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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 15 Attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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 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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Richmond
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Cannery was in operation for many years, providing the area with boat loads of fish for canning. It is now a historic site with original machinery and information on how the original cannery operated. Great retrospective on our history and those who worked long hours to supply us with our food from the sea.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Now I had something really special here -- a walking tour with Harold Steves who worked in the fish plant here when he was a teenager, and also fished the waters for a living -- long before he became a rancher and politician. I don't imagine Harold could be on hand for too many tourists but if they don't film... More

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

Thank you for sharing about your very special tour of the Cannery -- if only we could all be so lucky! We are very proud of our school programming and activities for children, so we appreciate your comments about these two points. We will continue to work hard to ensure that more of our youth will have the opportunity to... More

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Excellent look at the salmon canning process and what it was like to work in the cannery. Certainly have a new appreciation for the people that worked in the cannery and the conditions they had to endure. Well done displays explain the process from when the fish arrive until they are canned and reduced and also the hazards the workers... More

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westminster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Having previously visited most of the tourist attractions in the Vancouver area, we had a free day before taking a cruise to Japan, and I found this site on the internet. It was a beautiful sunshiny day , so we ventured to Steveston to check out the museum. The short film gives the visitor a good overview of the salmon... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to our national historic site. We are very happy that you were able to discover us during your recent trip to Vancouver. We appreciate your feedback about your visit experience, and wholeheartedly agree that this is a good place to inspire one to think about our food and where... More

Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were lucky to have a Japanese-Canadian guide who once worked at this salmon cannery as a youngster when it was operational. He later became a teacher. The combination of having worked there and been a teacher made all the difference in the presentation.There is nothing like a firsthand enthusiastic, knowledgeable report. We saw a film presentation first, then we're... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to our site. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your guided tour of the Cannery -- we are lucky to have such a great team of guides, and I'm glad that you were able to hear some first-hand stories of what it was like to work in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

They had a terrific little gift shop. I was not particularly interested in the past of the salmon canning business. I found watching some of the fisherman bringing in their catch much more interesting.

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Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We highly recommend this place. Informative and educational. The docent was well versed in the related history. It was the highlight of our trip.

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

Thank you very much for visiting us all the way from Arizona, and for taking the time to join one of our guided tours. We are very glad to have been a part of your trip, and hope that you had a memorable stay! More

Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The museum is well put together and takes you back into the time when Steveston was a bustling fishing community.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Didn't have time to visit the cannery so returned the following day and so glad we did. Not knowing much about the fishing industry, this gave a good insight into the difficult working conditions with lots to see. A small entrance fee is charged and there are guided tours every hour on the hour. We decided to explore the site... More

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

We are also very glad that you took the time to return to our site for a visit. Thank you for the review and for calling us a 'must visit" "little gem"! More

North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Good spot to learn all about the Salmon Canning industry - had a great guide full of information and history and interesting facts about how , when and why the salmon canning industry came about in BC - a good spot for familes and adults alike

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