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Richmond City


    Richmond is a culturally diverse and geographically unique community centrally located on Canada's West Coast, in Greater Vancouver, 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, and 25 minutes from the US border.

    Richmond has been experiencing growth and change with remarkable speed, transforming from a rural, local community to an international city with a balance of urban, sub-urban family, and rural areas. The continuing development of the City's downtown core, and the pending construction of Rapid Transit and an Olympic Speed Skating Oval on time for the 2010 Winter Games, ensures that Richmond's transformation is ongoing.

    The City of Richmond is located on Canada's Pacific Coast in the province of British Columbia. Richmond is a unique island city, favorably located within the Greater Vancouver Regional District in close proximity to downtown Vancouver and the U.S. border. It is comprised of a series of islands nested in the mouth of the Fraser River with the coastal mountain range as a backdrop. The islands include Sea Island, most of Lulu Island, and fifteen smaller islands.


Geography: Latitude 49 10' 59.1" N              Longitude 123 8' 0.7" W

Elevation: Averages one metre above sea level.
Area: 50.067 square miles /129.666 square km/32,043.477 acres Population


    With a population of over 181,942 people, Richmond is a growing dynamic urban centre with a unique mix of residential, and commercial property, agricultural lands, industrial parks, waterways and natural areas. It lies where the River meets the ocean. The shores surrounding Richmond create an estuary border that provides habitat for fish and for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway between the Arctic and South America. Richmond has undergone enormous change over the last several decades, with significant growth in the early 1990's.

    Today, Richmond is a dynamic, multi-ethnic community. Much of the recent population growth has been made up of  Asian immigrants. People of Chinese or South Asian 

Ancestry now represent nearly sixty percent of Richmond residents. Newcomers have contributed significantly to the growth of the small business and retail sectors and have added to the diversity and vibrancy of the City of Richmond.

    According to Statistics Canada, residents of Richmond have the greatest life expectancy in all of Canada. The agency recently reported people in Richmond have the lowest smoking and obesity rates in the country and live an average of 81.2 years, almost three years longer than the national average of 78.3 years.



    Richmond enjoys a temperate west coast climate. Unlike other parts of Canada the west coast gets little or no snow most winters, and because of Richmond's distance from the mountains, our average rainfall (1112.6mm or 43.8 in.) is 30% less than Vancouver's. While Richmond does not experience extreme temperatures, weather conditions can change quickly. We recommend the layered look for visiting the west coast, so that you can add or remove layers as needed Employment & Industry

    Richmond's economy supports over 100,000 jobs in various sectors including services, retailing, tourism, technology industries, light manufacturing, airport services and aviation, agriculture, fishing and government. In recent years, Richmond has been emerging as a leading centre for high tech industries.

    Richmond is connected to neighbouring lower mainland cities by a series of bridges and a tunnel. There are two major freeways feeding into Richmond and two railway lines. Richmond also has two international seaports. In addition, Vancouver International Airport is located in Richmond on Sea Island.  See Translink  Bus Services for public transit information.
Public Amenities
    Richmond is known throughout the Vancouver region for its quality Parks & Recreation facilities, and Culture & Heritage facilities. Richmond has over 90 parks that total approximately 1400 acres in area and an additional 200 acres in a recreational trail system plus a wide variety of recreational amenities, including pools, arenas, community centres, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, golf courses, lacrosse boxes, running tracks and playing fields. The City also maintains a system of interconnecting perimeter dyke trails which provide for a variety of recreational opportunities as well as scenic views of the north shore mountains and natural and historic areas. Cultural facilities include libraries, a performing arts theatre, art gallery, arts centre, museums, archives and heritage sites.

    Amidst the recent rapid change, the community has continued to place a priority on protecting farmland, preserving its heritage and protecting the natural environment. Among the popular sites for experiencing Richmond's unique environmental and cultural heritage are Garry Point Park with its beaches and estuary habitat, Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Gulf of Georgia Cannery and London Heritage Farm.



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