Middle Arm, East and Central RichmondThis 38 km route begins in Terra Nova and follows the Middle Arm Recreational Trail to the North Dyke Recreational Trail along the Middle Arm of the Fraser River looping back to Terra Nova via on-street cycling routes through East Richmond and the City Centre. This route is suitable for both driving and bicycling. Plan for two hours of cycling time for the scenic route.
This route provides interesting views of the city from three distinct environments. First, the recreational trails travels along the Fraser River and provides great views of the working waterfront, mountains, neighbouring municipalities and wildlife. The second leg is rural in nature and runs past large agricultural fields of seasonal fruits and vegetables providing unobstructed panoramic views of the Coastal Mountains to the north of Richmond. The final section of this route moves through urban Richmond with busy commercial areas and residential neighbourhoods.
Exercise caution when off the recreational trail section of this route as there are few rest areas along the on-street route and traffic volumes can be high.
Printable route map - Scenic Route No.6
Points of Interest
This restored former barge loading pier is near an open grass area, woodlot and small beach. Washroom and parking are available.
Queen's Canal Recreational Trail
To add onto the existing East Richmond route, follow the interior recreational trail Queen's Canal from the south end of Smith Drive in East Richmond, north to River Road and cross Westminster Highway. The trail connects pedestrians and cyclists to the northern section of the East Richmond Recreational Trails and the North Arm of the Fraser River. At the north end of the trail find great views towards Burnaby and mountains in the north and New Westminster in the east.
Exercise caution when crossing Westminster Highway and River Road as both are high traffic roadways.