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 the outdoor opportunities—from heritage and nature to sports and active play. As an island city, the waterfront provides a variety of facilities, landmarks and distinct spaces.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein
Visit the Extreme Weather page for information and updates to learn more about the current parks and trails closures related to weather and climate.
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. In addition to these outdoor amenities, some parks in Richmond also have covered, outdoor areas for public use. View the Public Covered Outdoor Spaces page for a listing.
Enjoy a Signature Park!
Richmond's Top 10 outdoor spaces highlight the best of the city as a garden city with each distinct park offering 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 at Richmond Nature Park, the Richmond Garlic Fest at Terra Nova Nature Park and more!
Join the Volunteers!
Residents, community groups, service clubs and businesses help take care of the outdoor spaces. Volunteer to plant, clean or adopt a park, trail, dyke, street, garden or tree. Make a difference, it’s easy to get involved.
Explore our Recreational Trails!
The off-road recreational trails provide access to the city’s major natural areas. Perfect for walking or cycling, 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 two hours and 45 minutes if cycling or take advantage of other popular routes that 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.
Browse this section of the website to learn more, register for parks or recreation programs and learn about volunteer opportunities.
Also, visit the Recreation and Community Centres, Sport and Event Hosting and Arts, Culture and Heritage sections for related information.