Discover the history of Britannia Shipyards through historical exhibits.
Situated in a unique waterfront setting, the National Historic Site reveals the captivating stories and cultural diversity of the shipyards. During the festival, buildings and on-site exhibits will be enhanced through musical and theatrical performances.
Visitors can also take virtual tours of key structures. Explore the bustling community and the interconnectedness of the local cannery and boat building industries:
- Visitor’s Centre
- Britannia Shipyard Building
- Chinese Bunkhouse
- Manager’s House
- Men’s Bunkhouse
- Murakami House
- Point House
- Seine Net Loft
Tours can be viewed in Google Chrome, Firefox or IE 11+
Highlights include the Chinese Bunkhouse, which depicts the incredible stories of Chinese cannery workers. Be inspired by their remarkable courage in the face of hardship and discrimination. Interactive displays, rare photographs and short films bring the exhibit to life and provide visitors with a new perspective on life in Steveston in the early 20th century.
The Britannia Shipyard Building showcases the historical uses of the shipyard, carpentry shop, engine shop and machine shop that once served the fishing fleet of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Each shop houses authentic machinery, tools, interpretive text and interactive demonstrations, which help recreate the different work areas and activities that took place.
The Murakami House showcases the experience of Japanese Canadians in Steveston through the eyes of the Murakami family. Asayo and Otokichi Murakami moved their family into the Murakami House in 1929 and lived there with their 10 children until they were removed during the Japanese Internment in 1942.
The Seine Net Loft highlights the innovation and human ingenuity of the fishing and boat building industries of Steveston from the early 1800s up to today. Explore fascinating stories of our changing waterfront and the individuals from many cultures who worked together to achieve prosperity during times of plenty and times of economic, political and social turmoil.