Even though restrictions in BC may be relaxed soon, that time 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.

But 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 be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Experience Richmond’s Coastal Connection

Richmond was once called the Salmon Capital of Canada due to the city’s unique location at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River, and the fact that it was a leading producer of canned salmon. Thanks to the industrious work of the Steveston Historical Society and the City of Richmond, you can now visit historic buildings that have been preserved to show yesteryear life.

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, walk through the spacious Manager’s house, and more.

Britannia Shipyards
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Watch A Capture of Memories: The Murakami Family

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 the story of Asayo Murakami, 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 by clicking here.

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The Murakami House at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. 

Discover a Monster Cannery

Once known as the “Monster Cannery,” the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is a well-preserved cannery you 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. Discover what was involved in working the canning line, and check out the Build Your Own Cannery game!

Gulf of Georgia Cannery
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Learn about the BC Packers

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 home to Canada’s largest commercial fishing port today.