Richmond, BC – Tourism Richmond is proud to announce the first recipient of its Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship to The Steveston Heritage Tour. Produced in partnership by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Britannia Shipyards, the Steveston Interurban Tram, the Steveston Museum and the Steveston Historical Society, this partnered tourism experience will be the first to receive $20,000 from the Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship from Tourism Richmond for experience development, marketing and more.
The Steveston Heritage Tour is a unique experience tying together the four historical sites in a progressive story led by a professional interpreter, paired with local cuisines, tastings and craft brews at each stop.
“I couldn’t be prouder to award our first scholarship to the Steveston Heritage Tour,” said Eda Koot, Chair of Tourism Richmond. “The Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship was created to invest in experience development and to help build new experiences for our city. The Heritage Tour is blends history, culinary and culture seamlessly and I’ve no doubt it’ll sell out – fast!”
“The Steveston Historical Society is excited to collaborate with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, Britannia Shipyards, and Interurban Tram in this tourism initiative,” says Linda Barnes, Chair of the Steveston Historical Society. “This scholarship will allow our organizations to develop a truly authentic Steveston tour for travellers seeking a cultural, heritage-focused experience!”
The Steveston Historical Tour attractions include:
- The Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site – Visitors step back in time as they tour the community of boatyards, canneries, residences and stores from a time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the Fraser River.
- Steveston Interurban Tram – Learn about Tram Car 1220, one of only seven British Columbia Electric Rail operated trams left. Tram Car 1220 tells the story of Richmond’s transportation heritage and how one rail line helped develop the City of Richmond we know today.
- Steveston Museum – Housed inside Steveston’s first bank and adjacent to the Japanese Fisherman’s Benevolent Society Building, visitors will learn more about the Nikkei history in Steveston.
- Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site – The tour ends at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the historic cannery and learn how the once-thriving fishing industry lured people from vast cultural backgrounds to Canada’s west coast in the late 1800s.
Each attraction will be paired with a culinary tasting. Tastings are subject to change and are designed to fit the theme of each attraction. For instance, visitors will be invited to taste locally crafted artisan sake at Steveston Museum.
This highly-anticipated tour will launch in the fall, with a tour in October and more coming in 2019. Join the Steveston Heritage Tour and embark on a cultural journey of Steveston’s historic sites. Ticket sales open in late August and are $65 per person, with a maximum of 35 people on each tour.
For more information about the Tourism Richmond Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship, please click here.
About the Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship: Launched by Tourism Richmond in January 2018, the Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship focuses on mentorship, financing, investment and support for the city’s tourism industry. Successful applicants can receive up to $20,000 in funding towards the development and marketing of a new partnered tourism experience. Along with funding, Tourism Richmond will aid in project management, marketing coaching and support. Applications for the 2019 Pacific. Authentic. Scholarship will open on September 4, 2018.
About Tourism Richmond: Tourism Richmond is a non-profit destination marketing organization (DMO). The primary mandate of Tourism Richmond is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, the organization’s goal is to increase economic activity related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. In 2010, Tourism Richmond earned B.C.’s DMO Professional Excellence Award and shared another two awards with the City of Richmond, the Sport Tourism Community Legacy Award at the annual BC Tourism Industry Awards, and the Community Excellence Award from the Union of BC Municipalities. Tourism Richmond is British Columbia’s 4th largest DMO.