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Doors Open Richmond 2016

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The Best of Steveston’s Heritage, Art and Culture

By Charles Takaesu and Gabrielle Sharp

Steveston_Visitor_Ctr_Palla_MediaDiscover Steveston’s heritage, arts and culture during the free Doors Open Richmond 2016 city-wide event, on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Twelve Doors Open sites are based in Steveston and showcase the area’s past and present.

Steveston Village is a great starting point for your weekend activities, with many sites clustered within walking distance of local restaurants and shops. Experience delicious dining, unique shopping and fabulous culture all in a single weekend!

Steveston_Gulf_of_Georgia_Cannery_Palla_MediaAt the west end of Steveston Village, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Avenue) is offering “Under the Rafters” tours, a rare behind-the-scenes experience exploring areas of the cannery typically closed to the public. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Please pre-register by calling 604-664-9009, as space is limited. There are two tours each day, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Although the “Under the Rafters” tour is free, normal admission rates apply for guests who wish to visit the regular exhibits.

Watch a silversmithing class in action at Juvelisto Design and School of Metal Arts (120-3500 Moncton Street) and chat with owner Sasha Shkolnik. Juvelisto Design specializes in beautiful one-of-a-kind jewellery made by Sasha and other gifted artists.

Tour the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre (3811 Moncton Street) in the heart of Steveston Village. Experience the diversity of Steveston’s history through the newly landscaped, Japanese-inspired Town Square Park and the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building that was opened a year ago. The first 200 people on each day will receive a mini-plant pot and children can enjoy trying the Japanese art of origami.

Steveston_Tram_Palla_MediaAlthough access to the tramcar may be limited due to restoration, stop by the Steveston Interurban Tram Building (4011 Moncton Street) for an Open House including children’s crafts.

Painter and teacher Adrienne Moore is opening her Home Studio (3171 Chatham Street) to the public during Doors Open. Adrienne employs a wide variety of styles and subjects, from local landscapes to mixed media and abstract expressionism. Visit Adrienne’s studio, filled to the brim with her vibrant work, and meet the artist to learn about her painting techniques.

Steveston_JapaneseBldg_Palla_MediaThe Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (4255 Moncton Street) is bustling with activity during the event weekend. Visitors can choose from displays, demonstrations, presentations and interactive activities on the culture, history and traditions of Steveston’s Japanese Canadian community.

A short walk northeast of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Steveston Buddhist Temple (4360 Garry Street) is the oldest standing Buddhist Temple in the lower mainland. Tours are available throughout Doors Open, and Introduction to Buddhism sessions are offered each day at 1:00 pm. On Saturday, enjoy a Japanese cooking demonstration and Seiza Meditation. Sunday features the morning service (opened to the public) and a cultural presentation in the late afternoon.

Steveston_Fire_Station_Palla_MediaAt the “gateway to Steveston”, visit the Steveston Fire Station (11011 No.2 Road) to meet fire fighters and Blaze the Dalmatian mascot. Tour the state-of-the-art fire hall and learn how to keep your family safe from house fires in the educational fire trailer.

Steveston_Branscombe_House_Palla_MediaRhonda Weppler, inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Branscombe House (4900 Steveston Highway) invites visitors of all ages to participate in the International Picnic Project, a still-life mural featuring Richmond’s international foods. Guests can contribute a drawing, painting, or collage of their favourite (locally available) international food in exchange for a candy gift inspired by Rhonda’s favourite ethnic food. Rhonda is also exhibiting a series of tiny marzipan food sculptures, created by local art students, representing Richmond’s culinary diversity.

Steveston_London_Heritage_Farm_Palla_MediaA must-visit for afternoon tea lovers, London Heritage Farm (6511 Dyke Road) features period themed rooms in a restored farmhouse, herb and perennial gardens and a Hand Tool Museum. Stop in for London Lady Tea and tasty treats in the Tea Room between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Steveston_Britannia_Shipyard_Palla_MediaBritannia Shipyards (5180 Westwater Drive) is hosting a veritable bounty of activities during Doors Open. The Dragon Zone Paddling Club offers a unique opportunity to get out on the water and try the exciting sport of dragon boating. There are four 30 minute sessions each day, at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, with a limit of one session per person. Pre-register by calling 604-718-8050 to reserve your spot. Visit a series of new exhibits at the Seine Net Loft and learn Morse code with radio historian Tom Brent at the Murakami Boatworks. Saturday activities at the Richmond Boat Builders include a Shipwright talk and Drop-In Boat Building, while Sunday offers Children’s Boat Building and Decorative Knot Tying.

Steveston_Steves_Farmhouse_Palla_MediaRevisit Steveston’s roots with a trip to the Steves Family Farmhouse (2871 Steveston Highway). Steveston is named after Martha and Manoah Steves, whose family founded the farm in 1877. The farm is still active today under the direction of their great grandson, Councillor Harold Steves. Tour parts of the farmhouse and peruse a large collection of artwork and historical objects. Heirloom seed gardens and antique farm equipment are also on display throughout Doors Open weekend.

Steveston_River_Queen_Boat_Palla_MediaFinally, hop aboard the River Queen Water Shuttle for a fully narrated nature and history tour of Steveston’s waterfront. This year, the River Queen will travel between Fisherman’s Wharf on the 2nd Avenue float, and the Britannia Shipyards dock. One way tickets between destinations are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $4 for children aged 4 to 12, while children under 4 ride free.

Join us for our Doors Open Richmond 2016 Opening Kickoff at Minoru Chapel and Pierrefonds Gardens (6540 Gilbert Road) on Friday June 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This year’s kickoff event features free live music, crafts, light refreshments and vibrant displays.

Remember, these are only 12 of the 42 sites offered throughout Richmond on June 4 and 5. To find out more about Doors Open Richmond 2016, pick up a map brochure now available at City of Richmond facilities or visit www.richmond.ca/doorsopen.

New Mural Installed in Fisherman’s Park Steveston

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Steveston artOver the past year a group of non-profit organizations in Steveston have come together to produce a fishing mural on the building in Fisherman’s Park. The inspiration for the project came from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and the Steveston Historical Society as an effort to beautify the western end of Steveston and highlight the village’s fishing history.

Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society says, “We are excited to have a significant piece of public art installed at the west end of the village. With new commercial buildings at the corner of Bayview and 3rd Ave, I think we’ll see a significant increase in pedestrian traffic and it’s good to show we are more than an industrial area.”

Working with the Steveston Harbour Authority who owns the building and park, these two heritage groups formed a committee with representatives from each of the three non-profits as well as the Richmond Arts Coalition. The committee created a plan for depicting Steveston’s fishing past on three sides of the building.

With support from the City of Richmond, the Steveston Harbour Authority, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society and Benjamin Moore paints, the group hired experienced mural artist Victoria Oginski to begin the work for the south facing wall of the building. Basing her work on images from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s collection and photographer Joel Baziuk, Victoria has beautifully captured the essence of today’s fishing industry in Steveston.

According to Sarah Glen, Director on the Steveston Historical Society board, “The Historical Society is excited to share Steveston’s history with the public in a new way. We plan to include the mural in future walking tours of the village to help visitors understand the importance of fishing in our history.”

The group is currently seeking funding to add mural panels on the remaining two sides of the building. These panels will complete the history of fishing in Steveston, from First Nations village to thriving fishing harbour.

Public are invited to the official unveiling of the mural on Sunday, December 6 at noon in Fisherman’s Park at the west end of Moncton Street in Steveston.
For more information:

Rebecca Clarke, Executive Director Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society
12138 Fourth Ave
Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
t: 604.664.9192
http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/

The Cannery Store

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Cannery_Store_Steveston_Insider_5449aGulf of Georgia Cannery Store: ‘Tis the Season to Shop Locally

When you set off to shop locally this holiday season add the Gulf of Georgia (GOG) Cannery National Historic Site’s gift store to your must visit list.

Rob Hart, GOG Cannery Society Operations Manager is responsible for purchasing the products you will find in the shop. His goal? To find merchandise that enhances the museum visitor’s experience and appeals to local shoppers. As a result, you will find a very unique collection of gifts and souvenirs.

Established in 1986, the GOG Cannery Society is an independent non-profit society and registered charity responsible for the operation of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada on behalf of Parks Canada. The museum opened to the public in 1994.

Revenue generated through gift shop sales goes towards museum operations; therefore you can feel good knowing your purchase is making an impact.

Popular among tourists and locals alike is a wide selection of salmon products. The vacuum packed smoked salmon is one of the shop’s top sellers as it is so convenient for travel.

Cannery_Store_Steveston_Insider_5460Hart points out five species of gourmet-canned salmon (Chum, Coho, Pink, Sockeye and Spring) are available from supplier The Fishery Seafoods, based on Saltspring Island.

If you are looking to support a Steveston business try Soo Salmon Jerky made at nearby London Landing. In addition, a nice historical connection is the sale of Murchie’s 1894 Select Orange Pekoe Tea (the same year the Cannery began operating).

For the book lovers on your list, you will find a good selection of books addressing local history, fishing, boating, First Nations art and culture and environmental issues.

Fish and marine themed décor and related products are bountiful. Think glass candlesticks masquerading as fish, bottle openers, Rain Goose tea towels (designed in North Vancouver), Christmas ornaments, and even stuffed animals (yes, fish!) along with other West Coast toys you might not normally come across such as bears and walruses.

First Nations jewellery is well represented in the form of pendants, earrings, necklaces and rings. Fun for puddle jumping, Native Sole rain boots feature dynamic motifs. Prints, scarves, t-shirts, greeting cards, bowls and salad servers can all be found here.

The museum’s archive has a good collection of historical canning labels that have been printed onto mugs. Hart mentions that one of these coveted mugs was bought by an Australian couple and became a household favourite until it broke. Determined to put a smile back on their faces, Hart sent a replacement down under!

“There is something for every age range at the Cannery Store.” Rob Hart

Children love to explore shops and they will be happy to discover their own special section filled with toys, games, stuffed animals and what stands out in my memory as a highlight of school field trips, souvenirs priced to match a child’s budget.

How would you feel about finding some Salmon Slobber in your Christmas stocking? Made in Alberta by Goat Mountain Soap Company, this and other equally humorous wilderness themed soaps are bound to produce a few laughs. The label promises there really is nothing fishy about this cleansing product (coconut oil and goat’s milk top the list of ingredients).

There is plenty going on inside the historic site during the festive season. Steveston merchants and community groups will show off their tree decorating talents at the Cannery’s Festival of Trees (on display November 29 to December 31). Visitors can vote by donation to benefit the Richmond Food Bank in this friendly competition!

Santa Cannery Steveston InsiderWhat would Christmas in Steveston Village be without a visit from Santa? After Santa arrives at Fisherman’s Wharf (Sunday December 6) he will make his way over to the Cannery’s theatre for photographs. Bring your own camera, the jolly old elf will pose and listen to your Christmas wishes between 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For further shopping needs, are you aware the Gulf of Georgia Cannery hosts an indoor winter market? Now in its second year, the Cannery Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for local food producers and artisans to showcase their products. The market is held every second Sunday (consult the GOG website for the schedule).

Make a trip to the Cannery Store this holiday season. During the month of December customers who spend $25 or more will receive a can of Gold Seal salmon while supplies last. You are welcome to shop during regular hours of operation (daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and no admission is required to step inside the store.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BCThe Cannery Store
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
12138 Fourth Avenue
Richmond, BC V7E 3J1
Telephone 604-664-9009
www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.org

Steveston Village

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Place to be This Fall

Now that summer is a sun-filled memory it is time to turn our attention to one of the loveliest times of the year, autumn, and all of the fabulous fun-filled events Steveston Village offers.

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is a key player in organizing many of the community’s eagerly anticipated celebrations. The SMA’s signature events (Steveston Scarecrow Crawl, Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village, Girls’ Night Out and Christmas in Steveston Village) are designed to get local residents out strolling the streets and exploring local businesses.

blue canoe scarecrowSteveston Scarecrow Crawl

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has become one of the community’s well-loved attractions. During the month of October cleverly themed scarecrows lurk in doorways and peek out of store windows. These delightful handcrafted guardians often reflect the personality of the shop to which they belong.

Many of them are not garden variety scarecrows – in fact, you never know quite what you will spot – whether it is a giant slug, a couture ‘crow, nautical or fairy tale characters (we are after all “Storybrooke”). Bring your camera, pose with your new friends, and step inside the businesses to visit the talented merchants responsible for creating these mascots.

Halloween Costume ContestSteveston Insider Costume Contest

Back by popular demand! Steveston Insider is excited to once again sponsor a Halloween Costume Contest. Photos will be taken by Sandra Steier at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. All photos will be posted on Steveston Insider’s website and the lucky winners will be notified. Get creative and good luck! At 3:00 p.m. head out to trick-or-treat at participating businesses.

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston VillageSteveston_Insider_Halloween
Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village is always a seasonal highlight for little pirates, mermaids, princesses and dragons. It is a real “treat” to see imaginatively costumed children in the daylight hours receiving a Halloween goody from participating merchants. Taking place on Saturday, October 31 between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., this is the perfect warm up act for the big night! Maps of participating businesses will be available and treats will be handed out while supplies last.

Halloween_Cannery_Steveston_Palla_MediaHalloween at the Cannery
Halloween is a busy time in Steveston Village. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery invites you to solve the Case of the Cannery Curse! Meet their ghostly victim, and other ghoulish characters, on a self-guided mystery tour of the historic cannery. Drop in on October 23, 24, 25 and 31 any time between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., for this family-fun event. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance. Contact the Cannery for tickets and further information (604-664-9009).

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BCBack for its second year, The Cannery Farmers’ Market 2015-16 season starts on Sunday, October 4. Stock up on local produce and crafts on the following Sundays: October 4 and 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and 20, January 17 and 31, February 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17. Steveston Insider is proud to play a role as a Cannery Farmers’ Market sponsor.

Steveston Girls Night OutGirls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out takes place on Thursday November 26. This SMA event has become legendary and “girls” come in droves to be part of this special night out on the town. Women of all ages take to the streets of Steveston to power shop at SMA businesses, which offer exciting specials and incentives. This is the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. SMA restaurants will be offering pre and post shopping drinks and dining.

Follow “Steveston Girls Night Out” Facebook page to ensure you are in the loop; learn when tickets go on sale for the after party – tickets sell out almost instantly!

Festival of Trees_Steveston_Palla_MediaFestival of Trees
During the month of December enjoy a walk through an indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees when the Steveston Merchants Association partners with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the Festival of Trees. Steveston businesses personalize their trees with festive flair.

Steveston Village Christmas Horse CarriageChristmas in Steveston Village
To cap off the year, Christmas in Steveston Village puts holiday shoppers in the Christmas spirit. New this year, this special event has been split over two days, Sunday November 29 and December 6.

Car_Cruise_Steveston_Palla_MediaOn November 29 enjoy the charm of riding aboard an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage with festive music playing as the majestic team of horses clip clop along and loop the village. Visit local shops and do some Christmas shopping – it’s never too early to start. You will find unique gifts and as an added fringe benefit, you will feel good about having shopped locally and directly supported the community.

The 2nd annual Christmas Classic Car Show will parade through the village on December 6 at 12:15 p.m. then be on display until 3:00 p.m.

Santa_Steveston_Palla_MediaEvery year crowds of adoring fans line Fisherman’s Wharf for a glimpse of Santa as he arrives on December 6 on board a Vancouver Whale Watch boat with his entourage of elves. Free Santa hats are handed out (courtesy of the Steveston Merchants Association) while supplies last. It is a sight to see the village filled with red hats!

Follow Santa to the Cannery and take a photo of your child sitting on Santa’s lap.Then admire the Festival of Trees and shop at The Cannery Farmers’ Market. There may even be a little extra Christmas magic – stay tuned for details!

Doors Open Richmond 2015

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Unlock Steveston’s Best with Doors Open Richmond 2015
Story by Gabrielle Sharp

Steveston Museum, Post Office and Visitor CentreUnlock some of the best kept secrets of Steveston’s heritage, art and culture with Doors Open Richmond 2015 presented by the Richmond Museum Society and the City of Richmond on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 between 10:00 am and 4:00 p.m. Ten of the 44 sites taking part in Doors Open this year are located in Steveston.

Steveston Village with its evocative character buildings and fascinating museums brings the past alive.
Heritage is well represented in the Steveston area with six sites alone offering everything from major exhibit openings through to special behind-the-scenes museum tours.

Visit the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre and be among the first to explore the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building during its opening weekend. This is the building located behind the Steveston Museum that was moved to the site in 2010. It will offer exhibits telling the stories of the Japanese Canadians of Steveston.

At the Steveston Interurban Tram Building, you can meet Ron Hyde, a rail historian who wrote The Sockeye Special: The story of the Steveston Tram and early Lulu Island. There will also be free children’s crafts and a special scavenger hunt.

The eastern end of Steveston is well represented too. At Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site enjoy free 15-minute tours on the hour of the buildings and docks that gives Britannia its unique heritage character. On Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., visit Oceana the mermaid as she tells people about her ocean home and how to care for it.

Further east along the Fraser River on Dyke Road at picturesque London Heritage Farm, tour 1890s period themed rooms depicting pioneer life in Richmond. Stroll through the park and see gardens, the hand tool museum and, of course, everyone’s favourite London Farm chickens. Then between noon and 5:00 p.m. drop in for a delicious tea in the Tea Room.

Toward the west end of the village, the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site will be hosting a special “Under the Rafters: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour” of the Cannery. Join this exclusive tour of the usually hidden spaces storing artefacts and more that make up the Gulf of Georgia. Pre-register for these tours by calling 604-664-9009 or emailing annika.penner@pc.gc.ca. While these tours are free, normal admission prices apply for general public access to the Cannery building.

Experience a rare opportunity to visit a working farm at the Steves Family Farmhouse on Steveston Highway that has been in the Steves family since 1877. You will be able to tour parts of the house and view a large collection of artwork and historical objects. Antique farm equipment and heirloom seed gardens will be on display outside.

For culture enthusiasts, the Steveston Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre next to the Steveston Community Centre will be offering displays, demonstrations, presentations and interactive activities about Steveston’s Japanese Community.

More Japanese culture is on display at the Steveston Buddhist Temple on Garry Street where you can discover the rich history of the oldest standing Buddhist Temple in the Lower Mainland. The Temple has been a part of the Steveston community for over 80 years and will offer site tours. There will also be a number of workshops throughout the weekend including Introduction to Buddhism at 1:00 pm on both days.

For art lovers, painter and teacher Adrienne Moore is opening her private home studio on Chatham Street where you can view her works that range from local landscapes to abstract expressionism.

Finally, there is the Steveston Fire Station at No. 2 Road and Steveston Highway. Always popular with kids of all ages, throughout the Doors Open weekend there will be tours of the station and their 27-foot fire education trailer. Who doesn’t love seeing a fire truck up close?

Most of these sites are within easy walking distance of Steveston Village. For people who like to stretch their legs, Walk Richmond is offering a walking tour on Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Walk Richmond leaders will start the leisurely group walk at Britannia Shipyards before taking participants along the Fraser River to London Heritage Farm. If you’re interested, meet under the big alder tree near the Murakami Garden in the centre of the Britannia Shipyards site just before starting time. No registration is required.

For those who would prefer to explore the Steveston waterfront by boat, on Sunday, June 7, climb aboard the River Queen operated by Vancouver Whale Watch for a fully narrated nature and history tour of Steveston’s waterfront. The River Queen will be docking at three stops throughout the day: Fisherman’s Wharf on the Second Avenue Float near Vancouver Whale Watch, Third Avenue Pier near the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and at the Britannia Shipyards Dock. You can hop on and hop off to explore each site. One way tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $4 for children aged 4-12. Children younger than four are free.

Join in the celebrations with the Doors Open Richmond 2015 Kickoff. On Friday June 5, First Avenue will be closed down between Moncton and Chatham Streets for a neighbourhood block party! Starting at 4:30 p.m. there will be free live music and children’s crafts plus local merchants will be offering food, drinks and merchandise for sale. At 6:30 p.m. the new Japanese Building on the Steveston Museum site will be officially opened and festivities will continue until 8:30 p.m.

These are just 10 of the 44 sites offered throughout Richmond on June 6 and 7. To find out more about Doors Open Richmond 2015 and how you can unlock the best of Richmond’s heritage, art and culture, pick up a map brochure at a City of Richmond facility or visit the website:
www.richmond.ca/doorsopen

Richmond Nature Park

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Richmond Nature ParkNew Programs for Babies and Children in  2015

Nature Baby (6 – 18 months)
Explore ways to introduce little ones to the outdoors with a nature walk and nature-themed songs and rhymes. Register online at www.richmond.ca/register, by phone 604-276-4300 or in-person at the Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, 604-718-6188.
Saturdays, May 2 – 30
10:00 – 11:00 am
$28/4 sessions

Nature Detectives (5 – 7 years)
Learn about nature and investigate the outdoor world. Different themes offered each day. Register online at www.richmond.ca/register, by phone 604-276-4300 or in-person at the Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, 604-718-6188.
Monday – Friday, March 16 – 20 and March 23 – 27
9:30 – 12 noon
$87/5 sessions

Sleepover at the Richmond Nature Park (6 – 12 years)
Walk the trails at night with a naturalist and learn about nocturnal creatures, play game, create crafts and listen to animal-themed bedtime stories before tucking in for the night. Fee includes evening snacks and continental breakfast. Register online at www.richmond.ca/register, by phone 604-276-4300 or in-person at the Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, 604-718-6188.
Friday – Saturday, June 19 – 20
7:00 pm – 8:00 am
$48/1 session

Plein Air Painting Workshop (16+ years)
Create a watercolour piece outdoors in the natural environment under the guidance of a plein air (in the open air) artist.
Saturday, May 23 – June 27
11:00 – 2:00 pm
$126/6 sessions

FREE, ONGOING
Urban Wildlife Talk (all ages)
Participate in a guided walk and learn about different components of the Nature Park. Walk themes change seasonally. Afterwards, visit the Nature House’s small collection of live animals that are the ambassadors for the wildlife community of the bog. Suitable for all ages. Not offered during events. Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, 604-718-6188.
Sundays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

RICHMOND NATURE PARK and NATURE HOUSE

http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/about.htm

This 200+ acre park is the largest undeveloped natural area in Richmond and is a sanctuary for plants and animals found in this rare bog environment. Trails and board walks provide access to the unusual plants native to this fragile bog environment.

The Nature House features programs, visitor information, trail guides, family friendly activity kits, exhibits and a gift shop. A small collection of live animals showcases the creatures that live in the park. Park amenities include interpretive signs, a wildlife garden, bird feeding station, a picnic shelter, nature playspace and public washrooms.

No pets or bicycles permitted in the park

The park is open daily, dawn to dusk and the Nature House is open daily, 9 – 5 pm. Contact staff at 604-718-6188 or nature@richmond.ca for details about the park, programs or Nature House.

RICHMOND NATURE PARK SOCIETY
http://www.richmondnatureparksociety.ca/index.php?pr=Home_Page

SEASONAL, REGISTRATION REQUIRED

The Richmond Nature Park Society is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting natural history and natural history education in Richmond. The Society works in partnership with the City Of Richmond to provide natural history education opportunities that encourage residents and visitors to Richmond to learn about the environment and natural history of this community.

Angela Soon | Community Facilities Coordinator
Community Services Department
City of Richmond
604-718-6188 (office)

Murder Mystery and the Paranormal at the Cannery

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Murder at the CanneryThis Halloween at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a ‘murder’ will take place – and audience choices will determine the victim! Our first choose-your-own-adventure style Halloween tour is set amid pre-Cold War tensions and even colder temperatures. All we know for sure is that trouble is brewing at the Cannery… On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2014 join us to search for clues throughout the massive Cannery to help solve the mystery!

Tours will start daily at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm, with advance booking required.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $5 for youth, and may be purchased in person at the Cannery, or by phone 604-664-9009. Online tickets are also available at: murderatthecannery.brownpapertickets.com

Also to get you in the Halloween mood:
Is it just chilly in the Cannery, or are those chills down your spine? Staff are often asked if the Cannery is haunted, but we don’t know for sure. Now there’s a chance for you to find out!

This summer, Northern Paranormal Investigations conducted two overnight investigations at the Cannery. Join us for a presentation as their discoveries are revealed!

The Paranormal Presentations will take place at the Cannery at 7pm on Friday, October 24 and Thursday, October 30, 2014. Ticket prices are $10, and may be purchased in person at the Cannery, or by phone 604-664-9009. Online tickets are also available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/901450

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada is operated by the non-profit Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, on behalf of Parks Canada. Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue at Moncton, Richmond (Steveston Village). www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.comGulf Of Georgia Cannery in Steveston

Fishy Fun for Spring Break 2014 at the Cannery!

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in the historic village of Steveston over Spring Break, March 15-30, 2014 for special spring break activities and programs for kids of all ages!

Open daily from 10am to 5pm, families can enjoy our many hands-on exhibits about Canada’s west coast fishing history, and kids can test their skills in a “Sustainable Scavenger Hunt” inside our spacious 55,000 square foot Cannery.   

At 11:30 am and 2:30 pm daily*, enjoy our educational and humour-filled performance of the Titanium Chef, to help our Chef-in-Residence, “Bobby Fillet” make sustainable seafood choices for his cooking challenge.
*Schedule subject to change

Our Cannery Kids’ Corner also offers fun, fishing related toys, games and a dress-up corner for the little ones to enjoy!

Admission:  Adults $7.80, Children (6-16) $3.90, Under 6: Free, Families $19.60  
Call 604-664-9009 for details.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada is operated by the non-profit Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, on behalf of Parks Canada.  Location: 12138 Fourth Avene at Moncton, Richmond (Steveston Village).  www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

Chinese New Year 2014

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

The coming Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014. Year of the Horse.


The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for Chinese. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the Christian New Year which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. A lunar month is around 2 days shorter than a solar month. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

Normally, the celebration will start from the New Year’s Eve and will last for around 15 days until the mid of the first month. Before the celebration, people will normally do a complete cleaning of the house and put on the traditional New Year decoration. Family reunion is the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration. The New Year’s Eve is the time for family reunion. Following by the reunion, people will normally visit relatives and friends, doing shopping, watch some traditional Chinese shows, launch some fireworks, and plan for the coming year. The celebration will sometimes be highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of heaven, earth, and other gods, as well as the family ancestors. In modern China, working professionals will normally have 7 days of holiday including weekend to celebrate. After the family reunion, some modern Chinese may take the chance to visit some tourist destinations.

This information was taken from website: http://www.chinesenewyears.info/

Heritage Afloat: Heritage Week

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

HERITAGE AFLOAT!
Heritage Week:  February 17-23, 2014

Water is not just for drinking. For thousands of years, the simple fact that water is buoyant has allowed us, and our cargo, to get from one place to another. Before there was the wheel, there was the boat.

Because water floats our boats, we live close to water whenever we can. British Columbia is blessed with an abundance of water, and most of our towns and cities have been built next to lakes and rivers, at the ocean’s edge, or where rivers enter the sea. When we built roads and railways on land, they linked bodies of water to create a complete transportation network. Even today our economic future depends on the continuing availability of efficient and effective shipping to reach the world’s markets.  Heritage Week is a project of Heritage BC.  For a list of events in BC, please check http://www.heritagebc.ca/events/

CELEBRATE HERITAGE WEEK IN STEVESTON!
BOATS OF BRITANNIA SHIPYARDS       FREE
Walk on the floats with a guide to view the boats of Britannia up close.  Free activities and hourly tours for the whole family.
Britannia Shipyards
Sa/Su             Feb 22/23    12:00-5:00 pm

RYOSHI:  NIKKEI FISHERMEN OF THE WEST COAST
Enjoy guided tours of an exhibit “Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the West Coast” and a special kids craft between 11am-3pm.  For details, visit gulfofgeorgiacannery.com or phone 604-664-9009.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Sa/Su             Feb 22/23    10:00 am-5:00 pm

 

 

 

LONDON LANDING
Join us for one of three guided walks at London Farm.  Find out more about the original London Landing which was built by the London brothers for commerce and recreation.  By donation.
London Heritage Farm
Sa             Feb 22    10:00 am, 12 noon and 2:00 pm

 

 

 

BOATS AND RAILS    FREE
Find out how the Interurban Tram helped to develop the Richmond community with free tours held throughout the day.
Steveston Interurban Tram Building
Sa             Feb 22      10:00 am-4:00 pm

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site
City of Richmond
Direct: 604 718-6104
www.richmond.ca/britannia