Maritime Festival

JULY 27-28, 2019
At Britannia Shipyards
Richmond, B.C. Canada
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm


The 16th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is pleased to showcase organizations and non-profit societies.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the Canadian Arctic.
Get in the swashbuckling spirit with us in Zone 13 and create your own pirate hat to take home with you!

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets

Meet the home corps 195 Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (RCSC) BICKNELL, a youth organization for sea lovers ages 12 to 18 years. Sea Cadets specialize in sailing, seamanship, shipboard life, naval communications, power boat handling and boat repair. They will be joined with the Navy League cadets, ages 9 to 12 years.
Try your hand at knot tying and learn about their history on the deck of the Shipyard Building in Zone 4. (Access via the Seine Net Loft and the docks.)

Oyster Bay Boats

Oyster Bay Boats are a composite of western red cedar, Ecopoxy plant based epoxy resin, and fiberglass cloth trimmed with local fir and western maple. This strong, weather-resistant craft shows the beauty of the wood, with low maintenance and less weight than traditional construction. They make cedar strip rowboats as well as double paddle canoes.
Want to see one in person? Head over to Zone 13, Wooden Boat Row.

One Book, Three Cities

Richmond Public Library (RPL) has been serving the literacy needs of the community since 1976. RPL is thrilled to be part of the Festival to promote a special project, the One Book, Three Cities community reading initiative in partnership with the City of Richmond’s Sister City Advisory Committee. Join readers from Richmond and Qingdao and Xiamen China in reading Life of Pi, an award winning Canadian book set on the ocean by author Yann Martel.
Find us in Zone 15 – Imperial Landing
To discover more about the project and upcoming events, click here.

Oarlock and Sail to the Exhibitor page

The Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club is a club for people who enjoy building, repairing, sailing, talking about, thinking about, and simply messing about in small wooden boats. The club operates out of a floating boat shed at the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Heritage Harbour, members can be found each Saturday morning restoring the club’s fleet of small wooden boats or working on a new build. Stop by for a visit!
They will be bringing one of our boats to Zone 13 – Wooden Boat Row. Volunteers will be on hand to chat with the public about activities taking place at OLAS.

Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise is committed to creating a real awareness across all ages of the conservation issues our world is facing. At the Richmond Maritime Festival, come on by to play games in Zone 15 – Imperial Landing, interact with real animal artifacts, and learn about ways that you too can make a difference and be more Ocean Wise.

Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society

The purpose of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society (BHSS) is to preserve and promote West Coast maritime heritage with an emphasis on local wooden boat building traditions and the cultural mosaic and living conditions of the people who worked on the Steveston waterfront.
Learn more about our society and becoming a member at the BHSS Information Booth in Zone 10, their boat building headquarters across from the CWB Community Stage in Zone 9.

Steveston Maritime Modelers

Meet the miniature boats and their builders – this display of handcrafted working models will delight both young and old.
Inside the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5

Richmond Potters Club

Come meet local potters, watch them ‘throw’ a pot and discover how pottery and clay is connected to our history.
See them at work in Zone 3All Hands On Deck!

Marina Mammal Rescue Program

What should you do when you see a marine mammal in distress? How can you help it? Learn the steps involved with assessing, rescuing, and rehabilitating Marine Mammals to be able to release them to the wild.
The Marine Mammal Rescue Program, an Ocean wise initiative, is Canada’s only dedicated marine mammal rescue facility- rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing over 150 marine mammals each year. Stop by our booth to learn from our Rescue and Rehabilitation team how you can assist us in monitoring marine mammals in distress and helping keep our oceans clean, healthy and safe for the marine mammals that live there. Hope to see you there!
Find them in Zone 13, Wooden Boat Row.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Learn about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site built in 1894, and now a museum on Canada’s west coast commercial fishing history.
Find out more by visiting them at Imperial Landing in Zone 15.
Or try their bbq salmon in Zone 9.

Richmond Environmental Programs

Connect with staff to answer questions and provide information about recycling.  Also, take the Recycling Challenge to test your knowledge and win a prize for your participation.
In Zone 14, right across from the public parking.

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit society whose purpose is to protect and enhance the quality of life for exotic birds.
Meet one of their rescued birds, pick one of your own and colour it to take home (a paper one at least). Learn about what it takes to provide adequate care for a companion bird. It that doesn’t deter you they will tell you all about volunteering with them or even adopting a bird.
Meet Klara and other birds in Zone 5, the Seine Net Loft.


BC Fishing Boats with "Nordic Spirit"

The Scandinavian Cultural Society  will feature some historic stories and images from our 2018 Nordic Spirit Exhibit, “Nordic-Canadians in BC’s Fishing Industry” inside the Seine Net Loft – Zone 5. Visitors will see how immigrants from the Nordic countries brought with them centuries of tradition and spirit, an unbroken lineage of ship designs and seafaring experience from Viking times to the present. Their contributions to our local fishing and shipbuilding industries have been substantial.

Advancing Richmond’s Climate Leadership

Learn about Richmond’s successes to date in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as guided by the 2014 Community Energy and Emissions Plan. Share your ideas for how the City can renew the plan to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2030. Explore the current technologies and initiatives that can help reduce GHG emissions.
Learn more in Zone 14.


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them. Visit us in Zone 13 – Wooden Boat Row to learn about two or their campaigns: the Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area Campaign, and the South Okanagan Similkameen National Park Reserve Campaign.

Gateway Theatre

Celebrating their 35th season of amazing live theatre, Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and a dynamic hub for the performing arts.
Donned with maritime-themed props, strike a pose and take a photo or selfie at the Gateway photo booth in Zone 15 – Imperial Landing.

Richmond Artists Guild

Richmond Artists Guild was founded in 1955 with the goal of providing a forum for local artists to meet, improve their skills and learn more about art. Members coordinate life drawing, long pose & plein air sessions, guest artist demos, charitable events and group shows.
Come to Zone 3 – All Hands On Deck and enjoy a variety of paintings done by their artists, who will be painting on site at times throughout the festival. Talk to the artists and learn more about our upcoming events, charity art shows, and the benefits of joining a supportive artists’ community!
Visit for upcoming events. for information on our free plein air painting sessions throughout the Summer.

Grove Front Gallery

Grove Front Gallery is dedicated to presenting high-end and well designed wood art to the West Coast. The Gallery exclusively selects and displays unique works from artists locally and worldwide. The main feature are handmade wooden historic ship models from Mauritius which carry unique histories that has made their travel along the seas remembered though a lifetime. They will bring 9 historic ship models from different countries to Zone 15 – Imperial Landing for exhibition.

Richmond Green Fleet

City of Richmond developed the Green Fleet Action Plan as a key opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making changes to its fleet vehicle program. On display is a Chevrolet Bolt which uses clean energy – hydroelectricity. This electric vehicle is used by staff for their commuting around Richmond to perform their work.

Festival Sponsors

The 16th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival is pleased to showcase organizations and non-profit societies.

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