Vegas of the North? Inside Richmond’s River Rock Casino

RiverRock_-64It’s at about this time of year – after five months or so of steady clouds and rain – when Vancouverites thoughts turn to . . . Vegas.  Who couldn’t use a few days in the sun, enjoying the slots and sights of Sin City?

There is, however, the little issue of cost.  Flights to Vegas aren’t exactly cheap.  Neither are hotels.  For frugal Vancouverites looking for a cheaper alternative, however, there is another option: a staycation at River Rock Casino Resort in good old Richmond, B.C.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that River Rock isn’t exactly a “Bellagio of the North” and that Richmond might not boast all the allures of Las Vegas Strip.   But – since I needed a break from the rain this weekend – I decided to give it a shot.

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Vegas of the North? Inside Richmond’s River Rock Casino

Top 5 Victoria Day Long Weekend Daytrips from Vancouver

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Planning a staycation for this Victoria Day Long Weekend?  Don’t worry – You can still get out of the city, soak up B.C.’s natural splendours and be home in time for dinner.

Here are five long weekend daytrip ideas.  All of these options are within a 90-minute drive of downtown Vancouver and emphasize the great outdoors.  Got more ideas?  Please comment below.

  • Whytecliff Park: This 15-hectare waterfront park in Horseshoe Bay is only 30-45 minutes from the concrete jungles of downtown Vancouver.  It features a small, sandy beach, cliffs plunging dramatically to the brisk waters of Howe Sound and even a little island you can swim to that sits just offshore.  For families, there’s a large grassy picnic area with changing rooms.

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Top 5 Victoria Day Long Weekend Daytrips from Vancouver