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New self-guided walking tour explores Richmond’s aviation history

The Richmond Museum has put together a new self-guided walking tour exploring Sea Island aviation history
RCAF reserve squadron members
Royal Canadian Air Force reserve squadron members at work, circa 1951. Discover their ties to Richmond in the Sea Island: The Aviation Story self-guided historical tour.

Richmondites can explore the origins of Burkeville and learn about the early days of Vancouver International Airport via a new walking tour launched by the Richmond Museum.

The self-guided walking tour, Sea Island: The Aviation Story, explores how, for example, wartime restrictions helped build the community of Burkeville, and transports participants back to the 1930s to learn how car owners helped land planes after dark at YVR.

The tour, which includes seven stops, begins at the Larry Berg Flight Path Park – where there was once a popular ice cream parlour, visited by aviation enthusiasts – before winding through Burkeville and wrapping up at Sea Island Fire Hall No. 4.

There’s also an additional stop at the YVR South Terminal Viewing Platform.

This is the latest self-guided walking tour put together by the Richmond Museum, following the Brighouse and Terra Nova neighbourhood walking tours launched in fall 2020.

The tours typically take two hours or less, but can be done at the participant’s own pace.