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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!

Murder Mystery and the Paranormal at the Cannery

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steveston Insider Costume Contest 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Steveston Insider Costume Contest!

First Place:  Tyler Girvin “Megamind” – prize $150 cash

Second Place: Hayley, Dionne and Holt McFie “Sack Boy from Little Big Planet & Domo” – prize $150 cash

Three Prizes to:  Ariel Girvin “Popcorn”, Klaire Grayson “Black Sheep”, and Emily Girvin “Humpty Dumpty” – prizes $25 cash each.



A Steveston Halloween

Monday, September 24th, 2012

by Zoe Lee.

There’s a fairytale version of Halloween that lives inside us all. I don’t know if we get it from picture books, movies, television, or if we’re born with this mental image deeply embedded in our subconscious. It goes a little something like this: groups of charmingly costumed children scamper safely through the streets of a pleasant neighbourhood. Little brothers and sisters tag along behind older siblings. Front porches are adorned with carved pumpkins and spooky decorations. Smiling adults wait behind every door with bowls of candy. There’s always that one house at the end of the street that’s a little too spooky for the younger kids, but is irresistible to the older, braver ones.

 I grew up in a rural area, where houses were so far apart that we had to be driven door to door in order to trick-or-treat. I honestly believed that the Halloween I saw in movies didn’t actually exist. Then I moved to Steveston. And let me tell you, a Steveston Halloween is every single bit like the ones you see in picture book illustrations or on TV. Exactly like it. The neighbourhood comes alive with families out trick or treating, homes are lit up with decorations and glowing pumpkins. Even on a cold, rainy night, it’s magical.

Of course, it’s not just a one-night event. Halloween starts early here. Once Thanksgiving is over, Halloween begins. There’s a trip to the pumpkin patch, or should I say, several trips to the pumpkin patch (my kids pick out pumpkins the way a sommelier picks wines, painstakingly, and with exacting standards). We love walking through the village in the weeks leading up to Halloween to look at the decorations and the scarecrows set out by the different businesses. Then there’s the pumpkin carving (my job), the house decorating (my job), the endless revisions to costumes (my job), and the excited jumping and dancing about (kids’ job).

And then comes the actual night. Our most sacred of all Halloween rules is that we don’t go anywhere until we’ve had at least one trick-or-treater at our door. This prevents my children from dashing madly throughout the neighbourhood at four in the afternoon. But once we have our first visitor, we are free to go. We spend the evening ringing doorbells and meeting up with friends on the street. We all have different houses we want to visit and special routes we want to take, and somehow we manage to do it all. The only way we can get our kids back to home at the end of the night is to put them on door duty.  It turns out, that handing out candy is just as much fun as trick-or-treating. We let them keep their costumes on and answer the door until bedtime. Then all the candles get blown out and it’s off to bed.

We hand out hundreds upon hundreds of candies on Halloween. There is an endless stream of children ringing the doorbell – more than can possibly live here. Over the years I’ve met many families that have driven in from surrounding neighbourhoods, even as far as Vancouver, just to trick or treat in Steveston. We always make sure we have more than enough candy for these additional guests. If I had known this type of Halloween village really existed when I was young, I would have begged my dad to drive me in for a real night of trick-or-treating. I may not have made it here as a child, but I’m here now, and I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.

Costume Contest Winners!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Steveston Insider Costume Contest winners have now been announced!  First place goes to McFie family for The Nightmare Before Christmas.  They won $100 gift certificate for Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant in Steveston.









There were 7 other winners who will receive $25 gift certificates to Splash Toys in Steveston:

Congratulatons to Tyler Girvin, Georgia Crocker, Danni Davidson, Nica Mahan, Maya Solanki, Angelina Hart and Brandon Rodier.

The rest of the photos will be published online shortly.  Thank you everyone who entered the contest!


Steveston Insider Halloween Costume Contest – 2011

To receive a complimentary digital copy of your child or family’s entry please request by email no later than Friday, November 12,2011.
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                                                Include “photo contest” in the subject.
                                                Please include your child’s name and costume description.

Thanks for Participating in the 4th Annual Steveston Insider Costume Contest!

Haunted Halloween Tours

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Ready to get spooked for Halloween this year? Get your tickets to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s Haunted Halloween Tour while you still can, as this exciting and scary event sells out every year! Offering a new spooky tour featuring wayward pirates and cursed ghosts, so grab your belts and cinch them tight because it will scare the pants off you!

Variety of tours:

Saturday, October 29th:

  • Halloween Self-Guided Visit 1:00 pm – children can meet the various ghosts and pirates and make Halloween crafts.
  • Traditional Haunted Tours 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • Extra Spooky tour (not recommended for young children 5:30 pm

Sunday, October 30th:

  • Traditional Haunted Tours 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
  • Extra Spooky tour (not recommended for young children) 5:30 pm

Cost: Adults $10.00, Seniors $7.50, Youth $5.00

Tickets available at the Cannery Store

Scarecrow Fever Returns to Steveston

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Scarecrows are a classic symbol associated with farmers’ fields. They range from being cute and comical to downright creepy. They can be very simplistic or extremely intricate. Scarecrows, the farmer’s stationary helper, date back 3,000 years. There are records that scarecrows were used in ancient Egypt, Greece and pre-feudal Japan. Last year the Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) introduced the first annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl with the purpose of attracting people to the Village during autumn. The event was an astounding success, and the SMA board of directors quickly concluded that it would become an annual celebration.

When the Scarecrow Crawl was conceived, the SMA board of directors was uncertain how many businesses would participate in the event. We knew that SMA member businesses would show their community spirit and create scarecrows; however, over the course of the month over sixty scarecrows popped up! Fisherman Freddy at Pierside Deli, Lulu at Pieces, a Canucks green man at Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, a charming waiter at Tapenade Bistro, a monkey scarecrow at A Monkey Tree, a sassy scarecrow at Bare Basics, nautical scarecrows, and many more creatively themed scarecrows greeted people at the entrances of many Steveston businesses.

People took the opportunity to stop and pose with scarecrows, and the streets buzzed with energy at this tribute to our riverside village with neighbouring farmland. One of the most exciting aspects of the Scarecrow Crawl is it is a work in progress. On any given day in October there are likely to be new scarecrows appearing as Scarecrow fever spreads!

The SMA is hoping to see even more scarecrows take over Steveston. We are also extending the invitation for the community to join in the fun, and are hoping to see scarecrows spread into Steveston neighbourhoods. On a recent walk through my neighbourhood, I saw a wonderfully inviting scarecrow and harvest display signaling a change in the season. A few years ago, I had a terrific time building a scarecrow with my children. We went to a local thrift store and bought overalls, a plaid shirt, a straw hat, gloves and boots. We assembled a very welcoming fellow who greets us every autumn at the front door, where he sits comfortably in an Adirondack chair. I enjoy seeing his button eyes, and hand stitched smile.

Build a scarecrow and place it at your doorstep. Scarecrows are whimsical and add character and personality to your home, just as festive Christmas lights and wreaths do in the winter. There are plenty of websites devoted to designing and building scarecrows, they do not have to be stuffed with straw. You can use crumpled newspaper or old rags. Exercise your creativity. Children love this activity; it is like a month long extension of Halloween!

For inspiration, visit the village and see what the merchants create. Grab a coffee or a hot chocolate and go a Scarecrow Crawl. Walk through the entire village, you will find them lurking everywhere. Do not forget to bring your camera. Oh, and we dare you not to smile!

by Sarah Gordon

4th Annual Steveston Kids Costume Contest

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Kids are invited to come in costume to Steveston Village on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 1-3pm to have a photo taken by professional photographer Brechin Maclean in his studio at 200-3580 Moncton Street while trick-or-treating and be automatically entered in the costume contest.  Great prizes from local merchants.  Entrants may also email their own photo no later than November 3, 2011 to

All photos will be posted on the website