5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

U-Pick blueberries. Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Sticking around this weekend? You can still have a mini adventure and make it home in time for dinner. From hiking and swimming to berry picking, museums and Labour Day festivities, there’s no shortage of outdoorsy, end-of summer day trips for the intrepid Vancouver family.

Here are five day trip ideas all within a 90 minute (or less) drive from downtown. Have one to add? Help out by commenting. Continue reading:
5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

Steveston Salmon Festival: Steveston Barbecues 1,200 Pounds of Wild Salmon for Canada Day

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How many people can you serve with 1,200 pounds of wild salmon? On Canada Day July 1, chefs at Steveston’s annual Salmon Festival Barbecue will prepare 2,300 plates of fresh sockeye expertly cooked over open alder wood fire pits.

Steveston knows fish. Referred to as Salmonopolis and home to the “Monster” Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a national historic site, this scenic West Coast fishing community is just a 20-minute drive south of Vancouver. It’s a perfect day trip for canny Canada Day celebrants looking to get out of town, without traveling too far.

Although the Steveston Salmon Barbecue steals the spotlight, it’s just one part of the family-friendly Steveston Salmon Festival, “Canada’s biggest little birthday party.” Continue reading:
Steveston Salmon Festival: Steveston Barbecues 1,200 Pounds of Wild Salmon for Canada Day

Steveston Fishing Village: A Photo Essay

Steveston


The following photo essay was contributed by local Vancouver photographer Clayton Perry, exclusively for Inside Vancouver. In this photo essay Clayton takes a look at Steveston Village.

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Steveston Fishing Village: A Photo Essay

Exploring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery: B.C.’s Salmon Museum

The huge runs of sockeye earlier this summer left Vancouver flush with fresh, wild salmon.  But this year’s bumper crop hardly compares with the mega-runs on the Fraser River from 1880-1900.

It was during that era, way back in 1894, that the Gulf of Georgia Cannery opened its doors in the little fishing village of Steveston, outside of Vancouver.  Once the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia, the cannery survives today as a fascinating museum.  Inside, you’ll discover everything you ever wanted to know about harvesting and processing salmon, plus lots about local history.

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Exploring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery: B.C.’s Salmon Museum