Welcome to Vancouver
Vancouver is located in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia and serves as home to the country’s largest and busiest port. Bounded by the Strait of Georgia to the west, the U.S. border to the south and the Coast Mountains to the north, Metro Vancouver has historically been constrained by a lack of available land that results in higher-than-average property values and lower vacancy rates.
Traditionally, the province is a natural resources powerhouse, producing timber, coal, aluminum and a range of mineral ores including copper and zinc. Exposed to the economies of the Pacific Rim, the regional economy has been shaped by international trade to focus on shipping, distribution and warehousing.
Home to more than 2.3 million residents, Metro Vancouver has grown in recent decades to reflect a more diversified economy – incorporating a vibrant film, television and video game production scene within an established high-tech sector – along with a strong service economy comprising engineering, construction, financial services and legal firms. Along with tourism and niche manufacturing, the port continues to be a primary economic driver for the region, province and Canada at large.