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Navigating Metro Vancouver Guide

BC's Restart

Check BC’s Restart Plan to understand what kind of activities will be permitted through the coming months.

Aerial view of downtown Vancouver and mountains

Beautiful downtown Vancouver, British Columbia (photo credit: Tourism Vancouver)

Geographical overview

Metro Vancouver is made up of 21 municipalities that are home to around 2.8 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.

The people living in the region are a very diverse group including the indigenous coastal Salish first nations as well as many other people who have been drawn to the region from across Canada and throughout the world over the past 150+ years. Many languages are spoken locally and in fact more than half of the population of Metro Vancouver reported in the 2016 Census having a mother tongue language other than English or French.

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

Learn more from Tourism Vancouver:

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.

Regional travel

Vancouver is vibrant, multi-cultural city set against the beautiful Coastal Mountain range. Your program at BCIT will keep you quite busy, but when you do find some free time we encourage you to get out and enjoy beautiful British Columbia! Follow the useful travel links below for more information: