Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 Parks Canada site commemorates the history and the contributions of the diverse communities and cultures of Canada's West Coast fishing industry. Enjoy exhibits, films, programs and events at the historic cannery. Take some to explore the scenic village of Steveston's many heritage sites, shops, and restaurants during your visit.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Had a very nice day enjoying the cannery site. We especially liked the museum self guided tour because we are readers and could read through the museum at our own pace. The exhibits also had plenty of children's activities.
Written November 21, 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Just an overall great experience at the Georgia Cannery in Steveston. Had an opportunity to enjoy the weekend weather of sunshine along the pier and then ended the day off with a tour of the cannery. Just a great way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommend!
Written May 25, 2022
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Helen R
Canmore, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Talked my husband into spending two nights in Steveston and thoroughly enjoyed this site. It is such a pleasant relatively flat walk along the water and one can choose to visit the various buildings or just read the signage, which is excellent. The buildings had volunteers available to get information from and I noted one tour group being led around. While not directly part of the historic site, I especially enjoyed walking through the Japanese family's home (forgive me for not remembering their name) but it was very humbling and extremely well done. The little bunkhouse where the workers quarters were was also fascinating, especially listening to the audio stories. Public facilities readily available. Bicycles discouraged on many sections of Boardwalk and for good reason.
Written October 20, 2022
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den r
Los Angeles, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The entire experience was excellent from the video covering the salmon and herring trade to the detailed labels. The free tour of the canning line by Lauren brought the whole operation to life. You could vividly imagine what it would be like to be a worker there in freezing weather with your hands immersed in cold water all day long. Learned about the Japanese internment, even of third generation Canadians, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. A must visit.
Written October 6, 2023
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Aussie_Traveller1970
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
I visited this site in May 2012, I arranged my own public transport from downtown Vancouver. A little tip be sure to allow enough time if using public transport, I unfortunately arrived 30minutes before closing. The lady at the counter was so accommodating, once she knew I had traveled for over an hour to get there she did not worry about closing. When I realized I missed the last guided tour for that day she took me on my own personalized one on one tour of the historical site which was amazing as she really knew the history of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the stories, in one word she made this trip worthwhile she also kept the cannery store open for me so I could grab some souvenirs. This is what makes a tourist attraction stand out from the rest, personalized attention was 10 out of 10! Thank you so much for your generosity and making me feel so special! I'm so glad I got to see the cannery.
Written June 3, 2012
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SpenceAndHolli
Vancouver, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
This is an excellent attraction that went well beyond my expectations. Whether you are a tourist from outside the West Coast or a local, this is a must see for those intersted in the history and culture of the area. It demostrates old fishing methods, comparatively harsh wokplace pratices of days gone by and the rich diversity of fishermen and cannery employees from the late 1800's onwards until the cannery closed its doors in the 1970's.

We enjoyed the 40 minute tour with our guide Quinne, the 15 minute video and some time by ourselves viewing the areas not covered by these. We recommend a good 1.5 hours for this site. Don't forget to allow time to see the rest of the Steveston area with a walk on the wharf, a stroll through the local shops or perhaps a harbour or whale watching tour!

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Spencer and Holli
Written July 23, 2013
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Sharon I
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This museum is fascinating and really well presented. Part of the Cannary is still operational (the only full time cannery now in BC).
We took the guided tour and, being the only 2 on the tour that day, we were given a great insight to the history of the cannery and that of Steveston.
Good gift shop.
A very good experience
Written November 14, 2019
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David P
Tijeras, NM
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Yeph, that's what I thought. this cannery closed in the 30's (because refrigeration lessened the need for canned fish). But ALL the old equipment is still there. The lines are still intact and the guides know their stuff. Amazing what they were doing here 100 years ago!
Written August 6, 2019
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Thank you for discovering our unique historic site and museum, and for your positive review! Yes, we are a 125 year-old former cannery with exhibits and tours which explore Canada's history of the west coast fishing industry. Happy to hear that you were able to meet our interpretive guides and learn what we were doing in our corner of the world, 100 years ago.
Written August 16, 2019
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Susan M
Bowser, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
I recall visiting this cannery as a child when it was in full production mode. The recreation of the cannery line and fishing history were accurate and brought many memories back both from my youth when touring the cannery and my young adulthood when fishing with my soon to be spouse on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Written May 13, 2019
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How nice to hear of your visit to the Cannery and the memories inspired by the visit. Your positive comments mean a lot to us. Thank you for sharing your story.
Written May 14, 2019
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643retiredguy
Mississauga, Ontario
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The complex is a refurbished salmon cannery. While the cannery itself has not been operational for a while much of the equipment was used elsewhere more recently. The guides give a good description of the evolution of the process from manual to the various mechanical aides employed to speed up the process. The site is quite extensive and a worthwhile visit.
Written September 4, 2018
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