THE PITCH:

Richmond is Greater Vancouver’s main experiential entertainment hub. Thanks to the opening of the Canada Line (SkyTrain extension) in 2010, the vibrant seaside community of Richmond is only 25 minutes away from downtown Vancouver with no transfers necessary. And, with an immigrant population of 60%, one of the highest in Canada, there are plenty of cheap international cuisines to feast on!

GETTING AROUND:

The Canada Line provides travel to Downtown Vancouver in 25 minutes with a frequency of 3 to 12 minutes, 20 hours per day. Roads are wide and there are plenty of free parking lots to be found, with street parking available as well, rare in Metro Vancouver.

THINGS TO DO:

Berry picking: The Agricultural Land Reserve in BC preserves 4,916 hectares within the city as farmland, an area that makes up most of east Richmond. This makes the city a popular destination for summer farmer’s markets or “pick your own berry farms”, with cranberries and blueberries the dominant crops grown.

Chinese Food: Richmond is home to many Chinese-oriented shopping malls, such as Lansdowne Centre, Parker Place, and Yaohan Centre. In addition, many authentic Chinese restaurants and comfort foods can be found along Alexandra Road. In the summer, the Richmond Night Market (inspired by Asian street markets) welcomes over 30,000 each night.

Entertainment: Richmond is a day and night time entertainment hub. Vancouverites flock to Richmond to try activities that the City of Vancouver simply doesn’t have the space for, such as the escape room games, indoor beach volleyball, gaming arcades, large karaoke rooms, and even virtual reality gaming lounges. For the fitness-conscious, there is the Richmond Olympic Oval, site of speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and many other extensively stocked gyms.

Nature: Aside from tasting fresh seafood (sushi or fish and chips) in the quaint Steveston Village, the surrounding areas also offer a variety of walking paths and trails along the ocean. With the sounds of nature, small beaches, and protected lands, it is a hidden gem compared to Stanley Park’s bustle.

Shopping: The newly opened McArthurGlen Designer Outlet is Vancouver’s most luxurious shopping destination, located just outside of the Vancouver International Airport, just a 3 min walk from Templeton Station. For those who prefer a more mainstream shopping experience, Richmond Centre, at Richmond-Brighouse Station, is the city’s most frequently visited mall, with over 250 popular shops and services, such as Forever 21, Zara, Old Navy, Hudson’s Bay, and many more.

BOTTOM LINE:

First time homeowners in Greater Vancouver are drawn to Richmond for its affordable modern condos, townhomes with practical floorplans, and its abundance of places to eat and entertain. Richmond is also home to a campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology also runs its aerospace technology courses at facilities near Vancouver International Airport. With such a young, flourishing population of professionals, young families, and immigrants, the price of homes in Richmond surely won’t stay down!