The other day I admitted to getting a bit lost in Richmond. I’m not too familiar with it having only visited landmarks such as Minoru Park, Richmond Centre, Steveston and the Vancouver International Airport. As such I thought I would dig up a few more history tidbits in order to become better acquainted with this island city.
Most of the city sits on Lulu Island, which was named after a popular actress (and showgirl) from the mid 1800s. Lulu Sweet was the charm of Col. Richard Clement Moody and asked him what the name of the Island was as they passed by on a steamship. Since it had no name, he said he would name it Lulu Island in her honor.
On October 17, 1920, the first flight across Canada touched down in Minoru Park in Richmond (arriving from Halifax)
Mitchell Island is named after Alexander Mitchell, who was a pioneer resident of the Island.
“In 1922 the last remnant of the Frasea Dairy Farm on Sea Island, once Richmond’s largest dairy farm, was torn down when Vancouver International Airport began building its third runway. The farm had been established in 1922 by Jake Grauer, and at one time was home to 500 cows.” [VancouverHistory]
You can check out its latest architectural wonder, the Olympic Oval, on June 21st as they host a public art event.
It’s home to DotComPho every weekend.
My top picks for places to explore in Richmond include the historic Minoru Chapel, Steveston Village, and Iona Beach. It’s also worth spending time at the National Historic Site, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery – a place John and I have been meaning to visit for years. Julie Ovenell-Carter has a great post up that lists interesting places to visit as well.