Parks, Recreational Trails and Cycling Overview
Enjoy Richmond’s beautiful parks, scenic recreational trails, cycling paths, community gardens and unique natural areas. Take advantage of all our outdoor opportunities—from heritage and nature to sports and active play. What makes us special? As an island city, our waterfront provides a variety of facilities, landmarks and distinct spaces.
Craving fresh air? Start your outdoor adventure today! Whether you have 30 minutes or a whole day, view the boats on the Fraser River or cycle the dyke trails.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein
Due to extremely dry weather and fire conditions the following parks and trails are closed until further notice: Shell Road Trail, Horseshoe Slough Trail, Bridgeport Trail, Queens Canal Trail, Nature Park West boardwalks and trails and Nature Park East boardwalk and trails.
Please visit our Extreme Weather page for further information and updates.
Find a park!
Looking for the perfect park? Search by name, neighbourhood and/or amenity—such as basketball, tennis, lacrosse, playground, sports field, or baseball diamond.
Enjoy a Signature Park!
Our Top 10 outdoor spaces highlight the best of our garden city. Each distinct park offers unique experiences. Learn about and connect with nature, urban wildlife, Richmond’s heritage and the river environment. Attend fun, interactive programs and events like the Owl Show, Annual Applepalooza and more!
Join the Volunteers!
Residents, community groups, service clubs and businesses help take care of our outdoor spaces. Volunteer to plant, clean or adopt a park, trail, dyke, street, garden or tree. You can make a difference too. It’s easy to get involved.
Explore our Recreational Trails!
Our off-road recreational trails provide access to the City’s major natural areas. Perfect for walking, cycling or horseback riding, the trail system connects around the perimeter of Richmond. Take an afternoon ride around the entire island (47.5 km) to see all the spectacular views. Allow for 2 hours and 45 minutes if cycling. Or take advantage of other popular routes which vary in distance and difficulty.
Recreational trails, greenways and neighbourhood links provide opportunities to bike safely—all over Richmond. On major streets, cyclists use an exclusive space (bike lane) or share a space with vehicles (in a wide curb lane). Richmond is ideal for riding flat areas.
We invite you to browse this section of our website to learn more, register for parks or recreation programs, and find out about our volunteer opportunities.
Also, please visit the Recreation and Community Centres, Sport and Event Hosting and Culture and Heritage sections for related information.