Each Thursday, Anywhere Anytime Journeys will bring you some fun trivia about travel and tourism. This week, our topic is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Vancouver, British Columbia, is known as Canada’s emerald jewel for its lush rain forests. On a clear day, from downtown you can see the Strait of Georgia’s blue-green waters, glacial fjords, islands, and mountains with snow caps and dense forests. The city is home to people from all over the world and has continued to draw many immigrants from China and other parts of Asia.
With all this cultural diversity, Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. However, if you wish to try out your French, the locals would be appreciative of your effort. Keep in mind, there are a few differences between Canadian French and standard French. You can read more about those differences here.
Vancouver is quite cosmopolitan and is a mix of many multicultural groups. Because of this, the city is considered multilingual on an unofficial level. Many banks, hotels, airline offices, service institutions, shops and key tourist destinations have multi-lingual staff.
After English and Chinese, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish.
If you want to learn any of these languages, feel free to check out this past Travel Tip Tuesday’s topic here.