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Maritime Festival returns to Steveston

By Hannah Scott

Published 10:33 PDT, Tue August 16, 2022

Last Updated: 10:34 PDT, Tue August 16, 2022

The Richmond Maritime Festival is returning to in-person festivities following a two-year hiatus. It will take place this weekend (Aug. 20 and 21) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

“With the hybrid format of the Richmond Maritime Festival in 2021, we have been easing back into ‘testing the waters’ for returning to an in-person event,” says Mimi Horita, the city’s destination development coordinator of

Steveston Heritage Sites and Museum and Heritage Services. “While we are returning to a fully in-person event this year, most of the performances, activities, and demonstrations are in outdoor or wide open heritage spaces, so it may look and feel slightly different, but just as much fun and interactive.”

The festival takes place at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards, an eight-acre national historic site. New this year are five themed areas incorporating different aspects of maritime culture: Octopus’ Garden, Under the Deep Blue Sea, All Hands on Deck, Port of Call, and Captain’s Quarters. 

“We have Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack) leading off the event on Saturday, with other live performances by The Irish Wakers, The Seabillys and Norine Braun and many more artists over the two-day festival,” says Horita. “Visitors can also board some of our wooden heritage boats—no tickets required this year—including the SS Master and Providence. Also not to miss is the International Food Truck Galley, and watching three mural artists in action at various locations around the site.”

All of the heritage buildings and exhibits at Britannia Shipyards will remain open during the weekend, and heritage interpreters will share the history of Steveston’s fishing and canning communities.

“Visitors will be able to fill their senses and experience how the nautical past lives on today through rich storytelling, exhibitions, and through the passion of our community groups who help to preserve the arts and craftsmanship of our maritime history,” says Horita.

The event is free and no advance bookings are required. For more details, visit richmondmaritimefestival.ca.

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