Big Red is an Irish Red Setter dog. He’s known as the “unofficial Mayor” of Steveston and roams the Village. The Cannery Cat at the Gulf of Georgia has challenged Big Red to a scavenger hunt. Can you help Big Red?
Join Big Red the Irish Setter on his quest to uncover Richmond’s history and treasures. Follow the clues left by the Cannery Cat to find the answers to Cat’s questions.
This scavenger hunt is suitable for young families with children under the age of 10. It may take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and is entirely outdoors.
There is no need to download anything—you will receive a personalized link to log into a website using data or WiFi.
You can finish the scavenger hunt over a few days, or even opt to complete only a few of the challenges. If you complete the entire challenge, you will receive a Pacific.Authentic.RichmondBC sticker and postcard.
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- Join Big Red the Irish Setter on a scavenger hunt around Steveston
- Visit heritage sites to find the answers to the clues left by the Cannery Cat
- Complete the scavenger hunt to receive a sticker and postcard
- Receive 50% off regular admission at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS after completing the challenge
- 1.5 – 2 hours to complete and is entirely outdoors
- Suitable for families with young children under the age of 10
- Free to play
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
Britannia Shipyards is a rare surviving example of a once thriving mixture of canneries, boatyards, and residences. It is an eight acre National Historic Site with some of the oldest remaining heritage buildings found along the Fraser River.
Visit the Chinese Bunkhouse, and the Murakami House and Garden to discover the answers to the clues.
In the early days, fishermen had small boats. The boats had oars and sails. Fishermen pulled the fishing nets in by hand.
Over time, fishing boats changed. New things were invented. Fishing boats got motors and other machines.
Winches are machines that pull in or let out ropes or cables. They are very important on fishing boats, such as seiners. Winches control the cables that join the fishing nets to the boat. Winches pull in or let out the nets.
Built in 1913 by the St Louis Car Company, the 1220 was brought to the Lower Mainland with 27 other cars and contributed to the development of Richmond’s city centre. The trams and the people who worked on them became an important part of the community.
The trams did not survive the post-war prosperity that led to an explosion in the number of cars on the roads. On February 28, 1958, the final tramcar rolled the rails between Marpole and Steveston, marking the end of an era for the Richmond community.
The Steveston Tram is currently closed for visitors; however, you can still view it from the outside. The scavenger hunt does not require you to step inside the Steveston Tram.
Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park
The Steveston Museum offers a glimpse into the past of this historic village.
The museum’s building was built in 1905 as Steveston’s first bank. Today, discover the people and moments that shaped Steveston Village. Continue into the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building to discover exhibits that explore the good and bad times experienced by the local Japanese Canadian community.
The Steveston Museum is currently closed for visitors; however, you can still view it from the outside. The scavenger hunt does not require you to step inside the Steveston Museum. You will visit the Town Square Park next to the museum.
For thousands of years, Coast Salish Peoples have fished these waters. Elders talked about the river being so thick with salmon, you could walk across their backs.
First Nations fished from canoes, used dip nets in rivers, or placed traps across rivers and streams.
When canneries were built, First Nations fishermen fished for cannery companies and First Nations women worked on canning lines.
Today, First Nations fishermen use modern fishing boats filled with tech to catch the same kinds of fish and shellfish their ancestors did.
You can buy all kinds of seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf—it changes from week to week.
Gulf Of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Situated atop wooden pilings over the Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries on the BC coast. It commemorates the development of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry from the 1870’s to present.
Receive 50% off regular adult admission to visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery! If you successfully complete the challenge, you can also redeem a Pacific. Authentic. Richmond BC sticker and postcard at the Cannery.
Admission is free for kids aged 17 and under.