Are We There Yet? Family-friendly Activities in Richmond, BC

On the hunt for a family-friendly vacation destination? Look no further than Richmond, BC. Boasting a full range of activities and attractions for all ages to enjoy, Richmond is the perfect summer retreat for jetsetters and staycationers alike. Read on for a few of our favourite family-friendly activities nearby for guests of Richmond hotels.

Terra Nova Adventure Park
Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment (courtesy of City of Richmond)

Nature’s Playground

Take to the great outdoors with a visit to Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment. A 10-minute drive from Versante Hotel, this innovative rural playground offers children a chance to run free and reconnect with nature. Here, kids can scale a 10m-tall treehouse with four platforms, race down a twisting hillside slide, bound through a meadow maze, test their balance on an aerial rope walkway, and much more. These contemporary adventure grounds were designed thoughtfully and sustainably using BC-sourced yellow cedar.

For more outdoor activities, read our recent post: Things to do in Richmond, BC this Summer.

bowling balls

Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex

Boasting a massive indoor wave pool, bowling centre and movie theatre, Riverport Sports & Entertainment Complex offers an abundance of fun and games for the whole family to enjoy.

Catch a wave at Watermania fitness and aquatic centre with its indoor wave pool and waterslides (including a tot slide), competitive lap pool, fitness club, sauna, steam room and more.

Then check out a new release at SilverCity Riverport Cinemas, featuring a VIP lounge, virtual reality gaming centre and one of the region’s only IMAX screens.

In the mood for a game of bowling? Lucky 9 Lanes Bowling Centre is sure to be right up your alley, with 10 and 5-pin lanes, rentals for bowlers of all ages, a full arcade and cosmic bowling.

Tip: Kids under 15 bowl for free on weekdays during select times. Visit website for details.

Richmond Night Market
Richmond Night Market (courtesy of Tourism Vancouver)

Grab a Bite

Visit Kove Kitchen & Bar in historic Steveston Village for a hearty selection of comfort fare served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you fancy a cheeseburger kitted-out on a German pretzel bun or international options like bangers & mash, this waterside eatery has all your bases covered. Kids menu, patio dining and weekend brunch available.

Take the family on a worldwide tasting extravaganza through Richmond Night Market. Located just across the street from the hotel, the carnival features food stalls with over 500 international delicacies alongside games, merchants, and life-sized roaring dinosaurs.

Tip: Richmond Night Market is reopening on July 23, 2021 with enhanced safety measures and capacity limits in place. Visit richmondnightmarket.com to learn more.

Take the family on a sweet excursion to I.Ce Queen for indulgent Thai-style ice cream. Take a decadent reprieve from the summer heat with rolled ice cream (also known as fried ice) and endless toppings. This boutique dessert kiosk is located on Number 3 Road at Aberdeen Centre, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Versante Hotel’s onsite dining venues offer an array of sumptuous local and international delights. Enjoy your favourites delivered to your room with in-room dining available 24/7.

Seek Play

The World of Kidtropolis is a child’s play haven. This 18,000 sq ft interactive pretend city provides a hands-on learning environment where children are encouraged to use their imagination to become firefighters, police officers, teachers and more.

Tip: Parents looking for a little adult time can take advantage of Kidtropolis’ Kid’s Night Out program, available on select evenings from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission is $25 per child and includes pizza, juice and popcorn.

For older kids, Apex Adventure Plex provides boundless opportunities to stay active and have fun while doing so. This indoor recreation centre features Canada’s largest group of Super Trampolines, plus parkour courses, rock climbing, a ninja course and more.

Due to COVID-19, Apex Adventure Plex is temporarily closed. For the latest updates and service announcements, visit apexadventureplex.com. 

 

 

Dog Days

Leave no family member behind on your next vacation! Versante Hotel’s pet-friendly amenities will make your four-legged friends feel right at home. Dog beds, dishes and treats are available on-site, while a number of off-leash walking trails are a short distance away.

 

 

 

 

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Foodie Paradise Found: Places to Eat in Richmond, BC

Take your palate on a worldwide tasting tour through Richmond’s dynamic culinary scene. The city’s vibrant Asian culture provides a myriad of options to savour Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean cuisines. Whether you’re searching for a fine dining experience or grab-and-go fare, as a guest of Versante Hotel you won’t have far to travel. Read on for a taste of our favourite places to eat in Richmond, BC.

 
Hot Pot at Liu Yi Shou
Hot Pot (courtesy of Tourism Vancouver)

Alexandra Road (aka: Food Street)

The highest concentration of restaurants in Richmond can be found on Alexandra Road (better known by locals as Food Street). On this three-block stretch, you can find almost every type of Asian cuisine imaginable, including ramen, hot pot, sushi and Korean barbeque. Food Street comes alive at night with locals flocking to drink and dine while neon storefronts illuminate the neighbourhood. This bustling district is just a 5-minute drive (or 15-minute walk) from the hotel.

Local tip: Bring cash, as many food stalls are cash-only. Check the restaurant’s opening hours ahead of time, as some venues open at 5:00pm and may be closed on Tuesdays.

Start your Food Street crawl at Yuan’s Garden Restaurant, where you can experience a selection of upmarket, authentic Chinese and Shanghainese dishes, like Peking duck, steamed pork buns, juicy soup dumplings, and Shanghai noodles. For the adventurous, the jellyfish appetizers, pigeon soup and braised eel might just hit the spot. Yuan’s offers delivery through Uber Eats and Door-Dash for guests who wish to spend the afternoon or evening in.

Assorted Sushi and Sashimi
Assorted Sushi and Sashimi (courtesy of Tourism Richmond)


Satisfy your craving for Japanese fare at Seto Japanese Restaurant, where a selection of raw and cooked items are served in a laid-back setting. Feast on reasonably-priced Japanese delicacies such as oysters, unagi, nigiri, ramen, and donburi. One of our top choices for lunch is the Seto Box, offering a spread of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki chicken, chilled noodles, tempura, miso soup, and sunomono for $20. 

Local tip: Seto is closed from 2:15pm to 5:00pm and all day Tuesdays. 

Indulge your sweet tooth at Snowy Village, where hearty portions of bingsoo frozen desserts are served. This creamy, refreshing Korean delicacy consists of condensed milk, fresh fruit toppings, fruit syrup, and shaved ice. One of the most raved-about menu items is the Mango Bingsoo, topped with fresh mango, condensed milk, and a massive whipped cream swirl.   

 

Dim Sum

Dumpling Trail 

Dumplings come in many scrumptious forms, all of which can be enjoyed on Tourism Richmond’s Dumpling Trail. This self-directed tasting tour features 20 restaurants, and each boasts its own delicious take on this traditional Chinese dish. Bring a hearty appetite – and a group of friends – to sample the full range of dumplings on offer. Ready to start your adventure? Download the self-guided itinerary from Tourism Richmond’s website, or book a guided 2.5-hour walking tour with Vancouver Food Tours.

While in Steveston

Start your day off on a decadent note at The Cannery Café in Steveston and enjoy sunny side-up-eggs with a waterfront view. Dine on the restaurant’s expansive terrace to soak in the sunshine and order from a list of sweet and savoury menu items. Highlights include breakfast paella, “Chic’n’Waffle,” and smoked salmon eggs benedict. Our favourite? The irresistibly creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese, served in a pull-apart sourdough bread bowl and topped with a fried egg. Upgrade your experience with the caramel brûlée latté, a tasty morning pick-me-up. 

Dine at Steveston Seafood House for an elevated taste of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to a selection of sustainably-sourced BC seafood dishes, the restaurant features carnivorous options like rack of lamb, filet mignon and free-range duck. Pair your meal with a wine from the ‘interesting reds’ list, and end on a sweet note with the sharable sangria cake. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak summer months. 

For a few more insider tips on exploring Steveston, read our recent blog post covering things to do in Richmond this summer. 

Richmond Night Market
Richmond Night Market (courtesy of Tourism Richmond)

Richmond Night Market

Not sure what to have for dinner? Try a taste of everything at Richmond Night Market, North America’s largest night market. Located just across the street from the hotel, the market offers 500+ international foods to choose from. Food stalls selling cheesy fried chicken steak, cheesecake-filled mochi, loaded pho fries, volcano ribs, and much more just might compel you to break your diet for a night. There’s plenty to look at, too. The bustling market features a selection of games, local merchants, and life-sized animated dinosaur replicas.  

In-Room Dining in Bed

While there are many spots to explore nearby, Versante Hotel also boasts a number of world-class culinary experiences onsite. Savour refined Mediterranean cuisine at Bruno restaurant, clink your glasses with sweeping views at Alaïa lounge, or enjoy an intimate lunch or happy hour libation at Versante Bar. Hotel guests can also opt for 24-hour room service, featuring all the usual in-room favourites and a robust wine list. Stay tuned for more details on what’s to come at the hotel’s exuberant food & beverage outlets.

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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.

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.