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Richmond’s Britannia Heritage Shipyards

Britannia Heritage Shipyards

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.



If you like shipyards and maritime history, then you’ll also probably like the Shipyards District in North Vancouver. A best time to visit there is on Thursdays and Sundays in the summer (up until September 25th in 2022). That’s when the Shipyard Pals Walking Tours take place. The tours are free to enjoy. They are also both entertaining and educational.

If you like Britannia Heritage Shipyards, another great place you’ll likely enjoy is the Vancouver Maritime Museum which is located at Vanier Park (so not near the Britannia Shipyards or North Vancouver). The musem isn’t free, but if you use the promo code BESTVANCOUVER you can save 25% on the cost of admission!


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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 7 days a week, however due to the pandemic that has not been the case since early 2020.

In the winter season, between October 1st and April 30th, the historic site is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon until 4:00 pm.

In the summer season, from May 1st until September 30th, it’s usually open daily between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.


Britannia Heritage Shipyard
Britannia Shipyard during the Richmond Maritime Festival


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 pm from October until April, and any day in the rest of the year (but especially sunny ones) from 10 am until 5 pm.


Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out 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.

TIP #2: Make a historic day of your outing and visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village and London Heritage Farm too, each located not too far away in either direction.


Other Information

For further details about the historic attraction check out the Britannia Heritage Shipyard website.

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