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Richmond Maritime Festival, Aug.10-12


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Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at the

Richmond Maritime Festival

See a variety of maritime exhibits at the spectacular Britannia Heritage Shipyard, such as knot tying, rope making, model boat building, and net mending. The whole family can enjoy live entertainment (sea songs and shanties) and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The waterfront will showcase a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure. Many boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including a 1930’s rum-runner, historic fishing boats and classic power and sail boats.

Enjoy food, music, artists, storytellers, dancers, drummers and more. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the bounty of beautiful wooden boats moored at the 190-metre (600-foot) dock. On Friday night (7:00–9:00) enjoy this national historic site with live music, drumming and light refreshments. Come back on Saturday and Sunday (11:00–6:00) for full-scale festival fun for all ages.

Take a voyage of discovery throughout the festival site, as new experiences and unannounced surprises await you in every zone. Look out for mermaids, fishermen, shipheads, wharf rats, pirates and many more characters.

 Britannia Heritage Shipyards – 5180 Westwater Drive, Steveston Village

Richmond Maritime Festival

 Zone 1 Octopus’s Garden

Make your grand entrance to the site

with music, face painting and more.

Zone 2 Under the Deep Blue Sea
Park your bike, meet our community
partners and collect free stuff.

Zone 3 All Hands on Deck
Create your own work of art under
the guidance of some of the region’s
finest artists, then add it to the fence
in Zone 5. Meet our cantankerous
character, Crabby the Crab.

Zone 4 Ships Ahoy
Board the tall ship Kaisei and learn about her important
environmental research into the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
Visit many other wonderful wooden vessels and maritimethemed
exhibits too.

Zone 6 Murakami Boatworks
Join local artists to create a Wish Boat, part of a large
community art installation, in tribute to this building’s past.

Zone 7 Murakami House
Step inside for storytelling every hour on the hour.

Zone 8 Crow’s Nest
Believe your ears…there’s music in that tree!

Zone 9 Port of Call
Festival central! Stay awhile, grab a tasty bite to eat, place your
picnic blanket on the ground and enjoy the ambient music.
Meet artists and artisans, learn circus arts and more.

Zone 11 Britannia Shipyard
Explore the many workshops that once served the fishing fleet
of the Anglo British Columbia Packing Company. Stop to view
the partially restored “rumrunner.” M.V. Fleetwood, once the
fastest boat on the West Coast.

Zone 12 Sail Away
What’s happening down there in the pond? On the hour
performances of sweethearts afloat.

Zone 13 Toe the Line
Keep your eyes peeled … there might be pirates off shore!

Zone 14 Chinese Bunkhouse
Create a shadow puppet and then take it to Zone 16’s nautical
playground. You can also solve puzzles and head upstairs to
learn how early 20th century cannery workers lived.

Zone 17 Ship Shape
Marvel at miniature boats by the Steveston Maritime Modellers.
Plus: Art installations throughout the site.

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