Britannia Shipyards is an authentic representation of a once-thriving community of canneries, boat yards, and residences. Situated on an eight acre park along the banks of the Fraser River, many of the heritage buildings date back to the 1800s and tell the stories of the Chinese, European, Indigenous and Japanese workers through exhibits showing their living and working spaces.
Families can explore the exhibits, interact with costumed guides and historical demonstrations, view vintage wooden boats moored along the docks, play lawn games in the field and spread a blanket out for a snack or picnic. New this summer, is a fun activity booklet designed for kids aged 6-10 that has them play the role of a junior boat builder while exploring the exhibits (coming July 24).
Forgot to pack a lunch? No problem, as Salty's Lobster Shack is on site Wednesday-Sunday 11:30am-7:00pm and features lobster rolls, lobster bisque, lobster mac and cheese and lobster grilled cheese. They also serve grilled cheese without the lobster, for those little ones not so into seafood.
Britannia is open seven days a week from 12-4pm.
Extend your visit to Steveston by visiting the other heritage sites nearby-London Heritage Farm (www.richmond.ca/londonfarm), Steveston Museum (www.richmond.ca/stevestonmuseum) or the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (www.gogcannery.org).