The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a historic site in Richmond’s Steveston Village that showcases the history of the salmon canning industry since the 1800’s.
It’s a museum and historical site located at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village.
Steveston Village Cannery
Located in the heart of Steveston Village at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Moncton Street, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery 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 (or people who don’t like doing a lot of reading). 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 the best time to visit is on a Sunday when the winter farmers market is taking place, sometimes indoors and sometimes right outside. The market takes place outside the cannery about every second weekend mostly indoors in the late fall, winter and early spring.
In 2017, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was free. Regular prices, however, are back in effect as of 2018.
Below are the Cannery’s admission prices for 2018.
- Adults: $7.80
- Seniors (ages 65+): $6.55
- 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), but open every other day for the rest of the year, except on occasion when they have special events and closures.
Tips and Advice
TIP #1: Visit the Gulf of Georgia 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. Otherwise, on regular days, the cost is about $8 for adults or $20 per family.
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.
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.
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 November to April, or Vancouver Farmers Markets for details on other markets in the Lower Mainland throughout the year.