Richmond is sometimes referred to as the Garden City and it’s no wonder why – the city boasts over 100 parks! Along with beautiful green spaces interspersed throughout the city, Richmond is also home to some beautiful waterfront and beach areas.
Located to the north west of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Iona Beach Regional Park offers a natural setting overlooking Vancouver Island to the west and Vancouver to the north. The majority of the trails here are along the beach or on a sandy unmarked trail. The beach is long and rugged and the park sits in the midst of the Pacific Flyway – making it a hub for thousands of migrating birds. There’s also a four kilometre jetty with a walkway, stretching out into the Strait of Georgia. The jetty is close to YVR’s runway and it’s a great place to watch planes fly overheard as they come in for a landing!
Garry Point Park is located a short walk from Steveston’s centre and is one of the best places in Richmond to watch the sunset! The park provides spectacular views of the South Arm of the Fraser River and the Gulf Islands. There are plenty of open grass areas for picnicking and kite flying, and you can follow the pathways for a leisurely walk. From the park you can access the West Dyke Trail which stretches all the way to Terra Nova Rural Park. Garry Point Park is also home to Kuno Garden - a beautiful Japanese-style memorial garden.
Terra Nova is a must-visit for nature lovers. This Richmond parkland features some extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean, Fraser River, and the North Shore Mountains. Here you can enjoy excellent bird-watching, check out the observation platform, and enjoy a meal at the picnic tables while you relax. Terra Nova is also home to the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, a playground incorporating sustainable design practices and designed to mimic nature. The playground features a tandem zipline and a 10-metre tall treehouse.
Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, Minoru Park is a beautiful oasis. There are a variety of walking routes that meander past the park’s ponds, waterfalls, floral displays and variety of trees. One of the highlights of the park is Minoru Chapel, which was one of first churches here, originally built in 1891. The chapel was moved from its original location to its present location in the park in 1967. The park is also home to the Minoru Aquatic Centre, Richmond Library and Cultural Centre, Minoru Arenas, Latrace baseball diamond and the Clement Track.
McDonald Beach is a great spot for a picnic, and you can even bring your dogs! Many dogs enjoy the spacious off-leash area and romps on the beach. Located near the Vancouver International Airport, McDonald Beach features wooded trails for strolling and plenty of picnic tables. Watch planes taking off and landing, and check out the marine vessels using the park's boat launch.
One of the special features at Garden City Park is the Arboretum, a collection of over 100 species of trees from around the Pacific Rim that have been planted within a 2-acre area. Along with walking trails through the Arboretum, you’ll also find a popular children’s playground at this park. Kids ages 5 to 16 helped design the playground which includes slides, climbing nets, and more!
Four walking trails totaling 5 km (3 miles) wind their way through the 200 acres of raised peat bog habitat in Richmond Nature Park. Along the walking trails you’ll be able to view plants, animals and birds in their bog, forest and pond habitats. Each season you’ll see something new – for example, owls in the autumn and humming birds in the spring. The park’s Nature House is an interpretive centre that’s open daily and features displays, a working beehive and even a gift shop.
For more information on parks, visit the City of Richmond’s website.