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Getting Around RichmondMore

Richmond is served by Metro Vancouver’s Translink public transportation system of buses and light, rapid transit, which includes the Canada line train. See additional map for the Canada Line route). A full-day transit DayPass is $9.75. Buses operate between 5 am and 1 am daily and full schedules can be found at translink.com.

Getting to Richmond

If you are flying by Air, you will arrive at the Vancouver International Airport or YVR. If you are travelling by car, Richmond is a 25-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, about the same as it is from the US Border. In total, it’s a three-hour drive from Seattle, four hours to Kelowna and 11 from Calgary.

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All citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean are required to present a valid passport when entering the United States at any airport. For land and sea border crossings, you must have a passport or a government-issued I.D. plus proof of citizenship. For more information on document requirements for
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Fact Sheet

General 

  • Richmond is seven years older than Vancouver and was incorporated on November 10, 1879
  • Richmond is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which supports 16.8 million airport passengers annually
  • Richmond is home to an international seaport, including major multimodal rail, truck and marine distribution hubs and Western Canada's largest commercial fishing fleet
  • Number of hotels and hotel rooms: 26 international brand-name hotels / 4,500 rooms
  • Total combined square feet of meeting space: 145,000
  • Richmond is located at the mouth of the 1,375 km long mighty Fraser River
  • Steveston Fishing Port is the largest commercial fishing harbour in Canada
  • 20 minutes by freeway from the US/Canada border
  • 38 % of Richmond's land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve
  • Richmond is home to the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval
  • Largest producer of cranberries in North America
  • 1.4 million birds migrate through Richmond on the Pacific Flyway

Population

  • Richmond has a population of over 193,255 people as of February 2009
  • By 2021, it is projected that Richmond will have a population of over 226,000
  • 57% of Richmond's population was born outside of Canada; the highest percentage among Canada's municipalities
  • 60% percent of the population is of Asian decent
  • The top 3 places that immigrants have arrived to Richmond from have been: Hong Kong, China and Taiwan 
  • Richmond has approximately 1,354 People per square km (Vancouver has 5,000 and Hong Kong has 6,500.)
  • The average life expectancy is 83.4 years - higher than Japan, who are at the top of the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) ranking.

Economy

  • Richmond currently has over 100,000 jobs in a variety of sectors
  • Richmond boasts a number of Shopping Centres including (but not limited to): Richmond Centre, Lansdowne Centre, Aberdeen Centre, Continental Centre, and Yaohan Centre
  • Film and television production have grown significantly in Richmond. You can see our sights in productions such as: X-Men, Smallville, Final Destination, Blade II, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and many others
  • In Richmond, The Agricultural Land Reserve preserves over 4,900 hectares of farmland which hosts 247 local farms
  • The dominant crops that are grown in Richmond are blueberries and cranberries but you can also find: strawberries, corn, pumpkins, potatoes and more
  • Opening in 2009, the Canada Line SkyTrain system has made Richmond more accessible from the Vancouver International Airport and throughout the Lower Mainland