Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of Canada in the province of British Columbia, next to the Pacific Ocean. With a present population of about 560,000, Vancouver lies in a region of more than 2 million people. Vancouver is the largest city in the province and the third largest in Canada.
Vancouver is surrounded by water on three sides and overlooked by the Coast Range – mountains that rise abruptly to more than 1,500 m. Its climate is one of the mildest in Canada. Temperatures average 3°C in January and 18°C in July. Vancouver’s average annual precipitation is 1,219 mm. Most rainfall occurs in the winter months.
Vancouver is a major tourist destination. In addition to the city’s scenic location, visitors enjoy beautiful gardens and world-famous Stanley Park, (one of more than 180 city parks) and a combination of natural forest and parklands near the city centre.