Emily and I celebrated BC Day with a lovely bike ride to Steveston. It was our first time biking there and I was really impressed. I never knew Richmond had a good network of greenways, trails, and bike lanes. Obviously other people did, because Steveston was packed with cyclists.
We took the SkyTrain to Aberdeen and then biked along the Middle Arm Trail, past the Olympic Oval and across from the airport, where we had great views of planes taking off from YVR and float planes landing on the river.
We continued down the West Dyke Trail, past marshy tidal flats and a farm with grazing cows.
In Steveston, we wandered around town, checked out the pier, and ate deep-fried oysters, wild salmon, and chips (bad vegans, I know). I was surprised how many tourists in Steveston were there to check out Storybrooke, the fictional town Steveston becomes when Once Upon a Time is filming.
Our return trip was a quick zip down the Railway Greenway, a paved and separated route running the length of Richmond. The greenway follows the old Interurban train line and the former stops are marked with timetables painted on the ground – a clever way to highlight the history of the route.
All-in-all, it was a great, relaxing bike ride and a fun day. The route is completely flat and mostly separated from automobile traffic. Steveston is a perfect destination, with a popular pier, restaurants, and fish market. A perfect day trip.
Our route there was a scenic 11.4 km and took us 1 hour.
The route back was 9.4 km and took us only 38 minutes.
More photos on Flickr.
This is one of my favourite easy bike routes. Glad to see you discovered it. I like to just bike to Richmond from my house – take Ontario down to 59th, across to Cambie, south on Cambie to hook up with the Canada Line bridge which has a bike/pedestrian path on the side. It’s cool to bike across the river there. Then you hook up with the dike path. On the way back if you don’t have enough energy to bike back up the hill into Vancouver you can take the Skytrain as you did. It’s a good loop.
Looks like a brilliant ride! 🙂