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    Workers' Bunkhouses

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 12, 2015

    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.

    Fisherman's dwellings Chinese Bunkhouse Fisherman's dwellings
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    Murakami House and Boat Yard

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 12, 2015

    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 kept a beautiful garden which was her pride and joy.

    During World War 11 the Murakamis were placed in an internment camp. After the war they left Steveston.

    Murakami House is now a museum. Descendants of the Murakamis donated many artefacts to it.

    Murakami House Mr Murakami Murakami House and Garden. Blossom filled garden Blossom filled garden
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    Boat Yards and Canneries

    by IreneMcKay Updated Apr 12, 2015

    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 the Murakami Family.

    The Britannia Shipyards building was built in 1889 and was originally used as a cannery. Around 1917 the Britannia Cannery was converted into a shipyard and maritime repair shop for fishing boats. This was in operation until 1969. It is now a museum.

    Old Cannery Frazer River Cannery Boat Yards Boat Yards
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    Japanese Fisherman's Memorial

    by IreneMcKay Written Apr 12, 2015

    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.

    Japanese Fisherman's Memorial Japanese Fisherman's Memorial
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    Garry Point Park

    by IreneMcKay Updated Apr 12, 2015

    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 workers who came here. The park also has a Japanese style memorial garden - Kuno Garden and a memorial to fishermen.

    Kuno Garden Kuno Garden and Frazer River Beach. Fishermen's Memorial Cherry Trees
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    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery

    by IreneMcKay Updated Apr 12, 2015

    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 in and my husband, who is over 65, got in for $6.55. The person who sold us the ticket asked if we would later visit the museum at Fort Langley. We told him we would and he stamped the back of our ticket so we could get in there for half price. The cannery museum is open daily from 10AM to 5PM.

    To get into the museum you are given a clock in card so you can pretend you are a cannery worker going to work.

    The exhibits in the museum began with a display showing a fishing boat and several different types of fish. It continued by showing the process of preparing the salmon, getting it in the cans,sealing the cans etc.

    There were some fun exhibits like a scales you could sit on which would tell you your weight in fish, a model of the inside of a fishing boat, complete with fisherman sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper.

    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest cannery in BC until 1902. In 1897 more than two and a half million tins of salmon were packed here. Workers at the cannery were a mixture of First Nations people, Japanese, Chinese and European people.

    Over time as machines began to replace manual packing, the cannery went into decline. With the outbreak of the Second World War the industry picked up again. This time it was packing herring in tomato sauce for the soldiers at the front.

    The cannery closed in 1979 and was later turned into a museum.

    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Inside the fishing boat How many fish would you give for him? Clocking in Models of cannery workers and friend.
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    Visit Some Navy Ships

    by briantravelman Written Jul 11, 2014

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    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, they were lead by the HMCS Oriole, and two patrol ships, Moose and Orca. We weren't there during Canada Day, but we were there on Saturday, the first day of Canada Day weekend, and the 3 ships were docked at the harbor. What's great about these ships, is that they are ships that are currently in service. These are usually stationed in Victoria, but they sail into Steveston once a year, during Canada Day weekend. This is your only chance to see the ships up close. They are there specifically for visitors. You can take pictures of the ships, and even take a tour. Navy members will actually take you aboard the ships, and show you around. I don't remember if there is a fee or not. Unfortunately, by the time we got here, the last tour had just ended, and the ships were closed for the day, but if you get there before 6:00, you will be able to tour them.
    The ships, along with a few non Navy vessels, were already decorated for the parade. It would’ve been great to see the procession, but we were staying in Surrey, so Steveston was a bit of a drive, so we didn’t want to drive back out here, especially in traffic. If I ever return to the area, I will visit Steveston, just for the Canada Day, as they seem to have the most spectacular celebration.
    It was still cool to see the ships though. Again, they are only there during Canada Day weekend, than they gone.

    Directions: Just follow the water, and you will find them.

    Website: http://www.voiceonline.com/ships-to-shore-steveston-2014-canada-day-fireworks-on-the-waterfront-to-cap-off-this-years-festiva/

    Navy Patrol Ships Navy Vessels HMCS Oriole
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    Britannia Shipyard

    by briantravelman Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    This main attraction of Steveston, and it was one of my favorite places on the entire trip.
    The magnificent Britannia shipyard, is the oldest in British Columbia. Many of the buildings date as far back, as 1885.
    The shipyard was used to repair boats for Steveston's commercial fishing fleet.
    The museum tells the story of the shipyard's multi-ethnic residents and workers, most of which were Japanese, who were later put into internment camps, during World War II. The most famous shipyard resident, was Japanese picture-bride, Asayo Murakami, whose home now serves as the museum's visitor center.
    The coolest thing about Britannia is that, even though it's now a museum, it's still a functioning shipyard, and modern day boats, are still brought here, to be repaired.
    You can actually go inside some of the buildings, but we were there after 5:00, so they were closed.
    There is no fee, as far as I know, to visit the shipyard.

    My favorite part of the whole shipyard, were the colorful wooden huts, built right on the water, which was common back then. The area looks a lot like a Scandinavian village, in fact, I felt like I was walking through a village in Sweden. These huts once housed the shipyard workers, and were most likely painted different colors, so workers could identify their house, in heavy fog and snowstorms.

    Directions: On the Frasier River, next to the high-rise apartments.

    Britannia Shipyard Boat House Colorful Houses Workers' Houses
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    Murakami House

    by briantravelman Written Jul 10, 2014

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    The Murakami House was built in 1885, and is part of Steveston's historic, Britannia Shipyard.
    The house was the home of Japanese picture-bride, Asayo Murakami, who lived here with her husband, and 10 kids. They made their living by fishing in the summer, and building boats in the winter.
    Asayo was most famous for her beautiful garden, which was the subject of a 2001 Canadian documentary. The famous garden has been recreated, for visitors to enjoy.
    The home was refurbished, and opened to the public in 1998, as a visitor center.

    Address: Britannia Shipyard

    Directions: Part of the Britannia Shipyard

    Murakami House Asayo's Famous Garden
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    Gulf Of Georgia Cannery

    by briantravelman Written Jul 10, 2014

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    At the turn of the century, this region was the canning capitol of Canada, with 49 canneries, running between Steveston to New Westminster. Steveston alone, had 15 canneries. The most famous, and best preserved is the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
    The cannery opened in 1894, and buildings were added until 1964. In 1897, it was nicknamed, the “Monster Cannery”, because it packed more than 2.5 million cans of salmon.
    But as the saying goes, all good things come to an end. In the 70s, the region’s thriving fishing industry collapsed, and in 1979, the cannery permanently shut down.
    In 1994, the cannery reopened to the public as a museum, to remind people of the city's fishing heritage.

    We got there after 5:00, so it was closed, and I cannot find the cannery’s website, so I have no idea how much the entrance fee is, but I know that you can visit for free on Canada Day. I think you can only visit the cannery, with a tour.
    We wanted to get closer, but for some reason, the building was fenced off.

    Hours:
    1st February to 31st October
    Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Address: 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond , B.C V7E 3J1

    Directions: Right next to the marina.

    Phone: (604) 664-9009

    Website: http://www.britishcolumbia.com/attractions/?id=66

    Gulf Of Georgia Cannery Historic Cannery
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    Steveston Village

    by briantravelman Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Steveston Village, was the original Steveston, that was founded in 1880, by William Herbert Steves. Although the original village was devastated by a fire in 1912, and all but one building, had to be rebuilt, is still worth visiting. Here you will find several shops, restaurants, and colorful wooden buildings. Unlike the over commercialized wharf, and modern apartment area, this part of the city still has that charm and atmosphere, that I look for in a coastal town.
    The town had a real Scandinavian feel to it, which I really liked.

    Directions: North of the marina.

    Downtown Steveston Steveston Museum Wooden Building The City's Famous Moncton Street
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    Wharf and Marina

    by briantravelman Written Jul 10, 2014

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    The Steveston wharf, is the main commercial tourist area of the town. This is where you can find most of the shops and restaurants, but be warned, almost all the restaurants close at 5:00. Shops are open longer.
    You can also stroll the city's marina, which is the site of the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery. The marina harbor's Canada's largest commercial fishing fleet. Over 600 boats. Quite an impressive sight.
    It's also the departure point, for the town's famous whale watching tours.

    There is parking at the marina, but we walked from the Brittania Shipyard. We got there a little after 5:00, so it wasn't too crowded.

    Address: Bayview Street

    Directions: Just follow the water, and you will reach it.

    Shops At The Wharf Orca Restaurants At The Wharf Steveston Marina Commercial Fishing Boats
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    Steveston Community Centre

    by Carmanah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 public swimming pool, several gymnasiums, pool tables and games room, squash courts, fitness trails, a baseball diamond, a lacrosse box, a martial arts dojo, and really friendly staff!

    The Steveston Community Centre hosts many events throughout the years such as the Steveston Salmon Festival, car shows, wood working shows, and craft fairs.

    They also have a wide selection of leisure programs, whether it's sports, arts & crafts, dance, language, or camps. These programs are for all ages.

    I've been coming to the Steveston Community Centre ever since I was a little girl. I remember being a part of the library's reading club in the summer months. I remember taking swimming lessons here when I was 9, and then returning the pool as a 14 year old with friends to gawk at the guys. I remember taking art and cooking classes when I was 8 years old. I remember how my mom signed me and my best friend up for jazz dance lessons when we were 6 years old, and how I refused to participate! I remember their Easter egg hunts at Easter time. I remember taking tennis lessons with my grade 6 class. I remember walking here with my grade 4 class so we could draw the architecture of the then-newly renovated building. I have video footage of me as a 2 year old, going down the slide on my stomach, feet-first, as I was too afraid of heights.

    The Steveston Community Centre, as you can gather, has been a significant part of my childhood, and I will always associate it with fond memories! Perhaps it's more of a place you'd appreciate more if you lived here, or if you had kids, but to me this place is truly at the heart of the Steveston community and its environment has always been welcoming.

    Address: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond

    Directions: Located on the northern side of Moncton Street east of No 1 Road in Steveston.

    Phone: (604) 718-8080

    Steveston Community Centre's sign
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    Moncton Street

    by Carmanah Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    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 along the way.

    Some buildings of note on Moncton Street:

    The red, brick building on Moncton and 2nd Avenue. This is one of the only buildings that survived the Steveston fire of 1912. Located inside this building are two local gift shops: Pieces and Nikaido Gifts. Across the street, Marine Garage hasn't changed, ever.

    The Steveston Cannery Café building used to be an old bunk house for cannery workers in the late 19th century. It used to be a radio repair shop up until the 80's when it was turned into the restaurant that still exists today. Across the street was once Marine Grocer - a grocery store owned and operated by a local Japanese family. It then ran as a convenience store and donut shop throughout the 90's and only recently has turned into an old school Romanian bakery complete with fire pit oven and smoke billowing out the chimney.

    The Steveston Museum used to be Steveston's first bank in the 1890's. Now it's a museum and a functioning post office.

    Funktion Junktion used to be a barber shop and residential unit after WWII. My great-grandfather was the barber and my grandfather lived in the back end of the bulding. It was turned into an antique shop in the 80's then turned into an art shop in the 90's. In 2003 my uncle turned it into a second hand store. It was a florist for a short time after, but now my cousin runs a bike repair and sports consignment shop there.

    Shops along Moncton Street People walking down Moncton on July 1st The Steveston Salmon Festival parade on Moncton The Steveston Museum on Moncton Moncton Street before Christmas 2005
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    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

    by Carmanah Updated Jan 14, 2008

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    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 as a real working cannery from the 1890's until it closed permanently in 1984.

    The museum highlights BC's role in the fishing industry, such as what kind of fish was caught, what boats/techniques were used, and how the fish were processed. Yet, it also focuses on the social history of commercial fishing. For example, you'll learn how certain job tasks were segregated to specific races and sexes, and how the Canadian government treated Steveston's Japanese fishermen during WWII.

    Being a national historic site, the museum's displays are both in English and French. They also offer guided tours in both languages.

    Ideally, you'll spend 1-2 hours here.

    While you can purchase admission tickets at the door, there are discount tickets available at Tourism Vancouver's tourist info centres. There's also a 2 for 1 coupon in the Vancouver edition of the Entertainment Book. And if you visit on July 1st (Canada Day), admission is free!

    Address: 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond

    Directions: Located in Steveston village at the most western end of Moncton Street and the most southern end of Fourth Avenue. Free parking is available off Fourth Avenue.

    Phone: (604) 664-9009

    Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/georgia/index_e.asp

    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston The front entrance to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery The Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the fishing fleet Two fishing boats next to the cannery The Gulf of Georgia Cannery on the Fraser River
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