12 Things You Didn’t Know About Richmond, BC

Map of Richmond Overview

  1. Richmond was named by the daughter of Hugh McRoberts after another city named Richmond in Australia.
  2. The Minoru Park we know today used to be a horse racing track as well as an airstrip.
  3. The first flight in British Columbia took off from Minoru Racetrack (Now Minoru Park) March 25, 1910 with 3,500 witnesses on hand.
  4. 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.
  5. Lulu Island was named after Lulu Sweet, a young actress who dated the mayor of New Westminster in the 1860’s.
  6. Richmond’s airport, The Vancouver International Airport, is located on Sea Island.
  7. 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. ;)
  8. 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.
  9. Richmond has two official sister cities – Pierrefonds in Quebec, Canada & Wakayama in Japan.
  10. The main agricultural products of Richmond are cranberries and blueberries!
  11. 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.
  12. Steveston is without question where all the coolest people in the city live. ;)

About VideoChris

I’m an energetic and fun loving dude from little ‘ol Steveston, BC. I studied film at The Art Institute of Vancouver and have traveled the world shooting in almost 30 countries in 2010. I was the runner up for the 2010 Air Transat ‘Ultimate Vacationer’ position and have since began working with Tourism Richmond to promote and show off what an awesome place Richmond is. My passions in life include travel, film, indoor & beach volleyball, snowboarding, skimboarding, lying on beaches, diving, and otherwise just being with my friends! My aspiration in life is to create my own travel television series (in front of or behind the camera) and fulfil that gut feeling we all know so well…. the travel bug! Thanks for checking out my blog!

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One Response to 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Richmond, BC

  1. Pete and Vin Finnigan says:

    Hello Chris, you have truly become a wonderful photographer, and, we wish you all the best for the future. It has been a long time since Pete took pictures of you at the beach on the Shuswap. We hope to visit your grandmother and grandfather next month, and, I know how very proud they are of you. I was very impressed with the Vancouver Airport, I had no idea there had been so much expansion etc. Very beautiful, although, I may never see it again in person, your pictures are my eyes.

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