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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A historic treat showing the lifestyle of the working Japanese fishing families!

If you are lucky, you will encounter the off spring of the family home preserved on the site and... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Rosalina C
A MUST see if you luv wooden boat building- on a small scale

This is a must see in histoprical Steveston. You can see craftsmen working on boats using their... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2018
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Britannia Shipyards is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, residences and stores. City of Richmond staff and dedicated volunteers work together to preserve and restore the shipyard and surrounding...more
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5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond, British Columbia V7E 6P3, Canada
+1 604-238-8050
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All reviews steveston village boat building national historic site fraser river run by volunteers several buildings japanese family well worth the visit board walk fishing industry own pace open to the public relaxing stroll local history on display self guided tour walk around
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

If you are lucky, you will encounter the off spring of the family home preserved on the site and hear tales of the lives with amazing details. A real treat in Steveston Village to see such care in preserving the many buildings that was once...More

Thank Rosalina C
Reviewed 8 September 2018

This is a must see in histoprical Steveston. You can see craftsmen working on boats using their wood carving tools building the hull and other details of wooden boats from 20 footers to 40 footers. The craftmen enjoy talikng about their latest projects too.

Thank NeggyRichmond_Canada
Reviewed 4 September 2018

The large grounds contain several historic buildings that capture a wide range of activities. These range from worker dormitories to family housing and working buildings such as boat building and storage facilities. Signage is very helpful. The poor treatment of immigrant workers is not ignored.

Thank 643retiredguy
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Loved this, lots of history and social stuff I didn't know, like the Japanese who were sent away during ww2. Also it is free.

Thank yummymummy2009
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Worth the walk down the board walk to the Shipyards for a look back at BC's history. We walked it after a meal of fish and chips locally and found birds and other wonderful sites. Great Blue Heron, Cormorant and so much more

Thank Brian V
Reviewed 17 July 2018

An historical open-air museum consisting of a number of ship-building and fishing sheds, along with a variety of historical buildings that have been moved to the site. Many of the buildings contain exhibits showing both the working aspects of the fishing industry along with the...More

Thank jonnight
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Love when something is free or donation base yet still interesting, filled with information, and well maintained. Take about an hour to tour this little gem along the river and try and imagine what it would've been like to live there basically over the water...More

Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 26 June 2018

a amazing few hours to tour the shipyard works where they are rebuild a ship in the old style of wood and cork - see the ship wheels that were made in Richmond. A fantastic reconstruction of the Bunk house and homes that the Japanese...More

Thank A-Richard C
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Not only is the visit about the history of early Steveston but the area is very picturesque and a great place for a relaxing stroll beside the Fraser River.

Thank STAN49_12
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Great way to see what Steveston was like around 1930 or so. Has house for Japanese family, very civilized and comfortable (relatively). Also has bunkhouse where 100 Chinese workers lived. Big contrast between the workers and the families. Also while looking at the shipyard, got...More

Thank NW_Dog
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11 June 2018|
Response from NW_Dog | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you check it out in case it’s helpful, it is a great place to visit either way. However the Richmond Archives may also be helpful. They have a Brittania oral history project. They are at 7700 Minoru Gate, and can... More