Vancouver

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Van·cou·ver

biographical name \van-ˈkü-vər\

Definition of VANCOUVER

George 1757–1798 Eng. navigator

Van·cou·ver

geographical name \van-ˈkü-vər\

Definition of VANCOUVER

1
city SW Washington on Columbia River opposite Portland, Oregon pop 161,791
2
city & port Canada in SW British Columbia on Burrard Inlet pop 603,502
Van·cou·ver·ite \-və-ˌrīt\ noun

Vancouver

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2006: city, 578,041; metro. area, 2,116,581), southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Located on a fine natural harbour, Vancouver originated as a lumber-processing settlement in the 1870s. It recovered from a disastrous fire (1886) to become Canada's principal seaport. Its development was aided by completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1887 and the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, which made it economically feasible to export grain and lumber from Vancouver to the North American east coast and Europe. Economic activities include producing lumber and plywood, oil refining, fishing, shipbuilding, and film and television production. Vancouver's picturesque natural setting and cultural amenities helped land the city the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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