness is glossier and more tourist-oriented, though it does have the presence of the illustrious Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

As you would expect in a place with so many excellent parks and beaches, Vancouver’s population is generally outdoorsy and fit. On summer evenings you’ll find athletic twentysomethings diving for balls on the sandy volleyball courts on the north side of Cambie Bridge, and there are always plenty of joggers and cyclists traversing Stanley Park’s Sea Wall.

More Information:
 www.state.gov

 

Vancouver Shopping

The shopping along Robson Street is relatively upscale—designer clothing, art and craft galleries, jewelry stores and chocolatiers. The shops get funkier in Gastown, along Alexander and Water Streets, where you can kick back with a cold drink at any of the great bars and restaurants afterwards (duck inside Gaoler’s Mews on Water Street, the most charming little spot in the city, which hosts a very good Italian restaurant with live jazz, Sapori). East of Gastown

along East Pender Street, Chinatown offers the customary shops and daily market. Trendy shops and cafés abound in the Kitsilano section, southwest of downtown, along 4th Avenue and many of its side-streets. On Granville Island there are plenty of art and craft galleries, and don’t miss the public market.

If it’s a mall you’re after, head to the Pacific center (550-700 West Georgia Street; 604-688-7236), located underground between Granville and Howe Streets. There’s music, clothes, electronics, a food court, and everything else you’d expect.

 

Vancouver Shopping

The shopping along Robson Street is relatively upscale—designer clothing, art and craft galleries, jewelry stores and chocolatiers. The shops get funkier in Gastown, along Alexander and Water Streets, where you can kick back with a cold drink at any of the great bars and restaurants afterwards (duck inside Gaoler’s Mews on Water Street, the most charming little spot in the city, which hosts a very good Italian restaurant with live jazz, Sapori). East of Gastown

along East Pender Street, Chinatown offers the customary shops and daily market. Trendy shops and cafés abound in the Kitsilano section, southwest of downtown, along 4th Avenue and many of its side-streets. On Granville Island there are plenty of art and craft galleries, and don’t miss the public market.

If it’s a mall you’re after, head to the Pacific center (550-700 West Georgia Street; 604-688-7236), located underground between Granville and Howe Streets. There’s music, clothes, electronics, a food court, and everything else you’d expect.

 

Vancouver Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 C Restaurant 1600 Howe St. 604-681-1164 Seafood
 Bridges Restaurant 1696 Duranleau St 604-687-4400 Seafood
 Beach House 150 25th St 604-922-1414 Seafood
 Il Giardino di Umberto 1382 Hornby Street 604-669-2422 Italian
 The Five Sails 300-999 Canada Place 604-662-8111 French
 Circolo 1116 Mainland St. 604-687-1116 Italian
 Piccolo Mondo 850 Thurlow St 604-688-1633 Italian
 Quattro on Fourth 2611 W. 4th Ave 604-734-4444 Italian
 Blue Water Cafe 1095 Hamilton St. 604-688-8078 Seafood
 Le Gavroche 1616 Alberni St. 604-685-3924 French
 The Vineyard 2296 W. Fourth Ave. 604-733-2420 Mediterranean
 The Cannery 2205 Commissioner Street 604-681-7275 Seafood
 Gotham Steakhouse 615 Seymour St. 604-605-8282 Steak
 Glowbal Grill 1079 Mainland Street 604-602-0835 International
 Lumi?re 2551 W. Broadway 604-739-8185 French
 Simply Thai 1211 Hamilton St 604-642-0123 Thai
 Raincity Grill 1193 Denman Street 604-685-7337 American
 La Terrazza 1088 Cambie St. 604-899-4449 Italian
 Lorenzo 3605 W. Fourth Ave. 604-731-2712 Italian
 CinCin Ristorante 1154 Robson Street 604-688-7338 Italian
 West Restaurant 2881 Granville St. 604-738-8938 French
 Bishop's 2183 W. 4th Ave 604-738-2025 Canadian
 Caffe de Medici 109-1025 Robson Street 604-669-9322 Italian

 

Vancouver Restaurants
   
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine
 C Restaurant 1600 Howe St. 604-681-1164 Seafood
 Bridges Restaurant 1696 Duranleau St 604-687-4400 Seafood
 Beach House 150 25th St 604-922-1414 Seafood
 Il Giardino di Umberto 1382 Hornby Street 604-669-2422 Italian
 The Five Sails 300-999 Canada Place 604-662-8111 French
 Circolo 1116 Mainland St. 604-687-1116 Italian
 Piccolo Mondo 850 Thurlow St 604-688-1633 Italian
 Quattro on Fourth 2611 W. 4th Ave 604-734-4444 Italian
 Blue Water Cafe 1095 Hamilton St. 604-688-8078 Seafood
 Le Gavroche 1616 Alberni St. 604-685-3924 French
 The Vineyard 2296 W. Fourth Ave. 604-733-2420 Mediterranean
 The Cannery 2205 Commissioner Street 604-681-7275 Seafood
 Gotham Steakhouse 615 Seymour St. 604-605-8282 Steak
 Glowbal Grill 1079 Mainland Street 604-602-0835 International
 Lumi?re 2551 W. Broadway 604-739-8185 French
 Simply Thai 1211 Hamilton St 604-642-0123 Thai
 Raincity Grill 1193 Denman Street 604-685-7337 American
 La Terrazza 1088 Cambie St. 604-899-4449 Italian
 Lorenzo 3605 W. Fourth Ave. 604-731-2712 Italian
 CinCin Ristorante 1154 Robson Street 604-688-7338 Italian
 West Restaurant 2881 Granville St. 604-738-8938 French
 Bishop's 2183 W. 4th Ave 604-738-2025 Canadian
 Caffe de Medici 109-1025 Robson Street 604-669-9322 Italian

 


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