Gulf of Georgia Cannery in BC, history of Canada's West Coast fishing industryThe Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site sits on one of many original cannery locations in BC.

In total, there were 49 canneries scattered along the Fraser River from Steveston to New Westminster.

This Cannery museum tells the story of Canada's West Coast fishing industry through interactive displays, artefacts and archival photographs. Specifically, this National Historic Site explores the Gulf of Georgia Cannery from its early years as a salmon canning center to its later functions as a herring producer and storage facility.

Visitors also learn of the final story of the Cannery's closure in 1979, when herring reduction equipment became too costly to maintain.


Museum Must-Sees:

     > Exhibition space: Discover equipment used for fishing, board a commercial fishing trawler, and listen to fishermans' stories of their treacherous life at sea.

     > Fish Wall: Explore the different species of marine life in the waters of British Columbia.

     > The Canning Line : Discover the original equipment used for canning salmon from the 1930s to the 1950s at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Go on a tour of the Cannery and see how the old machinery was used to prepare the fish for canning and sale. The original equipment still works and is operated by tour guides to show how it was used. Tours are every hour on the hour from 10am to 4pm.

     > Journey Through Time film: Step inside the museum movie theatre and listen to the history of the Cannery and the West Coast Fishing Industry, as narrated by fictional characters- grandfather (former fisherman) and his granddaughter.


Hours and Rates: Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Group tours can be booked from April through October by calling the Gulf of Georgia Cannery phone number at (604) 664-9009.

Adults (17-64 years) $7.80; Seniors (65 years +) $6.55; Youth (6-16 years) $3.90; Family (max. 7 people & max. two adults) $19.60; School Groups (per student) $3.90.


Directions and Map: The Cannery is located in the charming fishing village of Steveston in Richmond BC.


By car: From downtown it is a 30 km distance to the Cannery. From Granville Street, take highway 99 to the Steveston exit. Stay on the Steveston Highway West to No.1 Road. From No.1 Road, turn at Chatham Street and go west until you hit Fourth Avenue; here you will find the Cannery parking lot.

 

By public transit: Take the Canada Line from downtown at Vancouver City Centre Station Southbound (Granville) and get off at Brighouse Station Southbound. Take either bus #401 or #407 to Chatham Street at 4th Avenue.
 

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site - 12138 4th Avenue - Richmond - BC


Official website:
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada