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Steveston, British Columbia, Canada
Location: 49° 08' North, 123° 11' West
Population: 25,460 (2006 Census)
Founded: by William Steves on July 31, 1889

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Steveston is a small heritage fishing village located in the south-west corner of Richmond (which is just south of Vancouver). It's Steveston that was settled in the late 19th century as "cannery row" - a place where over a dozen canneries and fisheries were built along the mouth of the Fraser River where fishermen arrived from across Canada and as far as Japan to fish in the salmon-rich waters.

Today Steveston is still home to Canada's largest fishing fleet. While the canneries are either gone or have been preserved into museums and heritage sites, many fishermen use Steveston as their port, for Steveston still has all the facilities for commercial fishing.

In the 1980's tourism slowly caught on in Steveston, where quaint gift shops, art galleries and waterfront restaurants began to open. A new public wharf was built where people could buy fish right off the boats from which they were caught.

Steveston does not feel like anywhere else in Richmond or even Vancouver. Despite being a part of Richmond and a "suburb" of Vancouver, it has maintained its rich history and distinct character which makes it a very unique place to visit.

Having been born and raised in Steveston, I have certain ties to this place that can't be ignored. I really feel at home here and do miss its charms. I also have quite a sentimental attachment to Steveston as it's where four generations of my family have set up businesses. So walking through Steveston is like a trip down memory lane.

Ironically, none of us fish!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A small town community, lots of heritage, charm, waterfront access. Home to the largest fishing fleet in Canada, public docks, fresh seafood, the best fish & chips!
  • Cons:A lot of Steveston's original charm is disappearing - townhouse complexes, shopping plazas, and luxury condos have taken away from the feel of the village.
  • In a nutshell:A historic fishing village at the mouth of the Fraser River
  • Last visit to Steveston: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 25, 2009
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  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Great page you have her. PJ

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Hi, Robyn! What wonderful and tender description, especially of restaurants! Thanks a lot!

  • Oct 12, 2007 at 1:04 AM

    Dave's at Steveston Landing WAS SOLD which is why the name, menu, prices, management and staff have changed. It has no connection to the location on Moncton street at all.

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 3:29 PM

    Hey! You're finally a 'top 5' member in your own home town!! lol (translation: there are 6 rates pages....)

  • spitball's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    WOW! Great info on Steveston, you are blessed to be living in this area. I get out here whenever I can to take photo's, and now, I know a little bit more. Thanks

  • nebulaflash's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2006 at 9:06 AM

    Thanks Robyn - I've added this page to my BC folder. Guess we'd have to get to Steveston early on Canada Day to get parking.

  • BlaTboy's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2006 at 5:30 PM

    Hi Robyn Anytime you want to you can drop by and help clean the 108 gallon tank =) !!! Cheers B-out

  • Nov 14, 2005 at 11:56 AM

    This little restaurant is one of Steveston's best kept secrets by the locals. It's a small restaurant with wonderful hospitality, and has the best tasting, and best priced Greek food in the Richmond area.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2005 at 1:55 PM

    Great pages & tips on your home town...loved it! Happy travels, Blu

  • CdnJane's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2005 at 3:07 PM

    Nice hometown you have there, just sorry it took me so long to get there. My father was born in Vancouver and was surprised that I'd never been to Steveston before. I shall return!!!

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