Richmond…our “Island City by Nature”
From a farming and fishing community just a few decades ago, to a cosmopolitan, eco-friendly city that hosted the 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Competition, Richmond has made tremendous strides of growth in a relatively short time. Designated a city in 1990, Richmond is an exciting, urban hub of activity yet still maintains fundamental historic roots.
A great place to call home
Located on the estuary of the Fraser River, Richmond is made up of 17 islands. Having all the amenities of a city with the perks of island life, Richmond is surrounded by the beauty of BC’s coastline and riverbanks. Active and healthy living has played an important role in the development of the city. A wonderful and scenic network of walking trails provides endless outdoor opportunities to explore and discover the area.
The diversity of the people, the proximity to Vancouver and the natural beauty of a BC West Coast location combine to make Richmond a young and appealing city.
The Canada Line connects commuters from downtown Richmond and YVR to Vancouver within minutes. Highway 99 travels through East Richmond providing convenient, access south to the US border, and to the Tsawwassen BC Ferry Terminal in Delta. Three (3) Bridges connect Richmond to Vancouver; Oak, Knight and Arthur Laing.
Richmond has five distinct regions that form together to create a culturally diverse and engaging city. Much of East Richmond remains farmland where blueberries, cranberries and raspberries are prominent crops. It is here that residents at road side fruit stands still sell their freshly picked produce during the summer months. The Golden Village is a commercial district in Central Richmond, best known for its Asian-themed restaurants, shops and services. Central Richmond includes the downtown core of the city and has experienced tremendous growth and development, including concrete highrises and the Canada Line Light Rapid Transit to Vancouver and YVR.
West and South Richmond are primarily residential single family homes and townhouses, planned around elementary schools, parks and local retail amenities. On the southwest tip is Richmond’s historic fishing village of Steveston. Though BC Packers closed the fish processing facility 1997, the sight of present day fishermen selling fresh seafood off their boats at Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston Harbour, in view of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Shipyard museums, is a significant reminder of the young city’s mainstay throughout history. The area known as Sea Island is home to award-winning Vancouver International Airport and the small community of Burkeville which was created by the federal government during WWII to house workers at the Boeing airplane plant nearby.