What is Doors Open?

A city-wide event to explore the walkable hub of fascinating sites clustered around Steveston’s beautiful waterfront village

Open the doors to Steveston’s heritage and culture on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2018 with the 11th annual Doors Open Richmond. During the city-wide event, explore the walkable hub of fascinating sites clustered around Steveston’s beautiful waterfront village.

Starting at the west end of the Village is the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Avenue). Built in 1894, this was once the largest cannery in the area. This year the Cannery is offering free 60-minute “Under the Rafters: Built for Canning” tours that will take participants behind the scenes to listen to stories both of the building and of the site. Pre-registration is required by calling 604-664-9009 from May 1. Three tours will be offered over the weekend: Saturday at 2:30 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Outside of these tours, normal admission prices apply for general public access to the Cannery building.

Continue down Moncton Street to the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre (3811 Moncton Street) Weather permitting, jazz and string quartets will be playing 45-minute sets while visitors view an exhibit in Town Square Park on Saturday, June 2, celebrating the creativity of local artists. Enjoy Japanese-themed activities and site tours on Sunday, June 3. These activities take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Head a block east to the red and black building housing the Steveston Interurban Tram (4011 Moncton Street). Hop aboard the newly restored Tram Car 1220 and be transported back in time when rail connected Richmond to the outside world. All weekend long, chat with restoration volunteers, create fun crafts for children, and you may even spot a costumed interpreter.

Just around the corner at 3171 Chatham Street, Adrienne Moore’s Art Studio will showcase her drawings, paintings, collages and mixed media work. Follow along as she demonstrates new ways to enjoy mixed media. Adrienne Moore’s Art Studio is only open Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Tucked behind the Steveston Community Centre is the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (4255 Moncton Street.) For over 25 years, the centre has been dedicated to the Japanese Canadian community who endured injustice during and after World War Two. Throughout the weekend from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, enjoy displays, demonstrations, film screenings, presentations and hands-on activities about the history, culture and traditions of Steveston’s Japanese Canadian community.

Continue your exploration of Japanese Canadian culture at the nearby Steveston Buddhist Temple (4360 Garry Street). The temple is the oldest standing Buddhist temple in the Lower Mainland, marking its 90th anniversary this year. The temple offers a huge range of activities during the weekend including temple tours, Japanese pastry-making demonstrations, an introduction to Buddhism workshops, Buddhist flower arrangement exercises, Seiza meditation, and an invitation to attend the Sunday morning service from 10:30 am to 11:30.

Art lovers will be delighted by the “You Are Here” exhibition at Branscombe House (4900 Steveston Highway, kitty corner to O’Hare’s Pub). “You Are Here” showcases the works of Richmond locals who have participated in Branscombe’s public workshops exploring how home and community are created and defined. The exhibition will be shown alongside an interactive installation of handmade maps created by this year’s artist-in-residence, Keely O’Brien.

History meets the waterfront at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Visitors have a feast of activities to choose from on Saturday, June 2 including a drama workshop about Britannia’s historical characters and the chance to create a scroll celebrating Britannia’s history. Themes of healing and reconciliation will be explored with an exhibit open house, The Suitcase: Intergenerational Healing Through Traces of the Past, and the opportunity to meet with an Indigenous Elder as she shares life experiences through her homemade quilts and cedar weavings.

A 5-minute car ride away is London Heritage Farm (6511 Dyke Road). Tour the exquisitely furnished rooms of the London Family’s 1890s farmhouse and stroll through the park to enjoy the heritage herb and perennial gardens. Don’t forget to reserve your place for tea in the Victorian-style Tea Room for delicious scones, cookies and the locally famous London Lady Tea by calling 604-271-5220. The Tea Room is open noon to 5 p.m.

Doors Open Richmond 2018 highlights the richness and vibrancy of Steveston’s heritage, arts and culture. Put aside a few hours on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 to sightsee around our fabulous village. For more information, pick up a Doors Open Richmond 2018 map brochure from City facilities starting early May.