Steveston Village is one of Metro Vancouver’s best places for walks, cycling and strolling around. It’s also one of Richmond’s top tourist destinations.
STEVESTON VILLAGE AND COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic is having a terrible impact on communities throughout the Lower Mainland, including ones that depend significantly on tourism like Steveston Village.
The Historic Fishing Village
Steveston Village is a historic fishing village. Today there is still the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (a national historic site) as well as a variety of fish and chips shops and other restaurants, gift stores and small hotels in the village.
Also very interesting is the Britannia Shipyard which is a collection of historic buildings and displays located further down the way along the waterfront.
Steveston Walking & Cycling Trails
Of particular interest to people who like to be outdoors are the extensive walking and biking trails along the waterfront.
There are actually many kilometres of excellent bicycle and walking pathways from River Road (across the Fraser River from Sea Island and YVR airport) down the western coastline of Richmond, and then from Steveston Village up the south arm of the Fraser River.
From Steveston Village go east along the waterfront to Britannia Shipyards (where for a stretch cyclists need to dismount and walk their bikes through an industrial area) and then if you want continue on along the road to London Heritage Farm which is open most weekend afternoons and from Wednesdays to Sundays in July and August, as well as other specific times of the year.
Also interesting (but passing fewer historical sites) is the route along the shoreline heading north from Steveston Village and Gary Point Park on the West Dyke Trail up to the Terra Nova Natural Area. In either direction, the cycling and walking trails from Steveston Village are some of the best in Metro Vancouver.
Just a short drive out of town, along the Steveston Highway, is the International Buddhist Temple which is a beautiful place that’s open to the public. If you get the opportunity, check it out sometime – there’s a good chance you’ll drive right by it on your way home and visiting the place will make you feel like you’re in the Orient.
Best Times to Visit
Steveston Village is a good place to visit any time of the year. It is quiet in the winter, but still a great area to stroll around or cycle from.
The region is especially vibrant in the summer and is at its peak of popularity during the July 1st Canada Day long weekend. Anytime it’s not raining is also a good time to visit, especially during special events.
Special Events and Activities
There is a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery every second Sunday or so from late October until early April from 10 to 3 pm. As an added bonus, on market days the Gulf Cannery is open by donation (as opposed to its regular fees), which makes visiting Steveston Village on those days especially affordable. For more information, see Cannery Farmers Market.
Also on Sundays but in the warmer months, is the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market. It takes place from May to October outside the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street from about 10:30 am to 3 pm.
Festivals at Steveston Village or nearby include Canada Day festivities during the Steveston Salmon Festival every year on July 1st, the Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyard in July or August, and the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival toward the end of the summer.
Another great event is the Sockeye Run Car Show which takes place at Steveston Park on the second Sunday in June each year. It’s a free event that features over 200 classic cars, plus live music.
The Ships to Shore Festival is another popular Steveston Village event. It doesn’t take place every year though – just in years when tall ships visit the area.
If visiting in the summer with kids, and if it’s a hot day, consider visiting the Steveston Outdoor Pool – it’s a fun place to cool off in the water, especially after a hot bike ride.
Whale watching tours take place with Vancouver Whale Watch, with tours departing from Steveston Village from April 1 to October 31.
Where is Steveston Village?
Located about 20 minutes or so by car from Vancouver Airport (YVR), Steveston Village is a bit of a trek to get to from downtown Vancouver, and best accessed by car, although there is public transit.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is located in the heart of the town, at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Richmond, and the Britannia Shipyard isn’t too far away, at 5180 Westwater Drive.
TIP: In the summer, consider combining an afternoon trip to Steveston Village with an evening visit to the Richmond Night Markets. Both the markets and Steveston Village are interesting in very different ways and located in the same direction from downtown Vancouver, with the village being about a 20-minute drive past the markets.
Other Interesting Places
Steveston Village is one of several villages we recommend as some of Vancouver’s Best Places.
If you like Steveston Village, other similar places you might like include Horseshoe Bay (terminal for BC Ferries), Fort Langley (a national historic site), White Rock (an ocean side resort community) and Deep Cove (a picturesque village on the North Shore).