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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Neighborhood: Steveston
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Address: 5180 Westwater Drive (south of Railway Avenue), Richmond, British Columbia V7E 6P3, Canada
Phone Number: 604-718-8050
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Description: A tour of this old shipyard will acquaint you with the area's rich...
A tour of this old shipyard will acquaint you with the area's rich maritime history.
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Explore Some of Steveston's History

If I could go back in time I think I would have loved to see the fish boats returning with their thousands of fish to the many canneries that lined the lower Fraser River. You can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If I could go back in time I think I would have loved to see the fish boats returning with their thousands of fish to the many canneries that lined the lower Fraser River. You can get an idea of some of what went into this, particularly the involvement of the Japanese, Chinese and First Nations people involved with this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a former shipyard and is now set up as an active display so that you can see, touch and feel life as it was. It is a very interesting spot for those interested in things maritime and ship-building. The spot itself is lovely and relaxing - very quiet and calm - great for walking. The little heritage village... More 

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Had an opportunity to tour this place with a guided tour. The canning storehouse was very impressive with its size and easy access to tour. The restored houses where the Chinese workers and the Japanese workers lived were a interesting to see. We had a talk of the history along with a serving of the Chinese tea that was most... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I have been to this space several times and think it's absolutely fantastic. It is FREE, has won awards and was the inspiration of a local woman. The old buildings here have been saved and each tells a story of different families or cultural groups who lived and worked here. It's just fantastic that so many were saved and history... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very educational for all ages. It shows the very tough lives of fishermen and their families especially the Japanese Canadian fishermen.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A unique site to walk around and see original buildings and learn of the history of the area of Steveston. Well worth the visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Ive lived in the Steveston area for 20+ years and 2013 was the first time I visited the Britannia Shipyards! I dont know why it has taken me so long to make the 5 min trip out here! But I am glad that I finally did. Its a great walk from the Steveston Village with paved pathways and awesome views.... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Authentic looking buildings and artefacts along with a talk, gave a good understanding of the hardships and successes of an industry that drove this part of the world.

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Chattanooga, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This area contains the cannery and several of the cottages and a longhouse where the workers lived when Richmond's fishing and caning industry was in its infancy. We could walk through the huge wooden facility where the boats were built - many exhibits were on display here. We also entered several cottages furnished as they were back in the early... More 

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

did this tour when we went whale watching nothing special some old buildings some historical facts ....it was were we boarded for are whale watching trip

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