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A Trip to Asia, Richmond-Style

Night markets, sushi bars, Pad Thai, dim sum, and the latest trends from Hong Kong — if you’re craving Asian food, culture and fun, then Richmond, just 20 minutes south of downtown Vancouver is the place to be. The heart of Vancouver's Chinese community is in Richmond, a thriving multi-cultural area.

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Insiders' Tips

  • Plan a visit to Richmond’s International Buddhist Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America. Stroll the serene grounds, admire the traditional Chinese Imperial architecture and check out the Seven Buddha Mural.
  • Browse for crafts, homemade food and more at Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market, which brings more than 50 food and craft vendors to historic Moncton Street every second Sunday.
  • The Richmond Olympic Oval, built for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is a riverside architectural stunner. You can skate, climb, work out, or even take a guided tour of this fascinating structure.
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International Buddhist Temple

Among Richmond’s many fascinating multi-cultural sights is the International Buddhist Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America. Stroll the serene grounds, admire the traditional Chinese Imperial architecture and check out the Seven Buddha Mural – it’s said to be one of the largest Buddhist murals in the world.
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Golden Village

Take a globe-trotting trip to Richmond’s Golden Village. The village, home to a cluster of Asian-themed malls — Aberdeen Centre, Yaohan Centre and Parker Place — offers some of the most authentic Asian-style shopping, dining and fun this side of the Pacific Ocean. At Aberdeen Mall, the biggest of the group, take your coins to the Japanese superstore Daiso, where thousands of straight-from-Japan items are just $2 each, stock up on imported treats at Candyland, and don’t miss the unique musical fountain; it plays a tune every hour.
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Richmond's Summer Night Markets

Join the browsing crowds at the International Summer Night Market or the Richmond Night Market.... Read more Held on weekend nights and holidays in summer, each market has hundreds of outdoor stalls selling electronics, clothes and every kind of Asian snack imaginable, from rice balls and barbecued pork to mango slushies and sugar-coated fruit. Try some bubble tea: it’s like a milk tea smoothie with marble-sized tapioca beads.

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Steveston Village

The seaside village of Steveston, still home port to Canada’s biggest fishing fleet, was once a multi-cultural cannery row. Tour the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, two national historic sites on the waterfront. Or explore rural life at London Heritage Farm, a recreated 1880s homestead. If the retro storefronts along Moncton Street look familiar, you may have seen them on TV: Steveston plays the fictitious town of Storybrooke, Maine in the ABC show Once Upon a Time. See Granny’s Diner and Storybrooke Country Bread. After lunch rent a bike and ride along the West Dyke Trail, go whale watching.
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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boatyards, residences & stores. Tour some of the oldest shipyard buildings in BC & observe ongoing boat restoration projects in t...
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Situated atop wooden pilings over the mighty Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in BC. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind & the leading p...
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London Heritage Farm

London Heritage Farm is a 1.6 hectare (4 acre) historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River in southwest Richmond, near Steveston Village. The site features an 1890s Farmhouse in a park with lovely heritage and herb gardens, th...
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Whale Watching in Vancouver

Upon leaving the dock, passengers are surrounded by incredible coastal settings and have the... Read more opportunity to see Orcas (killer whales), grey whales, humpback whales, minke whales, porpoises, dolphins and seabirds.  On some tours you can use onboard charts to identify individual whales, and even listen in through hydrophones to hear whales communicating underwater.  Whale-watching tours depart from downtown Vancouver and from nearby Steveston, located at the mouth of the Fraser River in Richmond.

Vancouver Whale Watch

Celebrating 16 years of whale watching, from the lower mainland, this adventure of a lifetime starts in picturesque Steveston, travelling through the spectacular Gulf & San Juan Islands.

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Steveston Seabreeze Adventures

Departing historic Steveston village, 'Gateway to the Orcas', will take you on a cruise through the Gulf Islands in search of resident killer whale pods and humpback whales. Along the way, be on the lookout for seals, sea lions, porpoises & other ...
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Places to Eat

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Asian Food

Fancy some Korean tacos, Vietnamese spring rolls, or Shanghai-style dumplings? Make tracks for... Read more Alexandra Road. Known as “Food Street”, it’s got about 200 Asian restaurants clustered along three short blocks. To learn more about dining in Richmond visit 365daysofdining.com. For more exotic goodies, join the browsing crowds at the International Summer Night Market or the Richmond Night Market. Held on weekend nights and holidays in summer, each market has hundreds of outdoor stalls.

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Places to Stay

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River Rock Casino Resort

Recognized on the Condé Nast Gold List, The Fairmont Empress majestically rises over Victoria's Inner Harbour. With turn of the century architecture & timeless beauty, this luxury hotel showcases Vancouver Island in grand style. Award-winning Will...
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Elegant, relaxed, comfort, The Sandman Signature Hotel & Resort Vancouver Airport is one of the perfect harmonization of our legendary Sandman service, with a fresh upscale design. Proximity to Vancouver International Airport & downtown Vancouver ...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Richmond

SkyTrain’s Canada Line, a high-speed light rail line, will whisk you from downtown... Read more Vancouver to the centre of  Richmond in just 30 minutes. For the Golden Village, get off at Aberdeen Station; for Steveston Village, ride to Brighouse Station, then hop on a 401 bus heading south. If you’re driving to Steveston, just take No 1 Road to its southern end. Flying in? Vancouver International Airport is in Richmond, so a quick cab ride or a few stops on the Canada Line will get you to Richmond's main attractions.

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Canada Line

The Canada Line, part of the SkyTrain network, is a high speed light rail line running from downtown Vancouver to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. It whisks arriving passengers from the airport to downtown in just 25 minutes. The Canada Line is also a great way to reach attractions in South Vancouver and Richmond. Hop on the Canada Line to see The Village on False Creek (formerly the Olympic Village and Vancouver's newest neighbourhood), the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory, the shops at Oakridge Centre, and the Asian restaurants and night markets in Richmond.
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Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is home to a large collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art, stunning architecture, a wealth of shops and services, and even two aquariums. It’s no wonder it often tops traveller satisfaction surveys. As you’re rushing to or from your flight, take a moment to admire any of the dozens of major art works on display. Other reasons to linger include the jet lag treatments at the Absolute Spa at YVR, dining, free Wi-Fi, children’s play areas and more. Getting there is easy too: the Canada Line can whisk you from the airport station to downtown Vancouver in just 25 minutes.
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