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Christmas Classic & Custom Car Cruise

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Steveston Christmas Car CruiseThe fourth annual cruise of classic and custom cars is presented by the Steveston Merchants Association in partnership with the Richmond Lions Club. The cruise will take place on Sunday December 4 for 15 minutes from 12:15 to 12:30pm. The cars will drive along every street in the village at least twice. The cars will park for a two hour display from 12:30 – 2:30pm at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Steveston Hotel and Buck & Ear Pub parking lot.

The car owners will bring toys or cash to donate to the Richmond Christmas Fund.

The Richmond Lions Club will provide canopies to cover the tables of donations and to sell their annual Christmas cakes. They will lead off the parade of special interest cars as they tour the historic scenic village of Steveston, BC.

Steveston Christmas Car Cruise

The car cruise kicks off the Christmas season in Steveston along with Santa’s arrival by boat, old-fashioned horse carriage rides, the Festival of Trees display inside the Cannery and the bi-weekly Cannery Farmers’ Market.

Most of the special cars come from Richmond, while the rest will come from Surrey, Maple Ridge, Vancouver and Coquitlam. Half of the entries have entered a previous year, while the other half are here for the first time.

car_cruise_steveston_palla_mediaThe first entry that came in was from Jordan & Carol McRae. They have the Christmas Spirit and dress up as elves from the North Pole. Their 1953 Ford F-100 is decked out with lights and giant candy canes.

Two members of the Richmond Street Rodders Club will bring two cars each. Bill Blackall will bring a rare 1968 Mercury Cyclone, that was entered last year, and also his newly completed 1938 Chev hot rod pickup. Doug Fraser will bring a beautiful Chev Nova and a fresh 1950 Ford. The Nova is outstanding. It is purple in colour with vibrant flames and a large blower sticking out of the hood.

img_8366Three Corvettes are entered and several convertibles as well. An outstanding new entry will be Bill Miloglav’s 1955 Cadillac convertible. It is bright red in colour and has won numerous awards at various car shows during this past summer.

Car shows and car cruises are not as popular in the winter as they are in the summer. Classic car owners are making this date an exception because all the toys and donations are for children. All donations will go to the Richmond Christmas Fund, with staff on hand to receive them.

Due to the limited parking space available, the cruise and display area is limited to 75 vehicles. If you want to join in, please send an email to:

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

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!

Adorabelle Tea Room and Gift Shop

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Worlds Away in Steveston…

Adorabelle Tea Room & Gift Shop is housed inside the cheerful lemon yellow historic Steveston Court House.  The interior is charming with feminine touches in a relaxing palette of pale pink, white and black.  A variety of repurposed furniture painted white, plays a role in making Adorabelle simply ‘adorable’. 

You will notice the Eiffel Tower is paid homage to throughout the tea room.  An illuminated light panel above one of the seating areas will make you feel like you are staring up at the Eiffel Tower on a sunny day.  Other small scale versions are placed around the room, which according to Cathy Hayes, who owns the business along with her husband Chris Hayes, is thanks to Chris’s love of the French monument.  

To set aside time for afternoon tea is one of the most refined treats you can give yourself and a companion.  I recently had the pleasure of having afternoon tea with Steveston Insider’s publisher, Carolynne Palla.  Adorabelle promises if you “close your eyes…you will think you are in another place far, far away.”  We did just that. We took time from our busy schedules, switched off our cell phones (a courtesy requested inside the tea room), and far from the madding crowd we spent an hour conversing.  We sipped individually selected teas and leisurely ate our way through three tiers of tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones with sweetened cream and strawberry preserves, and petite sweets.

Cathy Hayes was born and raised in Richmond.  She grew up baking alongside her mother and loved it; in fact, they still work alongside each other occasionally in Adorabelle’s kitchen.  Chris Hayes is originally from London, Ontario.  The couple met at Bikram Yoga in 2002 and married three years later. After a brief move to Langley the Hayes relocated to Steveston in 2010.  They wanted to raise their two young children (ages 1 and 3) closer to family.

The Hayes confess that they are entrepreneurs by nature.  They saw the need for a tea room in Steveston and jumped at the opportunity. In September 2011 extensive renovations began on the interior of the old Court House (1925) which, until recently, had been used as a conference room and storage for the former law practice located next door. By the middle of February 2012 Adorabelle was open for business.

The dress code is casually elegant, and there is even a ‘Tickle Trunk’ containing tiaras, top hats, feather boas, fascinators, masquerade masks, and wands, which both children and adults enjoying dipping into to enhance their tea party!  If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion or milestone consider a private afternoon tea booking. The venue seats twenty and is bound to leave your guests talking. 

At the beginning of November Adorabelle unveiled their holiday menu which runs through December.  The Christmas tier features caramel apple cider pound cake, strawberries and cream, a chocolate ginger cookie, chocolate peppermint petit fours, a mini cheesecake, along with an orange scone and an eggnog cranberry scone. The tea sandwiches include chicken Waldorf, egg salad pinwheel, dill cream cheese and smoked salmon pinwheel, cucumber and cream cheese, and savory bacon chive cupcake.

Child size tiers include a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream, chocolate peppermint lollicakes, strawberries and cream, a vanilla meringue cookie and an orange scone. The tea sandwiches include cucumber and cream cheese, cream cheese and cherry pinwheel, and raspberry jam and holiday sprinkle.

With thirteen teas on the menu, supplied from Steveston’s very own Nikaido tea and gift shop, the choices are as diverse as they are delicious. A tray of loose teas will be brought to your table to smell, and from there you can narrow down your decision. Adorabelle’s top five favourites are Steveston Blend, Paris, Cream Earl Grey, Summer and Coconut Almond.

The gift shop at the entrance to the tea room is a nice stop for last minute shopping. Amongst the selection of gifts you will find locally made Dam Good soap, scarves, hair clips and aprons.

Adorabelle offers four 1-hour afternoon tea seatings (reservations are required) during their Wednesday through Sunday hours of operation (11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.).  Faced with the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holiday season, I am eagerly studying my December calendar to see when I can book an hour to decompress over a cup of Paris tea and sample the holiday menu.

Adorabelle Tea Room & Gift Shop
12051 Third Avenue
Phone: 604-241-1947

Pieces: A Special Place to find the Perfect Gift

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

“I love this shop” is one of the most rewarding compliments Pieces receives and it consistently makes David and Sarah Gordon smile.   Before they purchased the business, Sarah Gordon would bring her friends into the shop and utter those very words. 

An undeniable part of Pieces’ charm is its location.  The magic is housed inside the venerable red brick Hepworth Block, which has stood on Moncton Street for almost 100 years (2013 marks its centenary).  This landmark building survived the great fire of 1918 when most of Steveston burnt to the ground.  You can see a physical reminder of the fire on a scorched pillar inside the shop. 

Customers have used words such as exquisite, tasteful and whimsical to describe Pieces, and some fondly refer to it as their “go to” store.  Pieces takes pride in an “Especially Canadian” focus.  When the Gordons go on buying trips they are often asked what they sell.  Laughing, they explain what the store is not, a gift shop with beavers waving Canadian flags, but rather a tasteful collection of many Canadian made and designed products, often created by local artists. The overall look of the shop is largely thanks to the beautiful cottage style furniture created by Langley artist Jill Hall.

One customer concocted a recipe to describe Pieces. “Stir in a pinch of princess, a dash of nautical and a healthy dose of hostess-with-the-mostest, and you’ve got Pieces!”

It is amazing what can fit inside a small shop: Trollbeads, jewellery by local artists, home décor, Matt & Nat handbags, Lug bags, U.S.E.D. bags made from recycled seatbelts, stationery and cards, soaps, lotions (Barefoot Venus’ Hunny Mango is the fragrance showcased at Blue Canoe Restaurant), hostess gifts, umbrellas, wall art, and a children’s corner filled with goodies.

Pieces is the exclusive Richmond dealer of Sid Dickens Memory Blocks.  Sid Dickens came into the shop last February and was very impressed by the large collection and display of his art work. He hand signed all of the blocks (they sold out very quickly), and was even more  impressed to learn that instead of increasing the price of the signed blocks, David Gordon invited customers to make a donation to Variety – The Children’s Charity.

David and Sarah Gordon feel incredibly fortunate to have artist Jill Hall as an integral member of ‘team Pieces’. Hall’s creative talent and imagination is boundless.  She is constantly reinventing herself and proudly marches to her own drumbeat.   While she is very modest, Hall’s company, Castaways, has been featured in national magazines including Canadian House & Home and Style at Home. 

Hall taught herself to use power tools (after all, why shouldn’t a woman wield a table saw?) and began making custom furniture.  With the exception of the display cases, all of the furniture in Pieces is for sale.  Hall is happy to take special orders, with the understanding that she needs some artistic leeway.  Whatever you request, it is bound to elicit compliments and give your home style and character.

While the store is always changing, you will notice the most dramatic transformation takes place during the holiday season when the shop becomes a Christmas destination.

The Christmas window display has become a tradition, and with a nod to classic department store displays of yesteryear, it tells a story of its own. Past windows have featured everything from a seafaring shipload of saucy pirate sock monkeys and ballerinas, to an intricate spinning ship’s wheel with an accompanying nautical scene. Last year passers-by were captivated by a ‘Twas the Night before Christmas scene with toys tucked into miniature beds beside a fireplace. This year’s charming woodland scene has created a buzz as Jill Hall’s large cut out Christmas trees have become a coveted item.

Isabelle Henderson, Shawn Mercer and Heidi Wiesendahl are the indispensable staff members who the Gordons refer to as their Pieces family.  The Gordons are also deeply appreciative of their loyal customers’ support and commitment to shopping local.

A combination of music, conversation and laughter creates an energy which both customers and the staff enjoy. People describe Pieces as a ‘feel good shop’. Sometimes customers will pop in for a ‘spin and sniff’ and report that even a short visit is an instant mood lifter.  This holiday season, with the scent of cranberry candles in the air, Pieces is a perfect destination to find something unique for everyone on your gift list.

100- 3580 Moncton Street

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

“Single-family dwelling residents can leave their Christmas tree at the curbside for collection on their garbage and recycling collection day. Please cut and bundle the tree into the 3 feet by 2 feet size limit.  Christmas trees can also be dropped off for recycling at one of the following locations:

Garry Point Park
(corner of Moncton Street and 7th Avenue)
Dates: Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2012
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Richmond Firefighters’ Society, City of Richmond, Richmond Fire-Rescue, Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre, Steveston Harbour Authority, Super Save Group and BC Plant Healthcare.
Donations are greatly appreciated and will go to Richmond Firefighters’ Society’s charities.

Recycling Depot
5555 Lynas Lane (close to River Road)
Days open: Wednesday to Sunday
Hours:9:00 a.m.– 6:15 p.m.

Triangle Road, at the south foot of No. 6 Road
Days/hours: Call 604-277-1410
Temporary Styrofoam collection
The Recycling Depot will have a short term collection event for moulded packing Styrofoam from December 28, 2011 to January 15, 2012 . The Styrofoam will be reused for insulation or landscaping material.

In order to reuse Styrofoam, it must be clean and in good condition, with no tape, paper, paint or any other foreign objects attached.

Styrofoam chips will not be accepted.

Please do not put Styrofoam in your blue box or cart as it is not recyclable.”

This information is taken from City of Richmond website:

Shop Steveston This Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This holiday season, think outside the mall. If you choose to shop, make your gifts more meaningful by finding items that are truly representative of  Steveston, not something that can be found on any shelf, in any town. Steveston is home to a number of locally owned restaurants and specialty shops. Yet, many of these independently owned establishments face the threat of being run out of business by corporate chains and the escalation of hyper-competitive online shopping. Keeping your favorite mom-and-pop shops around requires a conscious effort and faithful commitment to choosing to buy locally.

There are so many reasons why shopping locally is the most economically beneficial choice for the community. Independent retail shops carry handmade items crafted by local or regional artisans, just as many independent restaurants focused on sustainability incorporate locally grown and seasonal produce into their menus’ recipes. Because these business owners recognize the importance of purchasing goods and services from other independently operated businesses, they are much more efficient at circulating money back into the local economy than chain stores which seldom, if ever, utilize locally sourced items. Building inventory through local purchasing also reduces our environmental impact, since less transportation is involved.

Small, independently owned businesses are adaptable when it comes to utilizing available rental space in their towns, and require comparatively lower infrastructure costs than nationally owned stores which typically demand uniform facilities. Whereas chains’ profits go back to corporate headquarters out of town, almost everything spent at locally owned businesses is guaranteed to stay within the community.

Because business owners are more focused on their own interests than on national trends, a community of locally owned businesses is able to offer a very wide array of products and niche outlets. Preserving this diversity in an increasingly homogenized world is essential in promoting community growth and prosperity, as it brings in tourists seeking destinations with distinctive character and entrepreneurs looking to settle in an area friendly towards new start-ups and innovation.

Truly recognizing and caring about the needs of their community, locally owned businesses donate to local nonprofit organizations much more frequently than their big-box adversaries. They’re also more flexible when it comes to strengthening the community through joining local organizations.

One of the greatest aspects of shopping locally is that you often get an opportunity to establish connections with the owners themselves.

photo by Clayton Perry

Christmas at London Heritage Farm

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Weekends in December 2011 from noon until 5pm:

Christmas Tea for $8.50 (includes tea or alternate beverage, a scone and three other homemade Christmas goodies)

Christmas Craft and Collectables Sale

December 17th & 18th (noon until 5pm):

Live animal Christmas manger display in the barn at London Heritage Farm between noon and 5pm on the 17th & 18th of December.

It’s a free event to just come out and have a traditional experience of Christmas and enjoy some animals as well (a donkey, miniature horses, sheep, goats and rabbits).

Away in a manger…Come join the animals in celebrating Christmas in the stable at London Heritage Farm.  A chance to make the personal acquaintance of Jacko a Sicilian Donkey,  a descendant of the patient donkey that carried Mary through Bethlehem, and some of his stable mates.   

Enjoy Christmas tea along with caroling in the tea room as well!!

photos by Clayton Perry

Christmas in Steveston Village

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Join us on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm for Christmas in Steveston Village brought to you by the Steveston Merchants Association.  Steveston is preparing to welcome the holiday season with a community display of lights, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, carollers, and the arrival of Santa!

The afternoon begins with the arrival of Santa, Steveston-style, by boat at Fisherman’s Wharf with the Fraser River Fiddlers. Santa will walk over to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery where parents can take a photo of their child with the jolly old elf. Adding to the charm will be old-fashioned horse drawn carriage rides throughout the afternoon, and Musically Yours, a trio of carollers, will be roaming the streets and singing at the lighting of the tree. Merchants will participate by decorating their storefronts for the judging of the Best Decorated Business, as well as adding special incentives for customers and passers by. The finale of the afternoon, when the sun goes down, will be the lighting of the grand Sequoia tree in front of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery with a turn of the magic candy cane by Mayor Malcolm Brodie!

Santa’s Arrival
Santa will arrive by Vancouver Whale Watch boat at Fisherman’s Wharf to the delight of waiting families. Enjoy music by the Fraser River Fiddlers as Santa pulls in. Uniformed RCMP will escort Santa to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Free Santa hats will be given out to the first 600 people.

Photo with Santa
Bring your camera! Santa will be delighted to have children sit on his lap, tell him their Christmas wishes and have a photo taken. The Gift Shop inside the Cannery will be open for business.

Musically Yours
2 – 5 PM
A trio of carollers will entertain you with Christmas favourites at locations throughout the Village, including Fisherman’s Park where they will sing prior to the lighting of the tree.

Old Fashioned Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Bring the family and transport them back in time with an old-fashioned horse & carriage ride operated by Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours through historic Steveston while listening to your favourite Christmas music! Rides are by donation (suggested $5 minimum) with all proceeds going to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pick up and drop off is in on Bayview Street every 20 minutes. Each rider receives a chocolate treat.

Tree Lighting
Gather around the grand Sequoia tree just prior to 4:50 pm as Mayor Malcolm Brodie officially lights the tree as the sun sets and the village lights up.

For further information please contact:
Carolynne Palla/Christmas in Steveston Village Committee Chair

Goegan Spa – Christmas Specials

Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Christmas Spa Packages – Limited Time
Package One $210 for 2 1/2 hours
Hydradermie Facial
Mild electrotherapy and gentle massaging movements of the rollers help the plant based active ingredients penetrate more
deeply into the skin. High frequency action is used to oxygenate and energize the cells. A customized mask and a relaxing
massage complete the treatment to boost the skin and leave the complextion balanced, healthy and glowing.
Stone Therapy Massage
Specially selected smooth, polished stones are heated to perfection and placed on strategic points of the body. With this
deep heat therapy and relaxing massage, tight muscles are eased and stress is reduced.
Package Two $199 for 2 1/2 hours
Complete Body Polish
A complete head to toe body scrub using light, circular motions to cleanse, exfoliate and stimuate circulation and is removed
using soothing warm towels.
Classic Swedish Massage
This traditional form of massage evokes feelings of tranquility and well-being. Soothing massage techniques will relax
muscles, quiet nerves and increase circulation.
Classic Pedicure
Treat your hard working feet to the ultimate indulgence. Begin by soaking in an invigorating herbal foot soak. Enjoy complete
toenail and cuticle care, followed by a tension relieving massage and a flawless polish application.
Package Three $95  for 2 3/4 hours
Aromatic Facial
Plant concentrates and essential oils drawn right from nature are used in this customized treatment to make the skin more
beautiful and radiant. A refreshing peel-off mask is prepared by carefully selecting the appropriate plant concentrates for
the individuals skin type. This aromatherapy treatment ends with a relaxing facial massage enhanced by pressure point
Classic Manicure
This delightful treatment begins with a soothing aromatherapy hand soak, followed by meticulous work on nails and cuticles.
Next enjoy a relaxing massage of the hands and forearms and finish with either a polish application from a wide variety of
colours or a buff to add a natural look of elegance.