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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.

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

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

Heritage Afloat: Heritage Week

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

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

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

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




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




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

Western Maritime Institute

Friday, December 14th, 2012

A new campus is opening on January 2, 2013 in Steveston located at 12740 Trites Road (beside Steveston Harbour Authority). The WMI Steveston Campus will be offering all courses to:

  • Fishing Master IV
  • Watchkeeping Officer of a Fishing Vessel to 24 metres
  • Master Limited (less than 6- gross tonnage)

Maritime Education Associates (MEA) was established to provide marine training in urban and rural locations throughout British Columbia and Canada to meet the accreditation training standards established by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Industry Canada for the fishing, commercial and recreational marine industry.

Maritime Education Associates and The Western Maritime Institute is a Private Post Secondary Education Institute accredited with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia under registration number 3662.

We are also accredited with Det Norske Veritas under their Standard for Certification of Maritime Academies No. 3.401, Nov. 2004.

All MEA instructors are individually accredited by Transport Canada for the courses they teach and hold the approved Provincial teaching credentials.