Show 231, July 8, 2017: Richmond, British Columbia’s Hop On Hop Off Attraction Tour

Richmond Hop On Hop Off Attraction TourWe’re big fans of Richmond, British Columbia and have visited there twice in the last year. It’s the home of absolutely incredible regional Chinese food. Think every possible variation of dumplings…

New from Tourism Richmond is the Richmond Hop On Hop Off Attraction Tour which allows visitors and locals to make their way through the City’s most popular areas at an affordable price. For this year it runs through September 17, 2017.

“We’re fulfilling a pressing need in our destination for quick and direct routes to our attractions,” said Bruce Okabe, CEO of Tourism Richmond. “This service will provide a richer visitor experience for overnight and day trippers to Richmond, as well as an opportunity to expose more local businesses to tourists, and grow the overall visitor economy.”

The Richmond Hop On Hop Off Attraction Tour stops at various exciting venues such as the River Rock Casino Resort, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport, the Richmond Olympic Oval, as well as the jewel of Richmond, the historic fishing village of Steveston. Explore everything from national historic sites to authentic Asian cuisine and the most interactive Olympic Museum in North America on this tour that connects the northern edge of the city to Steveston.

For the full schedule, including ticket prices and where to purchase them, please check out the Visit Richmond BC site. Ticket prices start at $20 for children aged 6-12, with family packages for two adults and two kids available for $85.

Tourism Richmond’s Director of Communications, Colin Wong, joins us with all the specifics.


Show 179, July 9, 2016: Stephanie Yuen, Food & Travel Journalist, Richmond, British Columbia

TThe Meats at HK BBQ MasterRichmond, British Columbia is an incorporated city of 210,000 residents just South of Vancouver. 65 per cent of the population is of Asian ancestry.

It’s home to Vancouver International Airport and the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval. It’s nestled where the Pacific Ocean and the mighty Fraser River meet. Richmond is a thriving multicultural destination city offering a growing range of cultural, heritage, culinary and leisure experiences.

It’s known for having some of the most authentic regional Chinese cuisine outside of China. Very reasonable prices, too. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment this week in Richmond B.C.

Stephanie YuenJoining us to delve into the vibrant Richmond food scene is local journalist and doyenne of Asian cuisine, Stephanie Yuen. She is a seasoned food and travel journalist for both English and Chinese print and online publications and a food columnist for CBC Radio (North by Northwest) and Fairchild Radio AM1470.

A self-taught chef and winner of cooking awards and recipe competitions. Stephanie loves food and considers cooking as a “delicious therapy.” As a food culture ambassador she judges both prestigious food and wine competitions regularly.

Stephanie was our guide and local commentator at a magnificent, 10-course, Hong Kong-style Chinese banquet at Hoi Tong Chinese Restaurant in Richmond on our last night of the visit. The owner/chef is Yiutong Leung (now in his 70s) who previously cooked for British Royalty and VIPs in Hong Kong during the British rule. Very special experience…