Richmond

Population of approximately 190,000 (2011)


BC, Lower Main.and

 

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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 the Greater Vancouver Regional District. It is home to Vancouver's International Airport which is only 20 minutes away from downtown Vancouver and 40 minutes from the U.S border.

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 1990s. Today, Richmond is a dynamic, multi-ethnic community. Much of the recent population growth has been from Asian immigrants, who now represent approximately one third of Richmond residents. These 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.

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.

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Richmond is known throughout the Vancouver region for its quality parks, leisure facilities, and recreation services. Richmond has over 1200 acres of park land and a 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 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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