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Vancouver BC at NightWelcome to Richmond

The "Island City" of Richmond is one of the most accessible places in BC and has many activities for the whole family. The Vancouver International Airport, located on Sea Island, is less than ten minutes away from downtown Richmond and 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Richmond is serviced by all types of public and private transportation.

BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal, with sailings to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands is only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond. In the summer there is even a special shuttle through the George Massey Tunnel for bicyclists.

Built on two islands, where the Fraser River meets the Pacific Ocean, there are 50 km of dyke trails and connecting routes in and around Richmond. You'll find heritage sites, birds, flora and fauna, wildlife, farms, and the fishing fleet. The paths provide unique views of the Fraser River, the tidal flats that extend 1.6 km into Georgia Strait, Vancouver International Airport, the City of Vancouver, and the coastal mountains. 

Minoru ParkThe Richmond Arts Centre, located in the Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, is home to nine studios used for everything from painting to silver smiting. The Art Gallery features contemporary art by local and international artists. Tours provide young and old with opportunities to meet artists as well as create their own art.

A community museum in the area's first bank building has a "general store" display that includes a working post office. In downtown Richmond, take time to visit Minoru Park's graceful ponds, gardens and chapel. Richmond is also home to North America’s second-largest Buddhist temple. The Kuan Yin Temple of the International Buddhist Society, which is open daily, is an outstanding example of Chinese palatial architecture and has a bonsai garden, exhibits and Buddhist museum. Swimmers will love the facilities available Richmond. There are two indoor and two outdoor complexes. The indoor facilities are the Minoru Aquatic Centre and the recently opened Watermania. There are pools that vary from 25 metres to 57 metres in length and have such extras as diving boards and towers, rope swings, slides, saunas, a wave pool, whirlpools, fully equipped exercise rooms, and steam rooms. For easy access Minoru Aquatic Centre has water wheel chairs, pool lifts and portable stairs available.

The South Arm Pool, open in July and August, is a large heated outdoor pool with a three-metre slide, two super slides, and a picnic area with a wading pool. Steveston Pool is a 25 metre outdoor pool with a 3-metre slide, a teaching pool for the youngsters and a picnic area. Both outdoor pools have barbecues, in the picnic areas that are available upon request.

stevestonSpend a day relaxing in Steveston Village. Walk the piers where fishermen sell fresh fish from their boats and then stop for a seafood lunch. You can get an excellent view of the Fraser River when you visit, its oldest structure, the former Britannia Cannery and Shipyard.

Another cannery to visit is the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which with its exhibits, displays, artifacts and guided tours recognizes the historic contribution of the West Coast fishing industry.

You’ll see massive machinery that was used for salmon canning and get a real feel for the life and operation of a cannery.

Other historic sites to visit are London Heritage Farm, and the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum. London Heritage Farm has ever evolving displays, restorations, and furnishings to illustrate rural life in Richmond before 1900. Car #1220, built in St. Louis Missouri, was purchased by the BC Electric Railway Company to carry passengers from Vancouver to Steveston. In 1958, after of 45 years of service, #1220 was retired. Now restored #1220 is on permanent display in Steveston Park, on track originally laid by the Canadian Pacific Railway and used by #1220 during her active years. The Trev Deeley Motorcycle Museum has over 200 classic and antique motorcycles, stays open year-round, and is free.

Richmond canneryRichmond is well equipped for fishermen with three public piers and a boat launch site that all have picnic areas. The Sport Fishing Pier, London's Landing, and the restored CN Barge Pier each offer a unique perspective of the Fraser River and an excellent opportunity to catch a fish. The McDonald Beach Boat Launch is located on the north bank of Sea Island and has two launch ramps, public washrooms, and a small concession.

Every member of the family will enjoy the nine-hole public golf course located in Hugh Boyd Community Park. There is a concession and golf supplies are available. Its convenient location and many attractions make Richmond an excellent alternative to staying in downtown Vancouver. With a variety of hotels and campgrounds Richmond has one of BC's largest accommodation bases. Complete list of Richmond Parks.

If its gambling that takes your fancy then try your luck at the luxury River Rock Casino. River Rock Casino Resort is a sophisticated and relaxing urban oasis; conveniently located just 5 minutes from Vancouver's international airport and a short 20 minute drive from both downtown Vancouver and the US border. The Casino's distinctly west coast style, coupled with stunning architecture, create a vibrant yet tranquil atmosphere. The four story lobby featuring ponds, cascading waterfalls and a variety of natural elements, transports you miles from anywhere. But rest assured you are right in the middle of the action with River Rock's dazzling casino, featuring more than 1,000 slot machines, and all your favourite table games. The resort features a myriad of amenities and services to make your stay as memorable as possible, including their famous 950-seat show theatre featuring world-class entertainers, state of the art convention and meeting facilities, nine restaurants and bars, deluxe fitness centre, tranquil spa, tropical swimming pool, water slide, plus a 144-berth marina.

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