Discovering Richmond

The City of Richmond's Location in the Metro Vancouver Map

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The City of Richmond is located on Canada's Pacific Coast in the province of British Columbia. Richmond is a unique island city, favourably located within Metro Vancouver 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.

Population & Land Use

City Centre Canada Line Station With a population last estimated at 222,945 people, Richmond is an ethnically diverse growing and dynamic urban centre with a unique mix of residential, and commercial property, agricultural lands, industrial parks, waterways and natural areas. Richmond lies where the Fraser River meets the Pacific 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 represent more than sixty per cent 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.

City Management

Richmond strives to be to the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada. Our Award Winning City has been the recipient of numerous awards for management and innovation. See our latest Annual Report for more information about the City's achievements and financial management.

Health and Longevity

According to a recent report by Statistics Canada people in Richmond, BC still have the longest life expectancy in Canada. People in Richmond are living an average of 85.7 years, more than four years longer than the national average of 81.1.

Employment & Industry

Richmond's economy supports over 126,000 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.

Public Amenities

Garry Point NeedleRichmond is known throughout the Vancouver region for its quality Parks, Trails and Cycling Routes, Recreation and Community Centre facilities, and its Arts, Culture and Heritage facilities. 

Richmond has 1950 acres (789 hectares) of park land and 73 kilometres of trails and 60 kilometres of on road cycling paths. An extensive system of 145 parks provides sports and recreation amenities in every neighbourhood in addition to 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 all of which contributes to our health and quality of life in Richmond. 

The system of interconnecting perimeter dyke trails provides 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.

Access & Transportation

Richmond is connected to neighbouring lower mainland cities by a series of bridges and a tunnel. There are two major freeways feeding into Richmond a rapid transit line and two railway lines. Richmond also has two international seaports. In addition, Vancouver International Airport is located in Richmond on Sea Island. See TransLink Transit Services for information about the Canada Line and other public transit information.


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.



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