It’s hard to believe we are well over halfway through the year, and are looking forward to the fall and winter! Over the last months, we have been busy working with our stakeholders on developing new experiences for their attractions. We've also created a new Bike the Dyke pass, installed information kiosks and banners in Steveston. Our Visitor Services Representatives have also been hard at work welcoming locals and visitors to our beautiful city. In the coming months, we look forward to launching a BC Ale Trail promotion in October.
Here are some mid-year highlights from the Destination & Industry Development team:
Pacific. Authentic. Experiences launch
Seven new experiences have launched, or are launching soon. These curated cultural, natural and culinary experiences bring the theme of Pacific. Authentic to life, and is a gateway for visitors to experience the real Richmond. To read more about these experiences, please click here.
Bike the Dyke Mobile Pass
Discover signature views, attractions, and cuisine as you experience Richmond's dyke trails by bike while using the Bike the Dyke mobile pass.
Launched in July, the Bike the Dyke route follows the Middle Arm Trail (5.5km, one way), the West Dyke Trail (6km, one way), and part of the South Dyke Trail (2km, one way). There are plenty of places to stop along the way to make biking the dyke a full day experience. Explore and learn about 10+ points of interest, and check-in at three designated locations to redeem a free bike light.
Information Kiosks and Banners in Steveston
Tourism Richmond partnered with the City of Richmond to update seven kiosks that are located around Steveston. Each kiosk includes a wayfinding map with points of interest, promotional signage for the experience passports including the Discovery Passport, and an inspirational image and story that reflects Steveston.
We have also installed lamp post banners throughout the village. These banners reflect the Pacific. Authentic. Richmond BC brand, and are used to complement the design of the kiosk.
Branded Street Banners in Steveston Village. / Photo: Tourism Richmond
Visitor Services Update
This summer, our Visitor Info Kiosk in Steveston is open everyday. We've also added a mobile bike team responsible for providing roaming visitor services over the weekends. As a result, our friendly Visitor Services Representatives have been all over Richmond interacting with locals and visitors. The bikes allowed team members to cycle from Steveston along the bike paths to Canada Line Stations, Pop-up Picnic areas and other locations in central Richmond. The Visitor Services Representatives were able to intercept visitors and locals, and talk to them about the great things to do here in Richmond. The team also took the pop-up kiosk to Aberdeen Centre and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.
In-person visitor services will be provided until the end of September, and then we will return to online, phone and email touch points. Until then, keep a look out for the team at the Maritime Festival, the yellow Visitor Kiosk in Steveston, and around the city.
BC Ale Trail October Promotion
Back in 2020, Richmond breweries and Tourism Richmond ran a contest with the BC Ale Trail for one lucky person to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience to brew a collab beer with Fuggles & Warlock and Monkey 9’s brew masters. Unfortunately, the brew date was delayed because of Provincial Health Order restrictions. However, we are pleased to share the beer is due to be brewed and it will be served at the breweries and other locations in Richmond during BC Craft Beer month in October. Along with serving the beer, there will also have a beer passport contest and sip and stay packages.
If you are interested in being part of this promotion and offering a sip and stay package, or serving the beer at your restaurant/bar and being a stop on the passport get in touch with Ceri at email@example.com