Things to do in Richmond, BC this Summer

Explore Richmond like a local with these outdoor activities and attractions.

Warmer days are upon us, and at Versante Hotel we couldn’t be more thrilled to savour them in the great outdoors—especially with no masks required! While there are many ways to get outside and explore Richmond, we’ve shortlisted our favourites here to help you prepare a summer bucket-list for the books.

A Walk in the Park

Craving an outdoor respite from the urban bustle? Check out Minoru Park, the green heart of Richmond’s City Centre. Stroll along paved paths lined with lush greenery and vivid botanicals and stop to admire the view at Minoru Lakes. Ample picnic tables and park benches invite you to linger and drink in the tranquil natural surroundings. Formerly a horse racing track, Minoru Park is now home to Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery. Loaded with spots for you to stay and play, Minoru is home to a ball diamond, tennis courts, basketball courts, children’s playground, and much more.

Steveston Village, Richmond - Credit Tourism Richmond
Steveston Village, Courtesy of Tourism Richmond

Explore Steveston Village

Retreat to the waterfront with a trip to Steveston Village. We recommend setting aside a half-day to experience all that this destination has to offer – from quaint boutiques and seaside dining to historical sites and picture-worthy viewpoints. Feel the magnetic pull of the ocean from Fisherman’s Wharf, and make sure to bring your appetite for Pajo’s Fish & Chips. Open for lunch and dinner, this renowned concession stand has poutine and onion rings on offer to take your cheat meal up a notch. You’ll want to save room for a frozen yogurt blended with fresh fruit from Timothy’s, located right next door.

Next, make a stop at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site for a glimpse of the fishing community’s rich heritage. Be sure to check the attraction’s website for updated hours and information before you visit. Then cool off and grab a seat at Britannia Brewing Co. to sample a line-up of sea-inspired local brews, like the gose-style Sea Maiden Watermelon Sour. 

Local tip: Catch the sunset at Garry Point Park, just steps from Fisherman’s Wharf. Observe symbolic stone structures from Kuno Garden, then make your way down to the sandy shoreline strewn with driftwood for a show-stopping view. Marvel at the enchanting hues that take over the sky and notice the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island visible in the distance. If you’re visiting earlier in the day and in the mood to continue exploring, Garry Point Park provides direct access to the 6km-long West Dyke Trail, Richmond’s most popular walking and cycling route. To discover more ways to stay active during your travels, check out our Hotel Fitness 5 Ways blog post.

Whale Watching - Credit Destination BC & Garry Henkel
Photo Courtesy of Destination BC & Garry Henkel

A Whale of a Time

Set sail on BC’s coastal waters to observe our fascinating and majestic local marine life. Embark on a 3 to 7-hour expedition from Steveston Village and let professional wildlife guides help you spot killer whales, humpbacks and gray whales, porpoises, seals and more in their natural habitat. Both of Steveston’s tour operating companies guarantee sightings! Book your journey with Steveston Seabreeze Adventures or Vancouver Whale Watch online ahead of time to guarantee your spot.

Golf with a View

Take in a scenic round of golf at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, just a short 10-minute drive from the hotel. Interesting lakes and waterways add to the ambiance and challenge of the 18-hole course while the North Shore mountains serve as a stunning backdrop. Rates are $73 to $99, depending on the time of year. After you’ve finished, cap off your visit with a bite to eat at Lakeside Grill, where you can enjoy sumptuous West Coast cuisine.

Country Vines Winery

Vine to Glass

Pack a picnic (or let us pack one for you) and head for the countryside with a visit to Country Vines Winery. Sip from a selection of small lot wines while taking in idyllic country views from the garden-side terrace. Post-up with a bottle or a tasting flight and give the pink-hued Estate Contact Pinot Gris a try. This crowd-pleaser is off-dry, pairing well with anything from charcuterie to fruit salad, with tasting notes of strawberry and cherry.

Local tip: For reasonably priced fresh fruit, make a stop at the neighbouring Richmond Country Farms roadside produce stand.

These are just a few of Richmond’s plentiful options for al fresco experiences. To discover more ways you can plan for your upcoming stay, visit Tourism Richmond’s website. Stay tuned for additional posts on family-friendly attractions in Richmond, along with our favourite dining spots – both hidden and renowned.

Versante Hotel, Richmond BC’s first design boutique hotel, opens this July—the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploring! Be the first to know about exclusive offers by signing up for our e-mail list and following us on Facebook and Instagram.

Opening Soon: Richmond BC’s First Design Hotel

A sneak peek inside Versante Hotel.

Lovers of contemporary design will be thrilled to know that Versante Hotel, Richmond BC’s first design hotel, is gearing up to open its doors this July. Read on for a few design highlights to whet your appetite while we complete the finishing touches.

 

Boutique Design Hotel

 

Let’s start with the exterior. A 14-storey new-build, Versante Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel housed in Richmond’s new International Trade Centre, featuring a sparkling façade and View® smart glass. Custom window tinting allows for each guest to choose the amount of natural light that floods into each guestroom while conserving energy.

The vibrant hotel lobby creates a first impression you’ll want to experience again and again. Reimagining the visceral experience of a Chinese night market, striking shades of cardinal red, electric blue and emerald capture your attention, while iconic furnishings – like a handcrafted Chinoiserie rug by Andy Dixon, a charcoal sculpture of local topography by Marie Khouri, and a custom pink reception pod – invite you in for deeper contemplation.

 

Versante Hotel Lobby Rendering
Head up the curved marble staircase through to the upper level, where the multi-coloured unisex washrooms are located – you can’t miss them! Single-use hand towels will be available to enhance guest safety and sanitation.

 

King Bed - Versante Hotel
The hotel’s 100 guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows in five bold designs, each with vibrant colours, textures and patterns to evoke a distinct personality – who will you be tonight? Paying homage to each personality is an ethereal wallcovering of koi fish, a symbol of strength and perseverance in Chinese culture. Fans of mid-century modern design will surely love accents in the icon room, including the iconic Ms. Poodle lamp and Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair.

 

Bathroom Vanity - Versante Hotel
Step into the spacious, spa-like bathroom and find a show-stopping double-sink vanity featuring backlit arched mirrors against a sleek grey backsplash. Take a rinse in the glass-enclosed rainforest shower, or bathe in natural light in the lavish freestanding soaker tub with a view. Comforting extras, including the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, plush bath robes, and Red Flower bath products make starting the day – or stripping it away – pure bliss.

 

Suite
Kick your visit up a notch with an elevated stay in one of the hotel’s well-appointed suites. The glammed up two-bedroom, 2,275 sq ft Versante Suite offers plenty of room to entertain, with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room that seats ten, and a private space that functions as an executive office or a family room. An expansive balcony affords guests sweeping panoramic Coastal views, while rich tones of caramel and deep red and an original Andy Dixon painting animate the interior. The master bedroom features a sophisticated leather-paneled king bed, walk-in closet, and spacious ensuite bathroom with floor-to-ceiling tinted windows.

For a slightly more intimate space, the CHIL Suite offers living and dining space for eight. Named after Versante’s interior design company, the elegant two-bedroom CHIL Suite is designed to accommodate bold personalities and pleasure seekers. This penthouse-level suite features a master bedroom in a mesmerizing metallic urban tropical design and a spa bathroom with a breathtaking floating vanity overlooking the city.

And just wait until you catch a glimpse of our remarkable dining venues! Stay tuned for future posts to find out what’s cooking. Head over to our offers page to view our latest promotions and start planning your summer visit.

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Hotel Fitness 5 Ways in Richmond, BC

Here are a few ways to shake up your exercise routine during your stay.

While one of the luxuries of travel is the way it pulls us out of our daily routine and invites us to discover new places and cultures, there’s comfort in finding elements of familiarity while on the road. For many, working out while travelling provides stability and piece of mind. Recognizing that, we’ve crafted an exercise experience to bring the comforts of home (with a few surprising extras) to our visiting fitness enthusiasts. Here are a few ways to get moving at the hotel and in the great outdoors in Richmond, BC.

HIIT It, From the Room, or the Studio

High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) is a great way to build muscle, burn fat, and take in a healthy hit of mood-boosting serotonin. Whether you’re in the mood to take your movement to a studio, or stick to the privacy of your guestroom, we’ve got both of your bases covered. Our 24-hour fitness centre is kitted out with Peloton indoor cycling, free-weights, and state-of-the-art cardio equipment to keep you motivated. If you’re feeling like staying in, let us know in advance and we’ll deliver a Peloton bike to your guestroom upon request. What’s more, Versante is one of the first Canadian hotels to feature MIRROR workout technology, a near invisible home gym system that offers 5-60 minute classes in 50+ different genres and beginner to expert levels. A selection of live classes and on-demand workouts, including: HIIT, pilates, strength, yoga, recovery, and more are available for guests to enjoy. 

Tip: Following your workout, soak in warm water to ease muscle soreness. Bring your swimsuit to the studio and make a stop by the jacuzzi on the pool deck on your way out, or take full advantage of the view-facing, freestanding soaker tub in your room post-workout.

Fitness BlogTrain Like an Athlete

Prefer a change of scenery? Visit Richmond Olympic Oval, a 5-minute drive from the hotel. This indoor multi-sport venue is a haven for health fanatics, boasting functional training systems, specialized studios, an Olympic weightlifting area, and more. Bonus: you’ll get to admire spectacular views of the Fraser River and Coastal Mountains while you work up a sweat. 

Tip: Due to COVID-19, some of the Oval’s amenities have been reduced. Be sure to arrive prepared with your mask, water bottle and towel, and note that showers and lockers are unavailable. For updated information on Oval Operations, visit the Oval’s COVID-19 page. 

Take the Scenic Route

Combine your love of fitness and the outdoors with a trip to West Dyke Recreational Trail. A 10-minute drive from the hotel, this route is located adjacent to Sturgeon Bank. The trail’s flat terrain and breathtaking panoramic views of the North Shore and Coastal Mountains make it one of Richmond’s most popular trail systems. 

Tip: For the most scenic and photo-worthy excursion possible, plan to be there for sunrise or sunset.


Stay Swimmingly in Shape

Swimming is an excellent way to stay in shape while minimizing impact on the joints and other parts of the body. Participating in water aerobics or swimming laps can build endurance, tone muscles, and increase cardiovascular health. Take a lap (or several) in our outdoor swimming pool, located on the rooftop just outside the fitness facility. Be sure to stop and admire the views of the surrounding Coastal Mountains in between laps.



Cycling Done Your Way 

Put the pedal to the metal, rain or shine. Cycling increases muscle strength and flexibility, gets the heart rate climbing quickly, and releases positive endorphins. When the weather conditions in Richmond are not ideal, our Peloton bikes provide an indoor cycling alternative that guarantees you’ll stay dry from the elements, but drenched in sweat. Peloton bikes provide a variety of inspiring classes to choose from, ranging in music styles, class lengths, and difficulty. To get outside and explore Richmond by bike, take advantage of our complimentary bike rental program. For a more leisurely experience, hotel guests have the option to upgrade to e-bikes, for an additional charge.

Tip: For those looking to make an afternoon trip out of it, General Manager, David Currell recommends heading for the Arbutus Greenway, just 35-minutes away via the Canada Lane Bikeway. The Arbutus Greenway is a vibrant, beautiful 9km stretch that allows people to walk, bike, and roll their way from the Fraser River to False Creek while taking in the city’s urban and natural surroundings along the way.