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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

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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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A tour of this old shipyard will acquaint you with the area's rich maritime...

A tour of this old shipyard will acquaint you with the area's rich maritime history.

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Ahhhh, the site of weddings, photos, and leisurely walks.

Don't miss this beautiful walk on a weathered wooden boardwalk, a reedy marsh nearby, with beautifully restored shipyards that hold wooden boats being restored, tools, helm-making... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gudrun H
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Richmond, Canada
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Richmond, Canada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this beautiful walk on a weathered wooden boardwalk, a reedy marsh nearby, with beautifully restored shipyards that hold wooden boats being restored, tools, helm-making equipment, and views of the slow, wide, green Fraser. This is a beautiful attraction only a 10 minutes stroll from the main village.

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Richmond, Canada
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very often visitors only check out the Steveston village for good food and pier... to really experience the history of Richmond, it is better to take a walk to the shipyards. Often the old buildings are closed to the public, but if you could find it open, it brings you back to decades ago. A pleasant and scenic walk!

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Thank HTC72
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We wandered about the shipyard for a many hours; some with a guide and by ourselves. Taking photos is a must as you will see many things in the pictures you missed on the tour.

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Thank William C
richmond, bc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

in the summer on certain days the area and buildings are opened to the public by volunteers , and it's very nice and interesting to walk into the buildings and find out about the history of Richmond in the early days. nice relaxing walk overlooking the water and plenty of places to relax and sit to take it all in..

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Richmond, Canada
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47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is situated not far from Steveston village and is an excellent site to stroll or ride your bike to. There are excellent historical displays and artifacts depicting life in the area when the fishing community existed. The location is quaint and peaceful, situated on the banks of the Fraser River. An excellent spot to visit... More 

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Thank inger_ted
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

This recreated Japanese fishing village is situated on the south arm of the Fraser River near Steveston. There's parking, and the ambiance has a genuine sense of nostalgia. There's also a recreated preserved shipyard, and you are a 20 minute ocean-front walk from Steveston fisherman's wharf.

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Not only does the Britannia Shipyards provide an insight to Steveston's colorful past but one must also visit and tour the Murakami House (about the size of a car garage and built prior to 1900) which housed not only the parents but 10 offspring as well. Life must have been so very difficult for the Murakami family. A visit to... More 

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Thank Renegade225
Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a walk along the site more than the site itself. Thanks to all the taxpayers who footed the bill to make this place a nice place to preserve memories.

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Thank lalacamper
Calgary
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87 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We stopped to take a stroll on the boardwalk while visiting Steveston area and enjoyed the lovely day and learning about the history about the Japanese people that once lived here. It was neat to walk into the old historic homes and view how life was back in the days for the Japanese. The volunteers who provided the tours were... More 

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Thank Wishbones
Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This site opitimizes the true early life of the Japanese community, which at the time was the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, until the outbreak of WW2.

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