Now that we’ve moved to Phase 3 of BC’s restart plan, it’s time to start planning summer and fall vacations. We know travel will look a little different than what we’re used to this summer, so we’d like to encourage you to take some time to familiarize yourself with Destination BC’s list of 10 ways to travel safely and responsibly in BC.
And for those wondering what’s open in Richmond, we’ve put together some handy information on the activities, attractions, and restaurants you can enjoy this summer—along with some FAQs. Read on for details!
Activities & Attractions
Cabin fever is real. We understand the need to get out and have some fun—and more importantly, keep the kids entertained. Whether it’s getting out in the open water to see some majestic Orcas with Vancouver Whale Watch (tours begin July 1), or spending the afternoon letting your kid pretend they’re a pilot, firefighter, or police officer at the World of Kidtropolis, there’s something for everyone here in Richmond.
Head out on a whale watching tour. | Photo: Vancouver Whale Watch
Looking for more ideas? McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport’s you with the perfect spot to get your shopping fix, while local golf courses offer the opportunity to work on your swing. There’s also a brand-new activity for small groups you can try—the Steveston Maritime Mystery by Mystery Towns. Unlock the adventure by finding clues around the streets and pathways of Steveston Village, and discover hidden secrets and fascinating facts along the way.
Click here for a list of activities and attractions that are open now.
Restaurants & Dining
Eater named Richmond to its 2020 list of the best cities in the world to dine in—and they weren’t wrong, even in the COVID-19 era. Many of Richmond restaurants have persevered during the pandemic, and as restrictions lift, they’ve found ways to provide customers with dine-in experiences that raise health and safety to a whole new bar.
Additionally, some restaurants—including Steveston Built Local Taphouse + Grill and Porthole Steveston—have temporarily been allowed to expand their patios.
Click here for details on which food & drink establishments are open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
Wineries & Breweries
Cheers—the tasting rooms at Lulu Island Winery, Canada Berries Winery, and Country Vines Winery are open for business. Like many other wineries in BC, the tasting experience at these three wineries is a little different right now. For instance, you may be asked to leave your contact information with staff if you’re visiting, and each property may limit group sizes to ensure they’re able to properly observe physical distancing guidelines. Call ahead to book your wine tasting times, and to find out what the new protocols are.
Craving a pint, or a tasting flight of beers? All three of Richmond’s breweries are back in business (and they all have patios that are perfect for a summer day). Head over to Britannia Brewing’s tap house in Steveston to enjoy their ales, or visit Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks to enjoy their innovative brews. Meanwhile over at Monkey 9 Brew Pub, diners can enjoy their delicious beer and even go bowling next door at Lucky 9 Lanes.
Parks & Trails
Richmond’s extensive trail network makes the city easy and fun to navigate. With over 80km (or 50 miles) of biking and walking trails, and relatively flat terrain, Richmond’s biking and walking routes are a great way to sightsee. Don’t miss out on one of the city’s gems, the West Dyke Trail!
The scenic West Dyke Trail. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
You can also reconnect with nature in Richmond’s parks. Enjoy a picnic at Garry Point Park, discover local flora and fauna on the tree-lined trails of the Richmond Nature Park, and do some bird watching at Iona Beach Regional Park. And while you're out enjoying the city's parks and trails, keep an eye out for signage—in some cases, you may see signs denoting one-way trails to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained in high-traffic areas, or signs about capacity limits for some sports amenities.
Tip: Did you know that Richmond is one of the best spots in Canada to go bird watching? All you need are a pair of binoculars, some sunscreen, and our handy birding guide to get started. During the summer, you might spot the Common Yellowthroat, Black-headed Grosbeak, or Anna’s Hummingbirds in Richmond's parks and green spaces.
Summer in Richmond is usually packed full of events, festivals, and celebrations, giving us the perfect excuse to gather everyone together for a fun night out. While we’re looking at a calendar of (understandably) cancelled in-person events, some event organizers have found ways to adapt.
While the Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market has cancelled their 2020 season, the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market is back in action. Happening every Tuesday at the Brighouse Lacrosse Courts, you’ll find a rotating selection of vendors selling local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, SPCA certified chicken and eggs, and freshly baked pastries. The market runs every Tueday until October 6, from noon – 4:00pm.
And the Grand Prix of Art is set to return on August 29, 2020 with physical distancing measures in place. The 10th annual Grand Prix of Art is a plein air challenge for artists, who set up their easels at assigned spots throughout Steveston Village, painting what they see in front of them in a 3-hour race against the clock. Registration is now open for artists, in three different categories.
When you book your stay at select Richmond hotels before September 4, 2020, you’ll receive an American Express gift card* worth up to $325 that you can use towards your stay. Click here to learn more about this offer.