A fantastic business and leisure destination with historical sites, coastal beauty, and a mild year-round climate, Richmond offers easy access to Vancouver and a culture all its own. Richmond's diverse setting is heavily influenced by its 65 percent Asian-Canadian population, which can be seen in such areas as its Golden Village neighborhood, a bustling commercial district located in the heart of Richmond. Richmond is also home to ABC’s hit TV series Once Upon a Time, which features real businesses like Storybrooke year round. The city is known for its sumptuous, award-winning authentic Chinese food, served in its more than 400 Asian restaurants, including those on Alexandra Road, which is also known as "Food Street."
Richmond offers a unique mix of metropolitan amenities, historical charm, and green space. The city is home to more than 100 parks and green spaces, as well as 50 miles of connected dyke trails, cycling routes, and walkways. Approximately 38 percent of Richmond's land is protected under the Agricultural Land Reserve, which enables the city to serve as Canada's largest cranberry producer and a strong viticulture destination. Many of Richmond's local wineries utilize the region's local berries. One example, LuLu Island Winery, is known for its ice wines and has an "East meets West" approach in its Chinese wine-making techniques.
Richmond's Asian influence can be seen at its International Buddhist Temple, which serves as one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America. Guests can participate in lectures, events, ceremonies, and classes that explore enlightenment and meditation, and then wander through the temple’s devotional buildings and gardens and dine on its vegetarian cuisine.
Richmond's historic fishing heritage can be experienced firsthand at the popular Steveston Village and Fisherman's Wharf. Once a salmon-canning center, the village now serves as Canada's largest commercial fishing hub and a quaint destination for whale-watching cruises, boutique shopping, dining, and bike riding.
Speaking of shopping, Richmond is home to two wildly popular night markets: the Summer Night market and the Richmond Night Market. Welcoming more than one million visitors each year, the markets serve as one of the most popular night market events in North America and the largest multi-cultural event in Canada.
Touring Richmond can work up quite the appetite, so it's a good thing that the city is home to a strong multi-cultural culinary scene, with many fine restaurants that offer group dining space. Steveston Village is home to the French-inspired Tapenade Bistro, elegant Blue Canoe, and modern Fisherman,s Wharf. Other must-visits include Jade Seafood Restaurant, which serves exotic and traditional Chinese cuisine, while The Boathouse Restaurant specializes in sustainable, local, fresh ingredients, as well as fresh seafood from the British Columbia coast and around the world.
Although many call Richmond a City of the Future, its sense of community is very much rooted in the present. Celebrations such as Canada Day (July 1) and Chinese New Year (end Jan/early Feb) always include special events such as a crowd-pleasing salmon BBQ in Steveston and a colorful Dragon Dance parade. Throughout the year, Steveston hosts a vibrant bi-monthly Sunday Farmers & Artisan market.