His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.
The Township of Richmond, British Columbia incorporated on November 10, 1879.
Other crops grown include strawberries, corn, and potatoes.
In 2001 Richmond had approximately 47% of BC's cranberry acreage.
The Township of Richmond was modeled after Ontario’s political townships – an incorporated municipality, consisting of communities that are united as a single entity with a single municipal administration.
Each community was represented on the municipal council through a ward electoral system with five wards until 1946 when the ward electoral system was replaced with the at large electoral system that is currently in place.
Following Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this community was devastated as residents of Japanese descent were relocated to internment camps in the BC Interior and Alberta and their property sold at auction.
Richmond is also home to two of the largest Buddhist temples in North America, the International Buddhist Temple and the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.
Cranberries and blueberries are the dominant crops grown.
The drawback of Richmond's geographical location was that since all the land averages just one metre above sea level, it was prone to flooding, especially during high tide.
As a result, all the major islands are now surrounded by a system of dykes, which, although not as massive as those in the Netherlands or the levees of New Orleans, serve to protect the town from anticipated sources of flooding.
Richmond is located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, and also encompasses adjacent Sea Island and some smaller uninhabited islets to the north and south.
Neighbouring communities are Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta to the south. The Township of Richmond was named by Founding Father John Wesley Sexsmith after his birthplace The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario.Richmond is home to many Chinese-oriented shopping malls, most of them along No. This area is officially termed as the "Golden Village" by Tourism Richmond and includes malls such as Aberdeen Centre, Richmond Centre, Continental Centre, Union Square, Lansdowne Centre, President Plaza, Parker Place, and Yaohan Centre.