The Steveston of today has no operating canneries, and the heady, cotton candy scent of berry fields no longer sweeps across Richmond, having been reduced to gentle hints of perfume which occasionally nip at our senses and tug at the hearts of long time residents. What does remain is a pleasing blend of country and urban, and old and new, which evokes fond memories of slower, simpler times while providing a modern, outdoor oriented lifestyle, coupled with easy access to Asian flavoured central Richmond and that gem of the Pacific, the City of Vancouver.
Radiating outward from Steveston are miles of recreational paths and streets winding their scenic way through and around Richmond. After browsing in Steveston’s quaint shops, or lunching on fresh fish and chips, you may wish to cycle or hike the 5.8 Km. Steveston Greenway, which stretches east from Garry Point Park, through Steveston Village and Imperial Landing Seafront Park; past the Murakami Visitor’s Centre, Britannia Heritage Shipyards, London Farm, (tours are a must), the picturesque, little bayou dwellings of Finn Slough, and then north through wooded paths to the Richmond Nature Park. By then you may be ready to sample one of the excellent malls located in central Richmond, mere minutes away by bicycle from the Nature Park.
Or choose the Dyke Trail north of the Village, positioned on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration corridor, and view the coastal Sturgeon bank marshes and the Terra Nova Natural Area. As you pass through these nesting and staging areas spot Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Blackbirds and many sea birds. In the spring and autumn you may see migrating hordes of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans, and hear their shrieking clatter as they make travel plans for their various journeys. As the trail turns eastward along the middle arm of the Fraser, where seaplanes and seals share the current, it travels through one of the region’s hot spots for wintering waterfowl. Then north over the Number Two Road Bridge, under the flight path at Vancouver International Airport, and on to Iona Beach Regional Park, another birders’ paradise.
Hikers and cyclists can travel non-stop for hours, enjoying spectacular visuals of the Gulf Islands and the North Shore mountains; or take it slowly and enjoy the many park benches and picnic tables along the way. Some may take time out to appreciate the raw power and elegant grace of jumbo jets as they take off and land a few hundred yards from their picnic blankets.
On returning to Garry Point Park take time to review the endless parade of fish boats, massive freighters, pleasure crafts, and other working boats as they ply the waters of the Fraser River. See people flying kites and windsurfing. Share a park bench with an old salt, and your lunch with the local seagulls and pigeons. Or just crash on the beach, awaking in time for a picnic or wiener roast with the kids and the family dog.
For the seafood gourmet there is the Steveston Village Dock, bristling with the masts of sailboats and the superstructures of fish boats. In summer it attracts hordes of seafood lovers who converge on the Public Market Float for fresh salmon, halibut, sole, and lobster, or dine at one of Steveston’s many fine restaurants. Those seeking solitude, shade, or a brief, guided tour of the 1913 Interurban Streetcar will discover Steveston Park at No.1 Road and Moncton, just a short walk from the Dock. There you will find the recently renovated children’s playground, Steveston Community Centre, a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, gymnasium, lacrosse box, baseball diamond, the renowned Steveston Martial Arts Centre, and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
There are many more reasons for choosing the Steveston area as your home, including proximity to elementary and high schools, a competent, progressive city council, excellent hospital and medical facilities, a wide choice of condominiums, townhouses, and homes, and of course, affordability. To lead you through Richmond and Steveston’s maze of lots, homes, mortgage lenders and builders you need someone who “has been there and done that.”
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