It’s that time of year when gloves, hats, and layers of fleece become standard apparel in Metro Vancouver. But with Richmond enjoying one of British Columbia’s mildest winter climates, there’s no need to stay indoors hugging a large mug of hot chocolate over the cooler months.

Read on for some suggestions on things to do during the winter season, ranging from rainy day refuges to delicious dining and even some outdoor activities for those crisp, blue-skied winter days.

Herons at Garry Point Park
Herons enjoying a rare snowy day in Richmond. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Winter Dining

Fortifying comfort dishes can make all the difference during the winter. Luckily, Richmond is full of great places to warm-up. Speaking of which, why not dive into (not literally) a delicious, steam-shrouded serving of ramen at Yuu Japanese Tapas? Alternatively, consider a simmering hot pot feast at Hotpot Palace or a hearty bowl of chowder at Steveston Seafood House.

Don't forget about the city’s food courts, either. These covered cornucopias of great-value dining are a great option—try spicy laksa at the Curry House counter in Yaohan Centre or a heaping rice bowl at the Potelicious stand in Richmond Public Market. Need more? If you crave bakery treats to get you through the cold snap, check out some of our recommendations here.

Potelicious at the Richmond Public Market - Photo: John Lee
Try one of the delicious dishes from Potelicious at the Richmond Public Market. | Photo: John Lee

Indoor Fun

Food can only make you forget about the weather for so long, of course. If it’s one of those wintry days when a double fleece layer just doesn’t cut it, maybe it’s time to head inside. But that’s not a problem in Richmond, since there’s a surprisingly diverse array of indoor attractions to consider.

Apex Adventure Plex offers parkour, bubble soccer, and more—including Club Apex nights on Friday evenings; but if you’re hungry for a different type of adrenaline rush, check out the fast-paced kart action at TBC Indoor Racing. And both kids and adults alike will enjoy West Coast Mini Putt, a dual-course miniature golf attraction—book ahead here; while the under-10 crowd will love Kidtroplis, an attraction where they can pretend-play in miniature stores, a fire hall, and even an animal hospital.

The main street at The World of Kidtropolis
Kids will love spending some time at Kidtropolis. | Photo:The World of Kidtropolis

And don’t forget about the area’s cultural attractions. The Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery are right next door to each other in the city centre—and the gallery has a new show opening on December 7.  Over in Steveston the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and the Steveston Museum are both indoors: don't miss the nostalgic salmon can label exhibition at the former. Alternatively, forget all about the weather and soothe away your winter stresses with an Absolute Spa treatment.

Salmon Can Labels - Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Check out the vintage salmon can label exhibit at the cannery. | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Outdoor Activities

The chilly season doesn't have to be exclusively experienced inside, though. Some of Richmond’s best winter days are those fresh, sunny afternoons without a cloud in the sky. Dress warmly (layers are best) and bring your camera along for some birding: the city’s parks, shorelines, and green spaces are filled with wintering feathered visitors at this time of year, including the beloved snow geese. Find out more about local birding and how to borrow a Budding Birder Backpack from our Visitor Centre here.

Budding Birder Backpack
Borrow a Budding Birder Backpack from the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre. | Photo: John Lee

Crisp winter days are also great for cycling in the city: the scenery is lovely, the terrain is generally flat, and moving your legs helps keep you warm. Consider planning a sunny day biking trip to hot spots such as the West Dyke Trail, Iona Beach Regional Park, and the Richmond Nature Park (which also has a great indoor Nature House attraction if you need to warm up).

Shopping

If all that activity seems like hard work—or the rain is lashing up a storm—take advantage of another popular indoor lure. Richmond’s major shopping malls are an easy way to escape the weather. And since most of them are dotted along the city centre stretch of No. 3 Road, it’s easy to plan your own shopping expedition via the Canada Line transit system.

You’ll find CF Richmond Centre across the street from Richmond-Brighouse Station, Lansdowne Centre at Lansdowne Station, and Aberdeen Centre at Aberdeen Station. Each mall also has a tasty food court so you don't even need to leave when it’s time to eat. And when the weather perks up, hop back on the train to Templeton Station and explore the festively decorated McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport, where several new stores have just opened.

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
There are plenty of great places to shop in Richmond. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Winter Events

Many people will be donning their Christmas sweaters and heading to Steveston’s Winter in the Village, a multi-week event consisting of mostly cost-free holiday activities. Consider exploring the Cannery’s Festival of Trees, decorating some wooden ornaments at the Britannia Shipyards, and checking out this year’s new interactive Dancing Trees lights display before December 31, 2019.

And looking ahead to 2020, Richmond will be full of exciting Chinese New Year celebrations leading up to January 25. There will be traditional lion and dragon dances, pop-up flower and gift markets, and more. There’s no shortage of great events happening in Richmond over the winter months!

Lunar New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Richmond. | Photo: Tourism Richmond