By Susan Munroe Updated: 9/3/2014On the west coast of Canada, British Columbia is the third largest Canadian province.
British Columbia has three main mountain ranges and is two-thirds covered in forest.
On the west coast of Canada, with the Pacific Ocean on the west and the province of Alberta on the east, British Columbia is bounded by the state of Alaska, the Northwest Territories and Yukon on the north and the states of Montana, Idaho and Washington on the south.
Richmond is located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, and also encompasses adjacent Sea Island and some smaller uninhabited islets to the north and south.
Neighbouring communities are Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta to the south. The Township of Richmond was named by Founding Father John Wesley Sexsmith after his birthplace The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario.
The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario was named for Governor General for British North America, Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, Richmond, Yorkshire, England.
The first published reference to “Richmond” was a pamphlet about the local farmstead established on Sea Island by Hugh Mc Roberts.
His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.
The first Town Hall, the Agricultural Hall and the Methodist Church (now Minoru Chapel), were built at the corner of No.17 (River) Rd and No.20 (Cambie) Rd near the main settlement on the northwestern tip of Lulu Island at North Arm.The old fishing village of Steveston on the southwestern tip of Lulu Island is now home to several museums and heritage sites, as well as a working harbour for fishing boats.Currently, London Heritage Farm, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site in Steveston highlight these parts of Richmond's diverse history.Richmond comprises most of the islands in the Fraser River delta, the largest and most populated island being Lulu Island.The city of Richmond includes all but a small portion of Lulu Island (the Queensborough neighbourhood at the far eastern tip is part of the city of New Westminster).The next largest island, Sea Island, is home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).