A historic fishing and canning community, Steveston now operates as a tourist destination with two National Historic Sites - the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Shipyard - a museum, several shops, a multitude of restaurants along the landing, the fisherman's wharf and parks which surround this small village. A year round destination, visitors and locals can stroll the quiet streets and soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant village.
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Located on the south-western edge of Richmond, Steveston was historically a separate village which merged with Richmond. Founded in the late 1870s, fishing was the area's main economic export which soon added canning, becoming one of the largest producers of canned salmon in Canada. However, with the decline of the industry Steveston saw closures of the cannery. The village may have disappeared if the federal government did not realize the historical importance of the area, providing funding to reopen the cannery as an educational tool creating one of Greater Vancouver's few National Historic Sites along with the nearby Britannia Shipyard.
Its windswept parks on the shores of the Fraser River are popular with kite fliers, bikers and beach goers. Visitors can sit along Garry Point Beach and watch Steveston's fleet of over 600 fishing vessels - Canada's largest - coming in and out of the harbour looking for the days catch. The fields of Lupins in the warm summer months and treeless, windswept meadows offer professional and beginner kite fliers the opportunity to try out their skills in the ocean air.
Canada Day is a big celebration in Steveston - since 1945, the Steveston Salmon Festival has brought thousands to the village with a parade, arts and crafts, barbecue (salmon of course) and entertainment.
This small village with a big impact on Canada's West Coast is an ideal destination for visitors and locals to experience a variety of activities, museums, parks and festivals.