There's something enchanted about Richmond's village of Steveston, and if you're a fan of ABC's "Once Upon a Time," you already know this. That's because locations for the TV show's loveable town of Storybrooke - the library, Granny's Diner, Mr. Gold's Pawn Shop and more - are actually shot right here in Steveston!
And while Storybrooke is fiction, Steveston really is a fairytale come to life, with hidden wonder tucked inside hundred-year-old buildings and a magical story all its own! Discover this alluring seaside mix of historic sites, delicious dining and charming shops that together make up one of British Columbia's most beloved destinations.
The shop-lined streets of Steveston delight visitors from around the world with an eclectic mix of thoughtfully selected fashions, products and gifts. This is where you'll find that special memento for yourself or someone back home: jewelry, toys, soaps and lotions, lingerie, arts, crafts and more.
Many of the shops in Steveston feature handmade products and exquisite designs by local artists - treasures you won't find anywhere else - and you'll find even more, along with homemade made sauces, jams and other treats, at the year-round Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market, operating the first and third Sundays of each month.
In contrast to Steveston's modern shops and restaurants, Steveston's Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Sites, along with nearby London Heritage Farm, are some of the most visited attractions in British Columbia, illuminating Richmond's fascinating heritage with an immersive trip through in time.
At the Cannery, visitors discover what made Steveston one of the most important ports in North America at the height of the salmon-canning industry, exploring the vast machines and then-modern technologies in what was the largest building of its kind, still standing on wooden pilings over the Fraser River.
The workstations and bunkhouses of the nearby Britannia Shipyards stand in testament to a time when immigrants from around the world joined Canadian and First Nation workers in what became one of the most multicultural communities on the continent.
Throughout Steveston's heritage sites, Richmond's vibrant past comes to life in an engaging mix of old and new: fun, interactive exhibits, moving documentaries, guided tours, oral histories and priceless historic artifacts.
When you're done sightseeing and shopping (or just ready for a break before more!) Steveston offers an array of restaurants, cafes, seafood shacks and bakeries to please every palate.
The village is famous for its English-style fish and chips as well wild-caught salmon, halibut, crab, salmon, tuna, mussels and more, bought right off the docks. Fresh seafood, however, is just the beginning!
Traditional tea and scones, hot mini-donuts, locally roasted coffees, Belgian waffles specialty cupcakes, Kansas City-style BBQ, Spanish tapas, gourmet sausage, sliders, steak and handcrafted ice cream still comprise just a sampling of Steveston's food scene!
Best of all, many Steveston restaurants offer waterfront dining - the perfect spot for a dinner made even better by stunning sunsets over the Fraser River.
Beyond enticing shops, outstanding restaurants and important cultural sites, this scenic village offers visitors and residents so much more.
Treat yourself to a massage and manicure at one of Steveston's day spas or salons. Come for the Steveston Salmon Festival, Maritime Festival, outdoor summer concerts and other popular annual events against a backdrop of picturesque harbors and panoramic mountains.
Set sail from Steveston for whale watching and eco-tours. Rent a bike here and explore Richmond's shores from it's miles of dykes and trails. Or simply relax with a walk at nearby Garry Point Park, where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State
Whenever your visit, there's always something special to see and do in Steveston, one of the highlights for anyone travelling in Canada's Lower Mainland!