Vancouver <<van KOO vuhr>> is the largest city in British Columbia and Canada’s busiest port. It lies in southwestern British Columbia, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of the border between Canada and the United States.
The city is a center of business, culture, and industry. Colorful totem poles made by American Indians stand in Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in Canada. About half of all the people in British Columbia live in the Vancouver area.
The city was named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer who sailed into the town’s harbor in 1792.People first settled in the area in 1865. Forests and the natural harbor helped the area grow as a lumber town and seaport. In 1886, Vancouver became a city.