I spent the day driving around the outskirts of Richmond. Yes, I got lost and ended up touring Surrey – a great town. Surrey feels like a friendly place to live with all amenities to make for a comfortable lifestyle. I kept driving and ended up in Steveston, an English fishing village on the waterfront of Richmond. Here I stopped to spend the afternoon.
Steveston is a romantic, modern fishing village of historic buildings, artisan shops and restaurants serving up fish in every different manor of edible dishes you can imagine. While you can get salmon pizza and fish tacos, it’s traditional English fish and chips that play a starring role here. Ate at Pojo’s, a floating restaurant and it was delicious! I recommend you order only one dish in a restaurant, share it amongst your friends, then go to another restaurant and do the same. Go on and on like this because each purveyor of fish and chips puts his personality into each dish! It’s a shame not to try them all!
If you’re lucky enough to be on the dock when the fishermen come in, you can buy some fresh salmon and prawns from the fisherman before they go out again for more fishing.
Walked and walked along the waterfront until my feet hurt, it was so relaxing and beautiful. Steveston is surrounded with mountain views, miles of ocean beaches and riverbanks, over 90 parks and green spaces and more than 80 kilometers of walking and biking trails. You can hop on board a whale watching expedition or do as I did, just walk and watch for herons and eagles.
Walked on for what seemed like miles and on my return walk I ventured further into the village and wandered through the artisan shops and eateries. I stopped for a luscious cupcake at Bell’s, toured the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and stopped for a mouthful of chocolate at Sinfully the Best Chocolates.
If you go, don’t miss the Romanian bread baker on Moncton Street. Go inside and take a peak at his giant wood burning bread oven that could possibly sleep 20! Try his bread, it’s a great mouthful of European flavour.
I ended up relaxing in Gerry Point Park. It’s a beautiful and tranquil park on the water surrounded with mountain views, fishing boats and kite flying. There were families with children learning to fly their kites, all inspired by the most magnificent display of one kite master. I don’t know his name, but I watched forever as one man maneuvered three kites at one time; one in each hand while the third was fastened to his hip. His hands wove around in sync with his hips as the three kites flew threw the sky with the grace of ballroom dancing.
If I ever learn how to upload a video I will share what I saw, but in the meantime, click on Romancing the Wind and you will get a perfect example of the show we saw – minus the tails!
Tomorrow I’m off to a Japanese tea ceremony, discovering Kimche (Korean) and exploring the Golden Village and another Chinese restaurant. Stay tuned!