A short drive from Vancouver International Airport and edging the Fraser River, the historic village of Steveston, on Richmond’s south side, is home to two Parks Canada National Historic Sites and a popular TV show, making it a must-stop on your West Coast itinerary. Take some time to stroll along Steveston’s friendly, storied streets.
If Steveston feels familiar, it may be because it doubles as Storybrooke, the quiet town on ABC’s TV series Once Upon a Time. Pick up a free Storybrooke tour map from the Steveston Museum, then wander along Moncton Street where many of the stores keep their fictional set designs up year-round.
Built right over the Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (a National Historic Site) is one of the few remaining 19th-century canneries in B.C. Learn about the salmon canning process on a classic canning line, then discover how herring later replaced canning with a thriving trade in fish oil.
Enjoy afternoon tea service, with cucumber sandwiches, devilled eggs and fresh-baked scones at Adorabelle Tea Room & Gift Shop, housed in the old Steveston courthouse. From the rosebud-folded napkins to the tea settings based on each guest’s left- or right-handedness, every detail is perfect.
Located in a small courtyard just behind Moncton Street, Lenny’s Vintage Vault is a cozy space where you can spend a great deal of time browsing a fascinating array of goods, including 1920s-style hats, delicate lace gloves, snazzy costume jewelry, ornate china teacups and much more.
Owner and head chef Nader Hamati personally handcrafts each pizza at the Steveston Pizza Company. Menu categories include The Usual, The Elements and The Castle, which features the $850 See Nay pie topped with tiger prawns, lobster ratatouille, caviar and Italian white truffles.
Get on board a 40-foot cruiser for a Steveston Seabreeze Adventures tour and head out toward the Gulf of Georgia in search of whales and other marine mammals. A naturalist is on hand to answer questions, and hydrophones are available so you can listen as the whales communicate.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Vancouver 63 times a day from 15 Canadian, nine U.S. and three international cities.
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Going to the beach is a classic summertime activity, but you don’t have to leave the city to find one. Watch fireworks at English Bay Beach in Vancouver, catch an outdoor movie at Sugar Beach in Toronto or sunbathe at Montreal's Clock Tower Beach located right in the city's historic Old Port.