Did You Know?

  • Inside the stunning Richmond Olympic Oval, built for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, you’ll find two Olympic-sized ice rinks, three FIFA regulation indoor soccer (football) fields and 16 international-sized table tennis tables — that’s ping-pong, to most of us.
  • Richmond’s Aberdeen Centre is reportedly the largest Asian mall outside Asia itself, and is home to everything from North America’s first Daiso, a popular Japanese $2 store chain, to a Lamborghini boutique.
  • All of Vancouver International Airport has been designed to evoke a work of art. Throughout the airport you’ll discover dozens of stunning pieces, most of them by Northwest Coast Aboriginal artists.
  • The historic village of Steveston is home to Canada’s largest fishing fleet and the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a visit to which feels like a trip back in time.
  • Because of Richmond’s significant Asian population, the area’s Chinese culinary scene has been called the best outside of China.
  • Richmond’s “Highway to Heaven” is a stretch of road where some of the world’s major religions co-exist peacefully, from temples to mosques to churches.
  • BC is one of the top three cranberry and blueberry producing regions in the world. Richmond’s agricultural scene accounts for a large portion of the province’s cranberry bogs and open-to-the-public blueberry farms, where visitors can pick their own each July and August.

Richmond is more than just the home of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Indeed, the city that helped to co-host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games abounds with unique experiences that go far beyond arrivals and departures.

Known for having the best Chinese food outside China, “Food Street” (a.k.a. Alexandra Road) is not to be missed, whether you want bubble tea, dim sum or noodles. For a different flavour, head down to the docks and get fresh-made fish and chips in historic Steveston, where you can also explore heritage shipyards and the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery. 

In Richmond, shopaholics will discover a diverse shopping scene: snag Asian goods, electronics and quirky fashions at Parker Place, Yaohan Centre and Aberdeen Centre. Or, visit Steveston’s quaint boutiques for an entirely different experience.

Want to get outside? Go whale-watching, or rent bicycles and pedal and picnic along 45 kilometres (28 miles) of flat dyke trails.

Whether you have an afternoon or a weekend, time flies when you’re exploring Richmond. 

Colin Wong
Director of Communications
Tourism Richmond
#205 South Tower, 5811 Cooney Road
Richmond BC  V6X 3M1
Phone: 604-821-5481

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