Vancouver is located on the south west coast of Canada in the province of British Columbia, the city has an ethnically diverse population with half of its residents having a first language other than English. It is the busiest seaport in Canada notably exporting forestry, mining and agricultural produce. Vancouver has also recently seen an expansion into high-tech industries including video game design.
Vancouver is renowned for its beautiful landscape with the North Shore Mountains clearly seen across the cityscape. Vancouver's climate is reasonably temperate by Canadian standards although temperatures frequently fall below freezing on an average of 46 days per year. Summer months are dry and sunny with moderate temperatures averaging 22°C in July and August.
The city has encouraged an increase in high-rise residential towers in the West End of downtown, in order to provide a more compact centre with accessible public transit, cycling, and pedestrian traffic. The main shopping and nightlife area is based in and around Granville Street. The former Canada Pavilion from Expo '86 is a positive addition to the city and now includes the Trade and Convention Centre as well as a Cruise Ship Terminal.
From Pacific Central Station on Station Street there are trains through the Rocky Mountains to destinations like the ski resort of Whistler. Within Greater Vancouver the SkyTrain metro lines offer quick movement around the city.