Information and facts about Vancouver

The population of Vancouver is 572,000

The Greater Vancouver population is 2,136,200

Vancouver is in the Pacific Standard Time / PST time zone (GMT -8)

Elevation: 3 metres
Latitude: 49.28102
Longitude: -123.126183

Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Vancouver

Phone: (604) 683-2000
Plaza Level, Waterfront Centre - 200 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC

Post Office

Main Post Office

Phone: (604) 662-5725
349 W Georgia St
Vancouver BC

Other postal outlets can be found around the city including in most Shoppers Drugmart stores.


Vancouver Public Library (Central Library)

Phone: (604) 331-3603
350 W Georgia St
Vancouver BC

Other Vancouver Public Library locations are spotted around the city, usually one per neighbourhood.


Vancouver General Hospital

Phone: (604) 875-4111
855 W 12th Ave
Vancouver BC

Medical Clinics are located around the city and charge $100 to see a doctor if you don't have medical insurance.


Canada's two official languages, English and French, are spoken in Vancouver but of the two English is far more prominent.

The large multicultural backgrounds of the residents of Vancouver means that you will hear a wide selection of languages spoken, including: Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and over 60 others

By-laws and other things of interest

Smoking is quickly going out of fashion in Vancouver and smokers are finding it ever harder to find a place to light up a cigarette. Smoking is not permitted in public places such as restaurants, pubs, public buildings. Each municipality in Greater Vancouver has different laws regarding smoking so be sure to smoke in designated areas only.

Alcohol is available to people of 19 years or older. Nightclubs and some bars and pubs will not allow anyone under 19 to enter.

Facts about Vancouver

Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to a mild mid 40's Fahrenheit (0 to 5 Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills.

Greater Vancouver, like all major cities, runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The main workdays are Monday to Friday, from roughly 8am to 6pm - but hours vary for each organization or business. Retailers are usually open seven days a week, and most stores are open from 9:30am to 6pm each day-except Thursday and Friday, when they are open until 9pm. A number of large retail stores, nearly every hotel and motel, and several restaurants, remain open around the clock.

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