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“Great place to learn about the fishing industry in Canada”

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 121 year old cannery is now home to a museum commemorating the history of Canada's West Coast fishing industry from the 1870's to the present. Learn about our unique local history through interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages!
Reviewed August 27, 2011

We go here every time we are in Steveston, which is about once a year for the past 7 years.This is a fun place of kids with enough interactive things to keep them occupied and enough history to keep most adults attentive. There are guided tours which add a good dimension to the visit but if you're not into that you can wander through and read the information on your own. You'll never look at a can of salmon the same! They also have a very good gift shop with many Made in Canada objects...as well as cans of salmon. Definitely worth a visit in its own regard. (Join the museum and you'll get 10% off of everything you buy which can really add up.)

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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Ever wondered if there was any truth to these old stories about fingers being found in canned food? If so, a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery should provide answers. Built in 1894, this massive wooden building sitting on pilings over the Fraser River was once the biggest salmon cannery in British Columbia, churning out as many as 2½ million cans of salmon a season. It operated for more than 80 years before overfishing led to its closure in 1979.

The cannery reopened in 1994 as a museum commemorating the west coast fishing industry. Guided tours, included in the price of admission, take visitors along the various stages of the canning line, from the receiving dock through to the final labeled product. As well as seeing the machinery used in the canning process, you’ll hear about conditions on the production line, including child labour, racial discrimination and long hours in the cold, with workers standing in pails of hot water trying to keep warm.

The tour takes the better part of a hour. You could easily spend another hour looking at exhibits and watching an introductory movie.

The cannery is located next to the boardwalk in Steveston, home to Canada’s biggest fishing fleet, so if you've had your fill of canned fish (and fingers) after the museum, you’ll find plenty of the fresh stuff being served in the boardwalk restaurants.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We probably wouldn't have came here but we got in for free with our National Parks Discovery Pass. I am so glad we came. It wouldhave been $20 for a family rate and it would be well worth it. My kids are teens but would be suitable for school aged kids too. Wait for a tour. I think they run every hour... if it's not busy (like when we went) then gave us a tour right away. We were so impressed with this National Historic Site, I think it will be one of the highlights of our trip (eight weeks from Ontario to Vancouver and then going home thru the states). Great place!

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Reviewed July 24, 2011

Great fun for the whole family. Worth waiting for a tour. Lots of interesting machines and photos from the end of the last 19th C to the 1950s on salmon canning in BC.

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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We checked out the cannery on the weekend and it was very interesting/informative with some interactive exhibits...My toddler liked exploring but I think older kids would enjoy it more. Would I be interested if I was somebody who had no real interest in the fishing industry? Probably not. If you are intrigued by the history of Steveston's fishing industry and the canning process, it's worth a visit. Our family went for free as it was a national park day celebration. It's worth a look, but if I don't know if I would pay to go in...

Visited July 2011

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