Steveston Travel Guide

  • Shipyards on the Frazer River
    Shipyards on the Frazer River
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  • Fading light over the Frazer River
    Fading light over the Frazer River
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  • Historic industry on the river.
    Historic industry on the river.
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Steveston Things to Do

  • Steveston Old Court House

    Just as we were leaving Steveston we came across quite an attractive old wooden building which used to be the Steveston Courthouse.

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  • Workers' Bunkhouses

    Beyond the shipyards there are four colourful wooden houses on stilts. These were built in the 1800s as fisherman's dwellings. Past that there are workers' bunkhouses such as the large white Chinese workers bunkhouse and the First Nations bunkhouse.

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  • Murakami House and Boat Yard

    Murakami house was once the home of a Japanese family who owned a boat building yard here. The house was built in 1885. The Murakami family lived there from early 1929 to 1942. The family consisted of mum, dad and ten children.The family's boat yard was next to the house. The Murakamis fished in the summer and built boats in the winter.Mrs Murakami...

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  • Boat Yards and Canneries

    Past the Japanese Fisherman's Memorial there were several historical buildings related to boatyards and canneries. When we got there everything was closed but it was still interesting to walk around and there was plenty to see.Some of the buildings stand in the water on stilts.One of the boatyards was the Britannia Boatyards, another was owned by...

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  • Japanese Fisherman's Memorial

    After Fisherman's Wharf as we continued towards the shipyards we passed a small memorial to Steveston's Japanese fishermen. There were a huge number of Japanese in Steveston's fishing industry. During World War II they were placed in internment camps. Most never returned to Steveston.

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

    Fisherman's Wharf in the centre of town was home to a number of restaurants and bars and a company that ran whale watching tours.

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  • Orca and baby Statue

    As we walked from the Georgia Cannery Museum towards the centre of town we passed a mother and baby orca statue entitled First Breath.

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  • Garry Point Park

    Garry Point Park is a waterfront park on the Frazer River which covers around 75 acres. There are some lovely river views here and lots of wide open space as well as little beaches covered in drift wood.When we visited, the park had many beautiful flowering cherry trees - a gift from the people of Wakayama, Japan in memory of all the Japanese...

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  • The Gulf of Georgia Cannery

    We started our exploration of Steveston at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery as it was near where our bus dropped us. The cannery is now a museum. Outside the cannery there was a sculpture showing some of the former cannery workers. The cannery was built in 1894. Inside nowadays you will find a gift shop, toilets and the museum itself.I paid $7.80 to go...

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Steveston Restaurants

  • Great, But Overpriced

    Me and my cousin came here to try some of Steveston’s famous Fish and Chips. This was the only restaurant we could find, that was open after 5:00 PM.My cousin ordered us each a Caesar, and of course him being my cousin, he wanted to mess with me, and refused to tell me what it is. Well, it’s basically a spicy drink. Most disgusting thing I've ever...

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  • They Have Great Fish in the Blue...

    The paint job is definitely blue so you'll know you are in the right place... the line-up to get a table should give that away, anyhow! The concentration is on the food, so the decor isn't what draws people. This has been a place to get great fish and chips since 1978, and for a few years they had a restaurant on the boardwalk, the blue building is...

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  • Fish and chips

    I payed a visit to the Sockeye City Grill on a warm Spring day. I had my lunch at the sunny terrace with a nice view on the harbour. Sockeye only has fresh sea food, from lobster to crab,Open daily from 11AM. Fish and Chips.

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  • Fish & Chips Floating

    PaJo's was founded in 1985 byPatricia Branch and Joan Whettlaufer.They started serving the finest fish and chips from a stand at the waterfront.Through the years PaJo's opened at 3 more locations.Open:Summer: 11AM - 8PMWinter: 11AM - 7PM Fish and Chips.

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  • CRAB

    Dining at the Crab King is a special thing, because the restaurant floats in the Steveston harbour. At times the way to the place maybe steep, so wear some flat shoes.Open daily: 11AM - 9PM Crab.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Takeaway

    Cimona Cafe offers great breakfasts, lunches and dinners.Of course you can stop by in between for a coffee or so.Business hours:Mo-Sa: 8AM - 9PMSu: 8AM - 5PM

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Steveston Nightlife

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    The Buck and Ear Bar & Grill: The Buck

    by Carmanah Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Steveston is *not* the place to be for nightlife. It's the quaint little riverside town you'd visit during a Saturday afternoon, but nightlife? Haha. With exception to the restaurants, Steveston shuts down at night.

    But...

    There is always The Buck. The Buck and Ear(pronounced "buccaneer") Bar & Grill. It's a pub located in the Steveston Hotel on Third Avenue.

    Back in the good ol' days (ie: past few decades), this was the rowdy, rough & tumble bar where the local fishermen would hang out. Of course, there were all kinds of characters at the Buck. The Hells Angels were known to frequent the place, parking their bikes *inside* the pub. Live music came often in the form of live country western bands, and fights were common, yet the regulars were a loyal folk. There were always stories to be told after a few rounds of drinks.

    I'd honestly say, the Buck was not a trendy place to be for young people... but it was the local hangout for the working men and women in Steveston.

    Then... around 1999 or so, the Buck went through an extensive renovation, changing it from the rough country-western pub into a classy Irish pub. They hired a new chef who started to make delicious appetizers and full-on meals. While typical pub food (chicken wings, burgers) were still available, a whole new range of cuisine was offered - from fresh sea bass, to Mongolian BBQ ribs.

    The Buck still has a loyal following in Steveston, but they no longer have their "rough and tumble" reputation. It has been cleaned up a lot. They still have live bands playing, and will often hold contests throughout the night. Line dancing is a common scene. Some people say that the Buck has lost its character because it lost its gritty atmopshere, but it has developped into a better pub overall where everyone of all ages can enjoy a pint or two.

    All in all, if you're going to be in Steveston, and you're looking for a pub in the village - this is your place.

    Dress Code: No dress code - wear whatever. It's very casual.

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Steveston Transportation

  • Getting to Steveston

    Steveston is very easy to get to by public transport. First take the Canada Line train to Richmond Brighouse. Then get on the 401, 402, 407 or 410 bus. The bus journey will take around 20 minutes. We took the 407 and the last stop was very close to the Georgia Cannery Museum. We got the same number of bus back.If you check the excellent Translink...

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  • Drive Here, Than Walk

    Because the sky train doesn't go to Steveston, the best way to visit the city, is with your own car.We spent the whole day exploring New Westminster and Richmond, before finally ending here in Steveston. We parked our car at the Brittania Shipyard, because it's the first avaliable parking we saw, and it was free. We got there pretty late in the...

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  • Watching the Ferry

    Steveston has no ferry terminal; it's just to muddy here. Only small ships can sail into the Steveston harbour without to much trouble.

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Steveston Shopping

  • Best second-hand books in town!

    This is a fun place for a book lover. Jerry's is a second-hand book shop with the shelves stuffed full with a large variety of books: fiction/non-fiction literature, history, biographies, children's, photography, gardening, cooking, music, travel, etc.I like this store because there's a lot in there, but it's incredibly well-organized so you don't...

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  • For when you're craving British food

    This British import store is one of my favourite stores in Greater Vancouver. Run and owned by an elderly English lady, British Home has been a staple in both the local Steveston and greater British ex-pat communities for at least two decades.My Nana, who lived until I was 8 years old, was originally from Yorkshire and she'd come here with me to...

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  • A great find for locally-designed gifts

    Selling only jewellery, artwork, and beauty products, that are made in Canada, mostly by local artists, Pieces is a great place in Steveston for tasteful, quality gifts. Most things here are what you'd find in a trendy downtown Vancouver shop. The merchandise has a good selection of both modern and vintage styled items, mostly original pieces and...

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Steveston Local Customs

  • Fishing

    Fishing is still important here and there are still many sights related to the fishing industry be it fishing boats, fish and chip shops or nets.

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  • Canada Day Fleet

    The town of Steveston is known for its spectacular Canada Day processions. One of these processions is a fleet of ships, lead by the Royal Canadian Navy. This year, the fleet was lead by the HMCS Oriole, and two patrol ships, Moose and Orca, 3 ships from Victoria. We weren't there during Canada Day, but we were there on Saturday, the first day of...

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  • Remembering the locals that past away

    I still have to get used to these commemmorate name plates at the public benches.You'll find them at the boardwalk

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Steveston Warnings and Dangers

  • Restaurants Close At 5:00

    This isn't a danger, but it is an annoyance. For some reason, the restaurants in this town close early. We arrived a little after 5:00 PM, and we were looking to get some food, and every restaurant we checked was closed. We finally found ONE, that was open.And some of the employees are really rude. We walked by this Indian restaurant, and the door...

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  • We Almost Got Run Over

    Me and my cousin were walking on this thing, that leads from the old cannery, out to where the boats are.We thought it was only for pedestrians, and people to reach their boats. We had no idea that cars are allowed to drive on it. We were walking, and suddenly we heard a loud rattling sound, and felt the entire walkway start to shake. My initial...

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  • Safety while on the docks

    There's some basic safety when you're walking along the docks - most is common sense. If you can't swim, don't stand close to the edge of the dock. Not only is the Fraser River extremely muddy, but the current is lethal. Visibility in the water is practically non-existant, is generally not a swimming-friendly kind of river. Children are supposed to...

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Steveston Off The Beaten Path

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    London Heritage Farm

    by Carmanah Updated Apr 28, 2007

    The London Heritage Farm (locally called "London Farm" or sometimes "London Farm House") is possibly the oldest farm in Richmond standing. It was first built in the 1880's by the London family. The Londons were one of the first pioneers to establish a permanent residence in Richmond.

    The Londons took what was essentially swampy tidal flats along the river, built dykes to prevent flooding, and then established a farm site. They also built a house, and that is the very house that still stands.

    The house and barn (with heritage farm equipment) are maintained as a museum that you can tour on your own or with a guide. It has a functioning tea room and a gift shop as well. Every room in the house (the kitchen, the drawing room, the bedrooms, etc) is designed to represent the 1880s. Thus, it is a Victorian farm house.

    Occasionally the Farm House will hold special community events several times throughout the year. The land surrounding is still used for agricultural purposes, as it is saved in the Agricultural Land Reserve. There are also beautiful flowers gardens, a public community garden, beehives, and picnic tables. An extra bonus is that Gilbert Beach - a sandy beach on the Fraser River- is located across the street.

    Richmond has a rich agricultural history that you don't quite experience in Steveston, or in the urbanized part of Richmond (like the north end of No 3 Road where all the malls are). If you enjoy history, the Victorian period, or just want something different to do, it's definitely worth a visit.

    London Farm House is located east of Steveston at 6511 Dyke Road (west of Gilbert Road).

    Admission is by donation.

    London Heritage Farm House
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Steveston Favorites

  • First Breath

    At the boardwalk is a sculpture of an orca called "First Breath".The piece of art is donated by the Vancouver Whale Wtch.It's been made by 3 sculptors using chainsaws only.

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  • Where to go?

    The harbour waterfront is the first place to explore.The big question is: What will be next? The boardwalk.

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  • The Salmon Festival parade

    Watching the Salmon Festival parade every July 1st has been a family traditional spanning several generations. While I admit that it can be hokey and amateurish, it has that small town charm to it, bringing all aspects of the local community together. My family would often meet up out infront of the Steveston Cannery Cafe on Moncton Street to...

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