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  Weekly Feature (August 29, 2004)

The City of Richmond (B.C., Canada)



As I live in the City of Richmond, located in the province of British Columbia, Canada, I never cease to appreciate the many wonderful attributes that this city offers. 

Richmond is often labeled the “Gateway to British Columbia” because of this city’s unique location -- it is home to the Vancouver International Airport, it is within easy reach of highways, it is centrally located between a key U.S./Canada border crossing and Downtown Vancouver, and it is near a major BC Ferry terminal.

Built predominately on only one island at the mouth of the Fraser River, Richmond was first settled in 1879 and continued growing because of its farming, fishing, and river and sea-related industries.  About 168 000 people live today in Richmond, a city that has expanded its diversity including becoming home to major corporations and industries related to manufacturing, berry farming, aviation, and high technology, to name just a few.

Richmond offers trails to explore, natural parks and gardens, a wide variety of entertainment and shopping facilities, and excellent accommodation and tourism services.  Richmond is also known for its education and learning amenities, and this city facilitates and fosters a multicultural environment.  In fact, Richmond is home to the second largest Asian community in North America.

If you stop by or stay in Richmond, be sure to visit and experience the many attractions and points of interest such as Steveston Historic Fishing Village, London Heritage Farm, Richmond Cultural Library Centre, Gateway Theatre, Riverport Entertainment Park, Richmond Night Market, Public Market, Golden Village, Central Richmond, Garry Point Park, and Richmond Nature Park.  Furthermore, be sure to enjoy a walk along part of Richmond’s extensive trail system, and take part in the annual community events such as the Steveston Salmon Festival and the Cranberry Harvest Festival.

Along with its comfortable mild weather, Richmond offers a special combination of a natural, urban, historical, and multicultural setting. Bounded by the arms of the Fraser River and the Gulf of Georgia, the City of Richmond is indeed an Island City, by Nature.

For reference and further details, check these sites:

The Atlas of Canadatype and enter the word RICHMOND in the Search-Our-Site window, then choose the link: Richmond, BC.

Be sure to use the Zoom-out and Zoom-in buttons at the top of the map.


City of Richmond

Richmond Chamber of Commerce


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