Summertime is all about celebrating, and in Richmond, we have so much to celebrate. There’s the joy of nurturing close friendships and family ties, the kind of weather that makes us long for swimsuits and a day at the beach, and a local harvest of mouthwatering ingredients all raised, caught or processed in our very own backyards.

This is the time to pay weekly visits to the Farmers’ Market, head off the beaten track to the U-Pick farms for an hour of sublime berry picking and trek down to Steveston Wharf for seafood fresh off the dock. Pick your favourite proteins in Steveston, where Heringers and D Sausage Haus offer a selection of tantalizing options. Consider a pint of ice cream or gelato for dessert. Now add a quiet, shady backyard and a bottle of wine from the Okanagan and you have the perfect combination for an idyllic, made-in-Richmond meal experience.

If you’re not in the mood to stand over a barbecue, consider a patio meal at one of Richmond’s best spots. The Delta Hotel’s Pier 73 has a massive patio overlooking the Fraser River, a locally-focused menu and a selection of comfy outdoor furniture suitable for lounging languidly all afternoon over a beer, or gathering with friends for a classy dinner. If you’re a seaplane enthusiast, the Flying Beaver promises great entertainment. It boasts a view of seaplanes taking off and landing all day long, and its menu accommodates brunch, lunch and dinner in a casual environment - with large servings of Canadian comfort food.

Take a kid and a kite to Garry Park on a breezy day, or head to Terra Nova’s Adventure Park to try out the zip lines. Bike along the river if you’re looking for a good workout, or revisit the historic sites at Imperial Landing, - just one of Richmond’s charming, free-of-charge experiences.
However, you plan to celebrate, be sure to taste our city’s bounty and rejoice in its sunshine this summer. A few short months from now we’ll be longing for the long, lazy days of summer, the warm evening nights and the luxury of outdoor meals in our lush backyards!

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