“We stayed in Gary and Janice's home for 3 weeks in June 2015. We were made to feel so welcome. Gary met us at the airport and took us home to orient us and make sure we were settled in and comfortable. He and Janice provided a very welcome meal and the following day, Gary gave us a tour of the area so that by the end of two days we knew where to go for all our needs. They allowed us to use their car for a tour of The Rockies, and let us help ourselves to their home grown produce - Gary is passionate about his fabulous garden! Their home is a good walk to the sky train into the city center so very conveniently situated. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, as well as meeting such lovely people. Thank you both, and see you in NZ!”
Gary's reviewsAs a host (4)
“Gary and Janet's place is really great. The house is very comfortable and within easy reach both of central Vancouver (Skytrain) and Vancouver Island (worth going to!!). Gary is an avid gardener, nursing delicious tomatoes. They are very welcoming people, preparing us a scrumptious Sockeye salmon meal when we arrived. They offered us the use of their second home which we also enjoyed for some days. On our return we found our own home spotlessly clean. Richmond is a super spot to discover beautiful Vancouver with its many attractions, Whistler etc. and at short distance from the ferry. So we do recommend this very attractive place to everybody!”
“Superbe appartement et échange très réussi ! Gary et Janice sont des personnes adorables qui ont été très aidantes pour nous permettre de nous adapter à ce logement magique, avec une superbe vue sur la ville et la rivière.”
“We exchanged with Gary and Janice for 3 weeks, and were delighted to be able to meet them before setting off to their wonderful west coast home in Richmond. The house is extremely comfortable and very well provided for, and we really appreciated being able to use their car for our trips around the area and to Vancouver Island. The garden is delightful and we were overwhelmed by the abundance of tasty produce that we were encouraged to help ourselves to! We enjoyed exploring the local area, particularly Steveston - which we cycled to - and found getting to Vancouver via Skytrain to be very straightforward. Gary and Janice left loads of useful leaflets about their neighbourhood for us to use, and we especially liked local cycling and walks around the Fraser River. As lovers of wildlife, we were thrilled to be able to watch humming birds in the garden, and to be able to go and see birds, squirrels and terrapins in a local nature reserve which was only 5 minutes away. The house is ideally situated as a base if you should wish to travel further afield - we took advantage of the closeness of Vancouver Airport to fly to the Rockies for a week, and also took the ferry for a short break to Vancouver Island. For our first long haul exchange this was a perfect experience - we returned home to find our cats happy and well fed, and the house in an immaculate state! Thanks so much Gary and Janice”
Where is it?
Our neighborhood is called Port Royal and is a planned community of condos and single family homes . Port Royal although part of New Westminster is actual closer geographically to Richmond. Both communities are located on Lulu Island in the middle of the Fraser River. Our neighbourhood has all the necessary shopping amenities . We have a walking path along the Fraser River .
Richmond is the home of the Vancouver International Airport A multi-faceted community historically based on farming and fishing it has transitioned into a multi-cultural city with strong Pacific Rim influences. New Westminster was the original capital of BC. Another lovely walkway awaits you on the other side of the river.
Downtown Vancouver is 35 minutes away and Whistler is about 2 hours away. Ferries to Vancouver Island are 20 minutes and the US border about 20 minutes.
Local bus transit is a 5 minute walk and it will take you to the nearest Sky train terminal . This train will take you to Burnaby and downtown Vancouver.
We also have a commuter ferry have will take you across the river. It takes about 5 minutes and runs 3 times an hour.
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