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Experience an active West Coast fishing community complete with the requisite pubs, museums, and a fish market! Just a 20-minute drive south of Vancouver and part of the suburb of Richmond, Steveston sits at the mouth of the Fraser River and was once the largest fishing port and cannery centre on the West Coast. Today, the canneries are no longer in operation, but it is still home to the largest salmon run in North America and to the largest fleet of commercial fishing vessels on the BC coast.
The heritage of fishing and the Japanese-Canadians who helped build the industry in Steveston are evident everywhere - the nearby Martial Arts Centre was the first "dojo" house ever built outside Japan. Any day of the week you’ll find Vancouverites down at the docks buying prawns, crab, halibut, cod, and salmon fresh from the boats.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery (also known as the Monster Cannery) is now a National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. You may catch old-timers repairing an old wooden seiner in the massive Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
Take a fantastic stroll on land around the Steveston dikes, or browse Bayview, Moncton and Chatham Streets in the historic fishing village. For a real treat, get take-out at one of the many fish and chip restaurants.
Driving: Steveston is located in the Southwest corner of Richmond off No. 1 Road. Turn South on No. 1 Road and proceed to the end.
By Public Transit: Take the SkyTrain’s Canada Line from downtown south to Richmond-Brighouse station. Then transfer to the #402 bus south to Steveston.
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