A small town community, lots of heritage, charm, waterfront access. Home to the largest fishing fleet in Canada, public docks, fresh seafood, the best fish & chips!
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Steveston like Finn Slough is also a nice place
Often thought of as one of the best community centres in the city of Richmond, the Steveston Community Centre has been an important part of the neighbourhood for decades.It's here where you'll find the Richmond Public Library's Steveston branch, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, a children's wading pool, a large children's playground, an outdoor...more
Moncton Street is the historical heart of Steveston village. It's along Moncton Street, between No 1 Road and Third Avenue where you'll find a lot of quaint shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. You can easily stroll up and down Moncton Street within 15 minutes, however, you can easily spend an hour or two exploring the shops and side streets...more
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is a wonderful museum located inside of a restored cannery. Unfortunately it's only open between April and October, however, if you're in town when it's open, go!This cannery in particular is one of the oldest structures in Steveston. Hanging over the mouth of the Fraser River, it used to function...more
This is a memorial monument located east of Steveston village, nearby the western entrance to the Britannia Shipyards. It is devoted to the many Japanese fisherman who contribued to both the commercial fishing industry and British Columbia. Prior to 1944, Japanese men made up the majority of Steveston's workers. In World War II, this changed, as...more
Fisherman's Wharf is a public fish sales wharf located at Steveston Landing. The idea is that you can come here and purchase fish off the boats from the fishers that caught them. There is no scheduled time when boats will be there - it's completely dependent upon the fishers and what's in season. I've noticed that there's more activity on the...more
This is a really beautiful heritage site located on the Fraser River just east of Steveston village. It's a series of heritage structures dating back as early as 1885 - some of them built on wooden stilts over the river - most of which were used back in the early 20th century as a place where boat builders would construct and repair fishing boats...more
On our search to find the best F&C's is Steveston we upped our budget and gave the Sockeye a try. The location is great and we sat on the outdoor terrace watching the toursits go by. Food wasn't bad and though it's all served on glass plates which isn't a great idea with F&C's and I managed to drop a precious 2 chips on the floor. The beer list was...more
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.
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.
Steveston has always been a pedestrian-oriented community. The only way to truly experience it is to walk. Park your car at one of the many free parking spots and explore the town on foot. Moncton Street is the backbone of the village, providing Steveston with its commercial storefronts and restaurants. The Steveston Landing and the wharfs can only...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Every year on Canada Day (July 1st, Canada's national birthday), people come to Steveston for the Salmon Festival. While it is a festival to celebrate Canada Day, it actually has more to do with celebrating Steveston's fishing heritage. This is a festival that has been a major part of the Steveston community for the past 63 years.It starts off with...more
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 be accompanied by an adult if they're under 12, and pets are supposed to be leashed. During low tide the dock's ramp is very steep, and during a rainy or frosty day, the dock and ramp may be slippery! Don't be alarmed if the dock starts to bob up and down... fishing boats are constantly using the docks. When they're in motion, the wake tends to rock the docks... and always takes people by surprise, especially older people who don't quite have the balance that younger people do.
Otherwise? The docks *are* safe. They are rather huge docks... made for the public. You'll be okay... just use your common sense, and don't do anything stupid!
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.
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...more