Relax in beauty
Nothing beats a little wander or play along a sandy shore or in a West Coast park. Richmond has many to explore. Here’s a list of five of our favourites, but you can peruse the complete list here.
GARRY POINT PARK
This scenic park is a short walk from central Steveston and offers a breathtaking place to watch the sunset, with spectacular views of the South Arm of the Fraser River and Gulf Islands. It’s an excellent spot for picnicking and kite-flying. Garry Point Park is also home to Kuno Garden, a beautiful Japanese-style memorial garden.
TERRA NOVA RURAL PARK
This must-visit for nature lovers features extraordinary views of the Strait of Georgia, Fraser River, and North Shore Mountains. Here, enjoy excellent bird-watching, scenery, and the observation platform. It’s also home to the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, a million-dollar playground with sustainable design practices designed to mimic nature. It features a tandem zipline and a 10-metre (about 33 ft.) tall treehouse.
This oasis in the heart of central Richmond features meandering walking routes alongside ponds, waterfalls, floral displays, and a variety of trees. Look for Minoru Chapel, one of Richmond’s first churches, originally built in 1891 and moved to its present location for preservation in 1967.
LARRY BERG FLIGHT PATH PARK
One of the city’s most unique parks, Larry Berg Flight Path Park is found just beyond the perimeter fence at the end of Vancouver International Airport’s south runway. It’s the perfect place to watch planes, and there are plenty of kid-friendly features such as paved mini-runways, a dome-shaped globe to climb on, and benches shaped like paper airplanes.