Sea Island (British Columbia)

Sea Island (British Columbia)

Sea Island (British Columbia)

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Sea Island is located in the city of Richmond, British Columbia, directly across the river from Vancouver and fifteen kilometres from Vancouver's downtown core. The island is in the estuary of the Fraser River, giving it a unique ecological environment. Sea Island is the home to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and a large conservation project to offset the environmental impact the airport causes; including a wildlife preserve and public beaches. The population of the island, many of whom live in the neighbourhood of Burkeville, was 736 persons as of the 2001 census. It is Statistics Canada's Census Tract 0150.00 of the Vancouver CMA.

Vancouver International Airport

The airport first opened for service on Sea Island in 1931, and began servicing commercial flights in 1937. The airport received relatively light traffic for the next fifty years until extensive growth in international traffic, primarily between the United States and Asia, necessitated expansion of service. With investments from the airlines, the Canadian government and a surcharge on tickets for improvement costs, the airport began a significant overhaul in the 1990s.

The airport is now the second largest in Canada, with over 16 million passengers passing through each year. It has grown to three passenger terminals and three main runways servicing over forty airlines.

Land transportation

Grant McConachie Way is the road leading to the main airport terminal, while Russ Baker Way connects Vancouver...
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