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Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Programs and Events

Take Part in Maritime Events, Lectures and Drop-in Programs for All Ages at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

To register, call 604-276-4300, visit, or register in person at Britannia Shipyards.

Find out what's happening at Britannia Shipyards. Click on the brochure links below.
PDF Document Summer of Wooden Boats Schedule 2017
PDF Document Steveston Folk Guild Concerts- Spring 2017
PDF Document Ocean Adventurer Camp
PDF Document Historic Water Shuttle - River Queen Tours

New Exhibit: "Our Coastal Connection"
June 3, 2017 - May 1, 2018
As part of Richmond Celebrates Canada 150, a new exhibit in the Seine Net Loft building explores our historic connection to the local waterways and what we're doing to keep our rivers and oceans healthy for future generations. Explore the stories of over twenty local groups profiled within the exhibit, all of which have dedicated remarkable efforts in areas of water conservation, education, awareness, recycling and entrepreneurship. In the face of 8 million metric tons of plastic waste entering our global oceans each year, local individuals have taken initiative, groups have formed and remarkable goals have been achieved - all in a fascinating effort to help us remember why we love our waters and what we can do to keep our rivers and oceans clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.
PDF Document Exhibit Guide- Our Coastal Connection

"Seine Net Loft Exhibits" (2016)
Seine Net Loft - Joel Baziuk - resize smallA new series of interactive exhibits in the Seine Net Loft look at innovation and  human ingenuity in the fishing and boatbuilding industries of Steveston. Explore fascinating stories of our changing waterfront and the individuals from many cultures who worked together to achieve prosperity during times of plenty and times of economic, political and social turmoil. Engaging photographs, artefacts, films, audio clips, activity kits and an interactive touch screen will guide you through the rich history that shaped present day Steveston. Explore 4 exhibit zones and the “Innovation Station” full of fun interactive activities for families including a scavenger hunt.

"A Capture of Memories" (2015)
This short film explores the Japanese Canadian experience through the memoriesCapture of Memories of the Murakami family at Britannia. Young Japanese Canadians like Asayo Murakami’s great granddaughter Caitlin are continuing a legacy of strong ties to Steveston, not broken by the 1942 Japanese Internment and subsequent years of hardship. Viewers will be inspired to see that in spite of past injustices, we are moving forward to repair relationships and create a strong community with a bright future.

This new addition to the exhibits at Britannia was a joint effort between local filmmaker Susanne Tabata, Murakami family members, the City of Richmond and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society.

Press the play button and then the square button in the bottom, right-hand corner to watch the video in full screen HD.

"Chinese Bunkhouse Exhibit"
This exhibit explores the incredible stories of the Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by 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. Complementary tours are offered during site operational hours. Please call
604-238-8050 or email for more information.  

For an interactive 3D exhibit tour, click on the link below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+):  Chinese Bunkhouse 3D Tour

“How We Lived Exhibit”
Britannia Shipyard How we LivedThis exhibit 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. Indoor and outdoor exhibits allow the visitor to experience the everyday activities, lifestyles and personal relationships that took place at the Britannia Shipyards. Innovative displays, hands on activities, and audio/video components animate the daily lives of people living around Britannia between 1910 and 1930. Explore society and community, ethnicity and cultural diversity, and the all-round bustling interconnectedness of the local cannery and boatbuilding industries. This exhibit is open during site operational hours. Please call 604-238-8050 or email for more information.

For interactive 3D exhibit tours of the Manager's House, Men's Bunkhouse, Point House and Visitor Centre, click on the links below. (Works with Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+):
Manager's House 3D Tour
Men's Bunkhouse 3D Tour
Point House 3D Tour
Visitor Centre 3D Tour

"Industry on the Waterfront Exhibit"
Industry on the WaterfrontThe exhibit “Industry on the Waterfront,” examines the workings of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site 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. New photographs, new stories and new explanations will help our visitors rediscover the history of Britannia, and understand some of the complexities of a working shipyard.

Complimentary tours of the exhibit are offered during open hours. For more information, please contact us at 604-238-8050 or email

Facility Rentals
We currently rent out the Chinese Bunkhouse and the Seine Net Loft for meetings and social events. For more information please click on info package link below or call 604-238-8037.
PDF Document Britannia Rental Information Package

School Programs
Children's Programs PhotoBritannia offers a number of exciting and hands-on school programs that can be adapted for students K-12. For more information please click on the brochure PDF below or call 604-238-8037.
PDF Document Britannia School Programs 

PDF Document Richmond Museum & Heritage School Program Brochure

Guided Tours
Guided tours of Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site are available for a variety of ages and groups. Discover a working heritage shipyard, a pre-war Japanese home and boatworks, a unique estuary ecosystem and several residential buildings that explore living conditions from 1890 - 1940. For more information please call 604-238-8037.
PDF Document Guided Tours at Britannia