Quality Hotel Airport (South)
7228 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC V6X 1A1
Phone: (604) 244-3051
Fax: (604) 244-3081
Nestled in the heart of Richmond, Minoru Park is a refreshing green expanse in the urban landscape. Minoru Park originally began as a horse-race track in 1909, and was named after an Irish thoroughbred belonging to King Edward VII. This space was also used for private airplane take-offs and landings. Over the years it was transformed into a recreational zone. Minoru Park is home to turf and soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, cricket pitch and a race track. A cultural and art center, library, aquatic center, arena and children's playground are also located here.
This popular golf-course has sculptured but narrow fairways and strategically placed water hazards. The 6,265-yard par-71 course on the banks of the Fraser River is easily accessible. The river breeze, full-grown trees and well-maintained greens provide a respite from city noise. After a round, have a bite at the clubhouse, which serves beverages as well as soups, sandwiches and finger foods. The Golf course opens everyday at 7a in the morning.
Langara Golf Course was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1926 and later redesigned by Thomas McBroom, a Canadian architect. Since it is on the slope, the shaped, tree lined golf links are easier to walk and are challenging to all golf players. A great course for amateur golfers for their practice facilities.
Take a break from the city life and see what farm life is all about. Tucked away on the South end of the city, Southland Farms offers visitors everything from horse back riding, farmers market, field trip and youth programs to a pumpkin patch in the Fall and on-going art activities. Perfect for a family day out, Southland Farms is well worth a visit.
VanDusen Botanical Garden has 22 hectares (54 acres) of plants and trees collected from around the world harmoniously set amidst lawns, lakes and rock work. Some areas demonstrate plant relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical beginnings, like in the Sino-Himalayan Garden. A Christmas light display goes up every December.
Alaksen National Wildlife Area is located on the northern portion of Westham Island, at the conjecture of the Fraser River and the Pacific Ocean. This extensive piece of nature is home to various species of birds and animals. Alaksen National Wildlife Area is specially noted for being a stopover for migratory birds along the Pacific Coast. Founded in 1972, Alaksen National Wildlife Area occupies 299 hectares (741.31 acres) of the 67,000-hectare (165560.61-acre) Fraser Delta. Snow Geese and ducks are known to flock to this place in thousands.
Nestled in the southern section of Queen Elizabeth Park, this is one of the most popular local pitch and putts. Maybe it's because of the blossoming trees and shrubs that surround it, but it could be just the pleasure of the course itself. It has no hazards, save for some trees around the park. Of the 18 par-three holes, none is more than 110 yards.
The Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club has been around since 1911, so with all that time under its belt, you know your own for a good golfing experience. Surrounded by glorious firs and sitting on the ocean coast, the views from the courses are nothing if not splendid. The club also has tennis courts, a fitness center, and banquet facilities. See website for more information.
Queen Elizabeth Park is known as 'Little Mountain' because it sits atop the geographical high point and center of Vancouver proper. Its two sunken gardens are a colorful backdrop for wedding photos. On top of the park are lookout points to spectacular vistas of downtown and the North Shore Mountains. You can indulge here in an array of activities and sports.
If you want to play golf in a country setting without leaving the city, then the Fraserview Golf Course is for you. It is centrally located and private, with dense forests concealing the surrounding cityscape. The golfing experience is made even better by the views of the Fraser River the course affords. The Fraserview Clubhouse serves on-the-go items like hot dogs, hot and cold beverages and snacks for uninterrupted golfing pleasure.
Located in the Little Mountain-Riley Park neighborhood, Hillcrest Park is a public recreational center which is home to the Vancouver Curling Club and Little Mountain Baseball club. This sports facility is equipped with a ballpark, clubhouse, curling arena, library, ice rink, gymnasium along with an indoor/outdoor aquatic center. This fitness center is also equipped with treadmills, stationery bikes, an indoor cycling arena, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool. While being wheel-chair accessible, Hillcrest Park also provides child-care services, WiFi and a cafe on its premises.
Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club serves the Granville Park area of Vancouver. It is a tennis club that dates back to the 1880s era and prominent personalities became its members. Currently, it features tennis courts and badminton and squash courts as well.