Special Events

Ships to Shore Steveston 2015

Seas the Day
About the Event
History, adventure and fun will sail back into Richmond for Ships to Shore Steveston 2015 on Monday, June 29 until Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Over 20 working and historic ships will be on display, including the breathtaking Adventuress, Spike Africa, Canadian Naval vessels, and the Canadian Coast Guard’s hovercraft, Siyay.

For the fifth year in a row, you can relive the days when Richmond’s Steveston Village was a major port-of-call for fleets of sailing ships from around the world. The ships will be docked at Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site.

PCT Vessel at Ships to ShoreShips to Shore, which coincides with the Steveston Salmon Festival will make Steveston village come alive with free events and activities for the whole family.

Ships will be anchored along the Steveston waterfront at Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site. The event site is just a few minutes walk from Steveston Park, home of the Steveston Salmon Festival, Canada's biggest little birthday party. There will be something fun to do for everyone.

  • Free public viewing, on-board tours and other activities.
  • Canada Day fireworks show at 10:15 p.m.
  • Dragon boating demonstrations, food trucks and a wooden boat show.
  • Expand the fun by visiting the Steveston Salmon Festival, one of the region's most popular and longest running Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1.

Stay tuned for some boarding information you don't want to miss!

Ships to Shore 2015 - Quick Details
Date: Monday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 1
Time: Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site in Steveston - just east of Bayview Street and No. 1 Road, along the Steveston boardwalk, Richmond, BC.
Admission: Free
Details: Feature vessels include the majestic and historic schooner Adventuress, the impressive rigger, Spike Africa, and the towering HMCS Oriole.

The site is within walking distance from Steveston Park, home of the Steveston Salmon Festival, Canada's biggest little birthday party. There will be something fun to do for everyone.
  • Free public viewing, on-board tours and other activities.
  • Expand the fun by visiting the Steveston Salmon Festival, one of the region's most popular and longest running Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1.
Ship Profiles
Siyay Hovercraft at Ships to ShoreFrom the Canadian Coast Guard’s hovercraft, Siyay, to the majestic, century-old schooner Adventuress, to the legendary Providence, a flotilla of classic ships is making sail for Ships to Shore Steveston the weekend before Canada Day.

Check the PDF Document 2015 Ships to Shore Vessel Profiles and get to know your favourite vessel.

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Programming
Ships and sites will be open for the entire three day run of the event. Plan ahead and find out when you can get aboard your favourite ship and get more information on additional event programming.

Ongoing Programming

June 29 – July 1, Noon – 7:00 p.m.

Imperial Landing
  • Public ship viewing/boarding
  • Food trucks
  • Canoe carving
  • Roaming pirates
  • Paddle sport demos
  • PDF Document Entertainment schedule - Imperial Landing

    The Fairwater Brass from the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy will be performing on June 29 (1:00-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-3:00 p.m.) and June 30 (noon-12:45 p.m. and 1:15-2:00 p.m.).
    PDF Document Naden Band bio
Britannia Shipyards
  • Public ship viewing/boarding
  • Food trucks
  • Historic building tours
  • Dragon boat paddling opportunities and demos at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. daily
  • One War, Two Victories – Travelling museum exhibition
  • Wooden boat display
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society demos
  • Lulu Suite – “Island” film projection
  • Sea Scout mast raising demo at 1:00 p.m. daily
  • Roaming pirates
  • Free water shuttle
  • PDF Document Entertainment schedule - Britannia Shipyards
Chalk the Boardwalk
Watch artists compete in Steveston's 1st annual sidewalk chalk competition around the event area.

Date: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PDF Document Chalk the Boardwalk Poster

Tall Ship Adventure - Youth Sailing Program
Youths get sailing at Britannia! Leading up to Ships to Shore, get involved in a rare and exciting opportunity to travel to the Gulf Islands aboard the Adventuress for three days, two nights. Set sail, navigate, explore, cook and caretake the vessel as you voyage through the islands. Be inspired by the Salish Sea, and learn about how each of us can make a difference in its future!

Date: Departs: Friday, June 26
Returns: Sunday, June 28
Departure Time: 10:00 a.m.
Departure Location: West Gate of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
5180 Westwater Drive
Richmond, BC
Price $588
Ages 12-17 years

To register, call 604-276-4300 or sign-up online. Register before June 1 for a free t-shirt. 

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Getting There
Parking in Steveston is limited and some road closures will be in place on Canada Day morning due to the Steveston Salmon Festival parade. Festival goers are encouraged to take transit, cycle or walk to avoid traffic and parking congestion.

Limited parking will be available around the event site. Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society will be doing parking by donation on July 1 in the Homma School Field. Access will be off of Westwater Drive.

A free shuttle service will be offered on July 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.. The shuttles will leave from the City's Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane, and will drop off/pick up passengers at Britannia Shipyards, 5180 Westwater Drive, near the Homma School field. Two shuttles will be running back and forth throughout the day with the last shuttle leaving Britannia Shipyards at 7:15 p.m.

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Sponsors
This event was made possible with the support of our fantastic sponsors.
Ships to Shore 2015 Sponsors

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News Releases

 25-Jun-15 Hoist the sails for Ships to Shore Steveston 2015
 22-Jun-15 Oriole comes on board for Ships to Shore Steveston 2015
 08-Jun-15 Seas the day with Ships to Shore Steveston 2015

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VolunteerShips to Shore Volunteers
We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to join our crew!

There are many volunteer roles available to suit your specific interests such as: dock safety, dock entrance/exit, information booth, volunteer check-in, heritage greeters and crowd control. We're also looking for lifeguards! Play a key role in festival activities, talk with visitors, meet other volunteers and spend some time in a beautiful waterfront setting!

All volunteers should attend:

ONE information session June 13, 10:30 a.m. - noon
OR
June 16, 10:30 a.m. - noon
ONE training session June 20, 10:30 a.m. - noon
OR
June 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Volunteers, go to our Volunteer Recruiter site to sign up.

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