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Beyond YVR: Your Ultimate Guide to Richmond, BC

Ultimate Guide to Richmond BC
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Ever find layovers a bit dull, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar city? Well, that’s a scenario I’ve never encountered when jetting off to Richmond – it’s a city that can turn a layover into a mini-adventure.

If you also want to know more about Richmond, we’ve crafted a guide that serves everything from cozy accommodations and dining options to a rundown of the best activities in the area. 

What is Richmond, BC known for?

What is Richmond, BC known for
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Richmond is best known for its enticing shopping opportunities, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and the most concentrated immigration population in Canada. Richmond is also one of Canada’s largest producers of red berries.

For avid shoppers, Steveston Village offers a delightful array of items showcasing the essence of Pacific Canada. The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, with a focus on high fashion, is another appealing destination. 

These shopping hubs, along with various other outlets, are essential stops for travelers with a layover in the city.

Richmond also features three malls that specifically cater to those seeking Asian fashion and food: Aberdeen Centre, Parker Place, and Yaohan Centre. 

Beyond serving a diverse tourist population, these establishments address the needs of Canada’s largest concentration of immigrants. In fact, 65% of Richmond’s residents are of Asian descent, and Chinese is the city’s most common first language.

Adding to its diverse offerings, Richmond stands out as one of the nation’s major cranberry producers. The city’s cranberry acreage accounts for approximately 47% of the entire province’s production.

What is the history of Richmond, BC?

What is the history of Richmond, BC
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Richmond, BC has a rich history shaped by indigenous peoples long before European contact. The Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations were the original inhabitants of this land, with a history dating back thousands of years.

European influence arrived in the late 19th century with the establishment of fishing and farming communities. The area’s fertile soil and proximity to the Fraser River contributed to its growth. 

The fishing industry played a pivotal role in Richmond’s early economy, with cannery operations dotting the riverfront. In the 20th century, the city evolved with the expansion of the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 1931.

Richmond’s multicultural identity began to flourish in the mid-20th century, notably with the influx of immigrants from Hong Kong in the 1980s. This demographic shift significantly influenced the city’s cultural and economic dynamics.

The completion of the Knight Street Bridge in 1974 and the opening of the SkyTrain’s Canada Line in 2009 further connected Richmond to the broader Vancouver metropolitan area.

Today, Richmond stands as a vibrant and diverse community, preserving its heritage, reflecting its agricultural roots and ties to fishing, and a forward-looking approach to modernization. 

How to Get Around Richmond, BC

  • Cars: Two major roads run through downtown: No. 3 Road and Westminster Highway. Highway 99 intersects with the second one, so you can easily drive from Vancouver to Richmond.
  • Buses: Buses are a convenient means of transportation in Richmond as they operate from 5 AM to 1 AM almost daily. If you’re coming from Vancouver, you can also ride a NightBus to Richmond.
  • Trains: The SkyTrain connects downtown Vancouver to YVR through the Canada Line.
  • Taxis: If you prefer to go around Richmond on a taxi, you can order one via Garden City Cabs or Richmond Taxi.

Where to Stay near the Richmond, BC

Panda Pod Hotel

Address: 6940 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C5, Canada 

Phone: +1 778-308-4083

Pricing: $$

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If you’re a solo traveler, you should check out the first capsule hotel in Greater Vancouver – Panda Pod Hotel.

You’ll have a private sleeping pod (around 6.6 feet x 43 inches x 43 inches) and you’ll have the option to choose between a top or bottom bunk. Then, you’ll enjoy a common living space with the other guests. 

Hilton Vancouver Airport

Address: 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6X 4C7, Canada 

Phone: +1 604-273-6336

Pricing: $$

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Just a five minute walk from the CF Richmond Centre, Hilton Vancouver Airport is one of the recommended accommodations in the area. The airport is 6 kilometres away, but you can easily take the shuttle to or from there to the hotel.

Note that if your furry friend is tagging along, you’ll have to make a non-refundable fee of CAD 35.

AMTD Versante Hotel

Address: 8499 Bridgeport Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1R7, Canada

Phone: +1 604-242-7777

Pricing: $$

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AMTD Versante Hotel has an unmissable bright aesthetic and energetic vibe. The rooms are not only comfortable but also radiating with so much personality.

From this hotel, you can easily drop by the casino at River Rock Resort or make the perfect night out at Club Versante.

Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel

Address: 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-276-2112

Pricing: $$

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If you’re flying to Richmond, then this hotel is one of the perfect accommodations five minutes from the airport. Like Hilton Vancouver Airport, this hotel offers utter comfort through its clean, spacious rooms and full amenities.

Radisson Blu Vancouver Airport Hotel & Marina

Address: 3500 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B 1C7, Canada 

Phone: +1 604-278-1241

Pricing: $$

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Now, on the more affordable side, Radisson Blu stands out as an interesting choice. Boasting friendly service and meeting guests’ fundamental needs, it ensures a comfortable yet affordable stay. 

Conveniently situated just eight minutes from the airport, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle departing every few minutes for seamless airport access.

Where to Eat near the Richmond, BC

Cactus Club Cafe Richmond Centre

Address: 6551 No. 3 Rd #1666, Richmond, BC V6Y 2B6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-244-9969

Pricing: $$


Located at a popular spot, this Cactus Club Cafe is a crowd favorite in Richmond. Of course, for Vancouverites, it’s a familiar sight with more than five locations spread across the city.

If you haven’t tried it though, you can get their Prawn Crunch Roll for appetizer and Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl for your mains.

Dinesty Lite

Address: 8111, 160 Ackroyd Rd #160, Richmond, BC V6X 3J9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-244-9969

Pricing: $


If you’re looking for hot pot, fried rice, and classic favorites like pizza and pasta, make your way to the intersection of Ackroyd Road and No. 3 Road to find Dinesty Lite.

Every “Super Wednesday,” you can get Braised Beef Noodle Soup and Pan Fried Dumplings Combo for a special discounted price. 


Address: 6451 Buswell St #190, Richmond, BC V6Y 2G4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-285-8844

Pricing: $$


MaoJiaoHuola is known for cooking nice beef. To be exact, they’re use high-quality meat cooked in the traditional Chuanchuan way. 

The ambiance is perfect, the service is attentive – so those looking for authentic Chinese cuisine may truly enjoy their experience dining at this restaurant

What to Do in Richmond, BC

Hook into Richmond’s Fishing Scene

Hook into Richmond’s Fishing Scene
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Richmond’s shoreline beckons anglers with prime fishing spots, including the No. 2 Road Fishing Pier and Float, No. 3 Road Sports Fishing Pier, and No. 7 Road Pier. If casting a line is your idea of a good time, these locations are worth exploring.

To make the most of fishing in Richmond, be sure to secure a Tidal Waters Fishing License. Conveniently, the city hosts various dedicated fishing shops, ensuring you have access to all the gear and equipment you need for a successful day by the water.

Enjoy Birdwatching

Enjoy Birdwatching
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Richmond is right in the middle of BC’s Pacific Flyway. So you can expect to find a number of trails where the calls of migratory and resident birds create a peaceful symphony. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic Great Blue Heron, gracefully navigating the marshy landscape. It’s a nature lover’s haven, offering a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle.

Unwind at Iona Beach Regional Park

Unwind at Iona Beach Regional Park
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Along the Fraser River estuary, Iona Beach Regional Park offers a perfect blend of calm vibes and recreational options.

While swimming isn’t recommended, the sandy shores make for a great picnic spot. You can also explore the Pipeline Walk along Iona Jetty or catch the captivating sight of planes taking off and landing at the nearby airport.

What makes this park special is its appeal to stargazers – with an open sky, it’s a favorite spot for observing constellations. Plus, it’s accessible and enjoyable even on rainy days, thanks to its gravel base and solid drainage.

Explore the Richmond Night Market

Explore the Richmond Night Market
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If you’re visiting Richmond with a group of friends or you’re looking for a fantastic hangout spot, you can drop by the night market.

Featuring over 70 food stalls, the night market is a haven for foodies. Dive into a diverse culinary experience with options ranging from sizzling skewers to indulgent bubble tea, especially if you’re eager to savor the flavors of Asian street food.

Not just a feast for the taste buds, the market boasts 100 retail stalls. Take a leisurely stroll around, exploring each one—a delightful and entertaining fix for a night out with friends in Richmond.

Navigate Richmond’s Olympic Legacy

Navigate Richmond's Olympic Legacy
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You can also engage in the spirit of sports and recreation at the Richmond Olympic Oval, a legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or simply seeking a unique experience, the Oval offers ice skating, fitness classes, and even a climbing wall. 

Beyond the activities, the iconic architecture and Olympic heritage make it a fascinating destination, inviting you to explore Richmond’s proud connection to the global sporting community.

Tips for Visiting Richmond, BC

Tips for Visiting Richmond, BC
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  • Embrace the Culinary Tapestry: Richmond is a food lover’s haven, particularly known for its Asian cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to explore the diverse culinary scene, from hidden gems to bustling night markets.
  • Navigate with Public Transport: Opt for the efficient public transportation system, including the SkyTrain and buses, to easily explore Richmond and its neighboring areas without the hassle of parking.
  • Go Beyond the Airport: While the Vancouver International Airport is a gateway, Richmond itself has much to offer. Venture beyond the airport vicinity to discover parks, historic sites, and vibrant neighborhoods.
  • Prepare for the Weather: Be mindful of the weather, especially if you plan outdoor activities. Richmond experiences a range of seasons, so pack accordingly to make the most of your visit.

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