Programs and Events
Take part in Maritime events, tours and our new Living History program at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.Living History
Explore Steveston's historic sites through Living History!
Step into the past with historical demonstrations led by heritage interpreters dressed in period costume. Experiences include:
- Net mending at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
- Talking to the Conductor at the Steveston Tram
- Early banking at the Steveston Museum
- Laundry with a scrub board and mangle at London Heritage Farm
Go back in time on an interactive walking tour, stopping at four celebrated historic attractions Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Interurban Tram, Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. You’ll hear eye-opening tales of yesteryear village life, as told by a chatty fisherman who seems to have just stepped from the streets of 1914. Carefully chosen food and beverage tastings will be served at each location. Bus transportation is provided between Britannia Shipyards and Steveston Village and then back to Britannia Shipyards.19+ Only.
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2019 Tour Dates
Saturdays from 2:00 - 5:00pm on the following dates:
Tours starts at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
$65 + tax per person. 19+ only.
** Special Promotion
Have your family and friends join you on the tour:
Purchase two tickets for $115 (saving of $7.50 per ticket) and four tickets for $220 (savings of $10 per ticket) plus taxes.
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Grand Prix of Art
Watch artists of all levels and ages compete against the clock in this thrilling three hour Plein-Air painting challenge! The race starts on Saturday September 21 at 10am. Paintings will be on display and for sale in the Seine Net Loft following the awards from 3-6pm. Exhibition continues Sunday, September 22 from 10am-4pm. For more information and to register, please visit www.grandprixofart.com
Grand Prix of Art 2019
Culture Days at Britannia Shipyards
September 27-29 10:00am-5:00pm
Discover Richmond’s storied past throughout the year and over the Culture Days weekend at Steveston’s historic sites. Try your hand at mending fishing nets at Britannia Shipyards, hop aboard the Steveston Tram and meet the friendly Conductor, wash clothes using a scrub board at London Heritage Farm, and draft a bank note with a fountain pen in the Bank Manager’s office at the Steveston Museum.
Other activities at Britannia Shipyards throughout the weekend include:
-carpentry demonstrations in the Shipyard
-mah jong in the Chinese Bunkhouse
-sewing in the Murakami House
-traditional kids games in the field
Saturday Sept 28
11:00am: Join Richmond Food Security Society to learn about local and sustainable options for preparing, eating and using salmon. Learn about the importance of salmon to the multi-ethnic workforce that lived at Britannia Shipyards
2:00pm: Join Richmond Food Security Society to learn how to grow, save, clean and store away garden grown seeds for future seasons! Walk through and learn about the historic Murakami Garden where Asayo Murakami grew various types of flowers.
Sunday Sept 29
12:00-4:00pm: Join the Richmond Carvers and view their amazing carved creations.
Britannia Shipyards Heritage Christmas Craft Fair
Held Saturday, December 7th from 11am-4pm, this craft fair will take place site-wide, in the Seine Net Loft, Murakami Boatworks, Richmond Boatbuilders and Chinese Bunkhouse buildings and will showcase the work of a variety of unique vendors.
If you are a vendor looking to showcase your work, please contact us at email@example.com
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 to 1940. If you have any questions or would like to book a tour, call 604-238-8037.
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Britannia Shipyards Site Tour
Visit an industrial shipyard, a pre-WWII Japanese home, the last surviving Chinese Bunkhouse on the west coast and several other residential buildings that explore working and living conditions on the waterfront from 1890 to 1940. Registration required. Tours are one hour. $12/person, 8 person minimum, 25 person maximum.
Culture Makes Communities
Discover the multicultural life of the people who lived and worked at Britannia Shipyards over 100 years ago through interactive, multi-sensory experiences. Taste smoked salmon at the First Nations Bunkhouse, sample mochi in the Murakami House, listen to music in an affluent manager's home and have a sip of tea upstairs in the Chinese Bunkhouse. Registration required. Tours are one hour, $18/person, 8 person minimum, 25 person maximum.