On this day in 1994, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston celebrated its 100th birthday and re-opened to the public. After operations ceased at the cannery, it was purchased by the federal government in 1979 and development by Parks Canada was completed in the 1990s.
Now 118 years old, this National Historic Site commemorates the fishing and canning industry off Canada’s Pacific Coast through exhibits, activities, films, and events.
They currently have an exhibit called Seafood for Thought and have a permanent photo collection that compliments its installations like the canning line, and the herring reduction plant. Just imagine the working conditions — and smells — back when it was fully functioning cannery!
Kids and adults alike can listen to audio, scroll through video footage, and learn more about the history of this industry that was so important to the area.
Outside of regular exhibitions, they have a “Music at the Cannery” series beginning July 6th with performances from local bands every Friday night until August 31st. You can also meet in front of the cannery for a “Strolling Through Steveston” tour on June 29th and June 30th at 2:00pm.
Visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $19.60 for families, $7.80 for adults, $3.90 for youth, and children 6 and under are free. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for special event information. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is located at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Richmond.