With its fairy tale charm, its no wonder visitors flock to the picturesque seaside village of Steveston. Historic homes, tempting eateries and unique boutiques line the streets. Bald eagles and other wildlife can be spotted just off shore. And there's always something fun to do, even if its simply watching the fishing boats dock in the busy marina. Come and see why this magical village is one of British Columbia's most popular destinations.
Steveston's heritage sites illuminate Richmond's fascinating history. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was once the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia, and is now a national historic site and a popular interactive museum. It presents the history of the West Coast fishing industry through fascinating guided tours and interactive exhibits. Nearby, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site invites visitors to experience what life was like for workers in Steveston's fishing industries a century ago. You can also add the Steveston Museum, Steveston Interurban Tram, and London Heritage Farm to your itinerary!
If you want to explore the outdoors, you can set sail from Steveston for whale watching and eco-tours. You might spot sea lions, herons, eagles, a pod of black-and-white orcas, or even majestic humpback whales! On land, you can rent a bike and explore Richmond's miles of dykes and trails. Steveston is surrounded by a system of dykes that provide perfect pathways for walking, biking, and just taking in the ocean and mountain views. You can also simply relax at nearby Garry Point Park, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State; or visit the bustling Fisherman's Wharf to see what kind of fresh seafood the local boats have brought in for the day.
Fans of the TV show Once Upon a Time will also love exploring the historic buildings and enchanted settings featured on the show. Steveston actually plays a starring role as the magical town of Storybrooke! Visitors can pick up a free Once Upon a Time walking map from the Visitor Centre and go on a self-guided tour of the some of the places seen on the show.
The shop-lined streets of Steveston delight visitors from around the world with an eclectic mix of fashions, products and gifts. Many of the shops in Steveston feature handmade products and exquisite designs by local artists, and you're sure to find the perfect memento for yourself or someone back home.
When you're done sightseeing and shopping, or just need a break before you head out for more, Steveston offers an array of restaurants, cafes, seafood shacks and bakeries to please every palate. When the sun comes out, so do the happy crowds heading to the patios along the Steveston wharf. Pull up a seat at one of the lively eateries and enjoy fresh fish n chips while you watch the fishing boats in the marina. You'll find a myriad of dining options in Steveston, and dishes ranging from burgers and souvlaki to tacos and sushi.
Great events are hosted in Steveston throughout the year. Climb aboard the unique and historic marine vessels docked at Imperial Landing for the annual Ships to Shore celebration. Don't miss the parade and legendary salmon barbecue at the Steveston Salmon Festival on Canada Day (July 1). And come back again in August for the Maritime Festival - young buccaneers will be captivated by this popular festivals live music, ship tours, dancers and storytellers.