Visitors to Richmond can enjoy a variety of accommodations, excellent restaurants, shopping centres, unique historic sites and public art, beautiful parks and gardens, excellent cultural entertainment facilities as well as superb recreation facilities. Fishing trips, boating and whale watching tours are among the uniquely west coast experiences you can talk about after a visit to Richmond.
In addition, Richmond's proximity to the other beautiful cities that make up the Greater Vancouver Regional District, provides easy access to the many other popular Lower Mainland attractions.
Richmond has become an important destination for major sporting events. In February 2010 Richmond hosted the Olympic speed skating events and other celebrations in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Games. See our Sport and Event Hosting section for more information.
See our Maps & GIS page for a selection of printable maps or to view an interactive map of Richmond.
Steveston Historic Fishing Village
Take a glimpse at the rich history of the west coast fishing industry. Stroll through the village shops, and visit the many historic sites in the area. Visit two official national historic sites, the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park, site of the award winning Murakami House, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Stop into to see the little Steveston Museum, and be sure to see Historic Tram #1220. Of course a trip to Steveston won't be complete without fish and chips on the wharf and a walk through Garry Point Park.
One of the oldest and most popular annual events in BC is the Steveston Salmon Festival held each year on Canada Day.
Steveston is often used as a filming location for movies and television and the village has recently become famous as "Storybrooke", the location for the popular television series "Once Upon a Time".
Other nearby attractions include London Farm, Finn Slough, the Buddhist Temple, and the many fruit and vegetable stands along Steveston Highway.
For information on fishing, whale watching, and other boat tours, contact the Tourism Richmond - Visitor Info Centre.Cultural Attractions
Richmond's Library Cultural Centre is home to an Art Gallery featuring contemporary art by local and international artists, an Arts Centre with nine art studios, a Museum depicting Richmond's historical roots, and an award winning library with collections in English and Chinese and an excellent computer centre.
The Richmond Gateway Theatre is a delightful venue for professional theatre, special features and concerts. The 560 seat theatre provides comfortable seating, great sightlines and superb acoustics.
Restaurants and Shopping
Dining in Richmond offers something for every palate. An unlimited variety of international cuisine reflects the City's diverse ethnic mix and cultural heritage as well as a wide selection of traditional family restaurants.
Should you require assistance selecting or locating a restaurant, please contact the Tourism Richmond - Visitor Info Centre for more information.An International Shopping Experience
The latest fashions, an assortment of uniquely Canadian products, and goods imported from the four corners of the earth, can all be found in the Richmond shopping districts. There are at least nine shopping centres along No. 3 Road, including three major malls, and the Golden Village a district made up of contemporary Asian shopping centres, catering to local residents and international visitors. The Public Market on Westminster Highway offers a feast for your senses with 75 shops set in a lively atmosphere filled with fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and gifts.
Richmond also has a concentration of shopping areas catering to homeowners looking for furniture, appliances and home accessories. Many of these can be found on Bridgeport Road and No. 3 Road.
Contact the Tourism Richmond - Visitor Info Centre for more information about shopping in Richmond.
Parks and Recreation
Parks and Gardens
Richmond has over 145 parks, and 73 km of scenic trails, and almost 60 km of on road cycling routes. The three jewels in the City's park system are Minoru Park, Garry Point Park and the Richmond Nature Park. Some of Richmond's most interesting Heritage Sites can be found along the trail system.
Visitors to Richmond can enjoy a variety of recreation activities including golf courses, a pitch and putt, fitness centres, pools and arenas. One major attraction is Watermania, which is located in the Riverport Entertainment Complex alongside the Richmond Ice Centre and a variety of other commercially-owned family-friendly attractions. Contact the Tourism Richmond - Visitor Info Centre for more information about Golf Courses, private fitness centres and other commercially-run recreation facilities.
Numerous events are held in Richmond throughout the year. There are also several major events sponsored each year by our local area Community Associations. For a full list of events in Richmond, see the Events Calendar.
Information about other community events can be found in our two local newspapers, the Richmond News and the Richmond Review.
Other Regional Attractions
Many of the attractions listed here are a 20 or 30-minute drive from Richmond with most accessible by public transit. Whistler Village is about 2.5 hours away.