Free Things to Do in Richmond, BC
Richmond offers plenty of free and low cost activities and experiences! From fascinating heritage and cultural sites to lively events and innovative playgrounds, there’s never a dull moment (and it doesn’t have to cost a dime).
If you do have some money to spare, please keep in mind that some of these places appreciate donations to help with upkeep and the great programs they run!
Spend some time in Minoru Park, where you’ll find the Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond Art Gallery and Richmond Museum. All three attractions are free to the public, feature a variety of exhibitions, and host a number of free events throughout the year. Their proximity to the park means that you can easily hit the walking trails after a day of discovering Richmond’s arts and culture scene.
You can also experience culture at the International Buddhist Temple. It's the second largest Buddhist temple in North America and is guaranteed to take your breath away with its golden statues, ornamental fountains and beautiful gardens. You’ll enjoy a sense of peace from the moment you arrive at this place of worship.
And if you’re looking for something to do at night, check out the Panda Market, open Friday through Sunday from the end of April to mid-September. Admission is free, and there is live entertainment nightly. You’ll want to bring a few dollars along though - the tantalizing aromas from the food stalls can be incredibly enticing!
There are also a number of free historic sites you can check out, including Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, which features turn-of-the-century cannery residences, a shipyard, board walk, marsh and more. From there, the London Heritage Farm is just a short distance away. Spend some time exploring this four-acre historic site (including a heritage garden) that aims to recreate life in Steveston from 1880 to 1930.
Be sure to stop by the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre as well, where you can explore the Japanese Fishermen's Benevolent Society Building and learn about Steveston’s Japanese Canadian community. Just down the street you’ll also find the Steveston Interurban Tram on Moncton Street. Tramcar 1220 is now the largest artifact in the Richmond Museum’s collection, and is one of the only interurban trams operated by the BC Electric Railway Company left.
Richmond is home to more than 80 km (50 miles) of trails that are completely free to explore! The trails are flat, making them perfect for an easy walk or a relaxing bike ride. There are also plenty of parks to discover in the city, including Minoru Park, which is just a short distance away from several major hotels.
The Richmond Nature Park is also close to the city centre, but is the perfect refuge for nature lovers. It consists of 200 acres (81 hectares) of raised peat bog habitat. Four walking trails totalling 5km (3 miles) take you through the bog, forest, and pond habitats. You can also check out the Nature House, an interpretive centre that features displays about the park, games, activity kits and even an active beehive.
If you have kids with you, they’ll also love visiting the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment. This dynamic playground with innovative structures is meant to help reconnect kids with nature. It features natural elements such as a meadow maze, a hillside slide, tandem ziplines, an aerial rope walkway, and much more! In 2015 the structure won a design citation from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.
Public art is also on display through-out the city. Have a walk around the city to find these beautiful pieces.
Check out our Calendar of Events regularly for information on free events happening in Richmond!