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Vancouver is the most populated city of British Columbia, located in the Lower Mainland part of the province. It is part of the Greater Vancouver Area metropolitan area with a city population of 631,486 and a metro population of 2,463,431, based on the 2016 Canadian census; thus, the metropolitan area is the third most populated in Canada.

The city of Vancouver has a land area of 114.96 square kilometers, and therefore a population density of 5,492 per square kilometer, the highest in Canada. Besides New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City, Vancouver is the most densely populated city in North America with above 250,000 in population. The city is also the most diverse in ethnicity and language since more than 52% of the population have a first language other than English.

Due to Vancouver’s strategic location, it is the largest industrial center in Canada. It is home to the largest and most diversified port in Canada, the Port Metro Vancouver, which does over CAD$172 billion in trade with more than 160 different trading partners. The port generates a GDP of $9.7 billion and an economic output of $20.3 billion.

The city is also home to the headquarters of several companies such as forest product and mining companies. It is also a center for aerospace, software development, video game development, animation studios and so forth.

Vancouver is an important tourist destination and has interesting arts, theatre, dance, film, and culture. It has renowned theatre companies such as Art Club Theatre Company, dance centers such as Scotiabank Dance Center, film festivals such as Vancouver International Film Festival and so forth.

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Best Walk-in Eye Clinics in Vancouver

According to Yelp, the best walk-in eye clinics in Vancouver are:

  • Mount Pleasant Optometry Centre - 104 E Broadway Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9 - (604) 874-7302
  • Olympic Village Eye Care - 309 W 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Y 1C9 - (604) 671-0690
  • Avenue Eyecare - 2041 W 41st Avenue Vancouver, BC V6M 1Y7 - (604) 558-1133
  • Clearly - 961 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V7 - (866) 501-2729
  • Vida Eyecare - 800 W Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J8 - (604) 558-3930

Best Pharmacies in Vancouver

The following is a list of the lowest dispensing fees/ or best pharmacies in Vancouver:

  • LG Pharmacy - 1519 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6G 1C3
  • Sina Pharmacy & Organic Juice Bar - 505 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0H2, Canada
  • Marks Marine Pharmacy - 239 Marine Drive SE Vancouver, BC V5X 2S4
  • The Drive Pharmacy - 1684 Commercial Drive Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4
  • Pure Integrative Pharmacy - 238 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6B 6A1

Best Dental Clinics in Vancouver

The following is a list of the best dental clinics in Vancouver area:

  • Kingsgate Dental - 370 Broadway E Vancouver, BC V5T 4G5
  • Atlantis Dental –Yaletown - 1278 Pacific Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V1
  • Aarm Dental Group at Yaletown - 1156 Pacific Boulevard Vancouver, BC V6Z 2X7
  • House Of Teeth - 331 E Broadway Vancouver, BC V5T 1W5
  • Aria Dental Studio - 1030 W Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3

Hospitals in Vancouver

There are over 9 hospitals in Vancouver. The following are some of the hospitals in the city.

  • BC Cancer Agency - 600 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6, Canada
  • C. Women's Hospital & Health Centre - 4500 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1, Canada
  • Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children - 3644 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3H4, Canada
  • Lions Gate Hospital - 231 15th St E, North Vancouver, BC V7L 2L7, Canada
  • Mount Saint Joseph Hospital - 3080 Prince Edward St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3N4, Canada
  • Paul's Hospital - 1081 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada
  • Vincent's Hospital Langara - 255 W 62nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5X 4V4, Canada
  • UBC Hospital - 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5, Canada
  • Vancouver General Hospital - 899 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada

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Vancouver Health News

As a measure to reduce opioid-overdose related death tolls, Vancouver Health has purchased two new drug-checking machines. A Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer had already been purchased by the City of Vancouver and the BC Center on Substance Use last November. The FTIR detects various drug compounds which include fentanyl and its analogues.

The machine costs $50,000 and can check drugs in barely two minutes. Besides, it is a very portable machine. The machine was loaned out to Shambhala Music Festival earlier this year. These two new machines were purchased in partnership with PHS Community Services Society and the Lookout Housing and Health Society. They will be used in various supervised consumption sites and overdose prevention sites in the city.

Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, the Medical Health Officer at VCH, stated that they found out that most drugs are highly contaminated with fentanyl. Up to 80-85% of tested opiods show positive for fentanyl.

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