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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 51 things to do 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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88 reviews 88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to understand a bit more of the history of the region, this is a place you should visit. The admission is inexpensive and there are some specific guided tours, but you can also visit by yourself as there are lot of signs, text and audio.

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EDMONTON
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Interesting to see how dangerous it was to produce a can of tuna. The building was not heated at anytime and we were cold just walking inside. Hard to imaging how it was when it was an active factory, the smell and noise. We had a guide in a few places along the route, because a few persons were sick... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Every time I go to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery I see new things... it seems that they are always adding to the displays, which are informative, fun, and interactive. It's a great way to spend a few hours!

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Richmond
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Cannery gives you an excellent idea of what Richmond (mainly Steveston area) and the fishery was like in the 1800's and 1900's. It is also close to harbour boardwalk and many interesting shops along Moncton St.

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Richmond, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A lot of history in the little village of Steveston! Start with the Museum itself and then continue y our walk down the boardwalk towards No. 1 Road, and continue east towards No. 2 Road. The walk itself is spectacular along the Fraser River, but be sure to take in the small cabins that have been restored by the Canneries,... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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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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12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 

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