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Steveston's London Heritage Farm is a delightful slice of rural life, with bee hives, fruit trees and a tearoom that serves scones and fresh-brewed tea in a restored 1880s farmhouse.Other Richmond cultural highlights include Steveston's Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre, which has Japanese language and arts courses, and Finn Slough, a collection of houses built atop pilings on the edge of the Fraser River by early Finnish settlers.Richmond also abounds with public art, like the Fishermen's Statue in Steveston, or the Ford Grove exhibit with a truck suspended amid cherry trees at the Ironwood shopping plaza.In the historic village of Steveston, visitors can sign up for whale-watching and sea lion boat tours with local companies such as Vancouver Whale Watch and Steveston Seabreeze Adventures.See orcas, eagles, and seals in their natural habitat.
In the southwest corner of Richmond, a 10-minute drive away, the historic fishing village of Steveston has boutique shopping, with native jewelry, home accessories, and toys.
Next to the Fraser River on River Road stands the Richmond Oval, the spectacular venue for 2010 Olympic speed-skating.
Check out its "wood wave" roof or check with the Oval directly about public skate times.
Visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, an 1894-built waterfront facility that now serves as a museum.
It has interactive displays on salmon canning, fishing boats, and the participation of multi-ethnic settlers in what once made Steveston the "salmon capital of the world." The nearby Britannia Heritage Shipyard, another National Historic Site, displays restored heritage boatworks, bunkhouses, and homes that show how locals lived and worked in the early 20th century.