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).

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
Throughout the day; 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Ebb & Flow: Turning points in west coast fishing history

Feature exhibits

"The Label Unwrapped: the history of canned salmon labels"
Vintage salmon can label

May 4 to Spring 2021
Open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Since 1870, there have been more than 200 salmon canneries in operation on Canada’s west coast. Throughout the years, companies competed to find creative ways to sell their canned salmon. The Label Unwrapped: the history of canned salmon labels explores some of the colourful and thought-provoking labels from salmon canneries throughout British Columbia.

Seasonal events

Farmer's Market
A young man sells vegetables from a stall at a farmer’s market.

Oct. 6 and 20; Nov. 3 and 17; Dec 1, 8 and 15

Held indoors in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, this winter market offers visitors the chance to wander among tables featuring local produce, baked goods, preserves and handcrafted items. Check for details on

Music at the Cannery
Outdoor summer concert at the cannery for an audience.

July 12 to August 30; Fridays

Join us every Friday evening for our popular outdoor summer concert series.  A wide range of musical tastes will be represented. The concerts will be held inside the Cannery in case of rain. Admission: $7

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

December 1-31

A month-long display of festive trees inside the historic cannery – decorated by merchants and community groups of Steveston. Presented in partnership with the Steveston Merchants Association.

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.