With its fairytale charm, it’s no wonder visitors flock to the picturesque seaside village of Steveston. Pretty historic homes and tempting eateries line the streets. Orcas and bald eagles frolic just off shore. And there’s always something fun to do, even if it’s just watching the fishing boats dock in the busy marina.
Embark on a Whale Watching Excursion
Hop on board a whale watching expedition that leaves right from Steveston’s shores. You might spot heron, eagles, a pod of black-and-white orcas or even majestic humpback whales. Steveston Seabreeze Adventures and Vancouver Whale Watch offer tours to see one of the top attractions on the Canadian West Coast.
Discover two National Historic Sites
At the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, discover how things worked at the largest of the salmon canneries that once lined the coast. Then head over to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and experience what life was like for workers in Steveston’s fishing industries a century ago.
Filming in Steveston
Steveston is a popular filming destination. For years the historic buildings and scenic settings played a starring role as the village of Storybrooke in the fairytale ABC TV series Once Upon A Time.
Other shows that filmed in Steveston are Project Blue Book, Twighlight Zone, Ink, The Terror, Project Holiday, Siren, A Christmas Bride, Super Natural, Godzilla, Power Rangers, War of the Planet of the Apes, Overboard, The Crossing, Bates Motel and many more, including commercials.
Snack on Seafood by the Seaside
When the sun comes out, so do the happy crowds heading to the patios along the Steveston wharf. Pull up a seat at one of the lively eateries and enjoy some fresh fish and chips while you watch the fishing boats in the marina.
Hike or Bike Along the Dykes
Steveston is surrounded by a system of dykes that provide perfect pathways for hiking, biking or just taking in the view of ocean and mountains. Pick up your rental bike at Village Bikes or U-Bicycle Rentals, and start exploring. You never know what you’ll see next.
Feast on Culinary Delights
Bring your appetite, because Steveston has something cooking just for you. Choose from pizza, pasta, souvlaki, sushi, tapas, gourmet sausages, charcuterie, burgers, Kansas City-style BBQ, steak and seafood galore. Then, for a sweet finish, try the doughnuts, cupcakes, chocolates and ice cream!
Visit Fisherman’s Wharf
Stop by to watch the fishermen unload their catch before heading back out to sea, and pick up some fresh salmon and spot prawns at the dock. What is in season?
Join the Festival Fun
There are many great events happening in summer including Steveston Salmon Festival, Richmond Maritime Festival, London Family Farm Day, Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, Beer Fest, Wine Fest, Cider Fest, Grand Prix of Art and much more!
Shop for Unique Gifts
Check out the tempting goodies at the village boutiques, such as charming home accessories, crafty toys, handy garden tools, quirky t-shirts and trendy fashion. Or, if you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind idea, head to Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market for gorgeous handcrafted gifts.
Discover the Historic Sites
Experience a Historical Farm: Venture out to the countryside for a taste of century-old farming life at London Heritage Farm. Wander through the heritage gardens, explore the museum.
Visit the Steveston Interurban Tram and see tramcar 1220, the largest artefact in the City of Richmond.
Drop in to the Steveston Museum to glimpse into the past of this historic village. Built in 1905 it was the first bank in the village. Next to it is the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building with exhibits of the local Japanese Canadian community.
For more information stop by Steveston Visitor Centre located at 3811 Moncton Street, Richmond (Steveston Village) or telephone 604-271-8280.