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Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the 10th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, August 9-11, 2013 at the spectacular Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
S H I PB O A R D I N G
A bounty of beautiful boats! Walk the 190-metre (600-foot) dock and view and board historic boats of all kinds.
Please note that for safety reasons, wheelchairs, strollers, dogs and large backpacks are not permitted on the steep ramps or floating docks. Stroller parking area is provided near dock entrance.
H A N D S – O NC R E A T I V EF U N
From printmaking to jigsaw puzzles to knot tying! Work directly with local artists and artisans and create a special memento of your Maritime Festival experience.
O N – S I T EI N S T A L L A T I O N S
The entire Britannia Heritage Shipyard site is festooned with sails, flags, windsocks, giant fish and many more colourful handmade elements. Some of them are interactive; all of them are unforgettable and make great photo ops!
H I S T O R I C E X H I B I T S
Don’t miss Britannia Heritage Shipyard’s permanent exhibits:
The Chinese Bunkhouse depicts the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by their remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination. Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century.
How We Lived explores the stories of work and play at Britannia between 1910 and 1930, in five buildings situated over the Fraser River: the Murchison Gift Shop, the Manager’s House, the Men’s Bunkhouse, the Point House and the Chinese Bunkhouse. Situated in a unique waterfront setting, this exhibit reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the Britannia Shipyard, National Historic Site. Explore society and community, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and the all-round bustling interconnectedness of the local cannery and boatbuilding industries.
Industry on the Waterfront examines the workings of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard and its role in British Columbia’s industrial heritage. The exhibit showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place. Stop to take a look at the partially restored M.V. Fleetwood, built in 1930, specifically as a “rum runner.” With an ability to reach speeds in excess of 40 nautical miles per hour, no one could catch her!