12 Things You Didn’t Know About Richmond, BC
- Richmond was named by the daughter of Hugh McRoberts after another city named Richmond in Australia.
- The Minoru Park we know today used to be a horse racing track as well as an airstrip.
- The first flight in British Columbia took off from Minoru Racetrack (Now Minoru Park) March 25, 1910 with 3,500 witnesses on hand.
- Richmond is actually a series of islands, (17 total!) the main and largest being called Lulu Island. It is the largest island and estuary on the Fraser River.
- Lulu Island was named after Lulu Sweet, a young actress who dated the mayor of New Westminster in the 1860’s.
- Richmond’s airport, The Vancouver International Airport, is located on Sea Island.
- Richmond has the highest immigrant population in all of Canada, mostly consisting of people of Asian decent. (65% Asian) Why? Besides being an awesome place to live, it’s probably because we’re closest to the airport.
- Richmond is just one metre above sea level and would be extremely prone to flooding would it not be for our extensive and elaborate dyke system.
- Richmond has two official sister cities – Pierrefonds in Quebec, Canada & Wakayama in Japan.
- The main agricultural products of Richmond are cranberries and blueberries!
- The average life expectancy in Richmond is 83.4 years old, which is higher than Japan who are at the top of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ranking.
- Steveston is without question where all the coolest people in the city live.
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