Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Richmond, British Columbia
National Trust Passport Place
12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond, BC, Canada
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Open daily 10am to 5pm
(604) 664-9009

Located in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is a Parks Canada site which presents the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry. Built in 1894, the Cannery was once the largest building of its kind and the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. Interactive exhibits bring to life the machines that once churned out millions of cans of salmon. Through guided tours, programs and exhibits, discover the history of the site and its people.

Topics include:

  • Salmon canning
  • Herring processing
  • Commercial fishing
  • Indigenous fishing
  • Japanese Canadian History
  • Chinese Canadian History
  • Sustainability


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

Fun Facts

  • This cannery was nicknamed “The Monster Cannery” when it was first built, because it was the largest of its kind!
  • The historic cannery is built on 600 wood pilings right on top of the Fraser River. At high tide, you can often hear the waves lapping beneath the floor.
  • The Cannery’s new feature exhibit “Waves of Innovation: Stories from the West Coast” opened May 1st 2021, and features the stories of the diverse canning and fishing communities which were affected by changes and adaptation in their industries.


12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond, BC, Canada
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