Don’t wait until the holiday’s almost over to plan your upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. Make the most of it with our top 10 suggestions for what to see and do in Richmond. Your aim? Try to forget all about the very idea of returning to work on May 22…
British Columbia’s favourite evening market is back for another crowd-luring season of adventurous hawker food stands—don’t miss the Japanese poutine—plus more than 200 retail vendors, live entertainment and lots more. The long weekend hours for the Richmond Night Market are 7:00pm-midnight on May 18 and 19, and 7:00pm-11:00pm on May 20 and 21. Admission is $4.25 (free for seniors and children 10 and under).
Japanese poutine at this year’s Richmond Night Market. | Photo: John Lee
Head to this contemporary art space across from Aberdeen Canada Line Station on March 19 (2pm-4pm) for a fascinating admission-free artist talk, slideshow and Q&A. You’ll hear from 13 Feet off the Ground – a celebrated all-woman group of local artists – about their recent adventurous residency in Sicily.
3. Richmond Go-Karts
Keen to explore your dreams of Formula One glory? This may be as close as you’ll ever get, but it’s arguably much more fun. Western Canada’s largest go-kart course, this super-cool outdoor facility is an adrenaline-rushing blast where you can zip around at speeds of up to 35km/h (additional high performance karts also available). Popular with families, there’s a playground and video games room here as well.
The perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday, this alfresco produce, treats and craft market is back for its 10th year. Arrive early for the best selection and don’t miss the stands serving handmade ice cream and fresh-baked brownies. Rhubarb fan? It’s in season and available here right now if you’re planning the perfect pie. The holiday weekend market is on May 20 (10:30am - 3:30pm; admission is free).
Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market. | Photo: John Lee
A great way to ease your withered winter legs into active spring mode, slip into your shorts and soft hiking shoes and hit the highly accessible trails in this tree-lined green space. Ideal for families—many of the routes are short and all are relatively flat—keep your eyes peeled for chittering Douglas squirrels and local birdlife ranging from chickadees to hummingbirds.
Spot prawn season is in full swing—just check the salty fishing boat vendors at Steveston’s Fisherman’s Wharf. But if you don’t want to prepare the fresh-catch crustaceans for yourself, book a table at Richmond restaurant CAVU, where their special Spot Prawn Festival dishes range from po’boys to spot prawn hushpuppies.
Looking for a free sunny day activity combining urban exploration and selfie-worthy art? Richmond is studded with cool public art installations just waiting for some camera attention, from a crosswalk that echoes old fishing nets to a huge steel sculpture resembling a mercury streak dropped from the sky. Plot a few easy-access 10 Minute Art Tours here.
Water Sky Garden by Janet Echelman. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
The perfect place to shop and enjoy the sunny weather, this village-like complex of discount designer stores is ideal for satisfying your outlet shopping urges. Check out more than 70 stores, offering great selections and enticing prices on brands from Armani to J. Crew and from Roots to Kate Spade. Don’t forget to visit the Lindt chocolate store—they often have samples on hand.
If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, Richmond has an adventurous array of new dessert cafes to discover. Eat a light lunch or dinner, loosen your belt and dive into Milkcow, Jack Frost, ZenQ and more for everything from creamy Taiwanese-style tofu pudding to soft-serve ice cream topped with cotton candy. Gather a group for a shared experience—but don’t necessarily share your dessert.
With spring unfurling its blue skies across the region, now’s the time to hop in the saddle and get your rusty legs moving. Richmond has more than 80km of dedicated biking routes and if you snag some rental wheels from Steveston’s Village Bikes you can be zipping along the trails of Garry Point Park in minutes—don’t forget to stop for a breather and watch the kite flyers and abundant birdlife (you might spot fast-moving swallows at this time of year).
Rent a bike at Village Bikes and explore Richmond's parks & trails. | Photo: Tourism Richmond