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Vancouver is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It is named for British Captain George Vancouver, who explored the area in the 1790. Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia, on the mainland of BC, 9 miles (15 km) north of Vancouver International Airport.

Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range Vancouver is the eighth largest city in Canada with a population of 578,000 (2006 census). It covers 114.7 sq km (44.3 sq miles), and is part of Metro Vancouver, the third largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a population of 2.1 million (2006 census). Vancouver is recognized as one of the world's most liveable cities (based on safety, education, hygiene, recreation, political-economic stability and public transportation).

Locals will tell you that Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where you can go skiing and sailing on the same day. Outdoorsman will love the opportunities to fish, hike and camp, athletes will love the proximity to downhill and cross-country ski facilities, the abundance of golf courses, watersports (scuba diving, sea kayaking, canoeing, swimming, white water rafting, windsurfing, jet skiing), boating, fishing, bike/rollerblade and running trails. Families will love the Kid Markets of Granville Island, PNE, Playland, children's festivals, water parks, museums, whale-watching, Science World, walking across suspension bridges or going to the local music festivals.

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