It is Canada's third most populous city, after Toronto and Montreal. The population of the city of Vancouver is 611,869, while the population of the metropolitan region, known as the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) or Metro Vancouver, is 2,249,725 (2007 estimate).
The city will host the 2010 Olympics.
The city's light rail system, Skytrain, is being expanded in time for the Olympics. Commuters use the Seabus ferry service across Burrard Inlet to travel between North Vancouver and downtown, or the iconic Lions Gate Bridge if travelling by bus or car. Small water taxis are available in the summer to transport visitors across False Creek, including to Granville Island.
- GVRD Population Estimates 1996 - 2006. BC statistics. Retrieved on 2007-01-28.