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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

Top 10 Great Things to do in Steveston

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

With its fairytale charm, it’s no wonder visitors flock to the picturesque seaside village of Steveston. Pretty historic homes and tempting eateries line the streets. Orcas and bald eagles frolic just off shore. And there’s always something fun to do, even if it’s just watching the fishing boats dock in the busy marina.

Embark on a Whale Watching Excursion
Hop on board an eco-tour or whale watching expedition that leaves right from Steveston’s shores. You might spot heron, eagles, a pod of black-and-white orcas or even majestic humpback whales. Steveston Seabreeze Adventures Inc, Vancouver Whale Watch and Steveston Eco tours Ltd, all offer tours to see one of the top attractions on the Canadian West Coast.

Discover two National Historic Sites
At the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, discover how things worked at the largest of the salmon canneries that once lined the coast. Then head over to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and experience what life was like for workers in Steveston’s fishing industries a century ago.

Explore Once Upon a Time’s Storybrooke
Come share the magic. Explore the enchanting historic buildings and scenic settings that play a starring role as the village of Storybrooke in the fairytale ABC TV series Once Upon A Time. Who knows – you might even see Snow White or Prince Charming!

Snack on Seafood by the Seaside
When the sun comes out, so do the happy crowds heading to the patios along the Steveston wharf. Pull up a seat at one of the lively eateries and enjoy some fresh fish and chips while you watch the fishing boats in the marina.

Hike or Bike Along the Dykes
Steveston is surrounded by a system of dykes that provide perfect pathways for hiking, biking or just taking in the view of ocean and mountains. Pick up your rental bike at Village Bike Rentals in Steveston, and start exploring. You never know what you’ll see next.

Feast on Culinary Delights
Bring your appetite, because Steveston has something cooking just for you. Choose from pizza, pasta, souvlaki, sushi, tapas, gourmet sausages, charcuterie, burgers, Kansas City-style BBQ, steak and seafood galore. Then, for a sweet finish, try the doughnuts, cupcakes, chocolates and ice cream!

Visit Fisherman’s Wharf
Stop by to watch the fishermen unload their catch before heading back out to sea, and pick up some fresh salmon and spot prawns at the dock. Or why not cast a line yourself from a fishing charter with STS Fishing Adventures.

Join the Festival Fun
There are many great events happening in August and September including the Maritime Festival, Rotary Duck Race, London Family Farm Day, Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, Garlic Festival, Beer Fest and Grand Prix of Art.

Shop for Unique Gifts
Check out the tempting goodies at the village boutiques, such as charming home accessories, crafty toys, handy garden tools, quirky t-shirts and trendy fashion. Or, if you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind idea, head to Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market for gorgeous handcrafted gifts.

Experience a Historical Farm
Venture out to the countryside for a taste of century-old farming life at London Heritage Farm. Wander through the heritage gardens, explore the museum and stop for the afternoon tea. And don’t forget to pick up some homemade jam and teas in the gift shop.

Tourism RichmondFor more information stop by Steveston Visitor Centre located at 3811 Moncton Street, Richmond (Steveston Village) or telephone 604-271-8280.