Takeshi Fujiwara / Marubeni Canada Ltd.
Located in the Southwestern part of British Columbia, Vancouver is the largest city in the province, with the third largest metropolitan population in the country (approximately two million), including peripheral cities.
The downtown area in the city center—nestled between Burrard Inlet and English Bay—is filled with fashionable streets centered on Robson Street, and lined with classical plate glass, stone, and brick buildings. Although it is not well known, Vancouver is the third largest urban filming location in North America—also known as Hollywood North.
As you stroll downtown you will find a truly surprising ethnic diversity among local residents. As a result of this diversity, you can enjoy cuisine from countries throughout the world in a way that is only possible in such a truly cosmopolitan immigrant city.
The average temperatures in Vancouver are a high of 6 °C and a low of minus 0.2 °C in the coldest month of January, with a high of 21.5 °C and a low of 13 °C in the summer month of July.
Due to the warm current flowing along the coast there is little atmospheric change, so in spite of its high latitude, Vancouver enjoys a relatively warm climate. Consequently, there are a lot fine days in the summer, little snowfall in winter, and many rainy days. This heavy rain becomes snow as it reaches the mountains of the North Shore—including Whistler, a two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.
As you all know, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver in February. Whistler, the main grounds for ski events, is one of the most prominent ski resorts in North America, and the history of its development as a site for the Winter Olympic Games dates back to the sixties.
Franz Wilhelmsen set out those many years ago with the objective of cultivating Vancouver to be the host site and bringing the Games there. After innumerable efforts over the years, it is fair to say that the selection of Vancouver to hold the 2010 Winter Olympic Games is an achievement earned over a half-century by Franz Wilhelmsen and the citizens of Vancouver.
Lastly, I would like to introduce the logo for the Vancouver Olympic Games, a stone figure known as Inukshuk. This is one of the signposts of the indigenous Inuit people, signifying friendship.
There is only one drawback: we have to give up skiing at Whistler during the period that the Games are held. We will channel that energy toward fully enjoying the Olympic atmosphere instead!
Marubeni Group magazine "M-SPIRIT" VOL.55 (January, 2010)