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2016 News and Information

Fireworks cruises, day sails add to Ships to Shore adventures

21 June 2016

thaneshipstoshoreGet your sea legs ready for Ships to Shore Steveston 2016. This year’s festival is offering guests a chance to see Steveston’s nautical heritage from a brand new perspective. Thane, a Victoria-native tall ship built in 1972 and Aerial Sea, an environmentally-conscious catamaran will be offering festival guests a chance to sail through Steveston Harbour. Explore and watch for wildlife along the spectacularly scenic Strait of Georgia, all from a unique vantage point on the Fraser River. On Canada Day, enjoy a special night sail and watch a phenomenal fireworks display, presented by Dueck Auto Group, right from the water.

Ships to Shore Steveston is a free event that celebrates the community’s ties to maritime spirit and culture.  From June 30 to July 2, nautical vessels will be available for free boarding. Ships to Shore Steveston will also include a Kid’s Cove children’s activities area presented by Tangerine, live music performances, dragon boating demonstrations, Chalk the Boardwalk art competition, plenty of fantastic food trucks and a wooden boat display. RE/MAX is the presenting sponsor for Ships to Shore.

“RE/MAX is proud to support Ships to Shore and the role it plays to nurture and foster the continual growth of the Lower Mainland’s cultural vibrancy,” says Bryan Furman, Chair, RE/MAX Lower Mainland Group Advertising Committee.

Sails on board Thane and Aerial Sea take place on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1. Registering in advance is a must.

June 30 day sails:

  • Thane: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and 2-5 p.m.
  • Aerial Sea: 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 2.-3:30 p.m., and 4:15 -5:45 p.m.

July 1 night sails:

  • Thane sails from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Aerial Sea 8:30 -10:30 p.m.

Tickets for day sails cost $89 for Thane and $45 for Aerial Sea. Fireworks sail tickets are $125 for Thane and $100 for Aerial Sea. These prices are per person and do not reflect tax charges.

Sails will be departing from the Imperial Landing Dock. Registered participants must bring their receipt to the “Registered Sails” check-in tent 30 minutes prior to sailing time. Sails may not be suitable for customers with mobility concerns and are limited to passengers aged 12 and over.

To register, call the Recreation Registration Call Centre (604-276-4300), sign-up in person at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site or visit

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. Kid’s 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. For more details on Ships to Shore Steveston 2016, visit