Though it will be much smaller than past in-person editions, the Richmond Maritime Festival Re-imagined will bring to life once more the nautical history of Steveston and the Britannia Shipyards. Taking place from August 21 - 22, 2021, this years festival will have both in-person and virtual activities.
Britannia Shipyards is open to the public daily and some limited Richmond Maritime Festival programming (such as food trucks and roving performers) will be available on the site’s Landside. To access the majority of the festival’s activations and performances — located in the Seine Net Loft, on the boat dock, and on the back deck of the Britannia Shipyard Building — it is recommend all visitors reserve timed-entry admission in advance. Admission is free and a limited number will be available for walk-ups.
A bounty of beautiful wooden boats! Walk the 190-metre (600-foot) dock to admire wooden boats and ships of all kinds.
The dock will be accessible only through the Seine Net Loft, from 11am–6pm on August 21–22, 2021. Due to the capacity of the heritage buildings, and current health and safety regulations, space in the Seine Net Loft and the dock will be limited. It is recommend all visitors book a free ticket in advance - click here to book.
Glance back at Richmond Maritime Festival 2019. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Performers & Artists
This year’s festival will feature performers including wood carvers, model boat builders, storytellers, drummers and even puppet Lulu the Mermaid and Rikki the rat. There will also be a variety of local musicians and roving performers performing throughout the festival. Visitors can expect artists such as the Cannery Mermaids, Cartoon Katie, Glen Andersen, Imagniac, Ming Yeung and more.
There will be a full fleet of food trucks serving the festival on both days, which means you won’t have to rely on your own supply of ship’s biscuits for sustenance. In addition, Steveston has a full menu of excellent restaurants and cafes to explore.
Shameless Buns will be one of the vendors as this years festival. | Photo: Shameless Buns
Discover the history of Britannia Shipyards through online 3D tours.
Situated in a unique waterfront setting, the National Historic Site reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the shipyards. Explore the bustling community and the interconnectedness of the local cannery and boat building industries through virtual tours of key structures.
Check out the online sources if you're not able to make it to the festival. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Highlights include the Chinese Bunkhouse, which depicts the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by their remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination. Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century - take the 3D tour.
The Britannia Shipyard Building showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place - take the 3D tour.
For more virtual tours click here.
If you’re planning to drive to the festival, parking at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (by donation) is limited. Instead, park in Steveston Village and take the scenic stroll alongside the Fraser River directly to the site.
Alternatively, you can bike ride your bike to the site (you can store your bike at the Wheel Watch station near the public parking lot on Westwater Drive), or plan your journey to the village on public transit via the TransLink website.
Richmond Maritime Festival Event Details
Festival activities continue from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22.
Time-based entry will be used in 2021 to ensure all site structures adhere to maximum capacity limits, in accordance with health and safety orders.
For more details on the festival - click here.