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Here’s One for the History Buffs…

Georgia Cannery, Fort Langley & Burnaby Village Museum

The Metropolitan Vancouver region wasn’t always a glittering, ultramodern gem. Once, it was something far more rustic. History buffs staying in Surrey are less than an hour away from some of the most fascinating reminders of our earlier pioneer heritage. Add these destinations to your daytrip itinerary!


Once known as a Monster Cannery, this amazing place produced up to 2.5 millions cans of B.C. salmon each year. Salmon was a critical resource long before the Europeans got a taste for it but the arrival of European technology scaled things up to industrial proportions.

“Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind and the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia.”

On a visit here, you can expect fun tours, knowledgeable guides and best of all, a canning line machine demonstration.


Every Canadian appreciates the importance of the Hudson Bay Company to our national history but few know Fort Langley’s significance. This was the HBC’s West Coast trade hub.

“The enterprise grew, evolved, and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia.”

Fort Langley National Park includes a replica of the Hudson’s Bay Company original trading post situated on the Fraser River’s banks as well as costumed guides to help you capture that 150-years-ago feeling.


No one does time machines quite like Burnaby Village! The blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse, the General Store…

“Transport yourself to the 1920s – stroll down the streets of the village exploring at your own pace. The village is an open-air museum on a 10- acre site that represents at typical tram-stop community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops.”

But hands down, nothing’s more magical than the Carousel!

Photo Credit: Bruce Irschick

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