Daily activities

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Visiting Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site will be different than previous years. Be prepared, and know what is open and closed before you go.

(A different schedule will be in effect on event days. See the Calendar of events for more information).

These activities will not be offered in 2021 due to COVID-19, in accordance with the Provincial Health Orders.  

Guided tours
A group of children watch a presentation about a historical fish canning machine.

Hourly from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Check the daily schedule posted at Front Desk for guided tours of the historic Salmon Canning Line and Herring Reduction Plant. After the tour, explore the rest of the site’s exhibits and activities at your own pace.

Machine demonstration
A group of adults interact with a large historical machine.

11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

See the historic salmon canning line spring into action during the daily machine demo presentations.

(Note: hours may be subject to change without notice)

Salmon tastings
Three cans of modern supermarket salmon stacked on one another.

Try some canned salmon and learn the difference between Sockeye and Pink salmon. With thanks to salmon tastings sponsor GoldSeal.

Introductory film
Still frame from vintage black and white film featuring a person fishing from a boat with islands in background

Boiler House Theatre
Upon request

Ebb & Flow: Turning points in west coast fishing history

Seasonal events

Festival of Trees
Three ornately decorated Christmas trees inside the cannery.

December 1-24

A month-long display of festive trees inside the historic cannery – decorated by merchants and community groups of Steveston.

Feature Exhibits

Waves of Innovation: Stories from the West Coast

May 1, 2021 to Spring 2023
Open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery’s feature exhibit, Waves of Innovation: Stories from the West Coast, explores stories of changes and adaptations in the commercial fishing industry and their effects on west coast communities. Four key areas of innovation will be highlighted - energy, fishing, preservation, and innovations of today.

Year-round activities

Family activities

Families can participate in the Parks Canada Xplorers program, packed with fun activities. Enjoy the hands-on stations in The Label Unwrapped exhibit, or play dress-up and other games in the Cannery Kids’ Corner.


The Cannery Store is open year-round, and features gift items, books, clothing, kids’ toys, jewelry and souvenirs based on west coast, maritime, and First Nation themes.

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