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My Best of Richmond: Bardia Khaledi

Bardia Khaledi would love to see more nature-focused festivals. -
Bardia Khaledi would love to see more nature-focused festivals.
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Bardia Khaledi is the Gardener/Educator at Earthwise Society in Tsawwassen, and as a longtime resident of Richmond he supports gardening and education initiatives in the city, such as Steveston Educational Garden.

Best thing you like about Richmond?

“Even if you are in the middle of the city, in a matter of minutes you can find a tranquil, natural landscape to unwind; whether it would be a city park, a bog, a dyke, a nature reserve or a beach.”

Best place to take out-of-towners?

“We start our walk at Garry Point Park, followed by a meal in Steveston, depending on the preferences of the out-of-towners, ranging from Greek food to fish and chips. Then we walk to the London Heritage Farm to see the house and the surrounding garden; after crossing the street from the farm, we arrive at the beach where we rest and admire the natural beauty.”

Best hidden gem?

“The area between Gilbert and No. 3 Road close to Dyke and Finn roads; it has amazingly meandering, peaceful roads and is ideal for walks, bike rides or drives with beautiful views of healthy farmland, horse stables, the water, community gardens and mature trees.”

Best lunch spot?

“Obviously, Richmond is a destination for Chinese and Japanese cuisine. When time permits, I like to go down to the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill near the airport to enjoy one of their tasty burgers while enjoying a nice view of the Fraser River.”

Best thing you’d like to see in Richmond?

“I would like to see more nature-focused festivals; the Garlic Festival and the Raptor Festival are definite highlights, but it would be great to have more outdoor events that showcase and teach the value of our existing natural landscapes.”

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