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Vancouver, Vancouverite, Gastown

Vancouver, a port city on Canada’s west coast, is British Columbia’s largest city. Gastown is a popular nickname for Vancouver, but accurately refers only to the oldest section of the city.

A native or resident of Vancouver is called a Vancouverite. While this demonym is found in newspapers and magazines, it is often replaced in more formal writing by native, resident or inhabitant of Vancouver, or some similar phrase.

  • Monique is a Montrealer who has become a Vancouverite (or a resident of Vancouver).

Vancouver is commonly used as a modifier, while Vancouverite is not.

  • The Vancouver theatre community is particularly active this year.
  • Expo 86 was held on Vancouver’s waterfront.