Like a fine wine, Vancouver gets better with age

Discussion in 'Other North America/non U.S.' started by NileGuide, Feb 4, 2011.  |  Print Topic

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    Olypmic Cauldron
    Although April is a few months away, it’s already shaping up to be all sorts of fun! Not only is it my birthday month, but Vancouver is celebrating its 125th birthday in style. On April 6th, 2011 the city will be hosting an event called Birthday Live and admission will be free. Consider it your birthday present from the City of Vancouver. The party will be held at Jack Poole Plaza, where the Olympic Cauldron calls home, and will run from early afternoon into the evening.
    Because one party just isn’t enough, a second event called Summer Live, will be held from July 8-10, 2011 in Stanley Park. This is another free event and will showcase some of Vancouver’s best in the arts scene. Summer Live will give you the chance to check out music, dance performances, street arts, theatre, local food and will also encourage you to explore Vancouver’s cultural diversity and First Nations heritage.
    Gassy Jack: Gastown's Own
    Large milestones always seem to be the most opportune time to take a look back at all the great stuff that has happened over time:
    - The 1790s were good years and that’s because George Vancouver, an adventurous British Captain, stumbled upon the area and decided it was so awesome, he’d map it.
    - Gastown was once the main hub of Vancouver and when the railway made it’s way into the area, the city was officially incorporated and renamed, Vancouver. Hello, 1886!
    - In 1858, almost a decade prior to Vancouver’s “birth”, the Fraser Gold Rush brought around 25,000 men to the area to take advantage of the financial possibilities.
    - 1886 was also when the first transcontinental train made its way into the city. This really put us on the map!
    - To start, Vancouver’s population was around 1000 inhabitants and today over two million people in the GVR call it home.
    - The second largest Chinatown in North America is in Vancouver.
    - 35% of Vancouver’s population are foreign born, which makes our city diverse in flavor and culture.
    - Vancouver is very walkable and 1 in 5 people walk to work. That’s on par with New York City!
    - There are many high rise residential buildings in Vancouver and that’s because our city is 65% residential.
    - Because we’re right on the ocean, Vancouver has the second largest Port in North America.
    That’s just a few facts about Vancouver, but it highlights just a few of the reasons why there’s a lot to celebrate when Vancouver turns 125 in April!
    We will be updating events happening around Vancouver’s birthday, but you can also check out the official site.

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    Great post NileGuide! I'd also add that Vancouver is home to some of the warmest, nicest people in the world!

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