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Vancouver /vænˈkvər/ is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. It is named for British Captain George Vancouver, who explored the area in the 1790s. The name Vancouver itself originates from the Dutch "van Coevorden", denoting somebody from Coevorden, a city in the Netherlands.

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The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver ranks third largest in the country and the city proper ranks eighth. According to the 2006 census Vancouver had a population of 578,041 and its Census Metropolitan Area exceeded 2.1 million people. Its residents are ethnically and linguistically diverse; 52% do not speak English as their first language.

Logging sawmills established in 1867 in the area known as Gastown became the nucleus around which the townsite grew, and Vancouver was incorporated as a city in 1886. By 1887, the transcontinental railway was extended to the city to take advantage of its large natural seaport, which soon became a vital link in a trade route between the Orient, Eastern Canada, and London. The Port Metro Vancouver is now the busiest and largest in Canada, as well as the fourth largest port (by tonnage) in North America. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second largest industry. It also is the third largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname Hollywood North.

Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide "livable city" rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments.

It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.
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The X-Files is a Peabody, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning American cult science fiction television series, created by Chris Carter, which first aired in 1993 and ended in 2002. The show was a hit for the Fox network, and its characters and slogans (e.g., "The Truth Is Out There", "Trust No One", "I Want to Believe") became pop culture touchstones in the 1990s. Seen as a defining series of its era, The X-Files tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions, and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality, as it centered on efforts to uncover the existence of extraterrestrial life.[1][2] The series has also spawned two theatrical movies (The X-Files and I Want To Believe), and a spin-off series (The Lone Gunmen).

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Ernest Alvia ("Smokey") Smith, VC, CM, OBC, CD (3 May 1914 – 3 August 2005) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the last living Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Smokey Smith died at his home in Vancouver on August 3, 2005 at the age of 91. .

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The Vancouver SkyTrain is a three-line urban mass transit system in the metropolitan area of Vancouver, Canada managed by TransLink. The Expo Line was built for the Expo 86 World's Fair; the Millennium Line opened in 2002, followed by the Canada Line in 2009. The Expo Line and Millennium lines are operated by the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company on behalf of TransLink. The Canada Line is owned by InTransitBC, and operated by ProTrans BC, an SNC-Lavalin company. The Expo and Millennium lines use Bombardier's Advanced Rapid Transit technology, while the Canada Line technology is provided by Hyundai Rotem. The SkyTrain is the oldest fully-automated driverless rapid transit system in the world. The SkyTrain was conceived as a legacy project of Expo 86 and the first line was finished in 1985 in time to showcase the fair's theme: "Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch". Construction for the Evergreen Line, an extension of the Millennium, has begun and is scheduled to complete by 2016. The line will consist of 6 new stations and terminate at the David Lam Campus of Douglas College.

There are 47 stations on the SkyTrain system. 20 stations are served by the Expo Line, 28 by the Millennium Line, and 16 by the Canada Line—Waterfront is served by all three lines, while 15 other stations are served by both the Expo and Millennium lines. Vancouver and Burnaby have a total of 31 stations, 20 and 11 respectively, and make up 66 percent of the stations. Waterfront is the northbound terminal for all three lines, King George is the southbound terminal for the Expo Line, VCC–Clark is the westbound terminal of the Millennium Line, and Richmond–Brighouse and YVR–Airport are the southbound terminals for the two Canada Line branches. In terms of average weekday station boardings in 2003, Commercial–Broadway is the most highly used station, while Sapperton is the least.


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Vancouver, BC viewed from the south with mountains behind.
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History Vancouver | Hollywood North | Downtown Eastside | Deadman's Island | George Vancouver | Simon Fraser | North West Company | Cariboo Gold Rush | Canadian Pacific Railway | Gastown | Chinatown | Chinese Immigration Act, 1923 | Komagata Maru incident | Gastown Riots | Air India Flight 182 | Expo 86 | 1994 Stanley Cup riot
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Geography Fraser River | Lower Mainland | False Creek | English Bay | Burrard Inlet | Metro Vancouver | Downtown | Climate of Vancouver | Bodies of water in Vancouver | Pacific Spirit Regional Park | University Endowment Lands | Strait of Georgia | Cypress Provincial Park | Stanley Park | Mount Seymour Provincial Park | Capilano River Regional Park | Capilano River | North Shore Mountains | Burnaby Mountain | Cypress Mountain | Mount Seymour | Grouse Mountain | Whistler | The Lions (Peaks)
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  1. ^ "The X-Files". St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 
  2. ^ Millman, Joyce (2002-05-19). "The X-Files finds the truth: Its Time is Past". The New York Times. 
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