CITY OF RICHMOND RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
On March 19th, 2020, the City of Richmond declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For all activities other than City Council sessions, public hearings and standing committee meetings, Richmond City Hall is now closed until April 22nd at the earliest.
Municipal community facilities are also closed until further notice. This includes seniors’ centres, pools, ice rinks, and arts and cultural centres. Rec centres including the Richmond Olympic Oval and Watermania are also closed indefinitely, and all city-run Spring Break camps and childcare programs have been cancelled as of March 23rd, 2020. Richmond parks and trails remain open for now, although all playgrounds have been closed.
In addition to the above local government-managed venues, many other Richmond-based attractions have closed their doors temporarily. This includes the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Gulf of Georgia Cannery and River Rock Casino, as well as numerous other places.
To learn more about the city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak see the City of Richmond‘s website. To learn about actions take in other municipalities, and to see how other events and places of interest are being affected, click Coronavirus Cancellations in Metro Vancouver.
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:
- Aberdeen Centre – a large shopping mall located at 4151 Hazelbridge Way with a significant number of Asian stores.
- Apex Adventure Plex – an indoor trampoline park at 3810 Jacombs Road (near IKEA).
- Britannia Heritage Shipyard – a historic collection of buildings along the river near historic Steveston Village.
- Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver – a colourful indoor climbing centre at 1751 Savage Road not far from the Knight Street Bridge.
- Extreme Air Park Richmond – a popular indoor trampoline adventure park at 14380 Triangle Road.
- Finns Slough – a lesser-known area in Richmond along the Fraser River that’s home to squatters’ residents and interesting trails to explore.
- Garry Point Park – a 75-acre waterfront park in Richmond not far from Steveston Village.
- Gateway Theatre – a community theatre venue at 6500 Gilbert Road (near Minoru Park).
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery – a national historic site in Steveston 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.
- Kidtropolis – a miniature village attraction where children can dress up and pretend to be anyone at Unit 110 – 5940 No. 2 Road.
- 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 are the older Minoru Aquatic Centre, Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond Public Library.
- Richmond Country Farms – a farm and produce market that’s home to the Richmond Sunflower Festival in the summer and a large pumpkin patch event in the fall.
- Richmond Olympic Experience – an interactive Olympic museum located at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
- Richmond Olympic Oval – a great place to swim or ice skate at a 2010 Olympic venue.
- Richmond Night Market – a large Asian-themed summer night market.
- 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 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 11 or older.
- Terra Nova Rural Park – a 63-acre park south of YVR Airport that’s home to the 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.
Richmond Festivals and Events
The City of Richmond hosts a number of great events each year including the following:
- Chinese New Year’s Eve – celebrations take place the day before Chinese New Year at Richmond’s International Buddhist Temple in Richmond in January or February.
- Tibetan Lunar New Year Celebration – a small but culturally-interesting event at the Thrangu Monastery at 140 Number 5 Road in (or close to) February most years.
- Richmond Children’s Arts Festival – a family-friendly event at Minoru Place on the Family Day statutory holiday in February.
- Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – a free event featuring music, performances, cherry blossoms and displays of Japanese culture at Gary Point Park near Steveston Village in April.
- Sockeye Run Car Show – a large car show in Steveston Village in June.
- Steveston Salmon Festival – Canada Day is celebrated with a parade and community festival at Steveston Village on July 1st.
- Richmond Maritime Festival – a free event at Steveston Village’s Britannia Heritage Shipyard in July.
- Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – a medium-sized dragon boat racing event in Steveston Village in August.
- Richmond World Festival – a large and free multicultural event at Minoru Park on the Labour Day Long Weekend in September.
- Feast: Asian Dining Festival – an event involving special menu deals at participating restaurants in Richmond.
- Halloween – Richmond is one of the few cities in the Lower Mainland that hosts an event with fireworks on October 31st. The fireworks and other community activities take place on Halloween night at Minoru Park.
- Remembrance Day – Richmond commemorates November 11th and remembers the sacrifices of war at City Hall each year.
With a population of around 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.
Check out Richmond’s Best Bars and Restaurants for places to eat and drink.