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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

12138 Fourth Ave. (At Moncton Street), Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3J1, Canada (Steveston)
+1 604-664-9009
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Richmond
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of B.C.'S few historically... more » Owner description: Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of B.C.'S few historically intact canneries. The 120 year old cannery is now home to a museum commemorating the history of Canada's West Coast fishing industry from the 1870's to the present. Learn about our unique local history through interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages! « less
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Chilliwack, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We took our kids to the Cannery as part of a day trip into Richmond/Vancouver. It reminded me of what a good school field trip was like when I was a kid. Plenty of uniquely West Coast history passed on by the guide, Mark, who was terrific.The construction of the building is quite impressive, if you are into large timber... More

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gogcannery, Guest Relations Manager at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and tour of the Cannery. We do have many schools that come to take part in our school programming, so we like your comment that a visit feels "Like a good old school field trip" very much! More

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Some of the most interesting museums are those built in facilities that formerly did whatever they are presenting, and this is once such place. Its a very rustic building as one would expect, and quite fascinating to see the old equipment and get a sense of the historic BC fishing and canning industry. Would be great for a family visit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Education on northwest coast fish processing industry form salmon to sardines. I only know of one other cannery like this and it's in Port Edward near Prince Rupert.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

it was ok. my 2 kids liked it to learn about history of fishery around Fraiser River and cannery. no more to say. no more to say.

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gogcannery, Guest Relations Manager at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our site. We are glad to hear that your children enjoyed learning about the local fishing history and the cannery. That is exactly our mission -- to preserve and present the history of Canada's west coast fishing industry! Since you last visited, we have updated our Kids' Activity area with many more interactive games... More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My boy would visit every weekend if we said OK. I'll admit that his opa (grandpa)worked here some 70 years back, which may have resulted in some internal response. That said, he enjoys going through everything each and every time we visit, and spends at least 45 minutes in the crafts section making something for me, or my wife. The... More

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I love the cannery. There is always something new to see as they add new exhibits and change the theme from time to time. The cannery is a huge historic Building with a lot of diplays and stations to show how everything used to work in the fishing industry. The building also hold a number of popular events including A... More

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Vancouver, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great little place to learn/experience life along the Fraser a long time ago. Combine it with a visit to the area where the Japanese cannery workers lived - an education in an afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place takes you back to the era when the cannery companies were king in BC's coast. The hourly tours give you a good idea of how hard workers laboured in the 1920's through to the 1950's. The gift shop has some really unique items and most are made in Canada.

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great place to show your kids what it took to can fish a hundred years ago and that entire generations made their living from it...

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Never knew this was such a historical building every time I visited Steveston. Excellent tour guides and there is an entry of $7.50 if I remember correctly. Expect 1-2 hours of tour time. You'll see a short film before or after entry on what the Cannery use to be, conditions of workers...amount of goods exported. etc. Lots of interesting stuff.... More

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