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Steveston’s History Comes to Life

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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Animated Walking Tours.

Travel back in time to the year 1917 to witness Richmond’s early days. The 60-minute Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes guide you through one kilometre of village history, where you will discover the pleasures and perils of living and working in historic Steveston as talented Hugh McRoberts Secondary School drama students perform five original plays, written by local playwright Andrew Wade.

McRoberts high school student actors take on a variety of roles that showcase Steveston’s diverse cultural heritage making these walking tours a truly memorable experience.

Tour participants are led by a guide on a one hundred year journey in time, drawing back the curtain on Steveston’s gentrified present to a grittier past.

In the modern streets of Steveston, the guide brings participants unexpectedly to “pop-up theatre” short plays inspired by historic events.

Jamie copyLife in Steveston one hundred years ago held a lot of drama. In 1917, local fishermen wondered if salmon would return after the 1914 Hell’s Gate landslide destroyed access to the salmon spawning beds of the Fraser River. Floods, fires and other disasters also weighed heavily on people’s minds. In Steveston’s canneries, racial divisions sometimes resulted in fierce confrontations. Meanwhile, as British Columbia embraced the prohibition of alcohol, some saw a big business opportunity.

The young actors vividly bring to life characters encountering these events while also evoking universal human themes of romance, determination, and resilience.

Sarah Glen, Executive Director of the Steveston Historical Society, is excited to see the tours take shape. She says, “There are so many stories to tell from Steveston’s history; the village is built on the contributions of so many. The purpose of the tours is to give the viewers a short ‘impression’ of what life was like in this time period. Our performers do a wonderful job at bringing these stories to life.”

Frank copyThe plays give talented students from Hugh McRoberts Secondary School the opportunity to recreate characters from the past. Drama teacher Judyann McCarthy is delighted with the opportunity they provide for her students.

“I have enjoyed working with this dedicated group of student actors on a project that takes us out of the classroom and watching them apply their skills and abilities in a whole new world, old Steveston. It has been a lot of fun explaining words like ‘skedaddle’, and that people used to eat wild greens, and that our little city has always had rich cultural diversity.”

Her students agree with Judyann, expressing excitement at bringing to life the unique character and the incredible history of Steveston which they represent. The project has challenged the student actors, altering their perspective on the past and present.

These Steveston Walking Tour Vignettes are a great experience for the whole family, and a fun way to discover local history and culture.

female tour guide copyTours depart from the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street) at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays in June and July. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Booking in advance is recommended as availability is limited. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per one adult). Book in person at the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre at the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street) or by calling the Visitor Centre at 604-271-8280.

More information on the tours can be found online at

This year’s Walking Tour Vignettes – Canada 150 Project is presented by the Steveston Historical Society and the City of Richmond through the Steveston Museum. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Richmond Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. Special thanks to the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and Hugh McRoberts Secondary School.

Wood Carving Show 2017

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

May 27 and 28 from 10am – 4pm at Steveston Community Centre.

Steveston_Richmond_Woodcarving-ShowRichmond Carvers was founded in 1988. This year is the 28th Annual Wood Carving Show. The show attracts a high standard of carvers from as far as Saskatchewan, Vancouver Island and Washington State. There are typically several hundred carvings to be judged at the show.

This year the show is part of the Canada 150 celebrations with special categories including prize money of over $3,500. Admission is free.

This show is the largest one of the year, but watch for regular demonstrations at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and at the Maritime Festival in August.

New members are always welcome, both young and old, who wish to embark on a most satisfying hobby. Club members are always ready to teach and encourage carvers of all skill levels.

The Richmond Carvers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of wood carving as a hobby and an art form. Started in 1988 the Society has grown to over 74 members with skill levels ranging from beginner to internationally acclaimed expert. Members meet for carving sessions every Wednesday from mid-September to mid-June at Hugh McRoberts School, 8980 Williams Road, Richmond during school term from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Please feel free to drop in at any time.


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

Grand Opening of Steveston Visitor Centre

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Steveston’s New Visitor Centre is Open Year Round!
You are invited to Steveston on Saturday June 23, 2012 to celebrate Tourism Richmond’s grand opening of the new permanent Visitor Centre located inside the Steveston Museum.

It’s a Canadian tradition to welcome new neighbours to the community with a slice of tasty pie and a warm “hello”. Come by and sample some of the city’s best pies as dozens of local restaurants and bakeries compete in the 1st Annual Richmond Perfect Pie Contest – with complimentary pie tastings for everyone! A panel of local celebrity judges (including Lindsay the Richmond Foodie Blogger) will judge each pie on its taste, presentation and creativity. This is sure to be one delicious event!

Don’t miss the excitement at the new Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre located at 3811 Moncton Street.

• Enjoy free horse and carriage rides – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
• Ribbon cutting ceremony  – 11:30am
• Richmond Perfect Pie Contest – 12:00 noon
• Complimentary pie tasting –12:15 pm*
• Free passes to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
  National Historic Site*
• Family friendly entertainment and more!

In addition to the year round visitor services where guests can get information and book accommodation and attractions, the Steveston Museum building will continue to host the post office, plus new services to send a fax, email, scan or copy. Now open 7 days a week to conveniently serve you.

*Limited amounts, whiles supplies last.

Bullhead Derby

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Steveston Salmon Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 24th with the annual Bullhead Derby hosted by the Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society. Pack your lawn chairs, fishing rods and tackle and head to Garry Point Park in Steveston for a fun, family event. The Bullhead Derby is open to kids 12 and under and seniors 65+. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer on the fishers! Registration starts at 9:00am, and the derby opens at 10:00am until noon. There are lots of prizes available to be won. Details

Steveston Salmon Festival

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

67th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival
The 2012 Steveston Salmon Festival – “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” – is looking forward to
celebrating our country’s 145th birthday with a great community get together from sunrise to sunset on
Sunday, July 1st!

The Steveston Salmon Festival is organized by volunteers to honour Canada Day, and the diverse
culture of our community. This year the Festival will include all your favourite attractions including the
pancake breakfast, Canada Day parade and our famous salmon bake, which last year served over
2,300 plates of fresh wild sockeye salmon expertly cooked over open alder wood fire pits. It is a fun
filled day of live entertainment, complete with dance and musical acts, trade and craft shows, and
many activities for children.

Other features include the Japanese cultural show, food fair and a youth rock fest featuring local

The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. The Children’s Bike Parade takes off at 9:30
a.m., the Kajaks Salmon Run at 9:50a.m. then the big Canada Day Parade at 10 a.m.
The Steveston Salmon Festival is bringing back mechanical amusement rides after a three-year
absence, plus a selection of inflatables. Since July 1st falls on a weekend this year, the carnival rides
will be open both days – Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st – from noon to 5:00pm. Unlimited
ride wrist bands are on sale in advance starting June 1st at the Steveston Community Centre for $20
per day.

Juno Award winning musician Bill Bourne will  lead the Main Stage.  Also featured is Richmond-based Stone Poets, rising star Joshua Hyslop, and Fresh Groove, a hip hop dance crew who are hot off their appearance on “Canada’s Got Talent”, plus local seniors drumming circle and Zumba demonstration.

For complete details including a schedule of events, parade map, road closure notice and parking information, or to find out how you can volunteer, please visit the Steveston Salmon Festival website at

4111 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC V7E 3A8
Tel: 604-238-8080 Fax: 604-718-8096
Salmon Festival Tel: 604-238-8094

Richmond Maritime Festival

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Ahoy! Celebrate and explore the ninth annual Richmond Maritime Festival

Join Richmond in exploring its maritime heritage with the ninth annual Richmond Maritime Festival, a three-day celebration of nautical and natural splendour taking place from August 10 to 12, 2012 at Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston.

Following the spectacular crowd-pleasing success of last summer’s festival, expect exciting all- ages entertainment throughout the site, interactive displays and a lively atmosphere sure to create a unique and memorable experience for each visitor.

Britannia Heritage Shipyard, one of the most stunning and natural settings in Metro Vancouver, provides a key link to the historical stories that will be told at this three-day event. Learn rich, local lore as Britannia Heritage Shipyard’s national historic site comes to life.

Don’t miss the following main attractions:

  • Dozens of beautiful, wooden boats
  • The Chinese Bunkhouse exhibit which depicts stories of Chinese cannery workers whofought adversity and discrimination with remarkable courage
  • Five different buildings on the waterfront that tell stories of work and play at Britanniafrom 1910–1930
  • Interactive activities, demos and displays including origami and model boat making andknot tying
  • Pirate hats and swords, face painting, tattoos and puzzle games
  • Live music, artisans, storytelling, dancers and much moreThis year’s festival will kick off with a special celebration of the many cultures that played a role in Richmond’s maritime heritage on Friday, August 10. The celebration will showcase elements of First Nations, Celtic, Japanese, Chinese and other cultures.

    The Maritime Festival is free for all-ages and runs August 10 to 12, 2012 at Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Richmond’s historic Steveston Village.

    For more information, visit

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

Single’s Mingle in Steveston

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The next Single’s Mingle in Steveston will take place on Saturday October 15, 2011 (rearranged from September 23rd) 7:30 p.m. sharp at the
Charthouse Restaurant, 3866 Bayview St., Suite 200, Richmond BC.
Age Group: 40 to 60
Tickets: $30 per person
Ticket includes 1 glass wine or 1 beer & some yummy appetizers!
You must pre-register indicating your age range, either 40 to 50 or 50 to 60, with payment before the event.
Contact us: