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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.

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!

Vancouver Whale Watch

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Celebrating 15 Years in Steveston Village

Untitled-7The day that Cedric Towers and I planned to sit down for an interview he was in the midst of doing what he loves – tracking whales. I saw first hand what this busy owner and founder of Vancouver Whale Watch does to ensure his clients experience the adventure of a lifetime.

Armed with a radio (a whale citizens band radio of sorts), Towers stood in front of a chart of the Salish Sea, communicating with members of the Pacific Whale Watch Network both from Canada and America, as they shared up to the minute information about local whale sightings. Members of this cooperative network include ferry workers, fishermen, land-based spotters and other whale watching boats. Once the information is conveyed through the Network, Vancouver Whale Watch boats zip over to the area in hope of a viewing.

Sixteen years ago Towers came up with the idea of launching his business. The company began in 1998 as an eco-tourism company called Captain Zodiac. Within a year Towers decided that with the right boats, both seaworthy and fast, whale watching from Steveston was indeed possible. This was a groundbreaking concept as up until then this type of enterprise was considered fit only for the Vancouver Island area. It was Jamie Bray, Tower’s friend and whale watching colleague from Tofino, who shared his love of the business with Towers.

Vancouver Whale Watch - Cedric Towers - PallaMediaRaised in a science-oriented family, Tower’s father was a Botany professor. The family lived all over North America and in the 1960s Towers moved to Vancouver. After attending U.B.C. he fished commercially for salmon for a number of years and travelled up and down the coast working on various projects.

Vancouver Whale Watch started with a 12-passenger zodiac, and two years later added the larger Explorathor boat to the fleet. This boat was specifically designed for marine mammal viewing and provided passengers with excellent visual and picture taking opportunities. The Explorathor Express was purchased in 2002; increasing passenger capacity to 184 people a day over two trips using all three vessels.

In 2009 the original Explorathor was retired and in 2010 Explorathor II, built locally in North Vancouver, was launched. Towers designed the boats so that the forward roofs can be removed in the warmer months allowing the passengers to enjoy an open-air experience.

Both the Express and Explorathor vessels are powered with water jets and the most fuel-efficient engines available. These engines exceed emission standard requirements significantly reducing impact on the marine environment. In turn, passengers benefit through a faster, quieter and smoother ride.

Operating seven days a week from April 1st to October 31st and employing over 25 staff members during peak season, Vancouver Whale Watch welcomes thousands of passengers aboard each year for an experience they will never forget. One of the greatest perks of Towers’ job is seeing the anticipation as clients are fitted in weatherproof suits, hats and gloves. Upon their return the highlight is hearing excited stories about experiences out on the water. Towers jokes that he could have struck it rich by investing in real estate, but for him this is a much more satisfying career.

263891_180573932000216_823601_nWhat can you expect from a Vancouver Whale Watch excursion? With the unpredictable movement of whales, one must reserve 3 to 5 hours for a tour. The 5-hour window of time allows Vancouver Whale Watch to take you further afield, if necessary, to increase chances of locating the mighty mammals. And have no fear; there are washrooms onboard the Explorathor and Express boats.

Pack your lunch for the trip, or contact Pierside Deli on the dock, and they can organize a whale watching lunch for you.

Occasionally tours have hit the jackpot and come across a super pod. Comprised of the three resident pods (J, K and L), they are actually an extended family in the area. Constituting as many as 90 whales, they occasionally come together for a big family reunion of sorts, and in a greeting ceremony they form lines and communicate to one another.

Speaking of communicating, if whales are in the vicinity, Vancouver Whale Watch staff will shut off the boat’s engine and use a hydrophone (an underwater microphone) to eavesdrop on resident Orcas, which can be identified by their dialects. Passengers are able to listen to the conversation over a P.A. system.

Towers sees the boats as “floating classrooms” and with the expertise of the skipper and naturalist onboard, passengers learn about the eco system and the interrelationship between whales and the salmon on which they feed.

The chance of seeing Orcas varies with the seasons. Working with the Pacific Whale Watch Network gives the company a sighting success rate of over 95%. The vessels typically travel through the Gulf Islands and American San Juan Islands, allowing passengers to see a variety of wildlife including, seals, sea lions, porpoises, eagles, and occasionally dolphins (which have recently made an appearance in the area).

The business guarantees that should you not see a whale you are welcome to return for a free trip. This offer never expires. Towers reports that a Japanese tourist returned after twelve years to take them up on the offer. As for satisfied customers, many people come back for the thrill of getting out on the water again. A couple from Chicago returns each year and have taken ten tours.

Vancouver Whale Watch - Steveston staff - PallaMediaCloser to home, if you are interested in a tour of Steveston’s waterfront, the charming River Queen boat is in operation from June through to mid-September. On this 45 minute fully narrated expedition you will learn about the nature and history of the area. You will see the commercial fishing fleet, Shady Island, Britannia Heritage Shipyard and the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Cannery. Keep your eyes peeled; en route you may spot seals, eagles, herons, swans and cormorants.

Vancouver Whale Watch generously gives back to the community each December by donating the service of a skipper and open air zodiac to transport Santa and his helpers as part of the Steveston Merchants Association’s Christmas in Steveston Village event.

Vancouver Whale Watch - Steveston - PallaMediaThe summer months are prime whale watching months. People travel from all over the world to enjoy what is on our doorstep. We are so fortunate to live in a community where we have the opportunity to hop aboard a Vancouver Whale Watch boat and enjoy all of the breathtaking scenery this area has to offer – and have a 95% chance of spotting a whale!

Vancouver Whale Watch
210-12240 Second Avenue
Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
Telephone 604-274-9565
www.vancouverwhalewatch.com

Mardon Insurance Richmond

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Mardon Insurance has been a community fixture for 43 years. The first Mardon office opened in Vancouver in 1928 as E.P. Mardon Insurance, followed in 1971 by the opening of the Richmond location. The company has seen substantial growth over the years and now operates seven independent brokerages throughout the Lower Mainland and one in Toronto. Mardon Insurance has seen

At the helm of the Richmond office is Thomas Forbes, Manager of Commercial Insurance, and Kristin Erickson, Manager of Personal Insurance and Marine. Erickson joined the company in 1995 and Forbes came on board in 1996.a number of name changes over the years, yet what remains constant is its dedication to providing quality advice on an extensive range of insurance products to help protect you, your family and your assets.

From business to home, auto, marine, and group coverage, Mardon Insurance represents some of the largest international, national, and regional insurance companies in Canada, and is able to offer clients a selection of the most comprehensive packages at the best price possible.

While we all know it is essential to protect your assets, Mardon Insurance will work with you to determine how much coverage you need, along with recommendations on deductibles, and various other considerations of which you may not be aware. For instance, if you rent an apartment you may question if you really need tenant insurance. However, what if there’s a water leak in your unit? Or if you or accidentally cause a fire that spreads to other units in your building? What if someone slips and falls, hurting himself in your living area? As a tenant, having the appropriate amount of liability coverage is paramount.

The AbsoluteHOME package is a comprehensive package which exceeds the industry standards, and includes theft of belongings from your vehicle, business property on premises, coverage of some business property off premises (such as a laptop computer), spare automobile parts, bodily injury and property damage liability and replacing the locks on your home and car.

In addition, Mardon Insurance can also help customize your policy with a wide range of optional coverage including bylaw and sprinkler bylaw coverage, earthquake, extended coverage for bikes, jewelry, wine, fine arts and furs, glass extension, higher liability limits through an umbrella policy, home-based business, identify theft, parents in a nursing home, personal watercraft and students away from home.Being situated in a waterfront community, the Mardon Insurance team is extremely knowledgeable about boat and marine insurance. The company offers a variety of policies including boat, live aboard, marina, shipbuilder, specialty coverage and yacht club.Mardon Insurance seven independent insurance brokerages are located throughout the Lower Mainland, and noteworthy, they are not controlled by any single insurance company.Thomas Forbes says as a child he was a “Navy brat,” and moved from coast to coast. Originally from Halifax, he laid anchor in Steveston as a young adult. He was attracted to the waterfront village, which reminded him of home and he found the people to be much like Maritimers.
His first job in Steveston was waiting tables at the Charthouse Restaurant (where he met his wife who was also a server). Forbes changed careers and started at Mardon Insurance as a commercial lines broker. Within a short time he was promoted to Manager, Commercial Insurance (Richmond), the position he still holds today.

When looking for an insurance broker Forbes recommends first and foremost finding the right fit for your needs. For simplicity’s sake, he advises clients to keep their insurance policies under one roof, and to keep it local to save running around. He stresses that Mardon Insurance prides itself on customer service, and they strive to be the best insurance brokers by making the process easy for their clients.

Richmond’s Mardon Insurance team are all trained insurance brokers. A number of the staff has been with the business for many years, including Maxine Krowiak and Doreen Woon, who have both worked at the business for approximately thirty years. That is employee loyalty bar none.

Forbes shares a few tips to help protect your home and car. During the cold weather, ensure your outside taps are shut off to prevent pipes from cracking. When driving always follow the speed limit, and drive according to weather conditions – slow down and leave adequate time to safely reach your destination. Never leave valuables in your vehicle. If you are undertaking a renovation ensure that your contractor carries contractor insurance.

Mardon Insurance’s brokers play a key role in protecting a client’s assets. Forbes says, “it is a privilege to be entrusted to assist clients if the worst situation were to happen. ”

Mardon Insurance (Richmond)
145-3900 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC V7E 2K2
604-274-9971
www.mardoninsurance.ca

Steveston Eco Tours

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I’ve Looked at Steveston from Both Sides Now.

Although I do not have a bucket list, I have always wanted to see Steveston from the water. My children have been out on the Fraser River as Santa’s crew members and I confess I felt envious seeing them arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf with big smiles on their faces, wondering what they saw out there. When the opportunity came along for me to interview Bruce Livingston, owner and operator of his one-year-old business, Steveston Eco Tours, it was difficult to stop myself from dashing immediately to Paramount Pond where he moors Archie V, his six passenger custom tour boat.

Livingston is living his dream. He recently retired from his thirty year career as a lawyer. Many of you will know him from the law firm Henderson Livingston Stewart which was located in the old Steveston Courthouse on 3rd Avenue. Livingston has made a huge commitment to this community. Born in Vancouver, he has lived and worked in Richmond since the 1980s when he began work as a young lawyer. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the area. He served on the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society’s board for twenty years, he is on the board of the Steveston Historical Society, and he is board president of the London Heritage Farm Society. In addition, Livingston is involved with the Valdes Island Conservancy Association, which provides a voice for the natural areas of the island.

When Livingston chose to retire early, he wanted to share his passion for this spectacular area and purchased a boat to take people out to experience the wonders of this magnificent location. His clients include an even mix of locals and tourists. He sees Steveston’s heritage, harbour and the community minded people as being intertwined, and he is deeply committed to and grateful for all three.

Livingston has always been attracted to the water, and comes by it honestly; his grandfather was also a boating enthusiast. Livingston has had an affinity for the water and Gulf Islands for as long as he can remember. When he was a teenager his family bought property on Valdes Island, located between Gabriola and Galiano Islands. The property is outfitted with an Eco Lodge, where in the near future overnight stays will be possible. Swimming at a private sandy beach and enjoying a waterfront picnic are currently part of the tempting summer package if you choose to visit this island.

Valdes Island is one of many destinations where Livingston will happily escort his passengers. When you book a tour, the world is your oyster, and every day is an adventure. If you have a dream to visit the wineries on Pender and Saturna Islands, have a pub lunch on a Gulf Island, view the murals at Chemainus, tour the Fraser River Estuary, travel by water to Fort Langley, or see petroglyphs carved by First Nations people on Gabriola Island, Livingston can take you there. He also offers special services including burial at sea, small weddings, and club tours for specialized groups including bird watchers, naturalists and book clubs. Enthusiastic to show my children and me the ‘other side’ of Steveston, Livingston welcomed us onboard and we set off from Paramount Pond as he shared interesting Steveston history along the way, and kept me laughing with his good sense of humour.

The vista from the water is incredible. Steveston’s pair of swans came up to greet the boat. For the first time I finally saw Fisherman’s Wharf from the perspective of a fisherman aboard a trawler arriving at the dock; it was a humbling experience to be on the water where the history of this fishing village began and continues to this day. We motored by the recently placed wreaths at Fisherman’s Memorial, after the annual Day of Mourning ceremony had taken place.

Soon after we passed Garry Point, Livingston increased the boat’s speed and we zipped alongside the Steveston Jetty, which extends approximately five miles out and ends with an automated lighthouse. Along the way, sitting on the rocks and sandbars were countless eagles; I had not seen anything like this since I visited Haida Gwaii. Whoever would have thought this was on our ‘doorstep’? Trying hard to contain my enthusiasm, I was bracing myself for what I knew lay ahead.

The opening act for the star attraction were cormorants, which proudly perched on the rocks. Finally, with their barking announcing their presence, were the much anticipated California sea lions in all their glory. They were draped across the rocks, while others pointed their faces majestically up toward the sky. Spring is peak season for the migratory male sea lions, and Livingston estimated that there were fifty there that day; he had seen seventy the week before. It was a breathtaking scene which I exclaimed made me feel like I was visiting the Galapagos Islands. To have such a concentration of marine life within a five mile radius of where we live was an awe-inspiring moment. I realized that I may never be able to set foot in an aquarium again after seeing sea lions in their natural habitat. I don’t know if it was for my sake or for my children’s sake that Livingston asked if we should circle back to have a second look.

Now that we had experienced such natural wonders I contemplated if anything could top it. When we were heading back Livingston asked if we would like to explore the area further. I eagerly

took up his kind offer, and we motored along the Fraser River, and from this perspective I was able to view the south dyke trail where I frequently walk. We passed by Finn Slough and slowed down so Livingston could point out the boat named Eva circa 1937, which is one of the oldest of its kind with its classic Easthope gas engine. He suggested we go on top of the Massy Tunnel, something that I had never considered doing, but there we were, looking across each side of the river at the ventilation stacks, and imagining the tunnel full of traffic below us. Livingston took us inside the small harbour where B.C. Ferries are serviced. On our return we studied the south side of Shady Island where we saw the sandy and inviting beach, and got a closer peek at the eagle’s nest that can be seen as you walk along the boardwalk near Britannia Shipyard.

I felt a little bit sad coming back, knowing that the voyage was coming to an end. Joni Mitchell’s beautiful song Both Sides Now is playing inside my head at this moment, with a slight alteration of the lyrics, I’ve looked at Steveston from both sides now. It has altered my perception of where we live. Now I know what is on the other side of Shady Island, I know what the historical Paramount Cannery looks like from the water, I know the wonders of the Steveston Jetty, I now know what my children have seen, and I know I want to go back!

Like me, many people have simply never had the opportunity to explore the local waters. I encourage you to do so. Livingston says he can not count the number of times people have offered to volunteer for his company after returning to dock, for he is truly offering a unique service which is unlike any other in the area.

Steveston Eco Tours
604-377-5964
www.stevestonecotours.com