Just a 20-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver, Richmond (pop. 188,000) attracts visitors with its multicultural shopping and dining opportunities, theatre and entertainment venues, scenic local parks, and colourful historic and heritage sites. It’s the fourth-largest city in British Columbia after Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby.
Richmond, occupying 17 islands in the mouth of the Fraser River, is easy to access from neighbouring municipalities, and it’s the home of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Richmond’s flat terrain offers great cycling along its waterfront dykes, and also made it a practical choice as a 2010 Olympic Winter Games venue city, with the spectacular Richmond Oval hosting speed-skating.