Even though restrictions in BC may be relaxed soon, it can’t come soon enough. And, if you’re not from around here, international travel restrictions might prevent you from being able to get to Richmond. So, while you may not be able to leave your home to experience all that Richmond has to offer, why not let the city come to you? These virtual experiences can bring Richmond to you – in the comfort of your own home.
Experience Richmond’s Coastal Connection
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Richmond was once called the Salmon Capital of Canada due to the city’s unique location at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River. Thanks to the industrious work of the Steveston Historical Society and the City of Richmond, we now can visit historic buildings that have been preserved to show the life of yesteryear. Immerse yourself in eight different 3D tours of the historic buildings found at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Explore the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers in the Chinese Bunkhouse tour, or walk through the spacious Manager’s house.
A Capture of Memories: The Murakami Family
The Murakami House at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site | Photo: Tourism Richmond
This short film explores the Japanese Canadian experience through the memories of the Murakami family, a remarkable family who lived at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Hear Asayo Murakami’s story, a Japanese picture bride who travelled all the way to Richmond from Japan in the early 1900s, only to reject her husband-to-be for a very modern reason: he simply didn’t look like his photo. Working hard to pay off her debt to her ex-husband-to-be, she became an important community member of the historic fishing village and her great-granddaughter now tells Asayo’s story in this highly compelling short film. Visit her house virtually, right here.
Visit Monster Cannery
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Once known as the “Monster Cannery,” the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of the most well-preserved canneries history buffs can visit to learn more about Richmond’s rich history in the fishing and canning industry. Built in 1894, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was once the largest building of its kind. Learn more about BC’s fishing and canning history from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s virtual Tides to Tin exhibit, so you know what to look out for during your next visit to the historic site.
Learn about the BC Packers
Historic Steveston | Photo Credit: the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Where the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was nicknamed “Monster Cannery,” BC Packers was once the largest fishing and fish processing company in British Columbia. But it as more than just a large fish factory – it was a thriving, bustling, multicultural community. Each ethnic group living and working at the docks made their own lasting impression on what we now call Steveston. Watch the history of the BC Packers company come to life in this online virtual exhibit, In Their Words: The Story of BC Packers. Some fun trivia: Richmond is still Canada’s largest commercial fishing port today.