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.
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- 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.
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Historic Places in Lower Mainland, BC
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Learn more about the complex histories of the place known today as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia by visiting some of the many heritage sites and organizations registered with Historic Places Days!