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Vancouver (/vænˈkvər/ (About this soundlisten)) is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world's most well-living cities for five consecutive years. Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, UN Habitat I, Expo 86, the World Police and Fire Games in 1989 and 2009; and the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 mi) north of the city. In 2014, following thirty years in California, the TED conference made Vancouver its indefinite home. Several matches of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup were played in Vancouver, including the final at BC Place.

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Sky Train near Terminal
The SkyTrain is a two-line urban mass transit system in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It uses Bombardier's Advanced Rapid Transit technology, with fully automated trains running principally on elevated tracks (hence the name). There have been no derailments or collisions in its history.[1] It uses the same linear induction motor-driven trains as the Scarborough RT line in Toronto, the Kelana Jaya Line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Detroit's People Mover, and the AirTrain JFK in New York City.

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Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Credit: Arnold C (Buchanan-Hermit)

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Ernest Alvia ("Smokey") Smith, VC, CM, OBC, CD (3 May 1914 – 3 August 2005) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the last living Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Smokey Smith died at his home in Vancouver on August 3, 2005 at the age of 91. .

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BC Place Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The Olympics ran from February 12 to February 28, 2010, and the Paralympics from March 12 to March 21, during which ten sports venues were used, spread across Vancouver, Whistler, and the neighbouring areas of West Vancouver and Richmond. The majority of ice sport events were held in Vancouver, while Whistler, which normally serves as a ski resort, hosted the snow events. Six non-competition venues, three each in Vancouver and Whistler, provided athlete housing, space for media, and locations for ceremonies associated with the Games.

According to CEO John Furlong, VANOC "started our venue construction as early as possible".Construction on Cypress Mountain, the first new competition venue to be completed, began in March 2006 and was completed only eight months later, three years ahead of the start of the Games. By December 2007, all three competition venues at Whistler were completed and open for training and testing. Final construction was completed in February 2009, and sporting events were scheduled at the venues to ensure that they would be adequately tested before hosting the Olympic events. In total, six new competition venues were constructed: Cypress Mountain, Richmond Olympic Oval, UBC Thunderbird Arena, Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and The Whistler Sliding Centre.

The Whistler Sliding Centre was promoted as being one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world, which caused a number of concerns about safety. On February 12, 2010, hours before the opening ceremony, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili suffered a fatal crash during a training run when he was thrown off his sled and collided with a steel pole. He was travelling 143.3 km/h (89.0 mph) at the time. His accident came after a series of incidents in the week and reignited concerns about the track's safety. Investigations were conducted the same day, concluding that the accident was not caused by deficiencies in the track. As a preventative measure, an extra 100 ft (30 m) of wall was added after the end of Turn 16, and the ice profile was changed.


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Vancouver, BC viewed from the south with mountains behind.
Credit: Matthew Field (Mfield)

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History Vancouver | Hollywood North | Downtown Eastside | Deadman's Island | George Vancouver | Simon Fraser | North West Company | Cariboo Gold Rush | Canadian Pacific Railway | Gastown | Chinatown | Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 | Komagata Maru incident | Gastown Riots | Air India Flight 182 | Expo 86 | 1994 Stanley Cup riot
Politics City Hall | City Council | Legislative Assembly of British Columbia | Vancouver municipal election, 2005 | List of mayors of Vancouver |Richmond (electoral district) | Surrey North | Newton—North Delta | South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale | Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge—Mission | Fleetwood—Port Kells | Langley (electoral district) | Delta—Richmond East | Chilliwack—Fraser Canyon | Abbotsford (electoral district) | British Columbia Liberal Party | British Columbia New Democratic Party | Green Party of Canada | Vision Vancouver | Non-Partisan Association | Coalition of Progressive Electors
Geography Fraser River | Lower Mainland | False Creek | English Bay | Burrard Inlet | Metro Vancouver | Downtown | Climate of Vancouver | Bodies of water in Vancouver | Pacific Spirit Regional Park | University Endowment Lands | Strait of Georgia | Cypress Provincial Park | Stanley Park | Mount Seymour Provincial Park | Capilano River Regional Park | Capilano River | North Shore Mountains | Burnaby Mountain | Cypress Mountain | Mount Seymour | Grouse Mountain | Whistler | The Lions (Peaks)
Transportation Vancouver International Airport | BC Ferries | Port of Vancouver | TransLink | SkyTrain | Coast Mountain Bus Company | West Vancouver Blue Bus | 95 B-Line | 96 B-Line | 99 B-Line | SeaBus | West Coast Express | List of bus routes in Metro Vancouver | TransLink fares | Canada Line | Evergreen Extension | Millennium Line | Expo Line | Waterfront Station | Harbour Centre | Canada Place | Pacific Central Station | South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service
Sports Vancouver Canucks | BC Lions | Vancouver Giants | Vancouver Whitecaps | Vancouver Grizzlies | Vancouver Millionaires | 2010 Winter Paralympics | 2010 Winter Olympics | Burnaby Express | Langley Chiefs
Education University of British Columbia | Simon Fraser University | British Columbia Institute of Technology | Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design | Vancouver Film School | Studio 58 | Langara College | Capilano College | Vancouver Community College | Douglas College | Kwantlen University College | Trinity Western University | Vancouver School Board | Faculties and Schools of UBC | Vancouver School of Theology | Regent College | SFU Surrey
Metro Vancouver Anmore | Belcarra | Bowen Island | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | City of Langley | Township of Langley | Lions Bay | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | City of North Vancouver | District of North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Coquitlam | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Metro Vancouver Electoral Area A | University of British Columbia | University Endowment Lands | Barnston Island | Fraser River

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  1. ^ Bruser, David (2006-11-18). "Cost may stall automated train plan". Toronto Star. |access-date= requires |url= (help)