Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Programs & Events

Take Part in Maritime Events, Lectures and Drop-in Programs for All Ages at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

To register, call 604-276-4300, visit, or register in person at Britannia Shipyards. 

Find out what's happening at Britannia Heritage Shipyard. Click on the brochure link below.

PDF Document Summer 2014 What's Happening
PDF Document Fall 2014 What's Happening

11th Richmond Maritime Festival
August 8 - 10, 11:00am - 6:00pm
Celebrate Richmond's connection to the water with the 11th annual Richmond Maritime Festival!  Be inspired by live performances, interactive activities and a selection of beautiful wooden boats available for you to board!  For details and schedules, visit

Temporary Exhibit: "Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust"
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is hosting a temporary exhibit from May - August 2014. "Shanghai: A Refuge During the Holocaust," was developed by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and documents the experience of more than 18,000 Jews who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe to Shanghai, China between 1938 and 1940. As an open port, Shanghai was one of the very few places that stateless Jews could disembark without passports or visas. As a result, Shanghai became an important, life saving refuge and resulting complex community for thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The exhibit will be located inside the Chinese Bunkhouse building, and will be open to the public during operational hours until July 31st.

"Chinese Bunkhouse Exhibit"
This exhibit explores the incredible stories of the Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination, Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century. Complementary tours are offered during site operational hours. Please call
604-718-8050 or email for more information.  

“How We Lived Exhibit”
Britannia Shipyard How we LivedThis exhibit explores the stories of work and play at Britannia between 1910 and 1930, in five buildings situated over the Fraser River: the Murchison Gift Shop, the Manager’s House, the Men’s Bunkhouse, the Point House and the Chinese Bunkhouse.

Situated in a unique waterfront setting, this exhibit reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site. Indoor and outdoor exhibits allow the visitor to experience the everyday activities, lifestyles and personal relationships that took place at the Britannia Shipyards. Innovative displays, hands on activities, and audio/video components animate the daily lives of people living around Britannia between 1910 and 1930. Explore society and community, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and the all-round bustling interconnectedness of the local cannery and boatbuilding industries. This exhibit is open during site operational hours. Please call 604-718-8050 or email for more information.

"Industry on the Waterfront Exhibit"
Industry on the WaterfrontThe exhibit “Industry on the Waterfront”, examines the workings of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and its role in British Columbia’s industrial heritage.

The exhibit showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place. New photographs, new stories and new explanations will help our visitors rediscover the history of Britannia, and understand some of the complexities of a working shipyard.

Complimentary tours of the exhibit are offered during open hours. For more information, please contact us at 604-718-8050 or email

Pirate Birthday Parties

Our pirate themed party is full of fun and adventure. The children will spend an exciting afternoon at Britannia exploring the world of Pirates in a safe, friendly environment with a costume actor. All you need to supply are the pirates! Two hours supervised looting and pillaging including. Three week advance notice required. For more information please click on the brochure link below or call 604-718-8037.

PDF Document Pirate Birthday Party Brochure

School Programs
Children's Programs PhotoBritannia offers a number of exciting and hands-on school programs that can be adapted for students K-12. For more information please click on the brochure PDF below or call 604-718-8037.

PDF Document School Program Brochure

Guided Tours
Guided tours of Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site are available for a variety of ages and groups. Discover a working heritage shipyard, a pre-war Japanese home and boatworks, a unique estuary ecosystem and several residential buildings that explore living conditions from 1890 - 1940. For more information please call 604-718-8037. 

PDF Document Guided Tours Brochure

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