Terra Nova Rural Park

Street Address: 2631 Westminster Hwy
Location: West end of Westminster Hwy, west of No. 1 Road
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Recreation Area: Thompson

Terra Nova Rural Park is a 63 acre site offering immersive natural experiences, walks among farms and gardens, and gorgeous views of the Salish Sea. Located along the Pacific Flyway and adjacent to the Sturgeon Bank Wildlife Management Area, the park counts large numbers of migratory birds among its fauna. The network of trails, unique adventure playground, and many tranquil rest areas make it a great destination. Ongoing agricultural activities, historic hedgerows, and heritage buildings offer a nod to Terra Nova’s farming past that included an operating cannery until the middle of the 20th century. The park is home to the Sharing Farm, where produce is grown for the Food Bank, demonstration gardens, and a community garden, all of which is made possible by the City’s non-profit partners and the bees that call the pollinator pastures home.

REMINDER: Terra Nova Rural Park is a NO DOGS ALLOWED area, as per City of Richmond Animal Control Bylaw 8612.

Terra Nova Historical Assets Program Plan

What is happening? The City of Richmond is developing a Program Plan for the historical assets of Terra Nova Rural Park. The heritage buildings and historic landscapes found in the park have been preserved but have not yet been fully activated and interpreted. One of the key goals is to understand how people relate to the park’s historical assets and what kind of programs could be offered in the future to create the most benefit for visitors.

To Participate We are looking for your feedback on how the heritage buildings, non-heritage buildings and other historical aspects of the park can be used and/or interpreted. There will be three opportunities to provide feedback:

  • April 2, 2024 to April 23, 2024www.letstalkrichmond.ca/terranovaprogramplan; and
  • April 9, 2024 at 3 to 7pm – Thompson Community Centre, Public Open House.
  • April 13, 2024 at 11am to 3pm – Red Barn at 2631 Westminster Highway, Public Open House

Terra Nova Rural Park is a 63-acre site that offers park visitors a unique combination of rural character with diverse ecological and recreational experiences. It is located along the Pacific Flyway and adjacent to the Sturgeon Bank Wildlife Management Area. It is well known for being home to the Adventure Play Environment and annual Richmond Garlic Festival.

For more information about the Terra Nova Historical Assets Program Plan, please contact parksprograms@richmond.ca.

Terra Nova Story Map

To learn more about Terra Nova Rural Park and Terra Nova Natural Area's rich history, diverse ecology, agriculture and recreational opportunities, please visit our interactive Terra Nova Story Maps where you can view large, full screen photos, maps, and videos. Click here to view the Terra Nova Story Map.

Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment

For detailed information about the play environment, please visit: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment

Public Art in Parks

Farmer's Bench (2012)

Perigeal Raft (2011)

Ravens (2011)

Work Bench (2011)

Features and Amenities

Additional Park Features

  • Numerous heritage buildings exist on this site. There usage in the development of the park is to be determined.


  • 19 December 2003: PDF icon Terra Nova North West Quadrant - Biophysical Inventory Assessment
    A comprehensive biophysical and historic inventory assessment of the entire TNNWQ site. Consultants evaluated the site over a period of 6-12 months to establish an inventory of wildlife and plants as they related to the seasons. A comprehensive analysis of existing heritage assets was also completed.
  • 1 August 2005: PDF icon Terra Nova Rural Park - Heritage Assessment
    Terra Nova Rural Park Heritage Assessment completed by Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Limited in August 2005 addressing the historic relevance of 2860, 2740 and 2760 River Road.
    Consultant Document from Commonwealth Historic Resource Management: TERRA NOVA, RICHMOND - EVALUATION AND ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE PARSONS HOUSE AND THE MELLIS HOUSE
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