August 26–27, 2023
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm

Community Groups

Check out some of the amazing community groups participating in this year’s Richmond Maritime Festival.

The 10th Richmond Sea Scouts have been providing local youth with opportunities to develop social, personal and community skills continuously since 1957. Following the Canadian Path program as developed by Scouts Canada, our youth develop into well rounded, active participants in our community. The program helps them become helpful, considerate and kind young citizens. With more than 80 active members from Beavers, to Venturers, to Adult Scouters, the 10th Richmond Sea Scouts are a vibrant community group in Richmond. The 10th will be displaying the recently restored Woggle at this year’s Richmond Maritime Festival.

Through collaboration with the City of Richmond and the community, the Society aims to preserve and celebrate the history of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.  The Society contributes to program development, fund raising, volunteerism, wooden boat preservation, and promoting public education, appreciation, and understanding of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

CPAWS-BC is raising awareness of ocean conservation in the region, particularly to help protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales and the unique glass sponge reefs found in the Strait of Georgia and Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound. Drop by to learn more about Salish Sea conservation, play trivia, and pick-up brochures.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre’s mission is to share the stories of the Fraser and inspire stewards of the river. Stop by for an interactive family activity at festival! Learn more about the biodiversity, geology, and history of the river.

GO Taiko


GO Taiko originated from free afterschool taiko classes at Admiral Seymour and Waverley Elementary Schools in East Vancouver. They are now based in Richmond. They started out as a youth taiko group but have now formed into exciting young adult taiko players who have performed at night markets, festivals, the PNE, and more.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society operates the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on behalf of Parks Canada, in the historic fishing village of Canada. Visit their booth and participate in fun activities to learn about their work to present the fascinating stories of fishing on Canada’s west coast.

Ocean Legacy Foundation seeks to end the ocean plastic pollution crisis. The foundation deploys expedition crews that complete ocean and shoreline cleanups in remote areas across BC and beyond. Their key mission is to restore our marine environment so that it is clean, safe, and beautiful for people and wildlife alike to enjoy.


The Richmond Carvers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodcarving as a hobby and an art form. Founded in 1988, the Society has grown to over 74 members with skill levels ranging from beginner to internationally acclaimed experts. Come to the festival to see them at work and admire some of the beautiful carvings on display.

Richmond Fire-Rescue provides fire and life safety information to the community. For the festival, we’ll offer information on smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire code specifics, marine safety, and bylaw information. We’ll also promote our website, the first of its kind in British Columbia, which provides all of the above information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 170 different languages.

Learn about the theatre’s audio play about the Dragon Boat Festival, and enjoy a colouring sheet by local artist, Cherry Lu, with dragons and dragon boats in the water. Try your luck and spin the wheel for prizes.

As a member of Scouts Canada and the World Scout Organization, the Sea Dragon Sea Scout Group is dedicated to providing a challenging and educational program aimed at training today’s youth to becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The group offers Scouting programs in Richmond at Ferris Elementary School for youth ages 5-17.

Steveston Maritime Modellers

Formed in 2002, the Steveston Maritime Modellers are a group of enthusiasts who enjoy building model ships, both static display ships and/or radio controlled ships that ply the pond at Burnaby Central Park. Visit the booth to appreciate some recent work and learn more about club membership — they are open to all!

Tourism Richmond provides services to locals and visitors, including sharing the valuable history of Steveston and Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Pop by to pick-up Richmond guides, and participate in a family-friendly game.