While Richmond may not have
that many any mountains to hike, that doesn’t mean that the city is completely devoid of things to do.
In fact, some of the best outings Metro Vancouver has to offer can only be found in the city to the south, and Richmond is as deeply steeped in history as Vancouver itself.
Try out a few of these memorable activities to really appreciate what makes Richmond the city that it is today.
Richmond is home to the Vancouver International Airport, making it the best place to park, listen to indie music, watch the jets fly overhead. Or at least if you want to become a cliché rom-com scene. But hey, there’s a reason clichés become clichés, after all.
One of the most historically rich areas of Richmond; Steveston is the centre of the salmon fishing industry, and is now a bustling tourist attraction with its unique boutiques, oceanside entertainment, and delicious restaurants.
The Richmond Night Market is arguably the best-known event in the city, as people travel from all over to browse the vendors, taste the foods, and see the entertainment that makes the night market a truly memorable outing.
If you want to get an authentic taste of Richmond’s ethnic community, there’s no better place to go than the Golden Village District. With hundreds of shops spread out over four blocks, be sure to check out the aptly named Food Street where there are countless delicious options to choose from.
Salmon fishing is an integral part of Richmond’s history, and visitors to Steveston can visit an exhibit that details the origins of the town’s most important trade. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery also offers films and guided tours depicting historical events.
Forget the ferry. Catch a ride to Nanaimo in a tiny floatplane that will truly make you feel like you’re really flying. Get a birds-eye view of Vancouver as you go, and don’t forget to take that perfect picture.
There are quite a few places to get Korean ice cream in Richmond, but one of the best is at the Sulmida Dessert Cafe. Sulmida serves up delicious tasting and aesthetically pleasing ice cream bowls, with a seemingly endless amount of flavours.
No, this is not the same as the Richmond Night Market. Yes, you should still go to both! The Illumination Summer Night Market is Canada’s largest light show combined with a culturally diverse night market. This is not something you want to miss—and you don’t have any excuse to, as it is running all summer!
Now is your chance to live out those 2010 dreams. The Richmond Olympic Experience offers a taste of what golden glory is like with their olympic simulator at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Visitors can soar off of an olympic ski jump, race down a kayak course, zoom down a bobsleigh track, and more.
Obviously not every day this summer is going to be filled with sunshine and blue skies, but if you’re in Richmond (or even South Vancouver) you’ve got a sunny beach at your disposal all year round. 6 Pack Indoor Beach has an entire warehouse full of sand, beach volleyball, and archery tag for anyone looking to escape the rain—or the crowded beach courts.