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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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charming and historical stroll

it was a cloudy and damp day but that meant this attraction was pleasantly free of crowds. for a Brit with only a limited understanding of the role of the Japanese and Chinese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

it was a cloudy and damp day but that meant this attraction was pleasantly free of crowds. for a Brit with only a limited understanding of the role of the Japanese and Chinese communities in the history of British Columbia it was interesting and educational. The home of the Japanese-Canadian family was particularly insightful as I had no idea how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Steveston is still a working port but in addition Parks Canada has preserved this important part of its heritage. A multi-building site which is as much about the social history of shipbuilding and related activities as it is about the history of a technology. It is about a 10-15 walk away from "downtown" Steveston and you can make a day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I've been to Britannia Shipyards many time and I could only say that each time I go to that place, it gives me good time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. It's a great place to spend a sunny day or if you're just looking to walk around some nostalgic place, this is the place.

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Abbotsford, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

When you walk on to the dock you can feel the history of days gone by. There are volunteers to lead you through the areas and answer questions you may have. The "River Queen" was running and several people got on. We went through the different bunkhouses and wondered how so many men were in such a small space. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I came to visit a day after the Historic Shipyards Festival. This meant that the place was practically empty. I could take as many photos of the building interiors as I wished and old not have been a nuisance to anyone else. The downside is that they also used two buildings to house the materials that were used during the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The site is a 20-30 minutes leisurely stroll from Steveston village. The access to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is free, so it's worth visiting while in the area. The museums and warehouses offer interesting displays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Worth visiting to learn about Steveston before all the residential property got erected. Good history class.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We happened on the shipyards because my daughter who is a "Once Upon a Time" (TV show fan) was told some of the show was filmed in the area. The old boat houses and the walking paths were a great way to spend some time on a sunny and cool summer afternoon. I thought the old boat houses, boats, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Meh I only come here on Canada day really. It's nice on Canada day because it's usually sunny and there are food trucks and stuff. Otherwise, it's nice to take a tour but I have been there so many times that I don't need to anymore.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Planning an afternoon in Steveston? I highly recommend a side trip to the Britannia Shipyards Site. Stop at one of the two Steveston visitor information booths for a free map of the area. I would allow at least 1-2 hours to view the whole site if walking from Moncton Street along the boardwalk. It's pedestrian friendly and flat, probably wheelchair... More 

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