Photo courtesy of Tourism Richmond
Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Discover the bygone ways of processing seafood at this terrific industrial museum, a national historic site in the country's largest commercial fishing port. The 1894 building was once the biggest of its kind; nicknamed the "Monster Cannery," it churned out 2.5 million tins a year during its peak. Today interactive exhibits delve into the hardscrabble world of the West Coast's fishing heritage, which united Asian, European, and First Nations workers. After manual canning gave way to high-speed machinery, the company shipped salmon and then tinned herring for the Allied soldiers in World War II. It later packaged the fish's roe—prized by the Japanese—before closing in 1979.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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12138 4th Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3J1, Canada
Sun - Sat 10am - 5pm