Things to See and Do in Steveston, British Columbia

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 5th Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Steveston is an area of Richmond, British Columbia, located south of Vancouver. It is a fishing community and tourist area. Learn more about what you can see and do on a trip to Steveston.


Steveston, British Columbia, was once its own small fishing town but since the lower mainland of British Columbia has become highly populated, Steveston has been absorbed by the city of Richmond.

I visited the area of Steveston, British Columbia on a trip to Vancouver recently. I only had a couple of hours there but still want to tell you about my experience in Steveston.

Fans of the ABC television show “Once Upon a Time”, will recognize parts of Steveston from the show as it is used as the setting for Storybrooke, Maine.

Steveston is located in the South West corner of Richmond, south of Vancouver, and is easily explored on foot. You should expect to pay for parking in one of the many parking lots in the area. There is also a park, Garry Point Park, which I did not have time to explore on my trip but should note that there is a fish and chips place at the entry to the park and everyone told us that they have the best fish and chips you will find anywhere. The park itself is a great place to fly kites, or relax and watch others fly their kites.

Along the fisherman's wharf area of Steveston you will find many shops and restaurants. I walked down to one of the floating restaurants and had a plate of 12 muscles, they were delicious, the best I had ever had.

Fishermen pull up to the wharf and shoppers were buying fresh fish right off the boats. In fact apparently there are roughly 600 fishing boats in the area at any given time. Even though we were not buying fish it was interesting watching the ships coming and going.

There was also a tour company offering whale watching adventures. I really regret not going on such a tour.

Other Things to do in Steveston

On July 1st (Canada Day), people can enjoy the Steveston Salmon Festival and Canada Day parade.

There is a free, outdoor, bike park for mountain bike fans, this being at the south end of the No.2 Road.

From May to October tourists can visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site dating back to 1894.

You can visit Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park and see buildings from the 1800's.

Another tourist attraction is the Steveston Museum.

Overall Opinion of Steveston, British Columbia

If you were to ask me if Steveston was worth visiting, I would say “Yes”. It is certainly a seafood lovers paradise. It is also a great place to go for photography, shopping, and people watching.

As mentioned earlier, my only regret was not going on a whale watching tour. Other than that I had a good time.

Links From My Trip to Vancouver

Jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium

Red Eared Sliders in Stanley Park

Great Blue Herons in Stanley Park

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British Columbia, Lower Mainland, Richmond, Steveston, Tourism, Tourist Attractions, Vancouver, What To Do, What To See

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
5th Apr 2013 (#)

Mark, our dear friend, I would say: a well deserved vacation.

It sounds like a very relaxing place. I wish you had had pictures of the whales. Maybe next time.

Lovely and interesting page.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Apr 2013 (#)

fabulous...must go there and visit for sure...

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author avatar Retired
5th Apr 2013 (#)

Great star page--how interesting it is the setting for Storybrook. :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Got a real feel of the place just by reading this interesting first hand account. Thanks Mark - siva

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author avatar Buzz
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mark. Informative travelogue.

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author avatar Retired
6th Apr 2013 (#)

Sounds like a great place to visit. :-)

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author avatar Carol
7th Apr 2013 (#)

it sounds and looks like a very interesting place Mark,somewhere I would like to visit one day

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Apr 2013 (#)

I have never visited BC and often wonder why.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Apr 2013 (#)

what a great place...thanks Mark:0)!

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author avatar Songbird B
12th May 2013 (#)

Such a lovely place and what wonderful images Mark! Informative article my friend, and as we watch Storybrook here too in the UK, it gives an added interest too..\0/x

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author avatar Mike Robbers
6th Jun 2013 (#)

Wonderful little town and whale watching should be a great activity. Thanks for the article.

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