Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Salmon canning, boat-making, and farming all played big roles in the lives of early Asian and European settlers in Richmond.
At Richmond's historic and heritage sites, explore firsthand how this community came to be, and also discover its rich, contemporary tapestry of different religions.
Steveston and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Just a 10-minute drive from Richmond's City Centre, Steveston was incorporated as a village in 1889 and peaked as a salmon canning centre prior to World War I. Today, with its waterfront boardwalk, fisherman's wharf, and quaint shops, Steveston still attracts history-minded visitors to the southwest corner of Richmond.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is the perfect place to learn about how salmon canning drove the Steveston economy for many years. Built in 1894, the 5,100 sq m/55,000 sq ft facility was once the largest salmon cannery in BC. It still has the scent of the sea and a huge cedar-shake roof.
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