Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Richmond, British Columbia
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC, Canada
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May 20 -Sept 4: Open daily 10am to 5pm; Sept 5-May 19 Tue-Sun 12-4pm

Britannia Shipyards is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, and residences.

Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in British Columbia, as you experience a bygone time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the Fraser River.

With heritage buildings dating back to 1885, tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents and workers at the Britannia Cannery and Britannia Shipyards: First Nations, Chinese, European, and Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value and was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board.


  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

  • Located on the shores of the Fraser River, two of the heritage buildings (Britannia Shipyard and Seine Net Loft) are built on stilts on top of the water. Flood panels protect the buildings on the “land side” of the site, and are raised during winter king tide and the June freshet seasons.
  • The tidal marsh offers views of songbirds, herons, bald eagles and other animals that make their homes in the brackish (mix of fresh & salt) water.
  • The Britannia Shipyard was once a salmon cannery, and the entire building was “upcycled” and transformed into a shipyard to repair fishing boats in the early 1900s.
  • The picturesque national historic site has been used as a filming location for movies and tv shows.


5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC, Canada
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