The Metro region occupies the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia. Home to the third largest city in Canada, the Metro region is also an important transportation hub. Vancouver International Airport is the major point of entry for all national and international arrivals, and Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay ferry terminals shuttle passengers to Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands.
The Metro region is one of the most multicultural diverse regions in the country. Often referred to as Canada’s gateway to Asia, the city of Vancouver boasts the second largest Chinatown in North America. Various cultural festivals and events take place throughout the year in and around Vancouver and highlights include the Dragon Boat Festival, Caribbean Days, Celtic Fest, and Richmond’s Chinese night market.
This is the most densely populated regional district in BC, and about half of the province’s population resides here. It’s easy to find a cosmopolitan connection, but it is just as easy to get back to nature, too. Just minutes from the centre of the city you can still ski, snowboard, windsurf or even kayak, all against the backdrop of Vancouver’s gorgeous city skyline.