Vancouver is home to people of many ethnic backgrounds and religions though its British origin has made its great impact on the city's culture. Chinese is the largest visible ethnic minority group in the city that determines a certain necessity to establish and support connections with Hong Kong. Vancouver is a major centre in the Pacific Rim that is evident from its commerce and trade together with its mixture of cultures.
Vancouver cuisine is famous in many parts of the country for its both national originality and a kind of a mixture of different cuisines.
According to Canadian standards Vancouver's climate is unusually temperate; it is the second warmest major city in Canada during the winter, after Victoria. In summer it is usually sunny and dry there but it rains severely in spring and autumn. As for snow, it is usual for mountains surrounding the city but not for the city itself.
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