Source: DailyHive Vancouver
As far as cities go, Vancouver is certainly on the younger side. But even though it’s only been around for 135 years, the place we call home has still witnessed its fair share of interesting events.
It’s a city on the move, but when things are moving so quickly it’s important to take a look back, especially when you’ve got a history as rich – and occasionally as weird – as Vancouver’s.
So to celebrate our great city here are 25 things you might not know about Vancouver.
1. It wasn’t always called Vancouver
Before being named Vancouver, the town was called Gastown, and then Granville, B.I. (Burrard Inlet).
2. It was named after a famous explorer…
Vancouver was named after Captain George Vancouver, an English explorer famous for leading the expedition that charted a bunch of the Pacific Northwest and explored the area which would eventually become Vancouver.
3. Stanley Park is bigger than Central Park
At 1,001 acres, Stanley Park, named for imperial governor Lord Frederick Stanley, is 10% larger than New York City’s famous Central Park.
4. The California Roll was invented here
The California Roll is widely thought to have been created by Japanese-born Vancouver chef Hidekazu Tojo, as a sushi a dish that could be enjoyed by locals.
5. Some of the biggest shows and movies are produced here
We’re called Hollywood North for a reason you know. Alongside big-budget blockbusters like Deadpool and Godzilla; popular TV shows including Arrow, iZombie and Bates Motel are shot right here in Vancouver.
6. One of the largest Pride Parades in the world takes place here
Vancouver is home to one of the largest Pride Parades in the world, with over 500,000 attendees annually.
7. A science fiction legend lives here
Legendary science-fiction author and long time Vancouver resident William Gibson is credited with coining the term “cyberspace.” One of his short stories, The Winter Market, is set on Vancouver’s Granville Island.
8. It caused some trouble for a US. town
During the lead-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, hotels and businesses in Vancouver, Washington fielded calls from all over the world, with people looking to make reservations for the Olympics, which were taking place 400 km away!
9. Grey squirrels are a relatively new feature in the park
All of the grey squirrels in Vancouver are descended from eight mating pairs who came from New York City in 1909.
10. A lot of languages are spoken here
Vancouver is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in Canada, with 52% of residents having a first language other than English.