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The unique island city
Richmond is a seaside city in the Lower Mainland region located near the delta of the Fraser River and on Canada’s Pacific Coast. It is adjacent to and south of Vancouver and west of New Westminster. The city has changed from a suburban farm town to an urban city.
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Heritage buildings & waterfront views
Richmond was incorporated as a city in1990. The region’s first occupants were Coast Salish, though they mainly visited the area for fishing. In 1961, Colonel Richard C. Moody explored southern BC and selected townsites on Fraser River, named Sea and Lulu- Lulu, named after an American actress called Lulu Sweet.
McRoberts became the first settler in 1862, buying 648 hectares on the Island. He named his farm Richmond view after his home in Australia- possibly the origin of the city’s name. After McRoberts, the population grew, and by 1879, there were more than 30 families in the region, most of them being farmers.
Civilization in the area increased gradually, and between 1971 and 1991, the population doubled due to a high number of immigrants from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines. The city developed and caught the attention of people throughout the mainland.
Richmond's Essential Qualities
Richmond was and is the aviation centre in British Columbia. The first airport for Vancouver was on Lulu Island in Richmond. The first flight landed on March 25, 1910, from Minoru Racetrack. The airport was just a grass field and a few small service buildings close to Alexandra Road and Garden City Way. It stayed there until it was moved to Richmond's Sea Island in 1931.
Richmond's proximity to the airport has attracted many high technology and manufacturing industries. The airport has contributed greatly to the development of Richmond, and many investors have benefited.
Richmond is a family-friendly city. There are various parks, playgrounds, and many fun activities for your kids. Homes have yard space for kids, and childcare is also accessible. Richmond is an area in Vancouver designed with families in mind.
Although it is on a flood plain, Richmond is not officially designated as a flood risk city. The last time flooding happened was back in 1948. However, it is surrounded by water, and the city has executed an extensive diking network to prevent a major disaster. So, if you shift to Richmond, be assured that preventive measures are implemented.
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Housing Market In Richmond
Richmond has ongoing real estate development. Homebuilding is happening every day, and more people are moving to the city now than ever before. From condos to townhouses, huge real estate projects are shaping the future of Richmond. The city’s real estate has affordable, subsidized, rental, freehold properties, and leasehold housing options.
Richmond is absolutely a fantastic city to live in. It comprises residential and commercial properties, agricultural land, waterways, natural areas, and industrial areas; the city has it all.
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Historic & Beautiful
Who Is Richmond For
Richmond offers a great opportunity for anyone willing to invest in real estate. The city has proven to possess one of the most profitable real estate markets in Metro Vancouver. Prices for the city's real estate seem expensive; however, the return on investments has been high and will remain high as the population continues to grow.
Richmond is a great city for people raising a family. There are many good schools, mostly public, so you won't have to pay any fees to give your kids a quality education. There are also plenty of recreation activities for everyone in the family.
What To Do In
Pray to Buddha
You can walk around the international Buddhist Temple and its beautiful grounds. It is the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple in North America. Individuals of different religions are free to visit the temple.
Go hiking through Richmond Nature Park forest and enjoy flora and fauna. The nature park boasts four major trails ranging from 1.8 to 0.35 kilometres long. The trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible, so anyone can enjoy. There are also picnic areas, washrooms and a playground.
Go to the market
The Richmond Night Market is open every summer. It is a popular market that features food, games, rides and many more. Enjoy your favourite food while watching live entertainment. You can also go on an exciting ride or play an arcade game.
Go for a walk
Richmond has several great spots to go for a walk, specifically along the waterfront. There are seven waterfront trails managed by the city, where you can go for a walk or biking. You can even go horseback riding and enjoy the beautiful views across the water.
Visit a cannery
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was launched in 1894 and was once the best producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. Now the cannery is a National Historic Site and a museum. It is located in the village of Steveston. Visit the cannery and get informed about its history and its essence to the province.
Richmond offers something for every kind of food craving. It has a wide range of world-famous international cuisine representing its diverse ethnic and cultural heritage and many traditional family restaurants.
Enjoy the taste of BC wines
British Columbia is commonly known for its wine, of which three manufacturers are in Richmond. Visit any of these wineries and enjoy the taste of BC wine. Lulu Island Winery is known for its ice wine, Sanduz Estate Winery has a spacious room and grape wines, and Isabella Winery has a large portfolio in Old World-style wines.
Richmond Rental Market
The average rent for a studio apartment in Richmond increased by 17% to $1,525. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment remained flat, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment increased by 4% to $2,450.
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What Is Richmond Known For
Richmond boasts two university campuses: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Trinity Western University (TWU). KPU provides bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Langara College is also not far from Richmond.
All of the city's neighbourhoods are located near a high school. The city is served by the Richmond School District of 48 schools- 38 elementary schools and 10 secondary schools.
Olympic Oval & Parks
Home of Richmond Olympic Oval is an indoor multi-sport centre. Richmond boasts more than 145 parks, 60 km of on-road cycling parks and scenic trails. Parks include Garry Point Park, Richmond Nature Park and Minoru Park. The city offers a variety of recreation activities like fitness centres, golf courses, sports courts and pools.
Home to YVR
Richmond features Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located on Sea Island, which is roughly 12 km from Downtown Vancouver. It is a world-class airport and the second busiest airport in Canada.
Beautiful water bodies surround the entire city. There are many places to relax by the waterfront including Steveston, and Terra Nova Adventure Playground.
The city is home to Richmond General Hospital, established on February 26, 1996, with about 132 beds. It's the only local hospital in Richmond serving residents of Richmond, Delta and visitors using the Vancouver International Airport and BC ferries. It is also a teaching hospital for University of British Columbia medical students.
The city is well-served by three malls with over 200 shops. The malls include Richmond Centre, Lansdowne Centre and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. They offer an excellent shopping experience.
Vancouver Airport, Bridges & HWYs
You can easily access nearby cities such as Vancouver, New West, and Surrey. This makes Richmond a great choice for people who work outside of the city. Vancouver can be accessed by Oak Bridge, Arthur Laing Bridge, or Knight Bridge. New West is about 20 minutes through Hwy 91. Downtown Vancouver is approximately a 25-minutes drive or train ride via Canada Line SkyTrain. You can also quickly access Surrey via the Alex Fraser Bridge and Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in South Delta through the George Massey Tunnel.
If you love travelling for work or leisure, the city features a world-class airport- the Vancouver International Airport.
YVR AIRPORT: 5 -15 min*
USA BORDER: 30 min to Pacific Hwy Crossing
DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER: 15 min
SURREY: 20 min
BC FERRIES: 25 min* (Tsawwassen)
SKYTRAIN STATION: There are 3 Skytrain stations conveniently located in Richmond:
- Bridgeport Station
- Lansdowne Station
All times are approximates based on driving times.