Fodor's Expert Review Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

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Linked to Steveston's historic waterfront, this 8-acre park offers a rare glimpse of life within a once-thriving mix of canneries, boatyards, residences, and stores. Britannia Heritage Shipyard dates back to 1885 and is the oldest remaining shipyard structure on the Fraser River. Weathered to a silver-gray color by a century of exposure, many of the buildings are the last examples of their type on the entire coast. Several buildings have been restored. These include Murakami House, once the three-room home of the 11-member Murakami family; boatworks buildings; shipyard residences; stilt houses; the last surviving Chinese bunkhouse on the west coast; and a board-and-batten First Nations House similar to traditional 19th-century Coast Salish longhouses. Year-round programs include the restoration of wooden boats.
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Quick Facts

5180 Westwater Dr.
Richmond, British Columbia  V7E 6P3, Canada

604-238–8050

www.richmond.ca/culture/sites/britannia

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, May–Sept., Tues.–Sun. 10–6; Oct.–Apr., Sat. 10–4, Sun. 12–4

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