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A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

Richmond’s history is deeply rooted in the fishing, agriculture, aviation and shipping industries. To this day—there is a strong feel for all of those elements throughout the city.

Richmond was first incorporated as a municipality in 1879 and was officially designated as a city in 1990.

Here is what Steveston looked like over 100 years ago in the early 1990s.

A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

The fishing industry attracted a lot of Japanese fishermen to the area. The cannery and boat building industries also brought in a number of migrant workers. Steveston was known for being at the core of the fishing industry. Throughout the years, they have kept their ties with the sea and grown to be a popular tourist destination—as well as a local favourite.

Here is a picture of fishermen in Steveston taken in 1938.

A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

Richmond was and still is known as being the centre of aviation across the province. In 1910, the first flight in B.C. took off from Minoru Racetrack. Vancouver’s first airport was located on Richmond’s Lulu Island.

Here is a picture of a plane in Richmond taken in 1937.

A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

Today, Richmond is an abundant city, known for its diverse culture, beautiful landscapes and its original ties to the fishing and aviation industries.

A Walk Through Richmond, British Columbia 100+ Years Ago

Image via City of Richmond

To learn more about the history of Richmond, visit the website.

 

Written by: Meagan Gill
Images via Vancouver Arhcives

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