Richmond, BC Press Trip: "East Meets West"
2 nights/2+ days
Only 30 minutes from Vancouver, Richmond is a vibrant city that is both an historic maritime hub and an Asian shopping and dining Mecca.
Begin your visit at a historic fishing village once dotted with square-rigged sailing ships, saloons and opium dens. Cradled in a corner of Richmond where the Fraser River and the Pacific meet, Steveston Village was established in the early 1800s during the salmon fishing cannery boom and is now home to Canada's largest commercial fishing fleet. It's also a thriving destination with unique boutiques, acclaimed waterfront eateries and stunning seaside trails. Visit two National Historic Sites--the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia
Heritage Shipyards--before lunch at one of Steveston's award-winning seafood restaurants.
The day will also include a boardwalk stroll, a tour of Fisherman's Wharf--where everything from salmon to sea urchin is sold fresh off the boats-- and a stop at a 19th Century working farm house. Before heading to your hotel for the night, sample Chef Alex Tung's acclaimed culinary creations at Tapenade Bistro while enjoying a colourful sunset over the harbour.
Spend the day in Asia. After breakfast, enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of North America's largest Buddhist temples, modeled after Beijing's Forbidden City. Afterwards, discover Richmond's city centre, dubbed the Golden Village for its authentic Asian experiences. Tour a popular Asian supermarket and its tantalizing displays of dim sum, live seafood and baked goods before sampling what numerous publications including The New York Times have heralded "the best Chinese food outside of China."
Lunch includes a sampling of eateries on Alexandra Road, nicknamed "Food
Street" for its bounty of more than 200 Asian restaurants within a three-block radius. Indulge in retail therapy at Aberdeen Centre, the largest of Richmond's three main Asian malls. Here, you can snag a $600 toilet, Chinese herbs, or a $2 Japanese trinket. Your Aberdeen Centre visit also includes a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the famed Ten Fu Tea and Ginseng Shop. Then it's off to the hotel for a brief rest before dinner at a bustling Shanghainese restaurant.
Not tired? Explore numerous entertainment options at the River Rock Casino Resort--BC's largest casino and a popular spot for the local Asian community.
Day Three (optional)
Before departing Richmond, make an optional pit stop at the state-of-the-art Richmond Olympic Oval. Home to long track speed skating events during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval has been transformed into a multi-purpose international centre for health and wellness which currently welcomes thousands of visitors a month, is home to several centres of sports excellence and hosts provincial, national and international sporting competitions.