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High hopes for hop-on shuttle

By Lorraine Graves

Published 1:40 PDT, Thu June 8, 2017

Richmond’s newest attraction isn’t a location.

It’s a trolley and a bus that shuttles tourists and Richmondites around the sites—from McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Mall and River Rock Casino Resort and various downtown Richmond hotels—to the Olympic Oval and all the delights Steveston has to offer.

Operating Wednesdays through Sundays from June 1 until their last run Sept. 17, the Richmond Hop-On Hop-Off Attraction Tour offers same-day discounts at many retailers and experiences along the tour. True to its name, once purchased, the ticket allows for stops along the route to tour, taste or experience along the way.

One couple on the June 7 tour, Gary and Janice Kroeger from Peregian Springs, Australia had just checked into their hotel after a 13-hour flight from their homeland.

“We had a few hours to kill and this looked like an interesting way to go,” said Gary. They hopped on the tour at their hotel, Pacific Gateway, and hopped off at the Olympic Oval planning to enjoy the free Richmond Olympic Experience that came with their shuttle ticket.

As part of the journey, the bus driver offered tidbits of Richmond for the touring passengers with great humour. In Steveston, the driver said: “If you are stopping here, please do not feed the sea lions. Please do not feed children to the sea lions,” referencing a recent incident that went viral on the internet, making Steveston even more famous.

Just before hopping off the press tour, Tourism Richmond’s Lesley Chang said of the shuttle: “This has been a long time coming.”

Saying it offered a good way to connect tourists with North and South Richmond, Chang said, “We hope to see it expand.”

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