Long Distance Moving within Canada - Richmond
The area’s first inhabitants were the Coast Salish First Nations, though mainly they visited the islands on fishing excursions. In 1861, Col. R.C. Moody, while surveying southern BC and selecting town sites on the Fraser River named Sea Island and Lulu Island. Moody named Lulu Island after American actress Lulu Street.
In 1862, the first settler, Hugh McRoberts purchased 648 ha on Sea Island and named his farm Richmond View after his previous home in Australia. A slow but steady immigration of farmers began and by 1879 the area had approximately 30 families.
The first bridge connecting Richmond with the mainland was constructed in 1889; by 1902 a railway link also existed. With improved connections, Richmond had become primarily a residential area within the vicinity of Greater Vancouver. In 1931, the Vancouver International Airport was built on Sea Island.
Today, Richmond is an urban centre with a mixture of residential and commercial property, agricultural lands, industrial parks and nature areas. Richmond is an important transportation centre as it is serviced by two major highways and highway connections via Deas Island Freeway, which leads to the Trans Canada Highway, the American border, and the Ferry Terminal to Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport is based at Sea Island in Richmond and the city is also serviced by two railway lines as well as two international seaports.
The City of Richmond is situated in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, directly south of the City of Vancouver, just off Highway #99. Richmond is known as the “Island City” as it is comprised of a series of islands at the mouth of the Fraser River, including Sea Island, part of Lulu Island and 15 smaller islands.
The population of Richmond numbers approximately 174,461.
For more information about Richmond:
City of Richmond
6911 No 3 Rd.
Richmond has an average July temperature of 18°C and an average January temperature of 3.4°C. The average annual precipitation is 1277 mm.
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For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:
School District #38 (Richmond)
Conseil Scolaire Francophone de la Columbie-Britannique
For information about Roman Catholic Separate Schools, please contact:
Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese
Additional Educational Institutes:
BC Institute of Technology
Kwantlen University College
7000 Westminster Hwy.
Motor Vehicle & Driver Licencing
Parks & Recreation
Richmond Public Library
Richmond Aquatic Services
Richmond Ice Centre
For information on upcoming events in Richmond, visit:
Parks & Recreation
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club
Green Acres Golf Course
Mylora Golf Courses
Country Meadows Golf Course
Quilchena Golf & Country Club
Richmond Country Club
Stevenson Historic Fishing Village
Parks and Trails
To find a grocery store in the Richmond area, visit:
Save on Foods
Heringers Olde Fashioned Quality Meats
T & T Supermarket
Galloway's Specialty Foods
Ethnic & Gourmet Grocery
5300 No.3 Rd.
6551 No. 3 Rd.
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Parks to Visit
Richmond Nature Park
Garry Point Park
Call at 1-888-708-7700 to order the following brochures:
Protecting your goods in transit
Handling dangerous goods
Do-it-yourself packing guide