Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site features a collection of historic buildings representing Steveston's canning, fishing, and boatbuilding heritage. Explore the oldest boatworks buildings in British Columbia, and the living quarters of the Chinese, European, First Nations, and Japanese workers who made up the diverse working community. Designated a National Historic Site in 1992, the site is managed and operated by City of Richmond staff and dedicated volunteers who work together to preserve and restore the shipyard and surrounding buildings as an active wooden boat centre and waterfront park.
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mugup
Courtenay, Canada9 contributions
A 3 hour tour of the Fraser River as it empties in the Georgia Strait. You are on the Working Vessel "Gikumi" Built in 1954. The vessel is very well maintained and the crew work to ensure you are safe and have a relaxing tor of the mouth of the Fraser. The tour stretches from historic Steveston up river to the Deas Island Tunnel.
You are taken around the various islands estuaries of this historic area.
The tour guide provides interesting tidbits throughout the the 3 hour tour.
The Captain is also the boats owner and his attention maintaining the vessel is evident from stem to stern.
Written September 6, 2021
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,877 contributions
Solo
Sort of ran into this place on my way out of town heading back to the US. It's an interesting national monument to an area that had both a shipyard and fishing cannery back in the day. I found the Murakami family home most interesting. I was sad to learn to learn that the Canadians did the same thing as the Americans and forcibly removed Japanese people from their homes and sent them to labor camps during WWII. The Murakamis were one such family. Displays like this bring to life horrible events of the past. There was a very friendly lady working there who told me that the Murakamis had 10 children and were all forced to leave their home. They were sent to some farm in Manitoba. They may have been separated as well as I believe she told me men and women were sent to different camps at that time. What a horrific act this was and not that long before I was born. I always think about that war and the monstrous things that happened at that time to different people including my own. Recent events prove they could happen again.
Written October 9, 2021
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Terry F
Richmond, Canada92 contributions
Comfortable tour on a classic wood vessel, the Gikumi. Excellent narrative of the history of the area and the vessel was included. Seeing the region from the water was very special. Professional, thoughtful crew provided a safe experience.
Written August 15, 2021
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Peppi
Richmond, Canada32 contributions
As an Internment Child, I can attest to the wooden shacks that were built by the Government for our Grandparents and Parents and Children to live in them.
We were given Outhouses and housing that had two bedrooms to house 8 members. A galvanized tub for bathing and to use for washing clothes.
A shame to the Canadian Government for confiscating the Property and Businesses of Japanese Canadians and not returning anything…just the opposite of the American Government who returned everything to their Japanese Americans.
Written February 18, 2022
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It is important for us to learn these lessons from history to inform a better future. Thank you for sharing this difficult memory.
Written February 23, 2022
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zzyVancouver
Vancouver32 contributions
Britannia Shipyards has something for everyone. Old style lawn games for the kids and historic buildings tell the coastal history of BC from all cultural perspectives. The highlight was the boat tour onboard the Gikumi, a restored wooden boat built in 1954. We toured east up the Fraser River to the Float Village at Ladner, a unique spot. The onboard commentary was easy to follow and very interesting. I highly recommend trying to get one of the spots on this river tour.
Written August 6, 2022
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Rob
3 contributions
A few friends and I went to visit the site and was vastly informed on the history of Steveston and its inhabitants past and present. One interesting thing though was that when one of us started an audio recorder and asked if anyone was there, we physically heard nothing but during audio review heard a clear loud and distinct 'hello' with an asian accent appropriate for the time during that era. Can't explain that.
Written April 16, 2022
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ProGuard Tactic... T
Ontario, Canada1,149 contributions
Family
Was doing some adventuring in area and popped into this free exploration. Several buildings to examine from outside and read about the history. It is only open on Thursday- Saturday so we were restricted to outside and looking through windows. Still a very nice walk -30 minutes to take it in.

Park in immediate vicinity so it is a worthwhile drive to spend a couple hours.
Written September 29, 2020
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gl0ewen
5 contributions
A peaceful, relaxing way to see the Fraser river, its islands and estuaries; a view not seen from the highway or most roads. I enjoyed the stories and history and wished for more information, more facts. Beautifully restored boat, skilled captain and crew.
Written August 30, 2021
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vekel
Vancouver, Canada263 contributions
The beautiful walkways in this area are user friendly. Some areas you will have to walk your bikes, which is good for all. Read the plaques, educational for all.
Written February 24, 2020
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Hi Vekel, Glad you enjoyed your visit to Britannia. We are so fortunate to have the boardwalk run through our site and into Steveston. It's the perfect place for a walk or bike ride! Hope you will visit again soon!
Written March 2, 2020
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Otter
Vancouver, Canada93 contributions
This is a great place to wander around and learn a little about vancouver's history. The best part is that it is free.
Written August 9, 2019
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Thanks for visiting and we are glad you enjoyed your walk around the site.
Written August 20, 2019
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