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A hotel in Richmond is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Richmond hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Richmond are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Richmond hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Richmond hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Richmond have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Richmond
An upscale full service hotel facility in Richmond that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Richmond hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Richmond hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

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Boutique hotels of Richmond are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Richmond boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Richmond may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Richmond is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Richmond bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Richmond B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Richmond
Richmond hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Richmond hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Richmond
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Richmond hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Richmond lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Richmond
Richmond timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Richmond often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Richmond on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Richmond motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Richmond for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Richmond motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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City of Richmond
View of Downtown Richmond taken from Aberdeen Station
View of Downtown Richmond taken from Aberdeen Station
Flag of Richmond
Coat of arms of Richmond
Coat of arms
Motto: Child of the Fraser
Location of Richmond within the Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia
Location of Richmond within the Greater Vancouver Area in British Columbia
Coordinates:  / 49.167; -123.133  / 49.167; -123.133
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Metro Vancouver
Incorporated November 10, 1879 (municipality status)
December 3, 1990 (city status)
• Mayor Malcolm Brodie
• Governing body Richmond, British Columbia City Council
• MP The Honourable Alice Wong (CPC)
The Honourable Joe Peschisolido (Liberal Party of Canada )
• MLA The Honourable Teresa Wat (BCLP)
The Honourable Linda Reid (BCLP)
John Yap (BCLP)
• Total 129.27 km (49.91 sq mi)
Highest elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2016)
• Total 198,309 (Ranked 25th)
• Density 1,534.1/km (3,973/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Richmondite
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code span V6V to V6Y, V7A to V7E
Area code(s) 604, 778, 236
Website City of Richmond

Richmond (/ˈrɪmənd/) is a coastal city incorporated in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Part of the Metro Vancouver area, it has an estimated population of 218,307 people as of 2017. Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada. Richmond is the location of Vancouver International Airport and was the site of the long track speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Richmond is located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, and also encompasses adjacent Sea Island and some smaller uninhabited islets to the north and south. Neighbouring communities are Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta to the south. The Strait of Georgia forms its western border.

Richmond, British Columbia: History

Coast Salish bands had temporary camps on the island, to fish and collect berries, which were scattered and moved from year to year. Certain Coast Salish summer camps were located at Garry Point, and Woodward's Landing, along with the site of the Terra Nova cannery, which had at one time been a Musqueam village.

The Township of Richmond was named by Founding Father John Wesley Sexsmith after his birthplace The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario. The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario was named for Governor General for British North America, Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, Richmond, Yorkshire, England.

The first published reference to “Richmond” was a pamphlet about the local farmstead established on Sea Island by Hugh McRoberts. His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. At the meeting in her home to choose the name Mrs. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.

The Township of Richmond, British Columbia incorporated on November 10, 1879. The Township of Richmond was modeled after Ontario’s political townships - an incorporated municipality, consisting of communities that are united as a single entity with a single municipal administration. Each community was represented on the municipal council through a ward electoral system with five wards until 1946 when the ward electoral system was replaced with the at large electoral system that is currently in place.

On December 3, 1990, Richmond was designated as a City.

The first Town Hall, the Agricultural Hall and the Methodist Church (now Minoru Chapel), were built at the corner of No.17 (River) Rd and No.20 (Cambie) Rd near the main settlement on the northwestern tip of Lulu Island at North Arm.

The old fishing village of Steveston on the southwestern tip of Lulu Island is now home to several museums and heritage sites, as well as a working harbour for fishing boats. Currently, London Heritage Farm, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston highlight these parts of Richmond's diverse history.

Richmond, British Columbia: Geography

Richmond comprises most of the islands in the Fraser River delta, the largest and most populated island being Lulu Island. The city of Richmond includes all but a small portion of Lulu Island (the Queensborough neighbourhood at the far eastern tip is part of the city of New Westminster). The next largest island, Sea Island, is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). In addition to Lulu and Sea Islands, 15 smaller islands make up the city's 129.66 square kilometres (50.06 sq mi) land area. The city also includes the fishing village of Steveston, located in the far southwest corner of the city, and Burkeville, which shares Sea Island with the airport. Both Steveston and Burkeville were independent villages until they were annexed by Richmond.

Since all of Richmond occupies islands in a river delta, the city has plenty of rich, alluvial soil for agriculture, and was one of the first areas in British Columbia to be farmed by Europeans in the 19th century. The drawback of Richmond's geographical location was that since all the land averages just one metre above sea level, it was prone to flooding, especially during high tide. As a result, all the major islands are now surrounded by a system of dykes, which, although not as massive as those in the Netherlands or the levees of New Orleans, serve to protect the town from anticipated sources of flooding. There is a possibility that, during an earthquake, the dykes could rupture and the alluvial soil may liquefy, causing extensive damage. Richmond is also at risk of a major flood if the Fraser River has an unusually high spring freshet. Recreational trails run along the tops of many of the dykes, and Richmond also supports about 1,400 acres (5.7 km) of parkland.

Because of the high water table, very few houses in Richmond have basements and until the late 1980s, very few buildings were above 3 storeys high. Also, because of proximity to the airport, current building regulations limit the height of buildings to 150 feet (46 m).

Richmond, British Columbia: Climate

Richmond enjoys a temperate climate. Because it is not as close to the mountains, it actually receives 30% less rain than neighbouring Vancouver. It rarely snows in winter and the summer temperatures are mild to warm. Richmond is also very prone to fog in the cooler months.

Climate data for Richmond Nature Park (1981−2010 Normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.5
Average high °C (°F) 7.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.0
Average low °C (°F) 0.9
Record low °C (°F) −15
Average precipitation mm (inches) 178.6
Average rainfall mm (inches) 167.3
Average snowfall cm (inches) 11.3
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 20.9 16.1 19.4 16.6 14.7 12.6 7.9 7.2 9.1 17.2 21.9 20.3 183.8
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 19.9 15.4 19.3 16.6 14.7 12.6 7.9 7.2 9.1 17.1 21.5 19.1 180.4
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 2.0 1.3 0.77 0.04 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.08 0.64 2.2 7.1
Source: Environment Canada

Richmond, British Columbia: Demographics

Typical Richmond home, 2006

Richmond's 2016 population of 198,309 makes it the fourth largest city in British Columbia, after Vancouver (603,502), Surrey (468,251) and Burnaby (223,218).

Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada. Richmond has 50% of residents identifying as Chinese, the city in North America with the largest proportion of Asians. More than half of its population is of Asian descent, many of whom immigrated in the late 1980s, mostly from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. Other Asian Canadians in Richmond include Indo-Canadians, Filipino Canadians and Japanese Canadians.

Richmond's Japanese community has a long history in Steveston dating back to the 1800s. Following Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this community was devastated as residents of Japanese descent were relocated to internment camps in the BC Interior and Alberta and their property sold at auction.

Richmond is also home to two of the largest Buddhist temples in North America, the International Buddhist Temple and the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.

The average price of a detached home in Richmond is $1,413,500.

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1981 96,154 -
1991 126,624 +31.7%
1996 148,867 +17.6%
2001 164,345 +10.4%
2006 174,461 +6.2%
2011 190,473 +9.2%
2016 198,309 +4.1%
Visible Minority Population (as of 2011) % of Total Population
Ethnicity group
Not a visible minority (Chinese) 54.6
White People 26.1
Filipino 6.1
South Asian 4.4
Mixed visible minority 2.3
Japanese 1.7
Southeast Asian 1.1
Korean 0.9
Latin American 0.8
Black 0.6
West Asian 0.6
Arab 0.5
Other visible minority 0.2

Richmond, British Columbia: Economy

Aberdeen Centre, one of the many Asian-themed shopping malls in Richmond.

Richmond supports about 100,000 jobs in various areas including services, retailing, tourism, light manufacturing, airport services and aviation, agriculture, fishing, and government. Richmond also is a leading centre in the region for high-technology companies, including MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) and Sierra Wireless.

Pacific Coastal Airlines has its headquarters in the South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport. Air Canada Jazz operates a regional office in Richmond.

Before its dissolution, Canadian Airlines operated an office in Richmond. Before it merged into Air Canada Jazz, regional airline Air BC was headquartered in Richmond. Prior to its dissolution, Harmony Airways, Pacific Western Airlines and Canadian Pacific Airlines were all headquartered in Richmond.

The first McDonald's restaurant in Canada was opened in Richmond on June 3, 1967.

Richmond, British Columbia: Agriculture

The Agricultural Land Reserve preserves 4,916 hectares within the city as farmland, an area that makes up most of east Richmond. Of this area, 3,012 hectares are farmed by 247 farms; the rest is either vacant or occupied by non-farm uses. Cranberries and blueberries are the dominant crops grown. Other crops grown include strawberries, corn, and potatoes. In 2001 Richmond had approximately 47% of BC's cranberry acreage.

Richmond, British Columbia: Shopping malls

Richmond is home to many Chinese-oriented shopping malls, most of them along No. 3 Road from Alderbridge Way to Capstan Way. This area is officially termed as the "Golden Village" by Tourism Richmond and includes malls such as Aberdeen Centre, Continental Centre, Union Square, Lansdowne Centre, President Plaza, Parker Place, and Yaohan Centre. The strip malls located on Alexandra Road are famous for their restaurants and the area is more commonly known as "food street".

Other malls in Richmond include Richmond Centre and Lansdowne Centre.

Richmond, British Columbia: Development

Richmond, British Columbia: City Centre development plan

East-facing aerial view of Westminster Highway and Canada Line

Richmond city planners are one year into their update of its official plan for the city centre. The plan is anchored by the Canada Line and includes the development of nine transit-oriented village centres. The population of the area is expected to grow from about 40,000 to 120,000 residents.

According to a senior planner for the city, the goal of the plan is to "turn the middle arm of the Fraser River into a focus instead of an edge." A Richmond parks manager said that for "too long residents have felt contained by the river, seen it as being to their backs. Now, they want people to face the river and embrace the waterfront."

Richmond, British Columbia: Fraser River development

Richmond, British Columbia: The Olympic Oval
Exterior of the Richmond Olympic Oval with Water Sky Garden sculpture by artist Janet Echelman

Aspac Developments Ltd purchased 7.5 hectares (19 acres) of land adjacent to the Fraser River and the finished $178 million Richmond Olympic Oval. The $1 billion plan includes 16 high-density towers, up to 14 stories in height. The towers will be stepped toward the waterfront and will include trees and green space. Aspac's plans are for "probably the highest-end development Richmond has seen to date" said Mayor Brodie. A $2.3 million hard-surfaced path will be constructed along the river to link the project to Aberdeen Centre. Aspac's initial plan includes constructing the development in four phases, with the first phase comprising 65,000 square metres (700,000 sq ft) of residential development, and 2,300 square metres (25,000 sq ft) of ground-level commercial space. Some construction will not begin until after 2010, and will take up to 12 years to complete. The warehouses and commercial parks near the development are also slated for redevelopment.

Richmond, British Columbia: The John M.S. Lecky Boathouse

The University of British Columbia recently constructed a new boathouse along the river. The popular John M.S. Lecky boathouse draws crowds from rowing regattas and Dragon Boat Races.

Richmond, British Columbia: Cambie Road Pedestrian Bridge

A possible pedestrian bridge where Cambie Road reaches the river is also being included in a future vision of the area. It would link nature trails on the north and south banks, and make Aberdeen Centre within walking distance for BCIT's aerospace campus students.

Richmond, British Columbia: Capstan Way development

Developer Pinnacle International is planning a 16-building development on a seven hectare (17.2 acre) property near Capstan Way and No 3 road. The mixed use development would include over 2,100 residential units, various commercial uses, and a hotel.

The Canada Line is considered critical to the project. A fifth Richmond station at Capstan Way (No. 3 Road and Capstan Way) was originally planned, but was cancelled in March 2009. This station was considered so critical to the development that the developers had offered $15 million to build it ahead of schedule, however, Pinnacle International and Concord Pacific, the developers of the Sun Tech City project, couldn't fund the $15 million required to build the station. The developers could only offer $1 million up front, but this sum was deemed unacceptable by TransLink and the City of Richmond. Despite this, provisions for the station were engineered into the track and Richmond city council expects this station to be built at some point in the future.

Also included will be 100 affordable housing units, a 25-space daycare, and a 0.6 hectares (1.5 acres) park. Live-work dwellings are also being proposed by the developers, where shop owners would live above their ground level operations.

Richmond, British Columbia: Aberdeen Centre

Fairchild Developments is building a six floor expansion to its Chinese-oriented shopping centre. The plan includes an office building, and a link to the Canada Line's Aberdeen Station. The mall is also considering purchasing transit coupons for staff and customers to encourage them to use the new line. The new complex was completed in 2014.

Richmond, British Columbia: Bridgeport Station

The River Rock Casino Resort is located near the Canada Line Bridgeport Station, and has built a 12-story hotel. The casino is currently in the process of adding an addition above the newly added six story car park and skytrain Bridgeport Station. TransLink (the Canada Line operator) gave the Great Canadian Casino Corporation land worth $9.5 million, and $4.5 million in cash in return for building the park-and-ride facility. Transit users are charged $2.50 per day to use the facility (up from an initial $2.00 charge).

Richmond, British Columbia: Garden City

The Garden City Lands

The 55-hectare/136.5 acre parcel known as the Garden City Lands was leased by the federal government for decades and was formerly used as a transmitter site for program requirements of the Canadian Coast Guard. The property is bounded by Westminster Highway, Garden City Road, Alderbridge Way and No. 4 Road and has been within the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) since 1973. Recently the Federal Government of Canada deemed the land as "surplus" to its needs and transferred the property to the Canada Lands Company (an agency of the Federal Government) for liquidation.

The City of Richmond, Canada Lands Company, and the Musqueam Indian Band entered a 2005 agreement with the federal government that included the intent to remove the land from the ALR for the purposes of high-density development. In April 2008, an application to exclude the land from the Agricultural Land Reserve was made to the Agricultural Land Commission. The application was rejected on 10 February 2009.

On 8 March 2010, Richmond City Council announced a deal had been approved whereby the city would purchase the entire parcel of land from the Musqueam Band and Canada Lands Company for $59.2 million.

The Musqueam band has since brought a lawsuit against the City of Richmond claiming they sold it under duress. The lawsuit remains dormant and it is the understanding of Coun. Harold Steves that the lawsuit will remain dormant unless the city wants to develop the lands into anything that is not related to ALR use"

Richmond, British Columbia: Arts and culture

On Canada Day, Richmond has an annual festival in Steveston called the Steveston Salmon Festival. This event includes a parade, and a huge barbecued salmon sale in front of the Steveston Community Centre. Locally based municipal, provincial and federal politicians frequently show up at this event, usually as part of the parade and/or to hand out Canadian flags.

An annual Richmond Maritime Festival has been held at the Britannia Shipyard, National Historic Site every August since 2004. It is a family event that celebrates the region's maritime heritage with live entertainment, ships, exhibits and demonstrations.

In 2002, Richmond hosted a tall ships festival which attracted an estimated 400,000 people to Steveston. The success of this event surpassed many expectations and caused traffic congestion in the usually quiet area. There was insufficient parking in the area, which gave locals the idea of selling "parking space" by using their driveways and front yards. Despite the event's popularity, there was a revenue shortfall and the city decided not to host the event again.

During the summer weekends, an annual Richmond Night Market is held. Toys, clothes, cell phones, and food are available along with live entertainment. It is very popular and is usually crowded.

Richmond also hosted the 2006 Gemini Awards, which were held at River Rock Casino. This marked the first time the ceremony had taken place on the West Coast, as it traditionally takes place in Toronto.

Richmond, British Columbia: Attractions

Richmond, British Columbia: Parks and recreation

Community/Recreation Centres

  • Cambie Community Centre
  • City Centre Community Centre
  • Hamilton Community Centre
  • Lang Centre (City Centre)
  • McLean Park
  • Minoru Aquatic Centre
  • Minoru Arenas
  • Minoru Artificial Turf
  • Minoru Sports Pavilion
  • Richmond Ice Centre
  • Richmond Nature Park
  • Richmond Public Library
  • Sea Island Community Centre
  • South Arm Community Centre
  • South Arm Park
  • South Arm Pool
  • Steveston Community Centre
  • Steveston Pool
  • Terra Nova Nature Park
  • Thompson Community Centre
  • Watermania Aquatic Centre
  • West Richmond Community Centre

Richmond, British Columbia: Sports

Richmond is home to the Richmond Sockeyes Junior B hockey team, and the Richmond Budgies Senior Men's Baseball Club. Richmond also has two swim clubs: the Kigoos summer swimming club and the Richmond Rapids Swim Club. Richmond also has multiple soccer teams, under the name Richmond FC, each ranging of different skill levels. From Bronze (U12 and above), and 4 select leagues. Silver, Gold, Metro and High Performance League. As of 1 October 2006, the middle arm of Richmond's Fraser River became home to both the UBC Thunderbirds varsity rowing program and St. George's School rowing program, with the completion of the new $6 million CAD John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse. In addition, this facility will also function to enhance participation in the sports of rowing and dragon boating for the greater community, including youth, adults, and rowing alumni. Richmond also has their own short track speed skating club, the Richmond Rockets and their own rugby union club, the Richmond Rugby Football Club.

Richmond, British Columbia: Richmond and the 2010 Winter Olympics

Main article: Richmond Olympic Oval

For the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the City of Richmond constructed an 8,000-seat speed-skating oval near the No. 2 Road Bridge, just across (the middle arm of) the Fraser River from Vancouver International Airport. The final construction cost (paid for by the city, the provincial government and the federal government) is around $178 million CAD. Since the completion of the Games, the oval has served as a recreational structure for local residents. The Richmond Oval officially opened on 12 December 2008. The city received $141 million CAD from ASPAC Developments for city owned land next to the Oval. The sale more than covers the unfunded portion of the Oval's price tag.

Richmond, British Columbia: Government

Richmond City Hall

Richmond votes regularly for conservative or centrist parties, and is a stronghold for the BC Liberal Party.

Richmond, British Columbia: Municipal Elections

Richmond's municipal council is elected using an at large electoral system.

Like Vancouver, but unlike most cities in British Columbia, Richmond runs on a political system of locally based political parties, or Election Slates. For the most part, however, their organization is weak and they may collapse or change names from one election to another.

The current mayor is Malcolm Brodie, an independent first elected in an October 2001 by-election. Local government consists of an 8-member City Council and a 7-member School Board. The last elections were in November 2014.

In the 2014 city elections, the Richmond First party won 3 seats, the Richmond Community Coalition 2, the Richmond Citizens Association one, the RITE one and there were two independents. For the Richmond Board of Education, the Richmond First won three seats, Renew Richmond one, Richmond Community Coalition one seat, and there were two independents.

Richmond, British Columbia: Provincial Elections

In provincial politics, Richmond is a stronghold of the BC Liberal Party. In the most recent election in 2013, the Liberals easily won all three of Richmond's electoral districts (Richmond Centre, Richmond East, and Richmond-Steveston) by large margins.

Richmond, British Columbia: Federal Elections

In the House of Commons of Canada, Richmond is divided between two electoral districts: Richmond Centre, which encompasses the city's centre and west, and Steveston-Richmond East, which encompasses the south and east. In the 2015 federal election, the Conservative Party won Richmond Centre, while the Liberal Party won Steveston - Richmond East.

Richmond, British Columbia: Infrastructure

Richmond, British Columbia: Transportation

The Canada Line is Richmond's rapid transit service to Vancouver International Airport and Downtown Vancouver.

Richmond is connected by a system of bridges and tunnels to Vancouver and Delta, and through the New Westminster suburb of Queensborough (on eastern Lulu Island) to the "mainland" portion of New Westminster. Three bridges (one of them twinned) connect Lulu Island to Sea Island and the Vancouver International Airport; one bridge connects Sea Island and the Vancouver International Airport to Vancouver; two bridges connect Lulu Island to Vancouver; one bridge connects Queensborough (on eastern Lulu Island) to New Westminster; one bridge connects Queensborough to Annacis Island in Delta; one twinned bridge connects Richmond to Annacis Island; and one of the few underwater tunnels in British Columbia connects Richmond to Delta.

The Dinsmore Bridge (foreground) is one of three road connections between Lulu Island (at right) and Sea Island (at left).

Richmond is served by two freeways: Highway 99, which connects to Interstate 5 at the border with the United States, and Highway 91, which connects Delta, New Westminster, and Richmond.

Railway bridges connect Lulu Island to Vancouver, New Westminster, and Annacis Island, and serve the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways, as well as the Southern Railway of British Columbia (although the latter railway's Lulu Island trackage is entirely within Queensborough).

The public transit system in Metro Vancouver, planned and funded by TransLink, currently has bus and rail connections from Richmond to Downtown Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby, Delta and the University of British Columbia. A SkyTrain rail line called the Canada Line, connecting both Richmond Centre and the airport to Downtown Vancouver and to points in between, opened on Monday, 17 August 2009. The Canada Line provides travel to Downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes with a frequency of 3 to 12 minutes, 20 hours per day, using the same fares as the bus system. Major transit hubs are the Richmond–Brighouse Station, which is the hub for almost all Richmond bus routes, and the Bridgeport Station which is the hub for all bus routes from outlying suburbs. After the Canada Line closes at night, 24/7 service is provided by the N10 NightBus every day of the week. The bus runs every 30 minutes with one exception of a north bound trip (2am-3am) when services is at 60 minutes; service returns to 30 minutes after the northbound trip at 3 am.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located on Sea Island, which is part of Richmond, to the north of Lulu Island, provides most of the air access to the region. Several float plane companies (including Salt Spring Air, Harbour Air and Seair Seaplanes) operate from the south terminal, providing service to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. The airport is the second busiest in Canada and one of the busiest international airports on the West Coast of North America.

Richmond, British Columbia: Health care

Health care in Richmond is overseen by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, which also covers the City of Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, City of North Vancouver, and District of North Vancouver as well as coastal regions of British Columbia. The only hospital in Richmond is Richmond Hospital, located on the southeast corner of Westminster Highway and Gilbert Road. The city is known internationally as the headquarters of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society, and also as the city where the National Annual Hemochromatosis Awareness Month was initiated by former Mayor G. H. Blair in 1987.

Richmond, British Columbia: Emergency services

Richmond Fire-Rescue

The Richmond Fire Rescue Department, established in 1897, is responsible for providing both fire and extrication services in Richmond. Richmond Fire-Rescue has seven fire halls, and responds to fire-rescue calls and medical emergencies. It also provides emergency services at Vancouver International Airport.

Richmond, British Columbia: Education

The head offices of the Richmond School District #38, on Granville Avenue.

Richmond is home to a campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Sprott Shaw College has a satellite location in the city as well. The British Columbia Institute of Technology also runs its aerospace technology courses at facilities near Vancouver International Airport.

Richmond has 10 secondary schools and 38 elementary schools, including three Montessori schools, two late French immersion schools, and six early French immersion schools. They are overseen by School District 38 Richmond. The district also hosts one International Baccalaureate World School, located within Richmond Secondary School.

The Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, headquartered in Richmond, operates one Francophone primary school in that city: école des Navigateurs.

Richmond, British Columbia: Media

The Indo-Canadian radio station Sher-E-Punjab had its headquarters in Richmond.

Richmond, British Columbia: Film and television production

Steveston Village has played home to several major American movies such as Blade II and The 6th Day, and television series such as The X-Files, Supernatural, The Secret Circle, Outer Limits, Killer Instinct, Smallville, Stargate SG-1, the Final Destination series and the Scary Movie series. It is also the location for the fictitious town of Storybrooke in the ABC TV series Once Upon a Time.

Fantasy Gardens (an old amusement park which is relocated now) served as Halloweentown in the popular Disney Channel television movie Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge and was also featured in the TV series Killer Instinct and Stargate SG-1. The television series Aliens in America and Life Unexpected also made use of Cambie Secondary School in the northern part of the city.

The exterior of the Workers' Compensation Board building (now the WorkSafeBC building) was used for the hospital in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital. These exteriors can now be seen on the CBS series Eleventh Hour.

Vancouver International Airport on Richmond's Sea Island has also been featured in numerous films and television series, commonly standing in for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (as it does in The Cleaner and Dead Like Me). It is also featured as stand-ins for other airports in films such as Final Destination, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The L Word, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Are We There Yet?.

The Aerospace Technology Campus of BCIT, located just next to Vancouver International Airport, was used as a military academy mess hall for the live-action prequel series for the popular console game Halo 4 in Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. In addition, many other films such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and This Means War were filmed there due to directors' taking a liking to the cement structure of the building which makes for very official looking sets.

Richmond, British Columbia: Sister cities

  • Canada Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada (merged with Montreal in 2002) (since 1968)
  • Japan Wakayama, Japan (since 1973)

Richmond, British Columbia: Friendship cities

  • China Qingdao, China (since 2008)
  • China Xiamen, China (since 2012)

Richmond, British Columbia: Notable people

  • Aaron Ashmore, actor
  • Shawn Ashmore, actor
  • Sonny Assu, artist
  • Arjan Bhullar, wrestler
  • Edison Chen, Hong Kong entertainer
  • Nicki Clyne, actress
  • Charlotte Diamond, Juno-winning children's singer
  • Evan Dunfee, race walker and olympian.
  • Gary Fung, founder and administrator of the BitTorrent index site isohunt
  • David Grierson, radio host for CBC Radio
  • Kyle Hamilton, Gold medal-winning Olympic rower
  • Scott Hannan, professional NHL hockey player with the San Jose Sharks
  • Rick Hansen, disability activist and former Paralympian
  • Chris Haslam, professional skateboarder
  • Rob Howard, politician
  • Olga Ilich, former British Columbia MLA
  • Brian Johns, Olympic swimmer
  • Jason Jordan, striker for the Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Alexa Loo, Olympic snowboarder
  • Harvey Lowe, winner of the first World Yo-Yo Contest in 1932
  • Angus Reid, professional CFL football player with the BC Lions
  • Coco Rocha, Canadian supermodel
  • Brent Seabrook, professional NHL hockey player with the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Bobby Singh, professional CFL football player with the BC Lions
  • Ryan Stiles, comedian
  • Brittany Tiplady, teen actress
  • Bjarni Tryggvason, astronaut
  • Bill Vander Zalm, former Premier of British Columbia
  • Troy Stecher , Vancouver Canucks

Richmond, British Columbia: See also

  • Architecture of Greater Vancouver
  • Chinese Mental Wellness Association of Canada

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