Steveston Village in Richmond, BC is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists. Historic sites, beautiful scenes, fish and chips, and markets with fresh seafood are all available here. You will need more than a day to fully explore this historic fishing village.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
I’ve come to Steveston a few times in the past but never visited this historic site. It was established in 1894 and is one of the most important destinations in this village. I finally came on Mar 28, 2018, and took advantage of their farmer’s market day with free admission. The price isn’t too bad ($11.70 per adult), but it is always good to save a bit of money.
There are two major exhibits: the canning line and the herring reduction plant. The canning line is right in the main hall and grabs the most attention with all the machinery. The herring reduction plant is in the more interior halls. The machinery and the storage there are way bigger. There are also exhibits of commercial fishing in Canada and the related technology.
Although I didn’t really remember all the details, it was still great to learn the history around this area.
We briefly walked through the market at Stevenston Harbour after visiting the cannery. All kinds of seafood are available to purchase here including shrimps, salmon, and sea urchin. Shrimps are the most popular item and the price isn’t too bad. The sea urchins are very big and will attract people who love uni.
Ichiro Japanese Restaurant
I will cover my lunch at Ichiro Japanese Restaurant in a separate post.
Garry Point Park
Garry Point Park is at the westernmost tip of Steveston Village. It offers a slightly different view because this is where Fraser River meets the sea. There are also a lot of cherry blossom trees near the parking lot area. The Sakura Festival would be held a few weeks later when the trees fully bloomed.
It may just be another normal park, but I still like it a lot. We came here after a big lunch, so it was a perfect place to chill and walk around. It was lively with people jogging, walking, relaxing, and playing kites. I think I will come again at sunset time, grab a serving of fish and chips from Pajo’s at the entrance, and enjoy it with the great scene and the sunset.
There are a plenty of sites and things to do in Steveston.
- Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
- Steveston Museum
- Steveston Interurban Tram
- London Heritage Farm
- Whale watching
- Walk along the riverside trail
- Eat fish and chips