Richmond is situated between the Middle and South Arms of the Fraser River on Lulu Island. West of Lulu Island is the Strait of Georgia and beyond that Vancouver Island and the Pacific. Steveston, now an active as well as a historic fishing village sits at the southwest corner of Richmond and is one of the oldest settlements and commercial (canneries) areas in the province (though much of it is in ruins or gone forever except in archival images). Two attractions celebrate Steveston's fishing past. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and Britannia Shipyards are National Historical Sites.
Between the village, its docks and the actual southwest tip of land is a delightful windswept Garry Point Park. The breeze off the Strait of Georgia is constant (great for kite flying). The terrain is flat and sandy (watch your lenses, can get scratched) with lots of wildflowers, marsh grasses but most of all terrific sweeping views looking out towards the water. This park is connected to trails that go north to the Middle Arm of the Fraser and back east along the South Arm.
Steveston and the area can be a half day excursion but for those so inclined a full day could be easily used up if some of the other attractions in Richmond were to be added Richmond and Steveston are well connected by transit to downtown Vancouver.
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