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The way for Europeans was prepared by James Cook who landed on Vancouver Island in 1778. Jose Maria Narvez found the mouth of the Fraser River in 1791 and the following year Captain George Vancouver returned having accompanied Cook fourteen years earlier. In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie reached 
the Pacific Ocean here after crossing the Rocky Mountains. 
When gold was discovered along the Fraser River in 1858 thousands of fortune hunters answered its call. One day in 1867 John Deigh-ton appeared on the southern shore of the Burrard Inlet with a barrel of whiskey. He promised the lumberjacks hard liquor if they helped him 
to build a bar. The saloon was ready in twenty-four hours. 
While Gas town grew up around the bar of Gassy Jack - as he became known - the Chinese built their Chinatown alongside and on a small island in the swamp in False Creek Inlet on the other side the lumberjack community of Granville arose. 
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The railroad crossing Canada reached the settlement in 1886 which became a town as a result, taking the name of the explorer of this coast, Captain Vancouver. 
Now began the economic growth. As early as 1887 the first ship from China entered the harbor and with the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 the markets on the east coast and in Europe became more accessible. 
The tolerant and multicultural society that makes Vancouver so fascinating today first developed after World War II. This has been furthered by ten thousand wealthy Hong Kong Chinese who moved to Vancouver before the Chinese took over the British colonial enclave in 1997 and settled in the hilly suburbs. 
The original Chinese life throbbed in Chinatown, the quarter of snack bars, restaurants, and junk stores. On its edge is the only classical Chinese garden outside China. In the seclusion of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden one can follow the Tao-ist principles of Yin and Yang in peace
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There is one word to describe Vancouver's weather, unpredictable. There is no such thing as a reliable forecast for Vancouver. Local weathermen usually try to cover all bases. A typical forecast sounds something like "Sunny with a possible high of 25 C, a chance of showers, possibly turning into light flurries or hail". It does rain a lot in Vancouver. Most Vancouverites are very touchy on this subject and will likely be very evasive, or will simply lie about it. If you are from the southern UK, you already have a pretty good notion of what our weather is like. 
Vancouver holds the title for the wettest major city in Canada, but still receives about 2000 hours of sun a year. Despite its Northern Latitude (49 deg), the warm Japanese current gives the city a mild climate, and the latitude also means daylight till 10 PM in the summer months. In early summer or fall, days often start out cloudy, due to marine air, but clear by noon. Climate changes rapidly in BC as you move inland, 300 kilometres from the coast, its desert. The best time to visit is from early June to early October, when there's less rain, temperatures are warm, daylight hours are long and the transportation routes are open. May to September are good times for whale-watching. The winter ski season peaks in January and February, but at resorts like Whistler the slopes are open year-round.Time Zone GMT/UTC -8 ()
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We recommend all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept US or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions. 
Canadian one dollar coin ("loonie") ($) = 100 cents 
Canadian two dollar coin ("toonie") ($) = 200 cents 
Notes are in denominations of $1000, $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 
Coins are in denominations of $2, $1, $0.50, $0.25, $0.10, $0.05, $0.01
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