THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU MOVE TO RICHMOND
Thinking of packing up and moving to Richmond, BC? It’s a great choice. Located just 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver, Richmond is a thriving city where culture and character come together in a stunning landscape. Constantly redefining itself, this community offers dynamic, unique and authentic experiences for visitors and residents alike.
From breweries and wharfs to museums and eateries, Richmond has something for everyone. It’s home to 198,000 people and is part of the Metro Vancouver area. The Vancouver International Airport is located here, and it was the site for the long-track speed skating events in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Situated on Lulu Island at the Fraser River’s mouth, Richmond comprises uninhabited islets as well as Sea Island, with Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east and Delta to the south.
As you contemplate your move to Richmond, here are some things you should know.
Changes Over the Years
Richmond has experienced rapid change since the early 1990s. While it’s always been a beautiful place to live and visit, today, it enjoys its status as a thriving multi-ethnic community. A lot of the recent population growth has been due to Asian immigrants, currently representing one third of Richmond residents.
They have made a big impact on the growth of small businesses and retail stores in particular, adding to the diversity and vibrancy of the city. It’s known for its quality parks, leisure facilities, and recreation services for all ages. It boasts more than 1,200 acres of park land with multiple recreational amenities such as arenas, pools, community centers, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, golf courses, running tracks and playing fields.
You’ll also find inter-connecting perimeter dyke trails which offer many additional recreational opportunities along with scenic views of the north shore mountains and historic areas. Cultural facilities range from libraries and art galleries to performing arts theaters, museums and heritage sites.
As a new resident to Richmond, you understandably need to know practical information pertaining to anything from trash pickup to public transportation. Here are some helpful links:
- Public Transportation: http://www.richmond.ca/discover/services/bus.htm; http://infomaps.translink.ca/System_Maps/123/RDT-Jun%202016.pdf; http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-System-Maps.aspx
- Garbage and recycling: http://www.richmond.ca/services/recycling/schedule.htm
- Community centers and public facilities: http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/centres.htm
- City of Richmond updates: http://cms.richmond.ca/Page9159.aspx?PageMode=Hybrid
- City website: http://www.richmond.ca/contact.htm (City Hall’s phone number: 604-276-4000; 24 Hour City Emergency Line: 604-270-8721).
- Richmond Hospital: http://www.vch.ca/locations-services/result?res_id=1
- Richmond School District: https://www.sd38.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx
- Pay a Richmond parking ticket: http://www.richmond.ca/safety/parking/tickets/payment.htm
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There are plenty more things you should know about moving to Richmond BC. Your trusted Richmond movers can clue you in and would be happy to give you a free estimate on moving here. Contact us at 604-626-6891.