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Once Upon a Time in a Little Fishing Village

Check out ~ Steveston

If you watch the ABC hit series ‘Once Upon a Time’, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the show’s magical little town, Storybrooke. But there’s something even more magical: it isn’t a movie set…

It’s Steveston. Located on the southwest corner of Lulu Island in Richmond, British Columbia. Barely 20 kilometers from Surrey, this historic little fishing village is one-of-a-kind.


Celebrating Richmond’s rich heritage, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Sites and the London Heritage Farm are among the most visited attractions in the province.

The bunkhouses of the Britannia Shipyards stand in memory of a time when immigrants joined Canadian and First Nation workers to form one of the most multicultural communities in North America. At the height of the salmon industry, the nearby Cannery was one of the most prolific on the continent. The machinery is all still there, as are the wooden pilings over the Fraser River.


Steveston is home to an array of bakeries, eateries, restaurants and seafood shacks. Not surprisingly, it’s famous for its salmon, halibut, crab, salmon, tuna, mussels, fresh right off the dock! But that’s not all… This little village is a great place for locally roasted coffee, handcrafted ice cream, Spanish tapas, Belgian waffles and even Kansas City-style BBQ.


Pamper yourself in Steveston! Massages and manicures are available at the Village’s day spas and salons. Looking for something a little more up-beat? Try whale watching, eco-tours, bike excursions or beach days. It’s all right here. Steveston also has a Salmon Festival, a Maritime Festival and numerous outdoor summer concerts.


Steveston’s shopping is an eclectic mix of boutiques, craft shops and gift stores. Looking for quaint, handmade items? In the village, you’ll find jewelry, soaps, toys, preserves, arts, crafts and even lingerie.

Check out Metro Vancouver’s favourite little fishing village. It’s a real-life fairytale!

Steveston as Storybrooke; Photo Credit Tourism Richmond


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