Richmond is a bustling coastal city positioned on the Salish Sea where snow-capped mountain vistas meet waterfront sunsets and nationally-recognised historic sites. East meets West in Richmond, where all-day dining promises a worldly feast and Asian markets liven summer nights.
Things to do in Richmond
If you love history, make a beeline for the 19th-century Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where you can take a guided tour through Richmond’s fishing history. It’s a short stroll from the historic fishing village of Steveston, which features the immersive Steveston Museum, home to antiques and centuries-old artefacts. It is also home to Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, which comes to life in the mornings when local fishermen sell fresh fish straight from fishing boats.
Shoppers will enjoy the large CF Richmond Centre shopping mall in the city centre, where you can browse international brands, such as Michael Kors, Apple, Old Navy and Victoria’s Secret. It’s across the road from the Richmond Art Gallery, which features contemporary paintings, drawings and displays from local artists. Wander over to nearby Minoru Park to stroll among sprawling lawns and a tranquil pond.
Are you fascinated by Richmond’s local culture? Visit during the annual Richmond Night Market, which is held during every summer. It’s open on weekends and features an array of Asian-style eateries, souvenir stands and entertainment. Nearby, you’ll find family-friendly immersion in Olympic sports at the Richmond Olympic Oval, such as virtual bobsledding.
While you’re in Richmond, drive about 20 minutes into Vancouver to visit Wreck Beach, a popular coastal getaway with calm waters, soft sand and towering trees. Afterwards, visit the Museum of Anthropology at UBC to see cultural artefacts from around the globe.
Getting around Richmond
Richmond provides connections to its neighbourhood and nearby Vancouver, thanks to public buses, taxis and Metro Vancouver. The city centre is about 15 minutes’ drive from Vancouver International Airport, which has international and domestic flights.