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A wide variety of multicultural experiences provide a link
from east to west.
It’s time for you to head east. Figuratively, that is. Over 60 percent of Richmond’s population is Asian and south Asian in background. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other regional cuisines and stores abound. From spicy crab rolls to popiah to dim sum, dining on No. 3 Road is an absolute Asian foodfest.
Rapidly growing, Richmond is home to 180,000 people and sits between the north and south arms of the mighty Fraser River. To the west lies the Strait of Georgia. This is not the place for aquaphobics. Richmond occupies the larger Lulu and Sea islands as well as 15 smaller islands. Recreation is a priority for residents with more than 90 parks and a well-established trail and dike system.
A huge summertime draw is the Richmond Summer Market. Held every weekend Friday through Sunday night, the venue offers entertainment, food and incredible bargains, especially on electronic devices. The market is located on the river at 2631 Vulcan Way (summernightmarket.com). This year, the man behind the original Richmond Night Market is back at a new location at 8351 River Road. Same nights as the summer market and the competition will be red-hot this season as the two owners continue their grudge match.
The historic village of Steveston is located on the southern edge of Richmond on the banks of the south arm of the Fraser River. More than 600 fishing boats, Canada’s largest fishing fleet, ply the river to the ocean returning with catches that visitors can buy right off the dock. Shrimp, halibut and salmon are the main choices offered.
Visitors can walk along the boardwalk, check out the shops or stop for fresh seafood at one of many restaurants on the streets lining the river. Steveston is also the jumping off spot for whale watching boats. Tours leave frequently going downriver past sea lions out to the Strait of Georgia where the orcas, seals and eagles are found.
For more info, visit tourismrichmond.com.
Things to do in Richmond and Steveston:
Visit a Temple: Stop by one or all of the temples on the Highway to Heaven.
Ride a Bike: Ride far into the Strait of Georgia on the Iona Causeway at
Eat Fresh Fish: Buy salmon, shrimp, halibut, crab, octopus and more right off
the boats on the Steveston docks.
Go Climbing: Climb the wall at the Richmond Olympic Oval venue.