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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 www.richmond.ca/doorsopen.

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!

The Crab King

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

From the Ocean to Your Table

The_Crab_King_exterior_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaAmongst Steveston Harbour’s fishing boats you will find The Crab King, a floating restaurant offering an up close and personal encounter with Canada’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Being level with the water offers a unique dining experience unlike any other restaurant in the area.

Here you will have a first hand look at vessels returning with their haul, and you may even catch fisherman Ha Dinh (father of Van Dinh, The Crab King’s owner and chef) unloading his freshly caught Dungeness crabs from his boat, the Hai Phong. It doesn’t get fresher than this. In fact, Van reports this is one of the standout features of his business.

The Crab King takes great pride in delivering crabs directly “from the ocean to your table.”

The business opened in 2011. It was originally an open-air concept; however, the limitations of rain and wind necessitated enclosing the space, allowing customers to dine inside. Once a roof and walls were incorporated this also gave Van an opportunity to apply for a liquor license.

The_Crab_King_Van_Dinh_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaIn 1988 the Dinh family fled their homeland, Vietnam. After a short spell in Hong Kong they made their way to Canada. They called Toronto home for a few years but ended up relocating to the west coast where Ha Dinh worked as a fisherman in Tofino. Van began fishing with his father at an early age, but he did not follow his father’s career path and instead became an air conditioning mechanic.

It was during a visit to a Seattle restaurant, which specializes in crab, that Van’s concept of The Crab King was born. He realized the Lower Mainland sorely lacked such a business and with his lifelong knowledge he could offer Steveston a fresh off the boat dining experience bar none.

Crab season is regulated to avoid over fishing, therefore the crustacean appears on the menu between late June through to the end of November when the business closes temporarily for the season (and reopens in early spring).

The_Crab_King_crab_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaOnly the most robust crabs meet Van’s strict quality control and the daily catch is stored in a live tank at the restaurant’s entrance. Van points out, “Crab does not taste the same if it has been frozen. I am an expert, and know the difference in taste as I have been eating it my entire life.”

The Crab King prepares this delicacy in a variety of ways, steamed and accompanied with a number of sauces including black bean, ginger, garlic butter or Thai chili. Corn, potatoes and coleslaw accompany the entrée. Crackers, bibs and baby forks are provided.

If you are not experienced at cracking open a crab don’t let this deter you from this delectable meal. Van and his staff are happy to offer tips to make you an expert in no time.

In addition to crab fresh from the shell, crab poutine is one of The Crab Kings’ most popular choices. Rounding out the menu are pasta dishes, pan-fried fish, fish and chips (again, the fish is fresh off the boat), calamari, crab cakes, salads and even a prime rib burger.

Van says, “Steveston is a very friendly and receptive community to run a business. I like working here. It has a small hometown feeling.”
It is personal connections that mean the most to him. He explains, “Every person I meet has a story to tell. Talking to people is knowledge. Through conversations you can learn so much – it is mesmerizing.”

The_Crab_King_seating_Steveston_Insider_Palla_MediaWhen opening The Crab King his ultimate goal was to “put smiles on peoples’ faces.” Van believes, “People work so hard, some of them struggle, and the least I can do is give them a meal they will really enjoy.”

A peek at The Crab King’s Facebook page confirms that Van is indeed actively involved with his customers as he appears alongside them in many photographs. He enjoys the reward of serving people and assisting them as needed. If someone needs help walking up the ramp or opening a door, Van is there. He says, “It doesn’t cost me anything to offer this kindness – and it makes me feel good.”

At the end of a meal the most gratifying feedback Van likes to hear is, “That was delicious.” He concludes, “I like to see people happy, and food is one way of doing this.”

The Crab King
3540 Bayview St (floating)
Richmond BC V7E 5W3
Telephone 604-448-8801
www.thecrabking.com

 

Pajo’s: A Steveston Anchor Since 1985

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

There are few things as quintessentially Steveston as enjoying a fish and chips meal at Pajo’s by the water, and if all goes well weather-wise a spectacular sunset caps off the experience.

In 1985 Pajo’s owner and founder Patricia Branch and her former business partner, Joan Whettlaufer, set out to serve the finest fish and chips in the West. The name Pajo’s originated by blending the partner’s first names together.

Patricia Branch’s husband Larry, who was a fisherman for many years, envisioned uniting his livelihood with the fishing village, with the goal of creating a new draw for the community with dockside dining. Patricia Branch was the mastermind behind Pajo’s timeless top-secret recipes, including the legendary tartar sauce and tempura style batter. She worked many long hours in the early years running the business. The Branch’s goal to connect Steveston’s waterfront with the fishing industry certainly came to fruition.

The original wharf side restaurant is situated roughly in the same location as when it opened in 1985. Subsequently, Pajo’s has expanded and now boasts four locations including Garry Point, Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Andrew Stokes has worked for the business for the past year as director of operations. His role is to look for opportunities to grow the company while maintaining the charm of Pajo’s and the company’s core family values. He points out that Pajo’s is a business with strong “family glue” which has yielded incredible staff loyalty. In many cases employees have started working at the restaurant in their high school years and continue on well into their 20s.

It appears that this family owned business couldn’t have hired a better-suited man for the job. Like Pajo’s Wharf manager Tia Litz, who started as a cashier and has been with the business for 24 years, Stokes has also worked his way up the ladder in the restaurant industry. His first teenage job was with Pizza Hut where he eventually became an area manager. He also worked as a Starbucks district manager and owned a home and garden retail shop in Cumberland on Vancouver Island for a number of years.

Pajo’s is striving for Ocean Wise certification as part of their commitment to serving local and sustainable, ocean-friendly seafood. They are also making the transition to environmentally friendly products such as compostable paper rather than Styrofoam, and all the while striving to provide great food in their scenic “Kodak moment” locations.

While many of us are familiar with Pajo’s there may be a few things that you may not know, like the special rate that is offered for groups of twelve or more that allows pre-ordering to eliminate delays. So round up your posse and indulge. New this year at the wharf location, outdoor patio heaters have been introduced to help take the chill away on cooler days by the water.

Pajo’s is actively philanthropic and is committed to giving back to the community. They support Nite of Hope, a fundraiser benefiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, Pajo’s donates to high school bursaries, and their staff volunteers at events including the Nite of Hope and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Stokes describes Pajo’s wharf location as “a food truck without wheels” with its innovative approach to introducing new menu items and attracting a similar customer base seeking these options. This includes offering healthier options, such as a roasted garlic salmon Caesar salad with Pajo’s batter crunch. In addition, this year brings a fresh and fun zesty fish taco which will be rooted in Pajo’s history, as the sea is always at the heart of menu development.  Stokes mentions that the fish chowder has been given a makeover, as all good fish and chips restaurants should be reputed for their chowder. Also under consideration are some new hot dog ideas with a seaside twist.

Patricia Branch points out that the true success of Pajo’s is “the people who take pride in and love the work they do, and produce the product that our customers keep coming back for.”

If Patricia Branch could have looked into a crystal ball, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined that “In the spring of 1985 as we towed our Pajo’s building down the river from Trites Marine in Paramount Pond where it had been built, that the name Pajo’s would become synonymous with Steveston.”

Pajo’s recently received the honour of being voted amongst the best fish and chips in the country by Canadian Living Magazine readers (April 2013 issue), but as Stevestonites we have been ‘in the know’ for 28 years.

www.pajos.com

Steveston Bicycle & Kayak Shoppe

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

There is a new and exciting waterfront paddle sport facility on Imperial Landing Pier in the middle of Steveston Harbour!  Tony Dales, the owner of Steveston Bicycle & Kayak Shoppe, recently closed his kayak business in Ladner and has permission from the City of Richmond to try out his new location at London Landing. 

As the new home base for the Steveston Paddling Club, Dales offers guided kayak tours, kayak training, courses, clinics and youth programs. 

Dales store is located at 105-6111 London Road in Steveston (end of No. 2 Rd) and is a full service bike and kayak shop.  If you don’t have the room to store a bike in your condo or garage, the Steveston Bicycle Club is the answer.  Try out the new Street Strider bike. 

I spent the afternoon on the pier with Tony on July 11th when he welcomed Kristy Wright of Stand Up Paddle Vancouver (www.standuppaddlevancouver.com)  to try out the waters.  It was a perfect sunny day and so great to see them out on their boards.

Steveston Bicycle & Kayak Shoppe

105-6111 London Road, Richmond BC V7E 3S3

604-271-5544

Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Ice cream and a waterfront location are a marriage made in heaven, add in a blast of sunshine and you can’t ask for more as a food vendor.  Whether you are by the seaside, by a lake or in the case of Steveston, by the mouth of the Fraser River, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” is the anthem of ice cream lovers far and wide.

Tim Culling is the namesake behind the family owned business, Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt. He grew up in Richmond and moved to Vancouver as a young adult where he attended UBC and studied Bio Chemistry.  Living in Kitsilano, Culling was familiar with the popular frozen yogurt business, Frogurts.  In 1989 he and a friend cycled out to Steveston and spotted the Steveston Landing site which was under construction. They discussed how a frozen yogurt business would be a natural fit for this waterfront community. With youthful entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm on his side, Culling moved back to Richmond and opened Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt in December 1989.

Originally, a mere 300 square feet, Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt was located next door to a small dim sum restaurant.  When the restaurant closed Culling jumped at the opportunity to expand his business and gained 700 additional square feet. He originally sold pizza by the slice, hence the pizza oven that you see behind the counter, along with frozen yogurt, ice cream, baked goods and coffee.

In 1991 Culling met his wife and business partner, Linda Freeland. She had been working in early childhood education and opened Richmond’s first KinderCare program.  Juggling their two busy careers became increasingly difficult after their daughter was born, so Freeland started working at Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt to help synchronize their schedules around childcare. 

Freeland bakes in house all of the scones, nut bars, cranberry loaves and cookies.  Pizza is no longer on the menu however all of the other goodies remain. The success of Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt at Steveston Landing launched phase two of the business, the opportunity to open their second location at Garry Point in 2000.  Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt and Pajo’s Fish and Chips collaborated, knowing it would be advantageous to have the two complementary businesses operate side by side. Aptly, in this fishing village, the size of Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt at Garry Point is a small 200 square foot location, akin to working on a small boat.  Their menu is the same as the Steveston Landing location, however the hours are weather dependent and the kiosk is open only during the summer months from lunch until dusk.

Their most popular ice cream flavour is double chocolate fudge followed closely by hedgehog, and the homemade waffle cones keep people coming back for more. During the summer months Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt employees fifteen staff members. Last year was the busiest summer ever for both locations. Culling attributes this to the prolonged spring that we experienced and people jumped at the opportunity to enjoy the sunny days when they appeared.  Evenings are always a busy time of day when locals’ pop out after dinner for an ice cream and stroll along the boardwalk.

Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt is open year round; in fact Christmas is the only day of the year that the business is closed. During the quieter winter months Culling and Freeland enjoy travelling and leave their manager and staff in charge. One of their favourite destinations is Costa Rica.  He truly appreciates being able to live and work in the same community and pointed to his bike parked outside as his primary method of transportation.

While I was at the Steveston Landing location, three regulars dropped in.  Culling and Freeland informed me that the trio have been customers for 22 years, and like clock work, almost every day at 11 a.m., they show up for their morning coffee and social time together.  The group of loyal customers is fondly nicknamed ‘Potter’s Posse’ after one of their friends, Mr. Potter, who has since passed away.
This week lovely warm weather has blown into Steveston and is providing a sneak peek of the summer months ahead.  Whether you need a break from flying a kite, basking in the rays, going for an evening cycle, or are craving a little pick me up treat as you stroll along the boardwalk, a stop at this Steveston institution is a must, after all, every once in a while we all scream for ice cream.

Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt
Steveston Landing, 104-3800 Bayview Street
and Garry Point Park
604-275-7547

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!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Santa’s Arrival
TIME: 2 PM LOCATION: FISHERMAN’S WHARF
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
TIME: 2:15 – 4 PM LOCATION: INSIDE THE GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY
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
TIME: 2:00 – 6:00 PM LOCATION: BAYVIEW STREET (NEAR FIRST AVE)
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
TIME: 4:50 PM LOCATION: FISHERMAN’S PARK/GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY
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
e-mail: info@exploresteveston.com