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Richmond is an island city covering more than 129 square kilometres or 50 square miles and containing a large variety of urban and natural environments with parks, waterfront trails, farmland, a modern Chinese/East Asian shopping district, an historic fishing community, diverse neighbourhoods and a culturally diverse population.

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Steveston Historic Fishing Village The historic village of Steveston was once a thriving centre of salmon fishing and canning, earning it the nickname “Salmonopolis.” First Nations peoples have harvested the land and waters of this region for thousands of years prior to this settlement. Fisheries and canneries employed immigrants from around the world, including Europe, China, and Japan. Learn about the unique heritage of this intersection of cultures by visiting these Steveston historic sites of interest.

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Britannia Shipyards is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards and residences. Many of the buildings date back to 1885 and tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents and workers at the Britannia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards: Chinese, European, First Nations and Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value and was designated a National Historic Site in 1991 by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

London Farm London Farm offers a taste of century-old farming life. It’s a picturesque four-acre historic site along the south arm of the Fraser River that tells the story of farming in Steveston from 1880 to 1930. Walk around the park and enjoy the heritage herb and perennial gardens. View outdoor agriculture exhibits, a chicken coop and apiary!

Gulf of Georgia Cannery For more information see the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site page on the Parks Canada website.

Farms and Agriculture Industries A significant proportion of Richmond's land mass is zoned for agriculture. As a result there are numerous farming industries operating within City boundaries.

Waterfront Areas Richmond is composed of two main islands and a series of smaller islands in the mouth of the Fraser River. The City has abundant waterfront amenities, trails and parks and marinas. In addition we have two deep water ports and an active fishing fleet. See Port of Vancouver, Steveston, Parks and Open Space and Industry and Fishing for more waterfront scenes.

Parks, Nature and Open Space Richmond is renowned for its high quality parks, trails, natural areas and its vibrant urban realm. The City's extensive system of 140 parks totals 871 hectares (2,153 acres), including sports and recreation amenities designed to serve the wellness and recreation needs of a diverse, growing community. The 136 kilometres of trails in parks and 87 kilometres of on-road cycling paths support walking, rolling and cycling - bringing people to the city’s many iconic park and waterfront destinations. New parks and trails - along with new amenities - will ensure Richmond residents continue to receive excellent service and that Richmond continues to be a regional and tourism destination. Visit the Parks and Amenities Search page to learn more about specific neighbourhood parks and to find parks and amenities that include sports fields, courts and playgrounds.

Iona Beach Open spaces are just part of the attraction of Iona Beach Regional Park. It's also a great place to ride your bike, walk the flat, groomed paths, observe many bird species, and see the unique ecosystem where the Fraser River meets the Georgia Strait. Operated by the Great Vancouver Regional District.

Gateway Theatre The Gateway Theatre has a main stage, two studios, and a cyclorama style lobby and amenities area. See visit our website at Gateway Theatre for more information on the space.

Vancouver International Airport Ideally situated in the Greater Vancouver Region, Richmond offers unique access by land, air or sea. A two and half hour flight from Los Angeles, puts you inside the City. Located close to the US border and less than 20 minutes away from Vancouver, Richmond is home to the Vancouver International Airport and several world class hotels.

Temples and Mosques There are several significant temples and mosques in Richmond, many are located along No. 5 Road.

Urban Areas Richmond's City Centre is in a high growth phase with increasing numbers of high rise and commercial developments being built and the stage is being set for the arrival of rapid transit in our business district. While newer parts of our City have increased densities and the appearance of a modern City, there are still many low rise business areas remaining.

Housing Types Richmond neighbourhoods vary in style from older modest family homes to newer larger homes, and there are several unique condominium developments as well as high rise apartment buildings.

School Buildings The Richmond School District consists of 48 schools comprised of 38 elementary schools and 10 secondary schools. Our schools offer a range of educational programs, services and support to help each student achieve success.

Tourism Richmond Richmond is a thriving city where culture and character converge in a stunning setting. Whatever you crave – incredible Asian cuisine, breathtaking nature, or captivating history – Richmond is an experience truly Canadian in its multicultural essence and authentically Pacific. It’s all here.