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Long weekend activity ideas in Richmond and beyond

By Angel St. George

Published 4:03 PDT, Fri May 13, 2022

With Victoria Day long weekend coming up later this month (May 21 to 23), people can enjoy the improving weather with interesting local activities.

The Steveston Maritime Mystery scavenger hunt, offered by Mystery Towns, is a unique way to discover the village. Participants are tasked with uncovering a series of clues around the streets and pathways of Steveston to solve the mystery.

Tickets can be purchased online at cluesolvers.com/outside/steveston-maritime-mystery

Discover killer whales in their natural habitat with Steveston Seabreeze Adventures. The company offers whale watching tours from April 1 to Oct. 31 with Coast Guard certified vessels.

Steveston Seabreeze captains have extensive B.C. whale watching experience and expert guides are on board to share their knowledge of whales and other sea creatures. Trips depart from and return to Steveston Harbour and can last up to five hours.

According to staff, humpback whales will be travelling with their calves at this time of year, so there’s a good chance for passengers to see baby whales.

London Heritage Farm is another worthwhile stop to make along Richmond’s South Dyke Trail. According to its website, the 200-acre farm was purchased in 1880 for $2,000 and is one of the earliest farms in Richmond. 

A Victorian house built in 1906 is also on the property. Visitors are welcome to view the beautiful perennial and community gardens, although the farmhouse is closed for the season.

The Moon and Back Gallery in Richmond is Canada’s first infinity mirrored digital light gallery. It offers 15 immersive themed installations in its new 836 square metre (9,000 square foot) facility. Installations include a stargazing room, a kids’ play area, and a 28 square metre (300 square foot) soccer pool table.

Stargazing is a luminary spectacle available to anyone looking up at the sky in the dark of night. While light pollution can obscure stars’ visibility, there are places in Richmond that have minimal light pollution, allowing the twinkle of the Milky Way above to shine through. 

Garry Point Park is located at the southwest tip of Richmond, close to Steveston. The park overlooks a breathtaking vista across the Salish Sea and is considered by many to be one of the best places to watch the sunset in Richmond.

Along the south arm of the Fraser River, the No. 3 Road fishing pier offers a panoramic view of the Fraser River and Mount Baker from a charming boardwalk. 

For more stargazing information, check out resources like timeanddate.com. The website features an interactive night sky map that simulates the sky above Richmond on the date of your choice. It can be used to locate planets, the moon, or the sun and track their movements across the sky.

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