Richmond, BC, Canada is a diverse community consisting of many different cultures and traditional experiences. The city is a commercial district, an agricultural sector, a collection of residential neighborhoods and a major transportation hub servicing all of Metro Vancouver and British Columbia.
Richmond is built on a network of 17 small islands located in the Fraser River Delta. The islands are separated by the south, middle and north arms of the Fraser River.
For transportation the main islands are connected by a series of bridges and tunnels and for protection the islands are protected from flooding by a network of dykes. Lulu Island is the largest of the islands and the commercial centre in Richmond.
To the north of Richmond is the City of Vancouver and Burnaby... and to the south is the community of Delta, BC. The community of New Westminster is located to the east and to the west is the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island.
Richmond was first the home and hunting grounds of the First Nation people of British Columbia, Canada - most notably the Musqueam First Nation people. The Musqueam once harvested berries, hunted wildlife and fished for salmon in the Fraser River from encampments built on the islands.
Later the Europeans arrived in Steveston located on the southern end of Lulu Island. At first the Europeans fished the waterways, built a cannery and farmed the land. Today... the Steveston Fishing Village is a tourism attraction with museums, restaurants, heritage sites, tours and a waterfront boardwalk.
The City of Richmond enjoys many services and amenities (local and ethnic) which are popular attractions with travelers. The city enjoys a very high percentage of Asian businesses due to the fact that much of the population is of Chinese, Japanese and Indian descent.
Some of the services in Richmond important to travelers include accommodations, tours, attractions, restaurants, internet, gas stations, grocery stores, banks, pubs, casino, liquor stores, big box stores, retail shops, shopping malls, gift boutiques and transportation services (airport, ferry, taxi, sky train and bus).
The airport (Vancouver International (YVR) Airport) is located on Sea Island and it is the biggest airport in British Columbia servicing the entire province. The ferry terminal - located nearby in Tsawwassen, British Columbia - provides transportation between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Richmond provides historical and traditional experiences. There are museums, theatres, art galleries, working farms, historical sites, Olympic venues, heritage attractions, music venues, wineries and religious shrines. Some of the more popular historical attractions include the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Britannia Heritage Shipyard and the Historic Steveston Fishing Village.
There are many community parks, green space areas and protected waterways in the Richmond region. Some of the more popular park adventure destinations include Steveston's Garry Point Park, Richmond Nature Park, Minoru Park, Terra Nova Park, McDonald Beach Park, Iona Beach Regional Park and over 80 kilometres of dyke trails.
The dykes, parks, waterways and green space areas in and around Richmond, BC provide many opportunities for adventure and activity. Some of the more popular adventures include golfing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, swimming, boating, wildlife tours, wine tours, sailing, sightseeing, fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, cycling and hiking.