Richmond is the fourth largest city in British Columbia and is situated on the coast just a short 25 minute drive south of Vancouver and 25 minutes north of the U.S. border. The population is just over 200,000 and it is considered part of Metropolitan Vancouver. Richmond is in a river delta situated on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River. This city enjoys a temperate climate with almost no snow in the winter and mild to warm summers.
Richmond is a bustling centre of activities as it is known worldwide for its Asian summer night markets, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, distinctive wineries, Western Canada’s biggest casino, and it is home to the largest Asian mall outside of Asia. There are hundreds of shops in the popular Richmond Centre and Lansdowne Centre. Three Asian malls feature countless boutiques selling everything from Taiwanese fashions to Japanese food sculptures. Richmond's most glamorous shopping destination, McArthur Glen opened near the airport in July 2015. It's the first North American outpost of the popular European chain, where you'll find sought-after labels at discounted prices. Food lovers will love Richmond as it boasts over 200 restaurants along three blocks of Alexandra Road. There is no shortage of nightlife, recreation or events that will tempt you to return for more.