The third largest metropolitan area in Canada, and the most populous city in British Columbia, is Vancouver. In 1791, Jose Maria Narvaez of Spain led the first European exploration of the coast. It wasn't until seventeen years later (1808) that the first European (Simon Frazer of the North West Company) set foot on the ground. However, archeologists had discovered that First Nation aborigines (Squamish, Musqueam, and Triel-Waututh) had lived and hunted here for eight-to-ten thousand years. The Fraser Gold Rush in 1858 saw tremendous population growth in the area. In 1867, "Gassy" Jack Deighton built the first tavern at a sawmill that eventually became the first permanent settlement; Gastown. Three years later, it was renamed Granville, Burrard Inlet. By the time the Canadian Pacific Railroad came in and built a terminal here (1884), the area became known as Vancouver. Today, Vancouver is one of the most linguistically and ethnically diverse cities in Canada. Forestry and tourism are its two largest industries. However, close behind is film and television production, dubbing Vancouver the "Hollywood of the North." We decided to visit Vancouver after booking a trans-Canadian Rocky Mountain train ride, and what a great decision that was. Not only is it a great tourist destination, the people here are extremely friendly and helpful.
Of course, what would a trip to Vancouver be if you did not take your life into your hands by crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge?
...especially at night.