Located on the west coast of the North American mainland, Vancouver is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. The City of Vancouver occupies 2,930 square kilometres on and around the Fraser River delta and has a population of 603,000, estimated in the 2011 census.
As well as hosting the successful 2010 Olympic and Paralympic winter games Vancouver has also become an increasingly important player in forest product and mining, software development, biotechnology, aerospace, video game development, animation and film production.
Vancouver and British Columbia are considered one of the most highly developed tourism destinations in the World. The natural surroundings of Vancouver offer a wide range of outdoor activities such as sailing, climbing, skiing and whale watching. The city is also home to several large beaches and over 3210 acres of park. For indoor pursuits, Vancouver offers the tourist the opportunity to engage with the sciences and arts at one of its many art galleries, theatres and at Science World, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to engaging and inspiring British Columbians in the fields of science and technology.
Among its many initiatives Vancouver City Council manage a series of programmes, awards and celebrations that seek to recognise the city’s cultural diversity. Future projects include the goal of becoming the World’s greenest city in 2020. Many initiatives such as carbon neutral buildings, new bike lanes and leading edge recycling programmes are already underway.
British Columbia and the City of Vancouver provide an infrastructure ready to meet the needs of visitors from all over the World.