Richmond

Richmond: Home of the Winter Olympics

Richmond is a beautiful, coastal city in the province of British Columbia. As the 4th most populous city in the region, Richmond is made up of 17 islands nestled in the mouth of the Fraser River, painted with the mountain range as its backdrop. Just twenty minutes away from downtown Vancouver, Richmond continues to attract tourists with its entertainment venues, dining opportunities, multicultural shopping, local parks and prestigious heritage sites. Richmond’s terrain provides great cycling along its oceanfront dykes and a good choice for the winter games last 2010.

History

The city was originally used as farming and fishing land by the Salish native people. European settlers started to arrive en mass in the late 1860s. Salmon canning also became a booming industry during the turn of the century. Guests can learn more about the city’s rich maritime history at Britannia Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Don’t forget to drop by the famous Richmond Olympic Oval.

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Housing

Richmond City is made up of 15 neighborhoods, each featuring their own distinctive qualities. Single family homes are popular in this area but high rise apartments are slowly gaining footing as investment properties. Due to its close proximity to downtown, housing is a little bit expensive in this metro—the median price for residential properties is around $700,000. The city also provides subsidized housing for residents who need financial assistance.

Shopping & Entertainment

Enjoy Asian themed products, from fashion and jewelry to herbal remedies and specialty foods at Aberdeen Center. This shopping facility features more than 100 stores, including an 800-seater food court, Japanese bargain merchandise, and a huge Daiso emporium. There are other Asian inspired stores in the Yaohan Center, the home of Parker Place and the busy Osaka Today market. Covering four blocks on the road, the Golden Village is home to affordable and savory Vietnamese, Korean, Malaysian, Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Richmond is popular all over the region for its Asian cuisine.
Some of the region’s most famous weekend spots include the Steveston Village, Brittania Heritage Shipyard, London Heritage Farm and the fishing village. If you are looking for family fun, the Riverport development features a movie theater, bowling centers and family style restaurants. Richmond has more than 90 parks with a wide range of recreational facilities including picnic areas, golf courses, running tracks, fields, pools, arenas, community centers, and lacrosse boxes.

Transportation

This vibrant city is connected to its neighboring mainland cities through a tunnel and a series of bridges. There are two primary freeways going to Richmond and a few railway lines. The city is also serviced by two global seaports. Vancouver International Airport can also be found in Richmond. The SkyTrain service connects the city to Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver.

Education

This waterfront city is currently home of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University which offers various courses and programs to students. The BC Institute of Technology also runs its own aircraft maintenance courses at the runways of Vancouver International Airport. The city also has 38 elementary institutions, 10 high schools, including 9 French immersion schools and 3 Montessori schools.

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