MIni Sunday afternoon trip brought me to Steveston, a small village that’s part of Richmond. It use to be the center of salmon canning and later extended to boat and ship building. These days, it’s a fisherman’s wharf with fishermen actually selling fishes on the docks!
Transit: Took the Canada Line to Brighouse Station (last station) and then either 401, 402, 407, 410.
We walked towards the waters where we found the Fisherman’s wharf. Here, people sell fishes right from their boat and people can bargain.
Steveston was famous for their salmon cannery but it ceased operations in 1994 and its history is represented in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (site). It costs $10.20 to go in.
Nearby the is the Garry Point Park, where families come here for picnics and kids to fly kites. There’s also a nice path for jogging and strolling. A small Kuno Garden is lated at the entrance of the park.
Almost 40% of the fishermen that worked here before World War 2 were of Japanese origins; however, they were interned in camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbour.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t rained for a while …
Coming to Steveston, my biggest wish was to eat Fish and Chips and Clam Chowder. We dropped by one of the restaurants: Sockeye City Grill (3800 Bayview Street). The food and service was good and the portion was fairly big so we just shared two plates. We sat inside thinking there is air conditioning but there wasn’t, luckily, all the windows were open.
Across the other end is the Boardwalk and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
The Britannia Heritage is where some of the historical buildings are located. These included former canneries, shipyards, old bunk houses for fishermen and living quarters their former residence.
The Murakami House was the resident of the Murakami Family, who lived there from 1929 to 1942. It houses some artifacts they were left from the 40s like clothing, sewing machine, kitchenware, and table arrangements.
The Chinese bunkhouse is also used for events but there wasn’t anything that day, so it was opened to the public. Originally built at the Knight inlet, it was relocated here. Apparently up to 100 men slept here (source).
The town of Steveston.
We took the bus back to Brighouse Station in Richmond and ended the day there.
Visited May 30, 2015