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 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 city has undergone enormous change over the last several decades, with significant growth in the early 1990’s.
A unique mix
With a population of 207 500 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.
The city has a colorful history which is celebrated at museums and several public heritage sites, some of which are of national importance.
Richmond’s economy is based on 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.
A Venue city
Since the bid for the Games in 2003, the City of Richmond has been a proud supporter of the Games. As a recent venue City for the 2010 Winter Games, 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 and rural areas. Recognizing the economic and social benefits that would accrue to Richmond and its people from being a part of an Olympic Games, Richmond took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve its vision to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada.
The continuing development of the City’s downtown core and waterfront areas, and the recently completed construction of the Canada Line rapid transit system as well as the legacy of the Richmond Olympic Oval ensure that Richmond’s transformation is ongoing.
Olympic events: co-host Vancouver Winter Olympic Games 2010