A family getaway is closer than you think in Richmond, a city full of surprising adventures and hidden fun.
Kick off your weekend with a family favourite as you and your little explorers set out on the Big Red Scavenger Hunt. Download the free app and let the fun begin as you navigate your way through the interesting historical sites of Steveston, like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. The kids will enjoy following clues left behind by the Cannery Cat and you’ll enjoy that they’ll be learning and exploring.
For your next adventure, step aboard and set sail from Steveston on a whale watching expedition and eco-tour. Everyone will love the chance to spot sea lions, herons, eagles, pods of black-and-white orcas, or even humpback whales. Make sure to reserve your place in advance for this popular activity.
Now that you’ve had the chance to work up an appetite, see what this quaint fishing village is all about, with some famous fish and chips from Pajo’s—a quick and easy meal parents will appreciate as much as their kids.
If you’re wanting to slow things down a bit for the afternoon, consider a family walk along the coast, or rent bikes for a laidback ride on any of the 80 kilometres of city trails that feature spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding waters. If you head over to Garry Point Park, you’ll find a perfect spot to fly a kite at this waterfront lookout.
Or, if the kids are still as energetic as ever—or maybe rain is in the forecast—there’s plenty of excitement to be found indoors. Check out Clip n Climb Vancouver for some action-packed fun for everyone. A rock-climbing amusement park, this amazing attraction offers unique climbing features and obstacles to challenge anyone aged four years and up. Next, test out the kids’ need for speed on the kart track at TBC Indoor Racing for some adrenaline-fueled thrills.
When it’s time for dinner, Richmond makes nights out with the family easy with many delicious and affordable options available. Try HK BBQ Master for the most authentic HK-style BBQ you’ll find in the city. It’s been awarded as the best B.B.Q Shop by the prestigious Chinese Restaurant Awards. You’re certain to leave happy (and full).
You’ll want to make sure the family has paced itself, because we’ve saved some of the best for last—Richmond’s Night Market is back for summer 2021 and it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary. The gates open at 7 p.m. on the weekend to transport you across the world with over 500 international cuisines to taste from, unique retailers to discover, and carnival games and entertainment to delight. Be sure to pre-purchase your tickets and follow safety guidelines for a night to be enjoyed by all.
Finally, when the time comes to call it a day, you’re still close to home with only a short journey to tuck the kids into bed—and there’s still plenty to explore in this vibrant city of culture and character tomorrow.