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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 and first mapped the area in the 1790's.
The first Europeans to explore the area were Spanish Captain Jose Maria Narvaez in 1791, and British naval Captain George Vancouver in 1792.
The area was not settled by Europeans until almost a century later, in 1862. The city grew rapidly following completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) transcontinental line from Eastern Canada, allowing for continuous rail service in the late 1880s. Chinese settlers were increasingly a presence in the area following completion of the CPR.
Subsequent waves of immigration were initially of Europeans moving west, and later, with the advent of global air travel, from Asia and many other parts of the world.  Under its new name the city was incorporated on April 6,1886. Three months later, on June 13, a spectacular blaze destroyed most of the city along the swampy shores of Burrard Inlet in twenty-five minutes. British Columbia Electric Railway Company opened 23 September 1898.



   Vancouver fire 1886


  Old City Hall

The Great Vancouver Fire, which destroyed the city, was eventually considered to be beneficial, as the city was rebuilt with modern water, electricity and streetcar systems.
Second Narrows Bridge and the Lions' Gate Bridge had provided a connection to the North Shore since 1925 and 1938 respectively.
As of 1 January 1929, the population of the enlarged Vancouver was 228,193
In the late 1950s, city planners began to encourage the building of high-rise residential towers in Vancouver's West End.

City Hall (Market Hall) on Main Street, September 18, 1928.
Photograph by W.J. Moore.

For the first time the BC Lions won the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup in 1964. 1970 The Vancouver Canucks played their first game in the National Hockey League.
The Vancouver Whitecaps won the North American Soccer League championship in 1979.
The new Vancouver Public Library building opens in 1995 along with General Motors Place (currently Rogers Arena) for hockey, basketball and musical performances.
July 1 - Canada Day - 2003, Vancouver is selected as the Host City for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Now Vancouver is the fourth most densely populated incorporated city with a population above 500,000 in North America, after New York City, San Francisco, and Mexico City.


Soccer team 1917


 Vancouver street   City Police 1903

Since the 1990s development of high-rise condominiums in the downtown peninsula has been financed, in part, by an inflow of capital from Hong Kong immigrants.
Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade. As of 2010, Vancouver has been ranked as having the 4th highest quality of living of any city on Earth.  Forbes has also ranked Vancouver as the tenth cleanest city in the world.

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