Down on the south-western shore of Richmond (city immediately south of Vancouver) sits the historic Steveston Village, a once-boisterous frontier seaport and principal port on the Fraser River. It was founded in 1880 by William Herbert Steves. At the turn of the 20th century, Steveston was the busiest fishing port in the world, with fifteen salmon canneries, six hotels, numerous saloons and gambling dens, and up to fourteen windjammers simultaneously loading canned salmon for world markets. On a Saturday night, 10,000 people thronged the boardwalks, including Native Indians, Japanese, Chinese, European immigrants, and sailors from the seven seas. Now over 100 years old, Steveston has evolved into a picturesque working fishing village, home to Canada's largest commercial fishing fleet, home base to more than 600 seiners, gill-netters, trawlers and other vessels that line the docks two and sometimes three abreast. The village, with its ambient fishing village atmosphere, comes to life each summer with plenty for visitors to see and do. Heritage sites and parks, fresh seafood, great local restaurants and colourful gift shops and markets all await the lucky visitor. One of the oldest remaining buildings in Steveston is The Cannery Cafe, built before 1900 to serve as a cookhouse for the Lighthouse Cannery and now one of the longest-running restaurants in the village. From following website:
Naturally I took along my camera and here is a shot through the trees of one of the fishing vessels that line the docks. I used the telephoto feature to make it look like it was peeping through the trees.
Here's an image of some of the hundreds of fishing boats lined on a Sunday afternoon.
You can buy fish right off the fishing boats by walking down a switchback wooden pier to get right up to the boats. Salmon is very popular, but you can buy all sorts of fish, including tuna and shrimp.
More boats lined up on a Sunday afternoon, here in a small inlet safe from open waters. Notice the two ducks swimming along
There is a "Fisherman's Wharf" at Steveston Village. Note all the seagulls hanging around.
Finally, a shrimp boat tucked away from the open waters, just waiting until Monday morning.
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