Boasting stunning mountain vistas, beautiful waterfront sunsets and vibrant urban living, you’ll find Richmond, British Columbia just 25 minutes south of downtown Vancouver and 25 minutes north of the United States border.

For years this coastal city was one of Canadian’s best kept secrets, flying under the radar of even the most well-versed globe trotters. Finally it seems the cat is out of the bag. Perhaps word spread about the delicious Asian cuisine in Golden Village, or maybe travelers fell in love with Steveston Village on ABC’s hit series Once Upon a Time, whatever the reason, visitors from all over the globe are coming to experience this world-class city.

From whale watching to sightseeing to exploring regional arts and culture, you’ll find a host of things to do in Richmond, BC, to keep you and your family entertained. For those traveling with kids, be sure to visit the new $1-million playground in Terra Nova, located on the western edge of Richmond. Much more than your average playground, this new play space was inspired by the ideas of local children and features an incredible maze, a playhouse perched in the trees, a double zip-line, hammock swings, trampolines and docks on either side of the park.

Many more activities can be enjoyed in the historic fishing village of Steveston. Steveston truly is a fairytale come to life, with hidden wonder tucked inside hundred-year-old buildings and a magical story all its own! Discover this alluring seaside mix of historic sites, delicious dining and charming shops that together make up one of British Columbia’s most beloved destinations.

However a trip to Richmond would be amiss without savoring the local culinary scene. Here over 800 eateries compete to dazzle your taste buds with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood from its resident fishing fleet (the largest in Canada).

But what Richmond is most famous for is the exceptional Asian fare found on the island city. With half the population hailing from a Chinese background, and a good percentage of the rest from other countries in Asia, they’ve brought their culinary traditions with them. As a result, visitors can dine on Taiwanese three-cup chicken and Shanghainese xiao long bao, as well as congee, hotpot, dim sum, curry, bubble tea, sushi and Hong Kong-style thick toast covered in sweet condensed milk. In fact, you can often dine on cuisines from various regions at the same restaurant. It’s not a fusion of eastern and western flavours; the Asian food in Richmond is as authentic as you’ll find in the best restaurants in Asia.

Discover where the “Far East meets West Coast” and you can experience authentic Asian culture along with the attractions and activities of the Lower Mainland’s Western Seaboard. Go to visitrichmondbc.com to find out more.