Steveston is located in the south-west corner of the Vancouver area at the mouth of the Fraser River. It was founded as a small village in 1880 and soon became the hub of British Columbia’s salmon fishing and canning industry. Labourers were at first seasonal but soon began to move into the area year round and were made up of Japanese, First Nations and European. These photos show a re-creation of the original houses for the workers and some of original cannery buildings.
The Steveston Riverfront
Bulrushes and Wildflowers
The Britannia Shipyard is the oldest building in Steveston and the oldest shipyard building in British Columbia. It was originally built as a cannery in 1889 and converted to a shipyard in 1918. It was used to repair and maintain BC’s fishing fleet.
The shipyard is now a museum with many of the old tools used to work on the boats. It is a massive building.
The boats would come right inside the building to be worked on.
Ships steering wheels would be made onsite.
From blanks to nearly finished.
The area is being restored to give the feel of old time Steveston. The houses were originally built out over the river on pilings and interconnected by wood boardwalks. The houses are furnished with items from the early 1900’s.
Another river view
The wood boardwalk
The reason for Steveston’s existence.
One of the best known houses on the riverfront is the Murakami House built around 1885. My blogging friend Leslie Robinson recently did an excellent post on this house and it is worthwhile taking a look at.
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Thanks, Ken! Steveston is one of my favourite spots to visit. Such a pretty place.
You’re welcome. I must say, not being a city person, I was impressed with both the Steveston riverfront and New Westminster Quay. Both have become very attractive and interesting areas.
I like the perspective in your photography. Anyone with a camera can click good shoots. It’s only a few who know how to take a picture that tells a story. Lovely. 🙂
Thanks Karan, I appreciate your comment!
Well done with the marine weather — mist is difficult with a camera — it never works out for me.
Thanks very much Diana!
I thoroughly enjoyed your post Kenneth. The village is lovely, your photos are exquisite — you expressed the feel of the old town so well, and the beauty of it today as well as yesterday. And the shipbuilding element is fascinating, the repair station, the steering wheels, the equipment. 😀
Thank you. I was really impressed with the restoration work done at ‘old’ Steveston. A lot of history there. Incidentally, Don’t know if you are a TV fan but Steveston is where Once Upon A Time is mostly filmed.