Heritage-loving Richmond visitors can now step back in time and meet some yesteryear locals via a new interactive program that brings the past to vibrant life. Now running at three historic attractions in the waterfront village of Steveston, the Living History initiative sees costumed interpreters sharing their olden-day stories and experiences with curious visitors.

Questions are fully encouraged as you watch costumed interpreters demonstrate what were once everyday tasks—with each of the attractions highlighting different aspects of Richmond’s bygone days. And best of all, entrance to these historic sites is free!

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

At Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, you’ll be able to watch fishing nets being meticulously repaired and carefully readied for the next salty sea voyage. At the same time, you can stroll the site’s recreated bunkhouses and boatsheds and meet the back-in-the-day workers who lived and toiled here.

Mending a fishing net at Britannia Shipyards

Working with tools in the Shipyard

Reading a recipe in the Manager's House at Britannia Shipyards
Photos: City of Richmond

Steveston Tram

Transporting yourself to the past is even easier aboard the Steveston Tram, an authentically restored red tramcar housed in a gable-roofed shed on nearby Moncton Street. Here, you’ll encounter a costumed conductor who can tell you all about the busy line and the rattling transit cars that linked Vancouver and Richmond for more than 50 years.

The Steveston Tram building.

Steveston Tram

Inside the Steveston Tram.
Photos: City of Richmond; Tharaka Mapalagama​.

Steveston Museum

A short walk away, the Steveston Museum occupies a charming old building that once housed the village’s first bank. Here, a costumed interpreter will tell you all about the old-school financial arrangements and services that were used by hardworking locals. Save time to peruse the museum’s exhibits and evocative Japanese-Canadian photo displays.

A costumed woman stands outside of the Steveston Museum.

Banking papers at the Steveston Museum

An exhibit inside the Steveston Museum.
Photos: City of Richmond; Tharaka Mapalagama​.

If you go:

Richmond’s Living History costumed interpreters will be on-site daily at Britannia Shipyards and the Steveston Tram. At the Steveston Museum, they will be in attendance on weekends only.

There is also a brand-new, free tourist shuttle—the Richmond Discovery Shuttle—that can connect you to these unique historic sites. Running on weekends and statutory holidays from now through September 2, 2019, the shuttle stops at five different locations in Richmond, including both the Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.