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.
To learn about special events that take place at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, click Cannery Events. Or, to learn about the historic site in general, see below.
THE CANNERY & COVID-19
Due to concerns about the novel coronavirus, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery closed for several months beginning in the spring of 2020. However, the Cannery reopened in July. Since then the place has been operating under limited capacity with strict cleaning.
As of early March in 2021 group programs and events are still not happening. The place is open, however, for people to explore on their own.
To learn more about the status of the attraction see the Gulf of Georgia Cannery website.
To learn about other events and attractions that have been affected in Metro Vancouver, see our article about COVID-19 Cancellations in the Lower Mainland.
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, a good place to learn about BC history and 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.
Below are the Cannery’s admission prices for 2020 (including taxes). (Note: prices are subject to change.)
- Adults: $11.90
- Seniors (ages 65+): $10.20
- 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. The venue also hosts weekly live music events in the summer.
To find out what’s happening in the months ahead, check out the Cannery Event Calendar.
Below are examples of just some of the many events that take place at the historic site in Steveston Village.
For more detailed information about events at the historic site, see our article about Gulf of Georgia Cannery Events.
Music at the Cannery
Music at the Cannery is a live music event that takes place on Friday evenings between around mid-July and the end of August.
The cost in 2019 was $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 2 to 17). They are great events and attract really good local bands.
These events did not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully they will happen again in 2021.
For more details see our article about Music at the Cannery.
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. It often has a “Haunted Sea” theme.
The Halloween event includes a child-friendly haunted house-style exhibit featuring 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.
Last year “The Haunted Sea” ran from 11 am until 4 pm on a couple of weekends in late October and cost $11 for adults and $7 for children (ages 6 to 17). It was cancelled, however, for 2020.
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 holiday 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: 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 most years.
TIP #2: 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. For details about other markets in the Lower Mainland throughout the year, click Vancouver Farmers Markets.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Events at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
- City of Richmond
- Steveston Village
- Britannia Heritage Shipyards
- London Heritage Farm
- Richmond’s West Dyke Trail
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Places for History and Culture