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Richmond, a coastal city in the province of British Columbia is flanked by the Fraser River to the north and south, with the Gulf of Georgia to the west. It is the fourth-largest city in the province, with an estimated population of 209,937 in 2021, 60% of whom are immigrants, and 50% of whom identify as Chinese, the highest proportion of any city in North America. Once largely agricultural land, Richmond is now a very desirable mixture of urban businesses, stores and offices as well as farms, nurseries and garden centres. The wide-open space of the Fraser River delta accommodates large home furniture and hardware retail outlets, extensive fashion malls, recreation and community centre facilities and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) – the gateway to/from Vancouver and the rest of the world. Favourite activities include watching the arrival and departure of aircraft, shopping at the night market, obtaining a wide variety of fish fresh off the boats at Steveston and walking or cycling on the perimeter dyke trails and cycling routes. Richmond is connected to Vancouver by a series of bridges over the Fraser River and the Canada Line rapid transit Sky Train. The Richmond Olympic Oval hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics’ speed skating events.

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