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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

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Address: 12138 Fourth Ave. (At Moncton Street), Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3J1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-664-9009
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of...
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!
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Great Hands-On Museum

This is a wonderful museum, with many hands-on displays for children to touch, feel and experience. They have programs for school kids as well. Having worked in a cannery as a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver, BC
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful museum, with many hands-on displays for children to touch, feel and experience. They have programs for school kids as well. Having worked in a cannery as a teenager, I can definitely vouch for the authenticity of the displays and exhibits. The cannery is built over the water with no heating or cooling so the building can... More 

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Ladner, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have been to this Cannery several times and well worth it. From the start they show types of boats, then the bringing in of the fish where you walk from one place to the next phase, up to the canning process & heating the salmon, etc. You fully understand howl the canning process works, especially for children to grasp... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Parks Canada has done a wonderful job of preserving this old cannery operation. It is huge with lots inside: preserved machinery, mock-ups of the "assembly line"; some art work; gift shop; artifacts galore. And if you do like this sort of thing, the Cannery and the Britannia Shipyards a 15 minute walk away are doable in a day.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Well-done regional museum. This was the top producing cannery in North America for decades. You can do it in an hour, and was well worth the time and entry fee.

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Much larger inside than it looks from the outside. Original machines showing how the cans were made and stored, to bringing the fish in from the fishing boats right outside, to packing the cans, and sealing and labeling. Lots of displays showing different fish the fishermen were after. A tour guide who was very knowledgable. Extremely interesting, and well presented.... More 

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

Dear ddoubleyou, Yes, we often hear visitors say that we are much larger inside than it looks from the outside. In fact, the site can fit up to 3 professional ice hockey rinks inside! That's 55,000 square feet of space! Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your visit to the Cannery -- we are very... More 

Oakville, ON, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our visit to this museum. Great for fishing, history buffs or any one curious about the earlier days of Richmond. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff are a plus!

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I took a visitor from China there today. I am from Vancouver and had lived in Richmond for 12 years but never had visited this glorious museum! I highly recommend it. Gary our tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny at the same time. The exhibits are fantastic and true to how it was back in the day. The gal... More 

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

Dear Deb P, Thank you so much for bringing your guest from China to the Cannery! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed Gary's tour of the Canning Line -- we are very lucky to have such dedicated and knowledgeable tour guides. And most of all, we are very grateful for your recommendation, especially coming from a Metro Vancouver resident,... More 

Macau
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Are you ready to step back in time? This well preserved cannery museum/ interpretive centre is worth your time, as it explains the day to day workings and life of this fishing village. Set aside at least an hour for the self-guide tour complete with pictures, displays, video and machinery demonstrations. Visitors of ages would enjoy this factory, and there... More 

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Richmond, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Get taken back in time where the canning of fish was the biggest industry in Steveston. Once you go inside the building you are totally immersed in the time period. This facility is well cared for and have guides that will take you around the building and tell you many stories about the process.

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

Thank you Bob B, for taking the time to review our site. We are very grateful for the support of people like you, right from within our own community! More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This cannery factory is a great place to visit for this town. It shows all processes and machines how this factory ran in the past. There are pictures and displays for self tour. Also there's demonstration of how machines run. This is kids friendly place and there are activities for children. However there are some area that have strong smell... More 

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

Thank you Daotalks, for visiting the Cannery and for writing such a nice review! We appreciate that you have found the museum to be kid-friendly. Yes, we do have "noises" and "smells" at times (sometimes have to do with our neighbouring industrial activity and with the tides); but perhaps it can make a visit to our historic cannery feel that... More 

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