Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Gulf of Georgia Cannery information

Location
Richmond & Steveston , Canada
Address
12138 4th Ave
Steveston
Getting there
Metro: Richmond-Brighouse, then bus 401
More information
www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.org
Prices
adult/child $7.80/3.90
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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Once you've perused the boats hawking the day's fresh catch, check out Steveston's excellent cannery museum, illuminating the sights and sounds (and smells) of the region's bygone era of labor-intensive fish processing. Most of the machinery remains – polished and cleaned of its permanent film of blood and fish oil – and there's an evocative focus on the people who used to work here before the plant closed in 1979. You'll hear recorded testimonies from old workers percolating through the air like ghosts and see large black-and-white blow-ups of some of the staff who spent their days immersed in entrails in order to roll thousands of cans down the production line. Take one of the hourly tours, often run by former cannery workers.