Wildlife & Nature in Richmond, BC
Take a walk on the wild side.
Richmond isn’t just an excellent place to live and visit; it’s also full of thriving wildlife habitats! Wetlands, bogs, and lush greenery serve as important ecosystems that host numerous species of plants and animals, including over 100 distinct species of birds! Frogs, otters, and a number of mammals on land compliment whales out in the open sea, along with diverse species of fish and marine life.
Richmond Nature Park
80 hectares (200 acres) of raised peat bog, forest, and pond habitats house colourful hummingbirds, dragonflies, and bog flowers in the spring and summer. Come fall, the migratory birds stop and visit, the leaves change colour, and fascinating fungi covers the forest floor of the Richmond Nature Park. Winter offers an excellent opportunity to birdwatch as Richmond’s temperate climate allows birds to thrive year-round, and the crisp air makes for perfect weather to go explore the trails. Check out these brochures detailing the birds, butterflies, and plants found throughout the park or visit the park's Nature House interpretive centre for more information.
Natural Habitats & Local Wildlife
Garry Point Park, Terra Nova Rural Park, and Iona Beach Regional Park are a few other places in Richmond with thriving natural habitats; and it isn’t rare to spot wildlife in these parks or along Richmond's waterfront areas. Some examples include:
- River otters
- Sea lions
Over 100 species of resident and migratory birds can be spotted across Richmond throughout the year. That’s because Richmond is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route for many species, like the Lesser Snow Geese. They fly here all the way from Wrangel Island, Russia. From mid-October to mid-March, thousands of them flock to Garry Point Park and Terra Nova Rural Park—an amazing (and loud) spectacle!
You can also see birds of prey such as bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and barred owls throughout Richmond. And keep an eye out for the resident seabirds, which include sandpipers, killdeer, gulls, and our most iconic bird, the Great Blue Heron. Spot them down by the water, where their fish-catching abilities are on full display.
Book a whale watching tour for a chance to see Orcas and other species just off the BC and Washington coast—they depart daily from Steveston (April to October). Be sure to keep an eye out for seals, otters, eagles, and other birds along the way.