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Population:                  168,000

 

Elevation:                    3 feet above sea level

 

Area:                            50 square miles

 

Location:                     The City of Richmond is located on Canada's Pacific Coast in the province of British Columbia within the Greater Vancouver Regional District in close proximity to downtown Vancouver and the U.S. border. It is comprised of a series of islands in the mouth of the Fraser River. They include Sea Island, most of Lulu Island, and fifteen smaller islands.

 

Time Zone:                  Richmond is located within the Pacific Standard Time Zone, which puts it three hours behind the Eastern Time Zone (when it is 11a.m. here, it is 2p.m. in cities like Toronto) and four hours behind the Atlantic Time Zone.

 

Area Code:                  The telephone area code for Richmond is 604. This area code must be used when dialing local telephone numbers (ie. 604-888-8888), and also when dialing long distance telephone numbers (ie. 1-604-888-8888). The 604 area code applies when dialing anywhere in the Lower Mainland.


 

Local Seasons:

 

Richmond enjoys a temperate west coast climate. Unlike other parts of Canada the west coast gets little or no snow most winters, and because of Richmond's distance from the mountains, the average rainfall is 30% less than Vancouver's, making this city a great choice to visit.

In spring, see and hear the territorial flights of hummingbirds as bog flowers bloom below. Summer days are long, and the trails provide cool evening walks. Fall brings owls, northern migratory birds, and spectacularly-colored foliage as well as the annual Cranberry Festival. It’s the largest in Canada and a must see event. In winter, hear the songs of thrushes and see winter birds at the feeders, or follow coyote tracks in the snow.  Summer is a special time in Richmond.  Seeing a magnificent whale enjoying a day at sea is a sight never to be forgotten. 

 

 

Weather:

 

Average High Temperature

Average Days Without Precipitation

Month

Celsius:

Fahrenheit:

January

5.6

42

February

7.5

46

March

9.2

49

April

11.9

53

May

15.3

60

June

21.0

72

July

24.2

78

August

25.3

80

September

19.7

70

October

13.1

56

November

8.6

47

December

5.9

43

 

Month:

Avg:

January

11

February

11

March

14

April

15

May

19

June

20

July

24

August

23

September

20

October

15

November

10

December

10

 

 

 

 

 

Getting there

 

By Air

 

Vancouver International Airport

3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, B.C. V7B 1Y7
604-207-7077

Vancouver International Airport is your entry point into Richmond by air. The airport is located in the City of Richmond.

Regular bus service, taxi service, limousine service and hotel shuttle is available to take you to your destination from the airport.

 

By Car


If traveling by car, you can access Richmond via Highway 1, Highway 10 or Highway 99, depending on your starting point. From the U.S., Interstate 5 will bring you across the U.S. Border and into Canada. From there, follow Highway 99 Northbound into the city.

 

By Ferry

 

B.C. Ferries is another way in which to travel to Richmond. The Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal or the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal will both bring you into Richmond. From the Tsawwassen terminal you are approximately 30 minutes from the city, while the Horseshoe Bay terminal is approximately 60 minutes travel time.

 

Getting around:

 

By Ferry

604-277-0277

The B.C. Ferry terminal is only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond with sailings to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Regular daily sailings to Swartz Bay (Victoria) leave the Port of Tsawwassen every two hours on the odd hour with more frequent sailings during summer months and holidays. Daily sailings are also available on the Mid-Island Express from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo.

Call the Ferry Hotline at for rates and seasonal schedules. Advance reservations can be made for an additional fee. Paid parking is also available if you want to leave your vehicle at the Ferry Terminal on the mainland.

 

By Bus

 

The Coast Mountain Bus Company services operate throughout Richmond and Greater Vancouver and are easy to access and very convenient. Call 604-521-0400 for routes and schedules.

 

Taxation:


Goods & Services Tax (GST)
Provincial Sales Tax (PST)
Most goods and services are subject to both GST (7%) and PST (7.5%). These taxes may be in addition to the price of an item. Out of country visitors are eligible for rebates of the GST paid on certain goods and accommodations. Receipts will verify the amount of tax paid. Exemptions from GST exist for certain goods and services. For more information, call within Canada 1-800-66-VISIT, or outside Canada (902) 432-5608.

 


National Holidays:

 

New Years Day              January 1

Good Friday                  Varies

Easter Monday              Varies

Victoria Day                  Monday proceeding May 25

Canada Day                  July 1 The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day                    First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day           Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day        November 11

Christmas Day               December 25

Boxing Day                   December 26

 


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