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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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A Brief History of the Double-Decker Bus

The double-decker bus is an icon to the sightseeing industry. While they are used all over the world, the most famous is the bright red buses in London. But how exactly did this bus become the tourist bucket list item it is today?

Well, let’s start our journey in 1828, in the streets of Paris…

The first double-decker was actually a two-level horse-drawn carriage pioneered by a man named Stanislas Baudry. Later, inspired by Baudry’s idea (and his success), an English gentleman known as George Shillibeer brought the ‘omnibus’ to London. Costing originally 1 shilling to ride, Shillibeer’s bus could hold up to 22 people.

In the 1920s, the first engine-powered version of the double-decker bus made its debut in London society. With a growing population, there was a desperate need for more buses, sparking competition amongst the many companies in the city. By the mid-1920s there were about 20 different companies with buses driving all over the city. The largest of these businesses, The London General Omnibus Company (LGOC), sought to differentiate from their competition and painted their buses bright red. At the time, I doubt anyone could have predicted the historical significance of choosing that one colour. In the 1930s the LGOC, like many other companies, merged together to became part of the collective London Passenger Transport Board. In the photo below you can see some of the different bus designs used over the years.

Demand kept up until the 1950s when the most familiar model of the double deckers emerged. The ‘Routemaster,’ was first constructed in 1956. This version had an open rear door entrance, which was quickly removed since people thought they could jump on and off while the bus was moving.

The main reason for their continued popularity was because the single-level buses simply couldn’t hold enough people, and the longer accordion version couldn’t handle London’s narrow streets. People also liked the viewing capacity and having open tops.

Even though the underground Tube has become many locals’ preferred method of transport, you’ll still see plenty of double deckers around London. Other cities also heavily feature them, such as Hong-Kong, Rome, Paris etc.

Who knows, maybe Vancouver will soon have its own double-decker buses driving along the city’s streets.

A Few Fun Facts

  • For any BC readers, here’s a fun fact for you: did you know that the first North American city to integrate a double-decker bus into their public transit system was Victoria, British Columbia?
  • England’s first licensed female driver of a double-decker bus was Phyllis Thompson in 1941.
  • The buses’ external appearance was updated again in 2012. This new look pays tribute to the Routemaster design but also includes handicap accessibility and green technology.

 

Sources

Tanner, J. (2016, November 1). A Brief History of Double Decker Buses. Retrieved from http://www.londnr.com/london-lifestyle/a-brief-history-of-double-decker-buses/

Birdie’s Perch. (2018). Double-Decker Facts & History. Retrieved from http://www.birdiesperch.ca/about-us-and-our-bus/double-decker-facts-history/

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