Immerse yourself in a nautical bazaar at Ships to Shore
15 June 2016
Immerse yourself in a nautical bazaar, June 30 to July 2 at Ships to Shore Steveston. From century-old tall ships to modern Canadian Navy patrol vessels, more than 15 unique ships and boats will be available for free boarding along the Steveston waterfront.
Ship boarding will take place from noon to 6 p.m. daily Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2. Presented by RE/MAX, Ships to Shore Steveston will also include free live music, a Kids Cove children’s activity area, food trucks, Canada Day fireworks and more
“Ships to Shore is a great way to learn about Richmond’s maritime past and present while enjoying lots of free, family fun along the sunny banks of the Fraser River,” said Richmond Malcolm Brodie.
Three breathtaking schooners with a pedigree highlight the 2016 Ships to Shore fleet. The spectacular schooner Adventuress (built 1913), sleek Martha (1907) and the Canadian Navy’s dauntless, HMCS Oriole (1921) lead the senior class. At other end of the age spectrum, the Navy’s modern Orcas class patrollers will show off modern maritime design to those who want some power on the high seas.
Festival goers can also get a seaside view of the ships by going for a ride aboard the River Queen, which will run regular shuttles from Britannia Shipyard to Imperial Landing throughout the festival. Shuttle fare is free during the festival.
Ships to Shore is upping the entertainment value in 2016 with a new mainstage that will feature continuous live music performances on Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2. Also new this year is the Kids Cove children’s activities area, presented by Tangerine. Drop into this pop-up park for a dockside obstacle course, hand’s on artistic activities, roving performers, bouncy castle and more.
A spectacular Canada Days fireworks presentation will celebrate our nation’s birthday. Presented by Dueck Auto Group, the fireworks will take place over the Steveston Channel near Imperial Landing at 10:15 p.m. on July 1.
Other highlights include the Chalk the Boardwalk art competition, food trucks, ship building, dragon boating and other demonstrations. For complete festival details, visit www.shipstoshore.ca
On Canada Day, Steveston Village is also a home to “Canada’s biggest little birthday party” as it comes alive with the annual Steveston Salmon Festival. Just steps away from Ships to Shore, the Salmon Festival will be hosting a Canada Day parade, children’s festival, food fair, fabulous performances and the ever popular salmon barbeque. Steveston’s two national historic sites, Britannia Shipyards and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, are also open on Canada Day with free admission and special events planned.
RE/MAX is the presenting sponsor for Ships to Shore Steveston 2016. Fireworks are presented by Dueck Auto Group. Dock sponsor is Steveston Harbour Authority. Kids Cove is presented by Tangerine. Community partners are Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society and the Steveston Community Society. Media Partners are CTV, QM/FM, and the Richmond News. Ships to Shore Steveston is produced by the City of Richmond and is part of Richmond Days of Summer.