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These river-based cities offer a refreshing change of pace.
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.
Huge summertime draws are the night markets. The Richmond Summer Market is held every weekend Friday through Sunday night and offers entertainment, food and incredible bargains. The market is located on the river at 2631 Vulcan Way (summernightmarket.com). Last year, the man behind the original Richmond Night Market opened up at a new location at 8351 River Road. Operating on weekends as well, the two venues offer red-hot fun for visitors.
For lovers of Asian cuisine, Richmond is your dream destination. 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.
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 the 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.
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 Vancouver airport. Explore the tidal flats while watching the planes landing.
EAT FRESH FISH: Buy salmon, shrimp, halibut, crab, octopus and more right off the boats on the Steveston docks. Hint: Walk one block north to the Steveston Fish Shoppe on Moncton. Prices are lower plus they’ll clean the Dungeness for you right there and then.
GET FIT: The Richmond Olympic Oval venue offers ice rinks, climbing walls, ping pong, running tracks, indoor soccer fields and more.
EXPLORE NATURE: Terra Nova Rural Park is a 63-acre nature park with historic buildings, a community garden and a picnic area. The park is excellent habitat for birds and other wildlife and has boardwalks, slough and viewing platforms.