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The history of Vancouver begins with the building of Fort Langley (near modern-day Langley) around 1827. From there, fur trading, gold rushes, logging, and farming contributed to the settlement of the area. The town site of Vancouver was laid out in the mid 1880’s, and the name “Vancouver” (formerly called “Granville” but renamed after Captain George Vancouver, famed Pacific Northwest explorer) was in use by the late 1880’s. The population at the time was around 400, but exploded after the arrival of the railroad in 1887 to 13,000. According to 2009 figures, the current population of Vancouver is over half a million, but the total metro area population is over 2.3 million. The diversity of the area is demonstrated by the high percentage of immigrants; according to current figures, English is not the mother tongue of over 50% of the population. This diversity is one of the most delightful features of living in Vancouver. And although English and French are the two official languages of Canada, nearly everyone in British Columbia speaks English.

British Columbia is in the Pacific time zone (with the exception of some regions closer to the Rocky Mountains on the eastern side of the province), and most of the province observes daylight savings time in the spring and summer, beginning on the second Sunday in March and endin…

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