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Richmond Ships to Shore Festival

Ships to Shore Festival

The Ships to Shore Festival is a maritime event that takes place near Richmond’s Steveston Village. It featured live music and boats to explore.

It doesn’t take place every year – just years when a major tall ship comes to visit.


Ships to Shore Festival

In 2017 the Ships to Shore Festival happened on the weekend of May 5-7 at Garry Point Park which is a 10-minute walk east of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village.

In 2016 the festival took place right in Steveston Village over the Canada Day Long Weekend, which meant for extra large crowds, but this year it’s earlier and in a slightly different venue.

The Ships to Shore Festival hasn’t happened for a number of years. Hopefully it’ll be back before too many years! A similar event that does still take place, however, is the Richmond Maritime Festival which happens around the Britannia Heritage Shipyard in the summer.


Ships to Shore Festival Crowds


Festival Activities

In years when it does take place, at the Ships to Shore Festival there is live entertainment, family-friendly activities, food vendors and boats to look at and explore.

A highlight of Saturday’s activities in 2017 were the fireworks which started at 9:05 pm.

Being a maritime festival and kid-friendly event, don’t be surprised to see the odd pirate walking around and other costume characters too!


Ships to Shore Festival Pirate


In 2017 one of the largest tall ships in the world, the Japanese Kaiwo Maru (“King of the Sea“), was on display. With a mast height of over 180 feet and body length of close to 360 feet, it’s a stunning and absolutely massive ship.


Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Ships to Shore experience.

TIP #1: If you like this kind of event then also consider checking out the Richmond Maritime Festival at the nearby Britannia Shipyard in August.

TIP #2: While in the area consider combining your trip to the Ships to Shore Festival with a visit to any of Richmond‘s other great attractions. See below for details.


Ships to Shore Sailing Boat


Other Information

See the Ships to Shore Festival website for more information on the event.

For ideas on other things to do while in the area, check out the following:

Also in Richmond and not too far away by car are the following places of interest:

For a list of other major events throughout the year, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.

Ships to Shore Band
Ships to Shore Festival Live Entertainment