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A small town community, lots of heritage, charm, waterfront access. Home to the largest fishing fleet in Canada, public docks, fresh seafood, the best fish & chips!
In Grave Danger Of Disappearing
In a nutshell
Steveston like Finn Slough is also a nice place
The London Heritage Farm (locally called "London Farm" or sometimes "London Farm House") is possibly the oldest farm in Richmond standing. It was first built in the 1880's by the London family. The Londons were one of the first pioneers to establish a permanent residence in Richmond.
The Londons took what was essentially swampy tidal flats along the river, built dykes to prevent flooding, and then established a farm site. They also built a house, and that is the very house that still stands.
The house and barn (with heritage farm equipment) are maintained as a museum that you can tour on your own or with a guide. It has a functioning tea room and a gift shop as well. Every room in the house (the kitchen, the drawing room, the bedrooms, etc) is designed to represent the 1880s. Thus, it is a Victorian farm house.
Occasionally the Farm House will hold special community events several times throughout the year. The land surrounding is still used for agricultural purposes, as it is saved in the Agricultural Land Reserve. There are also beautiful flowers gardens, a public community garden, beehives, and picnic tables. An extra bonus is that Gilbert Beach - a sandy beach on the Fraser River- is located across the street.
Richmond has a rich agricultural history that you don't quite experience in Steveston, or in the urbanized part of Richmond (like the north end of No 3 Road where all the malls are). If you enjoy history, the Victorian period, or just want something different to do, it's definitely worth a visit.
London Farm House is located east of Steveston at 6511 Dyke Road (west of Gilbert Road).
Admission is by donation.
Updated Apr 28, 2007