Message From The Mayor
Welcome to the Richmond Canada 150 website and thank you for joining us in our year-long celebration of our nation’s 150th anniversary.
Richmond is officially a little bit younger than Canada. We were first incorporated as a municipality in 1879. But the history of our community is truly a Canadian tale. Our community includes First Nations people and long-time pioneers who trace their family roots in Richmond to the late 19th century. But we also have the largest percentage of immigrants of any city in Canada, so we’re also home to some of our country’s newest citizens.
Regardless, of our origin, Richmondites are proud Canadians. We are coming together to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary all year long and all across our city.
A highlight of the year will be the visit in May of Japan’s Kaiwo Maru. That translates as King of the Sea. The Kaiwo Maru is a spectacular four-masted ship, nearly 400 feet in length and one of the largest sailing ships in the world.
New for 2017, will be a harvest festival celebrating Richmond’s rich agricultural heritage, urban agriculture, food security as well as our locally-grown and harvested foods from both land and sea. This new annual event will be held this fall.
Richmond’s Canada Day celebration will be expanded this year to encompass all of Steveston Village. In addition to the ever popular Steveston Salmon Festival, Ships to Shore maritime display and Canada Day fireworks, we will be adding a new Street Party on village streets.
To ensure our entire community can join in the celebration City Council designated grant funding to assist community groups in planning their own Canada 150 events. Dozens of exciting programs and events are now being planned to celebrate this special anniversary thanks to this funding.
There will also be many rewarding and fun volunteer opportunities to participate in our many Canada 150 events. I encourage you to check out those opportunities elsewhere on this website, which is also your source for more information on our many events and programs.
We look forward to seeing you here in Richmond and joining us as we celebrate the true north, strong and free.
With glowing heart,
Malcolm D. Brodie