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Cannery Museum nets multicultural fun at May 5 celebration

Lorraine Graves   Apr-26-2018

Performers from last year’s multicultural celebration, The Pull of the Net, expected to return this year.

Photos courtesy Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site


Looking for affordable family fun? Meander down to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Saturday, May 5 for The Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the free celebration of the industry that shaped our area includes, “Cultural performances by the Urban Heiltsuk Dance Group, Northern Shaolin Martial Arts Club, Tetsu Taiko, BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, The Wild Moccasin Dancers, and Zougla. Workshops, demonstrations, crafts and displays will be presented by community groups including Port of Vancouver, Ocean Wise, Stream of Dreams Mural Society, Earthhand Gleaners Society, Hua Foundation, Fusako Fujiki Shodo, Full Circle First Nations, Pathways AboriginalYouth Centre, Scandinavian Cultural Society, Steveston Tram and Museum, and more,” according to the museum society’s marketing visitor services manager, Mimi Horita.

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At 12noon, a special screening of the film All Our Fathers’ Relations will be presented in the Boiler House Theatre.

Horita continues, “This second annual event will feature performances, displays, activities, and food of the diverse communities which helped to shape Canada's west coast fishing industry.”

The museum is kid-friendly with lots of drawers to investigate, a boat to wander through with a naughty surprise, plastic fish to fling, and room to explore.

Horita says, “Throughout the day, guided tours of the historic salmon canning line will be offered. Visitors can also explore The Pull of the Net feature exhibit and our new Pacific Herring: The Fish that Feeds the Coast exhibit (that) opened April 2018.”

Even if you cannot make it to this year’s multicultural fest, you can visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum National Historic Site any day, year round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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