largest city in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada. According to the 2011 census, it is the eighth largest Canadian municipality. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English.

Vancouver's skyline, across English Bay
View of English Bay
View of downtown Vancouver

The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.4 million inhabitants is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country and the most populous in Western Canada. Vancouver is the most densely populated Canadian municipality, and the fourth most densely populated city over 250,000 residents in North America, behind New York City, San Francisco, and Mexico City.


  • Without question it may be said of Vancouver that her position, geographically, is Imperial to a degree, that her possibilities are enormous, and that with but a feeble stretch of the imagination those possibilities might wisely be deemed certainties.
    • A. N. Homer, The Imperial Highway (1912), p. 84.
  • According to the summary, $5.1 billion was spent on Vancouver's "social safety net" in 2020, equating to about $7,200 per Vancouver resident or $14 million per day. The executive summary does not specifically define what is being included as a part of the city’s social safety net.
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