Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Richmond

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, British Columbia shows the entire process from the cleaning of the fish to the end result of canning. Visitors can see the steps and the filled cans at the end awaiting steaming, all completely Canadian products. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

The end products of the line at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery were closed cans ready to be steamed in enormous pressure chambers.





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Located on the southern arm of the Fraser River the Gulf of Georgia Cannery - a National Historic Site - in Steveston, British Columbia offers a chance for visitors to learn about the importance of the Cannery in the West Coast during its operation through interactive exhibits, films, displays and tours showing how the cannery operated and the people who worked to make it one of British Columbia's biggest exports.

Built in 1894, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery operated for over 80 years in the coastal village of Steveston, British Columbia and was considered the leading producer of canned salmon. Hard times fell on the fishing industry due to overfishing and subsequent restrictions and the Cannery was forced to close in 1979 but found new life when it was purchased by the Federal Government and transformed into a Canadian National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada to educate visitors on the canning industry which was once the biggest along British Columbia's West Coast.

Known as the Monster Cannery, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the biggest in the region until 1902. In its highest peaking year it produced over 2.5 million cans. It workforce was highly multicultural with European, Chinese, Japanese and Native American workers churning out one of the Province's main exports. However, as canning technology improved, machinery replaced many jobs. The ups and downs of the industry would affect the village and Cannery, its revitalization seen in times of War when soldiers required healthy, protein filled foods and oil from fish was extracted as an alternative power source.

Eventually, overfishing along the coast and new regulations imposed on fishing levels led to the closure of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in 1979 - the community lobbied the government to save the plant and in turn the buildings were bought by the Canadian Government and the former cannery was opened to the public in 1994, restored as a Museum and National Historic Site filled with old equipment, interactive exhibits, films and information.

Located in picturesque Steveston, British Columbia, this National Historic Site shows visitors the importance of the canning industry in well laid out displays and interesting tours conveys the rich historical past of this West Coast gem.

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Steveston's Gulf of Georgia Cannery uses a variety of displays to teach visitors about the change in fishing practises over the last one hundred years. This display of men fishing from small boats was a predecessor of today's large fleets with mechanical nets.
The historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery offers visitors the chance to view the canning process from the arrival of fresh fish by the fishermen at the loading entrance to their cleaning, cutting and stuffing into small cans and eventually steaming until they are ready to leave the factory.
The Pacific Ocean offers many delicacies that were caught and canned in canneries such as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery which sits on the edge of the Fraser River in Steveston, British Columbia. This display in the National Historic Site shows the different varieties found in this area of the Ocean.
Steveston's Gulf of Georgia Cannery allows visitors to see the different tools used during different technological eras in the canning industry. Several different machines from just placing them in fire fed stoves to can sized holes are on display for visitors to see.
Operated by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, a small village within Richmond, British Columbia pays tribute to the canning and fishing industry which played, and continues to play an important role in Canada.
Steveston, in Richmond, British Columbia is rich with history centring on the area's fishing and canning industry. Now a National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada, the Gulf of Georgia cannery sits on the same property and offers visitors an insight into how a cannery operates.
Commemorating the history of the fishing and canning industry in Canada, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston - a village in Richmond, British Columbia - is a national historic site with educational exhibits and tours.

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