August 21–22, 2021

Community Groups

Steveston Maritime Modellers

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.

The group was originally formed in 2002 after the Tall Ships visit to Richmond. It is open to novices and “more experienced” members with interests in model ship building. Any interested individual is very welcome to join our club. We meet a few times a year but also have individual meetings to trade information and skills development to assist our members in perfecting their individual builds.

Building a scale model ship, wether an old three masted sailing ship or a modern ship brings maritime history to life. This work provides us the opportunity and interest to learn more of the history and the living conditions in the era we are working on. Displaying these ships allows us to pass on some of the most interesting aspects of the particular ship or time period to others.

Our club members have also done “ship repairs” for individuals who have heritage ship models that have been subjected to the ravages of time or have had a tragic meeting with the floor or other “immoveable object”.

Email the Steveston Maritime Modellers

Rich McFarland with the HMS Revenge at the Forester Squadron Rendezvous in 2018.

Tom Neilson (former President of the club) and Rich McFarland. The Bluenose model was presented to Britannia Shipyard in a partially started state and so we were asked to complete it. This picture was when we were presenting the completed ship to the Shipyard.

Hing Ho with his 1/16 scale model of PT109. It is totally hand built using a small plastic model as the pattern. It is radio controlled and he runs it on the pond at Burnaby Central Park.

Gordon Kibble, Tom Neilson and Rich McFarland at the Richmond Maritime Festival in around 2018.

GO Taiko and Taiko 55

Taiko 55 formed from Taiko Drumming classes at South Arm Community Centre in Richmond. This group of energetic older adults fell in love with the rhythms of the taiko songs. Taiko 55 has performed at The Richmond World Festival, Salmon Festival Parade, Richmond Maritime Festival, Surrey Fusion Festival, and other cultural events around the Lower Mainland. Taiko 55 are very proud to represent the power of older adults through the power of the taiko drums.

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. GO Taiko has performed at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, Vancouver Chinatown Parade, Sakura Fair, The Cherry Blossom Picnic at YVR, Steveston Salmon Festival Parade, Richmond Maritime Festival, BC Lions Halftime Show, The PNE, FairChild TV All Star Gala Fundraising show, Slocan Unity Festival, and Greenwood Founders Day Festival. GO Taiko try to bring a fresh energetic approach to their drumming and love to share Japanese culture through taiko.

The Richmond Carvers

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.


Sea Dragon Sea Scout Group

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. With 35 years of history, served by many dedicated and experienced leaders who work together in providing an innovative and fun program for the youth, we are one of the most outstanding Sea Scout groups in the country. Our group currently offers Scouting program in Richmond at Ferris Elementary School for youth ages 5-17. Through our program, youth will acquire many new skills such as first-aid, knotting, astronomy, meteorology, camping, sailing, etc. and endless opportunities to engage in community services.

Please visit our Facebook page at Facebook page for more information or contact Captain Heidi Suen by email at or by WeChat ID: Heidi_Suen for registration enquiry.

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society

The purpose of the Society is to preserve and to celebrate the history of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, a living museum, through collaboration with the City of Richmond and the community. The Society’s role may include program development, fund raising, site volunteer activities, the preservation of wooden boats, and the promotion of the general knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site.

Barb Bluschke, a member of the Society, is featured on the interactive map talking about water safety. She has lived in Steveston for over 25 years and is retired from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) after 29 years of service. She is now a small business owner. Prior to policing, Barb was a lifeguard and swimming instructor among other things. During her tenure with the VPD, her career was varied and full of firsts for women in the department. She was the first female Collision Investigation Reconstructionist and the first female Marine Unit Captain. 
She also volunteered as a member of RCMSAR Station 10 Richmond and was at the helm of the RHIB that helped extinguish the dock fire at the Steveston docks. She is an advocate of teaching boating and water safety to anyone who wants to enjoy being on or near the water.