The dog days of summer are upon us, but don't get too comfy in that hammock. There many things to do in the Richmond for singles and family-oriented folk.
One unique activity is whale watching. This is a great activity for a group of friends or family. It's an exciting three to five hour learning experience for all, and you're pretty much guaranteed to see a whale.
There are currently two companies in Richmond that conduct whale watching tours, Vancouver Whale Watch and Steveston Seabreeze Adventures.
Both companies charge the same admission: $120 for adults (children between the ages of 0-3 are free); ages 412 will cost $75, seniors and students will pay $100.
Each firm, however, offers something unique. Vancouver Whale Watch features Zodiac-style boats, worth in excess of $1,000,000. These boats are equipped with water jet propulsion engines which are safe for whales that get too curious.
These types of boats boast a faster, quieter and smoother rides. Steveston Seabreeze Adventure company boats are equipped with on-board hydrophones which enable passengers to listen to whale sonar vocalization.
This time of year, passengers can expect to see Orcas, better known as killer whales, dall's porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals along the way.
Keep your eyes open for seasonal discounts on their web sites.
? For a more budget friendly activity (admission is free), pencil in the annual Maritime Festival Aug. 5-7 at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
The festival offers the chance to learn about the art of knot tying, rope making, model ship building and net mending. Other highlights include musicians, painters, wood carvers, puppeteers and story tellers.
Exhibits will feature a floating showcase of historic fishing boats, classic power and sail boats and a 1930's rum runner.
? For tasty bites, head to the Richmond Summer Night Market. This year there is an Asian-themed food court that is sure to delight the taste buds.
Browse the many stalls lined with everything from jewelry and electronic accessories to clothing and children's toys.
Kids will likely find the play zone far more entertaining than market stalls, while adults can enjoy the car/motorcycle exhibition and performances by break dancers and singers.
The Summer Night Market is open July and August on Fridays and Saturdays, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday and holidays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
In September hours change slightly on Fridays and Saturday's to 7 p.m. to midnight and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Change the pace this summer with a new experience in Richmond that might end up changing you.