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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Richmond

Richmond
Richmond is located on the south-west side of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia situated across the Fraser River from Vancouver and New Westminster. Richmond is located in the middle of two arms of the Fraser River where it forms Lulu Island.

Canada's Healthiest City
According to a study published in Canadian Living, Richmond is home to Canada's Healthiest City. The municipality is full of lots of fresh air, good fresh food nature, walking trails found in wildlife sanctuaries throughout the area and tremendous community spirit noticed everywhere.

2010 Winter Olympics
Richmond hosted a number of events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Oval Speed Skating track, which highlighted the world's best, will be passed on as a legacy for future generations. You can view this beautiful piece of waterfront property and building on River Road near the airport.

Fraser River
Richmond's economy and past heritage historically revolved around the agriculture found in the fertile soil and fishing industries because of the location next to the Strait of Georgia and the Fraser River. You can still find large farms in production towards the east on No. 4 and No. 5 Roads. Large canneries were situated along the south arm of the Fraser River near Steveston.

Asian Population
Richmond has a large Asian population, a product of the fishing canneries from British Columbia's past who employed a large Japanese and Chinese work force for the canneries that used to line the Fraser River. Today you can find this vibrant culture working together in forming a community of great cultural diversity.

Steveston
On the south side of Richmond, you will find the old fishing village community of Steveston. Here you can find a boardwalk along the river's edge with fishmongers selling the latest catch, fish boats, outdoor cafés and restaurants. A couple of favourite eateries are Pajo's, Dave's Fish and Chips and the local Starbucks.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Also situated along the waterfront in Steveston is a National Historic Site, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Here you can look into Steveston's vibrant economic past when the riverfront was alive with fishing boats, sailors and industrial development from the shipyards.

Britannia Heritage Shipyard
Another prime example of this past fishing heritage is found at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard. A real treat for photographers, the shipyard brings together a wide array of artifacts depicting wooden ship building along the Fraser River. If you can check out the display concerned with 'rum running' into Washington State waters and Steveston's checkered past from 1920 to 1933.

Lansdowne and Richmond Centres
For shopping, Richmond has a number of malls including Lansdowne and Richmond Centres, two major shopping malls. Lansdowne and Richmond Centres are conveniently located and only five minutes south from the Vancouver International Airport. Other malls such as Aberdeen Centre and Parker Place Shopping Centre specialize in the Asian market and offer some excellent bargains on some hard-to-find articles.

'Big Box'
Richmond is also home to a large number of 'Big Box' stores mostly situated off Bridgeport Road. Some familiar names include Ikea, furniture stores and a Costco that sometimes test market introductory products into the Canadian marketplace.

Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night market is a real innovative way of offering you a real shopping and eating experience. Full of vibrant excitement and exotic smells in the air pulsating to full capacity, the market can offer you succulent foods and unique products to try. The Richmond Night Markets brings the diverse cultural makeup of the Lower Mainland together making it a night to remember.

Richmond Sockeyes
For local entertainment for sports fans, a real favourite is watching the local Richmond Sockeyes Junior Hockey Club in action. Richmond Sockeyes are part of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League (PIJHL) and offer exciting entertainment at a reasonable cost to the family.

River Rock Casino
Richmond is home to one of the Lower Mainland's biggest casino at River Rock. Conveniently situated near the north arm of the Fraser, River Rock features top entertainers, gaming and a beautiful hotel and has easy access to Vancouver International Airport and Hwy 99.

Crossing the Fraser River
To get to Richmond you can cross the Fraser River at a number of locations. If you are coming from Vancouver, there are the Knight Street, Oak Street or the Arthur Laing Bridges. If you are coming from the USA border and south Surrey, use the George Massey Tunnel on Hwy 99. Coming from north Surrey, the Alex Fraser Bridge and, from New Westminster, the Queensborough Bridge.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located in Richmond's west side just across the north arm of the Fraser River from Vancouver's Marpole district. Coming from Vancouver, travel south on Granville Street to the Alex Fraser Bridge, go over the bridge then watch for the signs to the airport.

Canada Line
The future of public transportation to Richmond is showing great promise especially with the building of the new Canada Line for the 2010 Olympics. Stations along the Canada Line will have four in Richmond plus three on Sea Island connecting all of Richmond and Vancouver International Airport with downtown Vancouver at Waterfront Station.

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Island City by Nature
Island City by Nature

 

Fraser River at Steveston
Fraser River at Steveston

 
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