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Navigating Metro Vancouver Guide

Acknowledgement of First Nations' Territory

We respectfully acknowledge that the Metro Vancouver area is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations, and that indigenous peoples have made this area their home for countless generations.

Learn more about the 10 First Nations in the Metro Vancouver region including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Geographical overview

Metro Vancouver is made up of 21 municipalities that are home to around 2.7 million people, making it the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada after Toronto and Montreal. The largest of these is the City of Vancouver which is a vibrant and multicultural port city set against the beautiful landscape of the rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean.

Although indigenous Coast Salish First Nations communities have called the region home for thousands of years, the metropolis as we know it is relatively young by global standards. The City of Vancouver was incorporated in 1886, and soon became the western terminus of the trans-Canada railway. As Canada’s principle port on the Pacific coast, Vancouver has particularly strong economic and cultural connections throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Map of the municipalities of Metro Vancouver with population
Municipalities of Metro Vancouver (with population size)

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Getting around

There are many transportation options for getting around Metro Vancouver. Click below for more information.

Community resources

There are many resources available throughout the community.

Sites of interest in Metro Vancouver

Your studies at BCIT will most likely keep you quite busy, but when you do find some free time we encourage you to get out and safely enjoy some sites of interest within Metro Vancouver!

Explore some of our favourite places in Metro Vancouver!

Follow the links below for additional information about interesting places to visit and things to do through the various parts of Metro Vancouver: