Last week, we asked fans (and Stan Fischler) attending the Devils Viewing Party
what they knew about Vancouver. The host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics has a rich history dating back to the 1790s, when its eventual namesake, Captain George Vancouver, explored the area. Here's some more tidbits about British Columbia's largest metropolis:
• Sometimes referred to as “Hollywood North," the city is the third-largest filming location in North America, behind Los Angeles and New York, and only LA produces more television work than Vancouver. Here’s a piece from 2003
about California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s thoughts on Vancouver stealing away business from the Golden State.
• The most visible ethnic group in the greater Vancouver area are the Chinese, accounting for about a third of teh city's population. The Vancouver Sun ran a story
on the integration of these immigrants into Canadian society, dubbing Vancouver North America’s “most effortlessly Asian metropolis.” For world events buffs, it's an incredibly interesting read, highlighted by Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China and how it affected Vancouver.
Apparently, there's some excellent Asian cuisine in the city, so now I know what to bring Chico Resch...ABC News also has a blurb
on the upcoming Chinese new-year in nearby Richmond...
• Remember the NBA's six-year experiment in Vancouver?
While the Grizzlies left for greener pastures, the city is home to a number of other sports teams, including the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants
. While the Olympics are underway, the Giants will be forced from their home at Pacific Coliseum and onto a 10-game road trip.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks
share a similar fate. They are currently in the midst of an NHL record 14-game road trip sandwiching the Olympic Break. Fourteen games!
The Canucks won’t be able to benefit from any home-cooking until Saturday, March 13th, when the Ottawa Senators visit GM Place. And you thought the Devils’ 9-game trip to christen the 2007-08 season was long…
• Vancouver is consistently ranked at or near the top of the “world’s most livable cities
• In the dead of winter, Vancouver actually averages a warmer temperature than Newark, and is the mildest in all of Canada. The following charts are courtesy of weather.com
, and contrast the Devils’ hometown with the 2010 Olympics host in temperature and precipitation.
• The metropolitan area of Vancouver
is the third largest in Canada, and the city itself ranks 8th.
Okay, cram session over. To learn more about Vancouver, visit the city’s official site