Steveston heritage sites open for summer

Britannia Shipyards, London Heritage Farm and the Steveston Museum are now open

This summer, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site features on-site costumed interpreters. The Steveston Museum and London Heritage Farms are also once again open to visitors | Kai Jacobson.

Three heritage sites in Steveston are once again open to visitors.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said visiting the sites – Britannia Shipyards, London Heritage Farm and the Steveston Museum – are “an experience that many have missed during the pandemic.”

Britannia Shipyards – with buildings dating back to the 1880s and several heritage wooden vessels – is open seven days a week from noon to 4 p.m.

And, starting Saturday, July 24, kids can play the role of a junior boat builder while visiting the site through a new, free activity book.

Salty’s Lobster Shack food truck is also on site from Wednesday to Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, visitors can learn about rural life in Richmond during the 1900s at the four-acre agricultural park at London Heritage Farm.

The farmhouse hours are weekends noon to 4 p.m., and the park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The London Heritage Farm Society also sells local jams and teas.

The Steveston Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, while the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building, which houses exhibits on the Japanese Canadian experience in Steveston, is open on weekends from noon to 4 p.m.

COVID-19 safety measures are in place at all sites and include mandatory masks, hand sanitizer stations and maximum capacity limits inside buildings.

Visitors can drop-in during open hours for each site, with no pre-registration required.