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Richmond Discovery Shuttle

As a growing tourism community catering to those seeking an authentic and local experience, the city of Richmond offers a unique coastal perspective. Only 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, this city contains diverse cuisine, enchanting marine history and stunning scenery.  

This summer, Richmond’s tourism efforts will be taken to a new level with the Richmond Discovery Shuttle. Operated by our team at Landsea Tours & Adventures, who are also Richmond’s newest tourism residents, this complimentary shuttle service will visit some of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. To provide some information about where we’ll be stopping, read about the different pick-up locations below.

 

Lansdowne Skytrain Station

If you’re coming from Vancouver, Lansdowne is a quick and convenient area to begin discovering Richmond. The second largest mall in Richmond, Lansdowne is also the perfect spot for any last minute shopping needs. In addition, it’s a great place to stop if you are hungry since Alexandra Road, or ‘Food Street,’ is only a few blocks away. 

 

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel is at the heart of Richmond’s hotel district, making it a prime location for travel to and from your hotel. Don’t forget to ask for recommendations on some of the amazing local cafes, museums and galleries within this area.  

 

Richmond Olympic Oval

Built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Richmond Olympic Oval was home to the long track speed skating events. This multi-arena complex is also a museum featuring interactive challenges and highlights from various Olympic Games games as part of their Olympic Experience exhibit.

Credit: Tourism Richmond

 

Steveston Village – Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

This Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a popular visitor site and also a National Historic Site of Canada. Here you can learn all about the long history of fishing on the west coast. Featuring a collection of over 7500 artifacts, you’ll be amazed at the incredible story told in this museum.

Located right in Steveston Village, make sure to explore the boardwalk lined with quaint restaurants, cafes and shops featuring fresh seafood and locally made gifts, all by the water’s edge.

 

Credit: Tourism Richmond

 

Steveston Village – Britannia Shipyards

Visiting the Britannia Shipyards is like travelling back in time. Wander through the various historic buildings and displays to get a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1800s. There is so much to discover amongst the various houses, storefronts and bunkers.

Credit: Tourism Richmond

 

Schedule

See the schedule below for pickup times at each location. Offered between June 15 to September 2nd, 2019 on weekends and Statutory Holidays. Contact Landsea Tours & Adventures if you have any questions at 604.255.7272

 

The shuttle is a complimentary service and is brought to you by The City of Richmond, Tourism Richmond, Richmond Hotel Association and Landsea Tours & Adventures

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Spring Flowers at The Butchart Gardens

With all the flowers now in bloom and the sun starting to come out, a day trip like our Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour it is the perfect way to enjoy the gorgeous spring season.

While the Butchart Gardens embody the essence of every season, spring tends to be a favourite amongst our Tour Guides.

Should you be planning a trip over to see these meticulously maintained gardens, it’s worth noting that the flowers that dwell here are able to survive the challenging conditions of BC’s West Coast, and manage to look spectacular in the process.  

You’ll find no shortage of colours and variety as the spring gardens contain over 300,000 bulbs during the season. Some of the most prominent of these flowers are listed below:

 

Tulips

Tulips are often considered the stars of spring, and The Butchart Gardens always places them center stage.

You can find thousands of them along the winding pathways, within the Sunken Garden and the Italian Garden. The vibrant colours range from deep maroons, reds and purples to bright pinks, yellows, white, and oranges.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

Daffodils

There is no mistaking the bright yellow daffodil, a cheerful addition to anyone’s garden. In addition to the notable yellow version tucked amongst the blue forget-me-nots, you’ll also find many of the white daffodils throughout the many gardens.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

 

Ornamental Cherry

The ornamental cherry trees soft pink and white flowers act as a focal point against the sprawling green lawns in the gardens, making them hard to miss. Cherry blossom season usually lasts from late March to May, giving visitors plenty of time to check out these gorgeous flowers. Find these trees tucked within the Japanese Garden, which is also one of the most popular gardens with our Landsea Tour Guides.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

 

Magnolia

The Magnolia flower may not be as dramatic in its colouring compared to others, but it is one of the most important flowers since it is a common source of pollen. This white and pink flower attracts bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators to its sweet nectar. You’ll also find this flower blooming from the branches of a magnolia tree, rather than budding from the ground.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

 

Peony

The peony flower is a bustle of petals seen in pastel pinks, purples and whites, or a darker red. This flower can appear in various forms, each as bright as the last. You’ll find these guys are an imposing bundle of colour amongst the green bushes and are often a favourite of many gardeners.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

 

Rhododendron

The most diverse species of flower on our list, the rhododendron has over 1000 subspecies. This plant covers itself completely with hundreds of bright flowers and grows quickly. You’ll find the rhododendron is a staple in most gardens, brightening up its surroundings with a beautiful burst of colour.

Courtesy of the Butchart Gardens Ltd., Victoria, BC Canada

While there are countless more plants to be seen at The Butchart Gardens, we suggest visiting yourself to experience the wonder of this national heritage site of Canada, and the vision of Jenny Butchart.

 

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Our Favourite Après Ski Spots in Whistler

With the holidays over and the snow covering the local mountains, everyone is heading up to the ski slopes to take in the winter wonderland that is Whistler. As BC’s largest ski resort, Whistler is also home to a vibrant après ski culture, which has become as popular as the sport itself. Offering a blend of bars, clubs, pubs, and grills, there is an option for everyone to enjoy after a day of hitting the slopes. Here are some of our favourite places to enjoy the après ski culture in Whistler.

 

 

El Furniture Warehouse

A local favourite, El Furniture Warehouse can’t be beaten on price when everything on their menu is only $5.95! A popular choice no matter why you are visiting Whistler, this restaurant chain has made a name for itself by creating a social atmosphere filled with energy but doesn’t require you to break the bank. You’ll find your classic pub food here, with a few twists.

Garibaldi Lift Company

Garibaldi Lift Company is a well known and a popular place for enjoying the après ski culture. In fact, it’s been named as one of the top 10 après establishments in the world by SKI Magazine. Offering guests an elegant lounge, cozy restaurant, and even a club in the evening, Garibaldi lets its guests sit back and relax as they watch people descend the mountain. Did we mention they have an all season patio?

Dubh Linn Gate Pub

Traditional Irish flair meets the west coast lifestyle at Dubh Linn Gate Pub. Offering authentic Irish cuisine with their diverse selection of beers on tap (with Guinness being the star of their lineup), Dubh Linn Gate is always filled with laughter and a good time. Enjoy a casual afternoon relaxing in this pub with your friends and family.

Dusty’s Bar & BBQ

Dusty’s is the place to sit back and relax, or if you stick around later in the evening, they are famous for their live music parties. Their menu features a delicious variety of BBQ dishes, prepared by their professional staff. With their friendly and efficient service, visiting Dusty’s is a must on any trip. They are also home to some of the best Caesars in the village.

Longhorn Saloon

Located at the bottom of the mountain you can almost ski right onto the Longhorn Saloon patio. Catering to the relaxed culture of après ski, enjoy their menu featuring beer and spirits with chicken wings, burgers, and all your favourite comfort foods. The party lives at Longhorn Saloon with live music and a DJ during the evenings.

Mallard Lounge

The Fairmont Hotels are known for their elegant experiences and an afternoon in the Mallard Lounge is no exception. Sample their famous martinis or have them recommend a spirit from their collection as you lounge by the fireplace and enjoy the live music. They serve the finest of west coast cuisine and feature their own chocolate bar – a collection of chocolates mixed with savoury and sweet dried fruits and nuts.

Pure Bread

The smell of warm, freshly baked desserts from Pure Bread will entice you from down the street. Their ever-changing selection of treats are baked fresh daily. This makes them a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Pure Bread is a great place if you’re a family looking for an après ski experience that the kids will enjoy as well.

Where do you like to visit after a day of skiing? Merlins, The Crystal Lounge, the places are endless. Let us know in the comments or on social media.

 

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