The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a Parks Canada national historic site showcasing the history of the salmon canning industry in Richmond’s Steveston Village.
Steveston Village Cannery
Located at 12138 Fourth Avenue in the heart of Steveston Village at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Moncton Street, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a museum that teaches visitors about the region’s salmon-canning past.
The national historic site has a collection of displays showcasing the history, economic importance, manufacturing processes and lives of the people who made a living fishing and working at the cannery over the years.
The venue is wheelchair accessible and a good place to learn about BC history. Most of the displays require a fair bit of reading, so it’s not so interesting for non-English or non-French speakers. For the rest of us though, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery makes for an enjoyable and educational break while exploring the rest of Steveston Village.
Expect to spend up to about one hour, plus or minus, going through the cannery.
The cannery is especially worthwhile on rainy days when you want to escape to somewhere indoors, and a best time to visit is on Sundays when the winter farmers market is taking place between October and April.
Below are the Cannery’s admission prices for 2018 (including taxes).
- Adults: $11.70
- Seniors (ages 65+): $10.05
- Youth (ages 17 and under): Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Members of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society also get free admission.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is open most days from 10 am until 5 pm. It’s closed on statutory holidays between October and January (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
Except for the above holidays, the attraction is open every other day for the rest of the year, except on occasion when they have special events and closures.
Events at the Cannery
There are all kinds of activities that take place at or near the cannery over the course of the year, including seasonal events like Canada Day festivities, Halloween events and Christmas Tree Displays in December. To find out what’s happening, check out the Cannery Event Calendar.
Halloween at the Cannery
An example of an event at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is when Halloween is celebrated with some kind of haunted attraction and kid-friendly activities on the last Saturday and Sunday of October each year. In 2018 it had a “Haunted Sea” theme.
The Halloween event includes a child-friendly haunted house-style exhibit featuring things like sea monsters, cobwebs and other spooky maritime-themed characters. There are also games, crafts activities and the usual selection of the museum’s regular things to see.
In 2018 “The Haunted Sea” ran from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm on both days and cost $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for children (ages 6 to 17).
Click Gulf Cannery at Halloween for more details.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is when the Gulf of Georgia Cannery gets filled with Christmas trees that are decorated by area merchants and community organizations. It’s not so much a “festival” as simply a nice time to see the Cannery with festive decorations.
Although the Festival of Trees itself isn’t a major event with lots of activities, there are additional special things to see and do at the Cannery and surrounding area on the first Sunday in December. That’s when Santa arrives and there are dozens of classic cars on display just a block or so away.
Click Christmas in Steveston Village for information about the event on the first Sunday in December, or click Festival of Trees for further details about the month-long holiday decorations at the Cannery.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and advice to help you make the most out of your visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
TIP #1: Visit the Cannery on one of the Sundays when the winter farmers market is taking place and you can get in to see the historic displays for just a donation.
TIP #2: Admission is free for children under the age of 18, but adults have to pay. The Entertainment Coupon Book is a resource for people who like a bargain, and inside are hundreds of 2-for-1 coupon for Lower Mainland attractions, including one for adults for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
TIP #3: Be sure to go for a walk or cycle along the waterfront. East of Steveston Village, about a 10-minute leisurely bike ride away, is the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, which is the other national historic site in the area. Further away is London Heritage Farm, and in the other direction is the West Dyke Trail that leads to Terra Nova Rural Park.
Click the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the site’s official website.
Click Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market for more information about the Sunday markets from May to October that take place just down the street, the Cannery Farmers Market for details about the winter market at the cannery from October to April, or Vancouver Farmers Markets for details on other markets in the Lower Mainland throughout the year.