With a population of close to 200,000, Richmond is Vancouver’s fourth largest city. It also has Canada’s most concentrated immigrant population, with close to 60% of its population being born overseas. As a result, Chinese, not English, is the most common first language in this important Lower Mainland city.
Richmond’s Best Places
A large percentage of travelers come through Richmond to get to Vancouver, owing to the fact that it’s where you’ll find Vancouver’s International Airport (YVR). Other important places in the area include the following:
- Britannia Heritage Shipyard – a historic collection of buildings along the river near historic Steveston Village.
- Extreme Air Park Richmond – a popular indoor trampoline adventure park at 14380 Triangle Road.
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery – a national historic site in Steveson Village.
- IKEA – a mammoth-sized blue Swedish store that’s good for affordable home furnishings as well as cheap food in their cafeteria.
- International Buddhist Temple – the largest Buddhist temple in North America, located at 9160 Steveston Highway. Open 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, seven days a week.
- International Summer Night Market – a vibrant place to buy cheap things in the summer.
- London Heritage Farm – a late 1800’s farm not far from Steveston Village.
- Minoru Park – a nice park downtown with sports facilities at 7191 Granville Avenue. Nearby is the older Minoru Aquatic Centre, Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond Public Library.
- Richmond Olympic Oval – a great place to swim or ice skate at a 2010 Olympic venue.
- Richmond Night Market – the original of Richmond’s two Asian summer night markets.
- River Rock Casino Resort – a venue for gambling and live entertainment at 8811 River Road.
- South Arm Pool – a popular outdoor public pool facility with water slides in Richmond that’s popular with children in the summer.
- Steveston Village – one of Metro Vancouver’s best places to visit, and an exceptional area for walks and bike rides along the water.
- TBC Indoor Kart Racing – located at 2100 Viceroy Place and open 7 days a week. Participants need to be age 12 or older.
- Terra Nova Rural Park – a 63-acre park south of YVR Ariport that’s home to the amazing Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment that’s popular with children.
- Watermania – one of the largest, most exciting and best aquatic centres in the Lower Mainland.
- West Dyke Trail – one of the best places in the Lower Mainland for walking, cycling and jogging along the waterfront.
Check out Richmond’s Best Bars and Restaurants for places to eat and drink.