A burgeoning city located just 20 minutes outside downtown Vancouver and 25 minutes from the U.S. border, Richmond is fast becoming a destination in and of itself for travelers seeking to explore British Columbia. The city was an official venue and celebration site for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, resulting in the construction of the Canada Line rapid transit system and the state-of-the-art Olympic Oval.
Innovation and energy abound in this vibrant, multi-ethnic community. Small businesses continue to spring up, and a growing number of retail spaces and restaurants attract travelers looking for a more affordable alternative to Vancouver.
The sights and sounds of Vancouver may be minutes away, but the city of Richmond offers its fair share of diversions that entice guests to stay in the area. The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport is located just five-10 minutes from River Rock Casino and Yaohan Centre Shopping Mall, offering guests enticing options for entertainment throughout their stay. There is no shortage of recreational opportunities in the Richmond area. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of hiking and biking trails, golf courses, wine tours, or one of the city's 90 parks. The quaint Steveston Village invites guests to spend an afternoon shopping in the farmer’s and artisan’s markets, strolling down Fisherman’s Wharf, or embarking on a whale watching tour. Nearby historic sites such as Britannia Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery will delight history buffs.