Metro Vancouver & Sustainability – Activities & Resources

Putting Ourselves and Metro Vancouver on the Map!

Metro Vancouver is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services, including drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. This activity aims to spark student inquiry, observation and exploration of the relationships between our everyday lives, our region and the many connections to Metro Vancouver services - to meet our needs at home, at school and in the community.


Municipal Boundary Municipal Boundary
Regional Parks Boundary Regional Parks & Greenways
Watershed Boundary Watersheds
LSCR Boundary Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve


Water Regional Drinking Water Facilities
Dm Dam
Liquid Waste Regional Liquid Waste Facilities
Solid Waste Regional Solid Waste Facilities
Air Quality Regional Air Quality Monitoring Stations
MVHC Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation
Municipal Halls Municipal Halls
Metro Vancouver Head Office Metro Vancouver Head Office


Major Roads Major Roads
Seabus Sea Bus/Ferry
Skytrain Skytrain

1. View the Metro Vancouver Map

Download the Metro Vancouver Satellite Map (PDF) OR use the Interactive GIS Metro Vancouver Map (above).

  • What do you see?
  • What parts or features of our region do you recognize?

2. explore the map with a focus on places that are important to you:

  • Where is your home? Where is your school?
  • Where are other places you care about (e.g. parks, community centre, playing fields etc.)?

3. Reflect on your learning:

  • What else did you notice on the map that was significant to you?
  • What does the map tell you about how Metro Vancouver services meet the needs of residents?

How are you connected to Metro Vancouver services?

Metro Vancouver provides core services including drinking water, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, parks, affordable housing and more to its 2.7 million residents. Use this map activity to introduce and explore the many connections between the lives of residents and Metro Vancouver services - to support a livable and sustainable region.

Explore the Metro Vancouver Satellite Map (PDF) and respond to these focus questions

  • Where does your water come from? How does it get to you?
  • Where does your wastewater (liquid waste) go?  How does it get there?
  • Where does your waste (garbage) go? How does it get there?
  • Where are Air Quality Monitoring Stations? What service do they provide? How do these facilities connect to air quality and climate?
  • Where are regional parks & greenways? What services do these provide?    
  • What makes Metro Vancouver livable?
  • What other questions arise for you?



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