This day-long excursion takes place at two separate sites. You will attend the Gulf of Georgie Cannery in the morning (10am to 11:45am) and Britannia Shipyards in the afternoon (1pm to 2:30pm). Please attend the sites in this order as they cannot accommodate extra people who arrive in error.
Take a 15 minute stroll (or 5 minute drive) along the boardwalk to reach one site from the other and enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of Steveston's many outstanding restaurants or cafes. Alternatively, bring a picnic and enjoy beautiful Garry Point Park.
Come explore the field trip opportunities at the Cannery. Please dress warmly as the temperatures are always cooler inside the Cannery than outside We will tour the museum highlighting our various education program offers and engage in a workshop exploring our education programs theme of "Changing behaviour and prompting engagement through the fostering of mutual respect and empathy". We will look at how we are intentionally integrating new approaches and content to enrich our school programs in ways that will connect with students in all grades on the challenges of our time. The Cannery is located in beautiful Steveston, built over the Fraser River with first class views of the Steveston Harbour and out to the Strait of Georgia. It provides the perfect setting to spotlight our topic of salmon and west coast fishing.
At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be well acquainted with field trip options at the Cannery and will have takeaway ideas on how to include these topics in their classroom.
Join us at Britannia Shipyards and experience the site as a student would on a field trip. The workshop will be divided into 3 parts:
You will leave feeling inspired with new tools to bring historical inquiry into your classroom and more knowledgeable about the Britannia Shipyards history
Parking is available at each site.
Originally from Ottawa, Monica is the Education Programs Coordinator at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. She has a Masterís Degree in Education and over 30 years of experience working across Canada and overseas. Monica has experience on the topics of sustainability and Indigenous reconciliation and is working on integrating that focus into the history of west coast fishing. With a passion for the ocean and mountains, she canít believe her luck in landing a job in Steveston where she gets a view of both every day!
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site stands at the mouth of the Fraser River; it is the ancestral, unceded territories of the H?n?q??min??m? speaking peoples who have lived here since time immemorial. It is here that we are privileged to work, live, and learn together about the history of west coast fishing and salmon as integral to the culture, economy and eco-system of British Columbia.
Johanna Trapier is the Educational Programs Coordinator for Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. Johanna is originally from the South of France but has been living and enjoying Vancouver for the past 5 years. She has Masters degrees in History from La Sorbonne and in Education from UBC. She previously led the delivery of school programs at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS and is glad to be back working in Steveston.
Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is a rare surviving example of Steveston's once thriving mixture of canneries, boatyards, and residences when fishing and boat building were flourishing industries on the Fraser River.