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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Address: 12138 Fourth Ave. (At Moncton Street), Richmond, British Columbia V7E 3J1, Canada (Steveston)
Phone Number: +1 604-664-9009
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Ranked #2 of 22 Attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Kamloops, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Informative, great spot, enjoyed all it had to offer. Loved being able to walk around the boats and along the boardwalk.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Yeah it's cold in January - but they provide warm jackets and I was happy as a clam standing above the Frasier River touring the largest cannery in Canada in authentic conditions. Extremely interesting and originally presented. You can learn about BC canning from the worker's perspective, from the evolution of the canning machinery, union, nations, gender, or ecological perspective.... More 

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

We love hearing reviews like yours! Thanks for being such a good sport about the temperatures inside the site (it definitely does not let you forget where you are standing, that's for sure!), and for your good sense of humour about our dear film. We are happy to hear how much you got out of your visit, even without joining... More 

Aldergrove, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

There was alot of interesting information not only on the fish, but the process of canning and the workers struggles for safety. We didn't do a group guided tour but it would have been nice if there was staff walking around to answer any questions. One big downfall due to the nature of the building is how COLD!!!!! it was... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review, and for enduring the elements during your visit! As you have noted, due to the fact that our site is built on top of water, and being unable to be altered (with added insulation etc.) because of the building’s historic status, it does get quite chilly inside during the winter cold snaps. We apologize... More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Beautifully nice displays and great native arts for purchase and interesting stories from the past, also nice location.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The volunteers have a wealth of knowledge of the local history and have a most entertaining way of delivering. They look for audience participation, but you are not obligated. Young and old will enjoy themselves and the kid's will have great content for their "What I did this summer" essay if you take them during summer break. There is a... More 

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

Thank you for your review, and for acknowledging our wonderful volunteers! We have a great team of volunteer tour guides and heritage interpreters who share a passion for the history of the fishing industry on the West Coast. It's great to see locals like you discovering the wealth of history in our own 'backyard'! More 

Dundas, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A good look at history when fishing was paramount to the economy of BC. Excellent presentation of the machines that were used in the canning process. Normally with a cannery, smell would be present, but this is not the case.

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

Thank you for your review! Yes, thankfully, the cannery 'smells' are no longer present inside our museum, but at times the ocean breeze (and working commercial fishing harbour next door) do bring in a nice whiff of authenticity to our site! More 

Richmond, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Did you know that Steveston was the biggest salmon processing village in the world at one time. This is a fascinating cannery museum with displays and videos that reenact the salmon canning process of the early 20th century Steveston

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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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