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Out and About: Britannia Shipyards offers glimpse into rich Steveston history

The historical exhibits are in six main areas to showcase the fishing and boat-building past of the village.

One of the most pleasant and photogenic walks in Richmond is along the Fraser River waterfront in the Village of Steveston. A unique set of attractions can be found nearby at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

There is a lot to see on this eight-acre site. 

Six main exhibit areas set the stage: Britannia Shipyard Building, Chinese Bunkhouse, Historic Stilt Houses, Richmond Boat Builders, Murakami House and Seine Net Loft. 

The buildings have been carefully preserved or restored and they collectively contain the workings that drove a thriving fishing and boat-building industry. This is the closest we can come to the living history that makes up Steveston Village and its multicultural origins. 

Boats have been restored, machinery remains in place (but carefully made inoperative) and informative signs and exhibits tell the story of the maritime industry that helped to create the original community. 

The site is located at 5180 Westwater Dr. 

It is best to check directly on opening times, by calling 604-238-8050 on the day of visit to confirm which buildings are open.

More information on the site, including seasonal opening hours and events, is available online.

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