The Britannia Shipyard is a collection of heritage buildings from Steveston’s maritime history along one of Metro Vancouver’s best walking and cycling trails.
Steveston Village Shipyards Historic Site
The Britannia Heritage Shipyards is located at 5180 Westwater Drive in Richmond in Steveston Village.
It’s a bit of a walk to the Shipyards from Steveston Village itself, but one very well worth taking. The pathway that takes you there is part of one of the Lower Mainland’s best level trails for walking and cycling.
One of the reasons the paved trail along the waterfront near Steveston Village is so exceptional is because of the scenery, which includes historic Britannia Shipyard and all its buildings and informational signs.
Hours & Admission
Britannia Heritage Shipyard is an area at Steveston Village that you can walk past and admire from the outside any time of day. Its buildings are usually open to the public seven days a week.
In the fall and winter seasons, between September 5th and December 31st, the historic site is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon until 4:00 pm.
During the spring season, the site is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm starting February 1st to May 19th.
In the summer season, from May 20th until September 4th, it’s usually open daily between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
About the Shipyards
A national historic site, Britannia Shipyards showcases what the place looked like years ago, with its collection of cannery buildings, boatyards and personal residences (some of them dating back as far as 1885, which for British Columbia is really old).
Some of the buildings are open to the public at certain times throughout the year, while others have informational signs outside explaining their significance. The best times to visit are on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 5:00 pm from October until April, and any day in the rest of the year (but especially sunny ones) from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most of your visit to the Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
TIP #1: Bring your bicycle or walking shoes. The pathway from here to Steveston Village is an attractive one, and one of our favourites in Metro Vancouver.
For further details about the historic attraction check out the Britannia Heritage Shipyard website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Steveston Village
- The City of Richmond
- Vancouver Places for History & Culture
- Fort Langley National Historic Site
- Britannia Mine Museum