Vancouver is growing. It is Canada's third largest city, its busiest port, a gateway to the Pacific, a transportation terminus, tourist destination, centre for business, and home to more than half a million people in a region of two million. This city by the sea attracts business, residents, and millions of visitors each year.

   Every day, more than half a million people enter the Downtown core. The area - also known as the Central Business District - is a triangle of land nestled between Burrard Inlet and False Creek. The area - bordered by Stanley Park, the West End, and Cambie Street - is a patchwork of distinct communities, including Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, and the East False Creek.

   Downtown is the city's and region's largest shopping district. Major department stores are located at its centre at the intersection of Georgia and Granville streets. At its eastern end, Gastown's night clubs, restaurants and speciality shops combine with the area's historic charm to make it a major tourist attraction. Similarly, Chinatown's ethnic character and speciality shops combine the area's unique heritage buildings to attract visitors and regional residents alike.