The Assignment is to blog about your favourite place inside your region.
I decided to go for the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant last May and really wasn’t sure which Province to apply from, because I share my time between both parents in two different provinces. But Vancouver is now my home, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent the City where I go to High School and have fostered so many good friends!
I’ve really enjoyed this project because I got to learn a lot about the City that I didn’t know about, even though I’ve lived here for the past 3 years.
So here’s some interesting facts straight from the world of Google! 🙂
- What I LOVE about the many places and people in Vancouver are their creativity! We are similar to Toronto because we have a vibrant film industry and our nickname is “Hollywood North”!
- In 2018, Vancouver became the 3rd largest film & TV production centre in North America, according to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Vancouver
- And according to a new report from the Canadian Media Producers Association, British Columbia’s industry grew from $2.1 billion in 2015/16, to $2.9 billion in 2016/17, bringing with it a 40 per cent cent surge in jobs, from 17,000 to a whopping 24,000!
- I love the fact that so many great movies and TV shows are filmed in our rainforests, rugged outdoors, vibrant streets, smaller towns, and throughout our diverse neighbourhoods. This industry provides employment for fellow actors, performers and crew members, which is GREAT for our economy! And it’s always fun to see some films being made just down the street.
- Vancouver’s cruise ship terminal is the 4th largest in the world.
- I was surprised to learn that the California Roll, and the cosmetic treatment Botox were both invented in Vancouver.
- I wasn’t surprised to learn Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada, and it’s the third most expensive place to live in the world after Hong Kong, Sydney, Australia, and London. (Below is BC’s most expensive residential property at $75.8 million. It’s the Kitsilano mansion built by Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and is valued at nearly $12 million over last year)
- BC Place was the first covered stadium in Canada
- Vancouver and Victoria have the mildest climates in Canada. (Victoria having 1/3 less rain than Vancouver) We do have snow in downtown Vancouver for about 2 weeks of the year and at that time, everything often closes down – including schools. This has been a nice change from Alberta and the Prairies, because our rule of thumb there in elementary school, was that if it was -22 degrees or colder, we weren’t allowed to play outside. Most people love the fact we have so little snow, but for me, I actually miss the snow and am happy to see it when it comes!
- A fact I didn’t know about, was that Vancouver was not always Vancouver. Before being named Vancouver, the town was called Gastown, and then Granville, Burrard Inlet.
- Vancouver was named after Captain George Vancouver, an English explorer famous for leading the expedition that charted the Pacific Northwest, and explored the area which would eventually become Vancouver.
- The Lions Gate Bridge was originally built by the Guinness Beer Company (not the City) to connect Vancouver to a residential development.
- Just 9 minutes from North Vancouver is the spectacular Grouse Mountain, where people enjoy year round activities! During the summer months, about 100,000 people a year do the 2.9 km vertical hike, which is affectionately called the Grouse Grind. The average person can complete this climb in 1.5 to 2 hours. And during the winter months, Grouse Mountain transforms into a winter wonderland of Downhill and Cross Country Skiing!
- And the last 2 things I’m really proud of Vancouver for are: Vancouver is home to one of the largest Pride Parades in the world, with over 500,000 attendees annually.
- And the international environmental activism group Greenpeace was started in Vancouver in 1971, and is now considered the most visible environmental group in the world. This makes me smile!
This is Greenpeace on Sept. 15, 1971
This is one of Greenpeace’s ships today
So what are my favourite places inside the City of Vancouver?
They are definitely the Beaches! English Bay and Kitsilano are my favourite!
Why? Take a look!
This is Kits Beach about 5 minutes from my home. I love going here after school with my friends! We beachcomb, have picnics, and relax on the sandy beaches.
On weekends I often bring our puppy Bella to Kits Dog Park! This is a place we spend hours at! It’s so peaceful, yet is in the heart of the City!
So to sum it up! I love my home in Vancouver BC! It has so much to offer!
And what I’ve learned from living in so many different places with my family is that, so does very other place in Canada. Each province is unique, and has a lot of diversity, and is why I love living in this country. If I could live anywhere in the world, it’d be Canada. How do I know? Because every time I come home I’m happy to return, and feel complete.
I hope you do as well. If you haven’t visited Vancouver or British Columbia yet, please come explore! There is so much to discover! Check out our local Chamber of Commerces, and Tourism Centres for more information and ideas of where to venture. I hope my little blog has enticed you to come visit. Happy travels.
Amelia – Miss Teenage Vancouver 2018