Canadian Adventure To Another Vancouver A Surprise

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Same city name, but vast differences.

Published on: May 21, 2013

The T-shirt my wife purchased for me one Christmas reads:


Not BC.


Not DC.”

The idea is to remind people that the little Vancouver just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore., is indeed a U.S. town, unlike the city of the same name 300 miles north in British Columbia. And, that we are in the state rather than the nation’s capital.

But, when old Capt. George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy left MY Vancouver, he traveled up to Canada to name another city the same.

Go figure.

It gives a lot of grief to U.S. Vancouver residents who are often mistaken for have forsaken their citizenship to live in BC. I am forever explaining that, since nobody who lives outside of 20 miles of Vancouver, Wash., seems to have even heard of it.

To reach the point of this blog, my wife and I decided to go see what all the fuss was about that northern Vancouver, and so we trekked up the interstate to a Best Western to spend 3 days touring the Canadian version.

At very first sight, it was a shock. This is an amazing city of so many high rise glass-front buildings that we decided to dub it “Crystal City.” It is a window-washers dream!

Not only is the main city an endless array of 30-40 story – and higher – of these structures, but across the inlet is another part – North Vancouver;  also on the other side of the water nearer the Pacific lies West Vancouver, both  as thoroughly laced with high rise structures as the city center.

All of it takes in 2.5 million people, making it one of the most interesting in the large Pacific Coast metropolitan archipelago which includes Seattle, San Francisco, LA and San Diego.

Vancouver, BC, is a tourist magnet, with high rise restaurants, including one saucer like choice that revolves as you dine, fascinating shopping areas like Gastown, and a sprawling Stanley Park to rally even NYC’s Central Park in size and interest.