Attractions Near Richmond, BC
Richmond is close to several destinations that are home to a wide variety of world-class attractions just waiting to be explored. Richmond’s close proximity to Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler means that you can easily take a day trip to these cities or even add a few days on to your visit so that you can check out each city’s top attractions.
More than eight million visitors come to Vancouver each year. Visitors enjoy this cosmopolitan city’s easy access to outdoor activities, beaches, museums, nightlife and amazing parks. With Richmond as your home base, it’s a quick and easy daytrip into the city to visit Vancouver’s top attractions including Stanley Park, Granville Island, the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World at Telus World of Science, and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Hop aboard the Canada Line rapid transit system in Richmond to connect to downtown Vancouver in 20 minutes. Many Vancouver sightseeing buses will also pick you up from your Richmond hotel!
It’s an easy ferry ride or float plane ride over to Vancouver Island to visit British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria. BC Ferries offers regular service from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta and the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to Vancouver Island. From Richmond, it’s approximately 30 minutes to Tsawwassen, while Horseshoe Bay is approximately 60 minutes away. If you would prefer to take a short flight, Pacific Coastal and Harbour Air offer frequent float plane service and Helijet offers helicopter service to Victoria from YVR’s South Terminal in Richmond. While in Victoria, visit the famous Butchart Gardens, step back in time at the Royal BC Museum, explore our Parliamentary Government Buildings, and enjoy high tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Located in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, and just two hours north of Richmond, Whistler is one of Canada’s premier, year-round destinations. Consistently ranked the number one mountain resort in North America, Whistler features two majestic side-by-side mountains, epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, shopping and dining experiences to suit every budget, beautiful hiking trails, restorative spas and arguably the best mountain bike park in the world. Rent a car or book a seat on one Pacific Coach’s long distance buses that depart from YVR.