We’ve previously covered virtual Richmond experiences you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, but here are six more ways you can stay connected to Richmond during the COVID-19 lockdown.
1. Stay Home And Plan Ahead
Many of us have wisely decided to stay at home during this time to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Staying at home and practicing physical distancing are the two best things we can do right now so we can get back to enjoying the little things—like dining out or enjoying a pint from a craft brewery. On that note, it’s not too early to start planning what you’ll do when restrictions are lifted. Visit our Open for Business page or our restaurant page to see what’s open now.
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks | Photo: John Lee
2. Support local retailers
Wondering which stores are open and what they’re offering? We’ve got a comprehensive list of just that, right here. Small businesses are often the backbone of every community and right now, they’re shouldering the bulk of the virus’ impact. Let’s continue to offer our support to local businesses that are keeping their doors open to the community.
3. Spot Richmond in a Movie or TV Show
Many people know about the hit ABC television show, Once Upon a Time, and many ‘Oncers’ know that Richmond’s historic fishing village, Steveston, stood in place for Storybrooke, Maine. But, did you know that many other TV shows and movies were filmed in Richmond as well? Head on over to this post for details and start up your favourite streaming service to see if you can spot Richmond landmarks on-screen.
ABC's Once Upon a Time being filmed in Steveston | Photo: Tourism Richmond
4. Enjoy Richmond’s bountiful Nature
Richmond’s 50 kilometers (80 miles) worth of flat, easy-to-traverse biking and walking trails gives you access to the outdoors like no other city. Head out to the South Dyke Trail to stretch your legs and enjoy the sounds of nature.
If you’re a birder, you’re in luck. Richmond is one of British Columbia’s great birding capitals—an island city studded with unique, easy-access spotting opportunities. During the spring, it’s songbird season and Iona Beach Regional Park is where you can find a wide range of travelling birds. Download our birding guide to start your birding journey in Richmond today.
Snow Geese at Garry Point Park | Photo: Tourism Richmond
5. Share Your #RichmondMoments
Do you have a favourite spot or memory of Richmond? Share your favourite memory of a past visit or moment in the city on social media and use the hashtag #RichmondMoments to share it with us. You can also share by writing a review online about your favourite local experience to help others plan for their trips.
6. Plan Your Trip to Richmond
While traveling isn’t possible right now, it doesn’t mean you can’t plan your next adventure in Richmond when travel restrictions are lifted. Tourism operators like Vancouver Whale Watch and Steveston Seabreeze Adventures, along with local hotels rely on future bookings to stay afloat. So by booking now, you can score some amazing deals, while having something to look forward to in the future.
So, take this time to dream up your next big Richmond adventure, or reschedule a trip that’s already in the works. Share your plans with us on social media or reach out to us about how we can help you plan your next Richmond vacation.