Federal government departments provide service in English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either a first or second language.
The City of Vancouver is quite cosmopolitan and is a mix of many multicultural groups. Because the city is multicultural, it's also multilingual on an unofficial level. Its people speak many different languages and many follow the traditions of their native lands, sometimes moderating them with Canadian culture.
For visit to Vancouver, we recommend all visitors use Canadian currency (the Canadian Dollar - CAD) when travelling within Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate
In Vancouver, the largest city of British Columbia, the climate is oceanic, cool and humid, with relatively mild, rainy winters and cool, fairly sunny summers. The west coast is the only part of Canada in which the average temperature remains above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F) even in winter, and Vancouver is the only major city not having a freezing winter.
Vancouver’s exceptional setting has always been difficult to appreciate in its entirety. The city stretches along the banks of the huge English Bay on the one side and of Burrard Inlet on the other, which George Vancouver explored in a scouting boat in 1792. The harbour and the Stanley Park promontory separate the city from its residential suburbs of West and North Vancouver.
Vancouver is composed of neighbourhoods with personalities so distinct that you really don’t need a map to tell you when you’ve moved from one to another.
It might be the slight shift in style that tips you off when, for example, South Granville’s antiques shops give way to Kitsilano’s kitchenware emporia, or perhaps a more obvious shift in cultures as you progress through the narrow aisles of Chinatown groceries towards Commercial Drive’s coffee houses. Downtown Vancouver is the home of Robson Square where you will find the grand Vancouver Art Gallery and the contemporary-styled Courthouse, but if you seek boutiques and quaint charm, head to Gastown, the cobbled-street district of the city's beginnings.