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coastal culture The temptation to simply eat your way through Richmond is strong; you’d be remiss, however, to skip the city’s many attractions. One that’s definitely worth your time is the International Buddhist Temple, a sanc- tuary from the bustle of markets and restaurants. Visitors of any faith can drop by during the day to meditate and meander through the grand halls and classical Chinese gardens. There’s more exploring to be done a little farther west, in the community of Steveston. In its late 19th-century heyday, the village was the largest fish- ing port and canning centre in B.C., attracting scores of immigrant labour- ers from Japan and China. Though the hum of the canning line has long gone silent, you can learn how its workers shaped Steveston at the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society. Touring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery offers further insight into B.C.’s famed fishing industry. At the peak of its production, in 1897, this “monster cannery”—now a National Historic Site—packed more than two million tins of fish per year. If you really love seafood, then spring is a glorious time to be in Richmond. Down at Fisherman’s Wharf—next to Steveston Landing—you can buy spot prawns by the pound, right off the boats, from mid-May to early June. The lineups can be long; arrive early in the morning for your best chance to snag some tasty crustaceans. Exploring the wharf The Essentials gettINg tHeRe vancouver international airport is actually in richmond. taxi fare to most local hotels is $20, or take the Canada line skytrain for less than $8. A memorial to B.C.’s Japanese fishermen; the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (inset) Should you prefer your marine life on the larger side, you’re also in the right place for whale watching. From April to October, Steveston is packed with camera-toting tourists hoping to see majestic orcas, humpbacks, gray and minke whales. Set aside about three hours for a whale-spotting expedition in the Strait of Georgia. Back on land, consider wrapping up your weekend with a bit of bargain hunting. It’s a breeze at the open-air McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, the first collection of designer outlets in the Vancouver region. Keep your eyes peeled for impressive savings on brands like Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Ugg and Lolë. The mall is just one SkyTrain stop away from the airport, so you can make a quick pit stop before flying home to Alberta. WHeRe to stay the fairmont vancouver airport is one of north america’s best airport hotels. its globe@Yvr, restaurant specializes in pacific northwest dishes. ama members get 20% off accommodations and a $50 dining credit with a minimum two-night stay booked through ama. Fairmont river rock Casino resort boasts a live- entertainment theatre, spa, three restaurants and a marina. Book with ama and save. tHINgs to Do purchase a parks Canada discovery pass for free entry into national historic sites like the gulf of georgia Cannery. save $10 on a family pass pur- chased at an ama centre. rent a vehicle from our new, exclusive partners— enterprise rent-a-Car, alamo rent a Car and national Car rental— and save. members get exclusive discounts, plus savings on gps rentals and 10% off prepaid fuel options. aMaRewards. ca/CarRental AMA insider spring 2018 59