Gulf of Georgia Cannery
12111 Third Avenue
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 Canada’s largest commercial fishing port. Nicknamed the “Monster Cannery,” the 1894 building used to be the biggest of its kind, churning out 2.5 million tins a year at its peak. After manual canning gave way to high-speed machinery, the company began shipping salmon and tinned herring to Allied soldiers in World War II. It also dealt in fish roe—prized by the Japanese—before closing in 1979. Today, it offers interactive exhibits about the West Coast fishing industry, once a unifying force for Asian, European, and First Nations workers.