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402 is the Bus for You

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Getting to Steveston Historic Village during Games time is quick and easy

Richmond, BC, Canada (February 11, 2010) - Can't remember which bus you take to get to Steveston, the Historic Fishing Village in southwest Richmond? Just think: 402 is the bus for you.

One of British Columbia's most charming getaways, Steveston is a must-visit destination during Games time - and beyond. This historic village has a thoroughly modern spirit and is a great place to browse for unique gifts, dine by the seaside, or visit one of Canada's most unusual National Historic Sites.

Steveston is easily accessible via public transit. From Richmond-Brighouse Station on the Canada Line, visitors simply transfer to bus #402 for a 20 minute ride. Bus #402 departs Richmond-Brighouse Station every ten minutes during peak hours.

Buses #401, 407, 410, 490, 492, and C93 also depart Richmond-Brighouse Station for Steveston with some routes operating during the weekday commute only. Most buses are low-floor, ramp equipped, so access for wheelchair users is almost assured. Visitors can consult translink.ca or travelsmart2010.ca to plan their trip.

"We really encourage anyone coming to Metro Vancouver to jump on the Canada Line and take advantage of free public transit privileges on the day of your event, through to 4:00 am the next morning," says Tracy Lakeman, CEO of Tourism Richmond. "Come to Richmond early for lunch or stay late to have dinner. There are more than 300 Asian restaurants in the Golden Village alone, or take bus number 402 out to Steveston to try fresh local seafood in one of BC's most beautiful spots."

Steveston is packed with waterfront restaurants serving up everything from Greek and Italian to Asian-inspired West Coast favourites. Many of the local restaurants have extended their hours or opened earlier in the season to accommodate Games-time visitors. The village's signature dish is fish ‘n' chips available at popular places like Pajo's at The Wharf and Dave's Fish ‘n' Chips on Moncton Street. Other local favourites include Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, Sockeye City Grill, Tapenade Mediterranean Bistro, the Steveston Seafood House and Papi's Ristorante Italiano.

Steveston is also home to two National Historic Sites celebrating BC's fishing past. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard have extended their hours to welcome visitors during Games time. Both sites will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. London Heritage Farm, a four-acre historical site that aims to recreate life in Steveston from 1880 to 1930, will also be open for visitors from 11am to 5pm. These hours include their gift-shop and tearoom, which is popular for its authentic afternoon tea.

If you do plan a trip to Steveston, consider coming on February 23 and 24, 2010 when Steveston will be visited by the world famous Mars Water Bomber as part of the Steveston Days celebrations.

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About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO). The primary mandate of Tourism Richmond is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism Richmond's goal is to increase economic activity related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. As British Columbia's 4th largest DMO and Venue City for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Tourism Richmond is one of the tourism destinations that make up the 2010 Tourism Consortium partnership created to coordinate the overall Games plan for the BC and Canadian tourism industry.