Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond BC, V7E 6P3
Phone: 604-718-8050 
Fax: 604-718-8040

A wide variety of programs, events and activities are offered at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. For additional information, click on the links below:

Oct 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015: Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm - 5:00pm

May 1 - Sept 30: Monday - Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Site Supervisor: Dee Bowley-Cowan 604-718-8044
Heritage Coordinator: Brooke Lees 604-718-8043
Community Program Facilitator: Kimberly Baker 604-718-6107
Visitor Services Associate: Lynsey Li 604-718-8037

Site Information     Britannia Shipyard Historic Zone Site Information
The Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, residences and stores.

City of Richmond staff and dedicated volunteers work together to preserve and restore the shipyard and surrounding buildings as an active wooden boat centre and waterfront park. Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in British Columbia, and observe ongoing boat restoration projects as you experience a bygone time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the Fraser River.

Many of the buildings date back to 1885 and tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents and workers at the Britannia Cannery and Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations and Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value and was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.

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During Your Visit...Rope Making Photo
During open hours, many of the buildings showcase wooden vessels under repair, maritime displays, special events and school programs. View ongoing restoration of historic wooden vessels in the Shipyard and Richmond Boatbuilders, where shipwrights and volunteers will be happy to answer your questions.

Walk the historic boardwalk and learn about the history of the site through interpretive storyboard signage, or take a complimentary tour of the Shipyard.

Walk through the interactive displays in the Murakami House and Murakami Boatworks that narrate the intriguing family history of Asayo and Otokichi Murakami. Tour four stilt houses and a Chinese bunkhouse that demonstrate living conditions from 1910-1930 with innovative audio and video exhibit displays.

Volunteer InformationBritannia Heritage Shipyard - Volunteer
Be active in the community and meet people from all over the world. Be part of history as you tell it. Learn the fascinating stories of Britannia and guide visitors around the shipyard. Our volunteers are our heart and soul!

Learn about your amazing local history. Be close to nature on this stunning historic waterfront site. Best of all, take advantage of very special volunteer privileges while having fun and making friends. 

Britannia is hosting a Volunteer Info Session on Saturday April 18, 2015. Please see the document below for more information.

PDF DocumentBritannia Shipyards Volunteer Info 2015

To apply online visit, and use the opportunity search to view volunteer opportunities at Britannia Shipyards. For volunteer opportunities at other facilities please refer to the link above and search for other opportunities listed.

Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society
Steveston Folk Guild
Vancouver Wooden Boat Society
SS Master Society

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