Summer is finally upon us which means it is time to celebrate.
The annual Steveston Salmon Festival has been a staple of the Steveston village in Richmond since 1945. The village of Steveston predates even the city of Vancouver, and has a heritage rich in the bountiful resources of Canada and the unique beauty of our land.
Every year, the Steveston Salmon Festival brings residents and visitors alike to embrace our unique culture and rejoice in what it means to be Canadian.
This year, like every year, the festival will take place on Canada Day and will begin at 6:30 am with a pancake breakfast. Followed by breakfast, the kids bike parade starts at 9:30 am and then the massive Canada Day parade at 10:00 am.
The parade will wind itself through the historic village of Steveston and will include floats, bands, celebrities, politicians, community groups, vintage vehicles and more. The festival officially kicks off at the opening ceremonies on the main stage at noon with dignitaries, speeches and the singing of “O Canada.”
After the opening, the day fills with entertainment all afternoon on two stages. Attractions include the Japanese cultural show, trade show, horticultural show, artisan gallery, car show, food festival, and children’s festival. Finally, a local favourite pie and ice cream parlour for refreshments.
In 2017, the festival added a popular food truck element that brings together many unique flavours of B.C. in a fun and bustling environment.
But, the main attraction, as always, is the famous salmon barbeque where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. The popular treat sells out every year and goes for $16 per plate.
No matter who you are or where you come from, the salmon festival holds a special message for all and that is a boisterous pride in history, environment, and culture. If you are new, returning, or just want to get a taste of what Steveston has to offer, come get outside and celebrate this year’s Steveston Salmon Festival!
For more information on the festival, visit the website or call 604-238-8080.