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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 121 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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Gulf Cannery

What a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. This once functioning cannery has been changed into one of the best museums on the west coast. The cannery has all of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bellingham, Washington
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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. This once functioning cannery has been changed into one of the best museums on the west coast. The cannery has all of the machines, tools and "fishes" it had when it was running. Some weekends there is a "farmer's" market when you can enjoy the music and the vendors.

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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful, hands-on trip through a former working fish cannery (cold in winter, cool in summer). It's best enjoyed with kids, because of all the tactile enticements (pack plastic fish into a can, hold a stuffed toy salmon). On select Sundays in the winter you can visit local craftspeople who make soaps, jewellery, preserves, baking, carpets, stitched goods,... More 

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

Dear Gudrun H, Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review. It is so great to receive reviews like yours from members of our community. Your description perfectly captures what we aim to be: heritage museum, kids' and family attraction, and community gathering place. Thank you for your support and see you at the Cannery! More 

Richmond
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good couple of hours to have a look into the fishing industry history ... very educational for everyone. Works well with Britannia Shipyards - a short walk away.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 3 young kids on a day trip to historic Steveston. Our first stop was the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. The Cannery building has been reproduced to every last detail. The main building showcased how Salmon was processed and canned for shipping. The tour took about 30 minutes or so. There is also a nice gift shop. Admission... More 

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

Thank you Stefan S, for recently visiting the Cannery and for your great review. We hope your kids enjoyed their day in Steveston. It's amazing how much history there is to discover right within the Lower Mainland! More 

Langley, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Brought Friends, Family & Students here many times over the years. Nothing but great things to say about the Facility & Staff. Dress warm off the Summer months. Cheers

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

Hello Daniel W, Thank you for taking the time to write your kind review about your past visits to the Cannery. It is always a delight to welcome your groups and visitors to our site; thank you also for sharing some fun photos of past visits. Great advice about dressing for the season inside our naturally cooled historic site. Hope... More 

Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The cannery is a great look back at the heritage of Steveston and other coastal communities. If you can ask for one of the volunteers to take you through the cannery line - it adds so much more to the history of the industry. The strong smell of creosote reminds you that 100 years ago this was the only way... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Visited with kids during one of the better Winter days. This place could be improved with better props, and could look more interesting especially to kids. I believe there was no heating inside, so it maybe a different experience during summer days. The 'market' inside wasn't able to attract much attention either.

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

Dear LifeTakesUsPlaces, Thank you very much for your honest review, and for seeing the potential in our museum. With a new Manager of Audience Engagement in place this year, this is exactly what we hope to improve upon with our exhibits -- to make them more engaging, especially for our younger visitors (or those who are 'kids at heart'). As... More 

Sun Peaks BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A most enjoyable way to spend a half-day. Staff were friendly and pleased to answer any questions, exhibits were interesting, and I was happy to see that the gift shop offered many Canadian-made items. Don't miss the short (but charming) introductory film explaining the history of the cannery industry as told through a young girl and her grandfather. Note: the... More 

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

Dear greenmountaingirl2, Thanks for recently visiting the Cannery and for posting such a positive review. You've included some great advice about visiting the Cannery in the winter, and how to enjoy our surroundings. Hope you can visit again in the summertime someday, when the cooler indoor temperature is a welcomed relief! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Others have commented on the museum itself. It is a well-presented display of the process of catching and canning salmon on the Pacific Coast. There is a film presentation included, as well. Be aware that it can be very cold inside the building and wear a coat! Be sure to look in the gift shop which has some excellent items... More 

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

Dear Prichi, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Cannery. It's so nice to hear from locals like you from the Metro Vancouver area. We appreciate your comments about our gift shop, and take pride in the items that we have selected to represent local themes and products. Hope to see you over the winter,... More 

Richmond, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This national historic site explores the salmon industry, including the racism and technology that led to its growth and eventual downfall. There is a movie and a tour, as well as ample opportunity to wander around and see things on your own.

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