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Festive times coming to Steveston waterfront with maritime celebration

Lorraine Graves   Jul-09-2018

The Richmond Maritime Festival at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site, where even waiting in line is fun.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


This year’s Richmond Maritime Festival on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 promises to be even more fun with, “Pop up entertainment throughout the site for encounters with mermaids, pirates and more,” according to city spokesperson, Ted Townsend.

Wander the eight-acre national historic site, listen to music, sit waterside under the cool trees, or pop into the many exhibits scattered throughout the grounds as maritime history comes alive.

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Featuring food trucks that offer a range of Canadian treats from poutine to bannock, there is a snack for every taste.

Steveston, long home to western Canada’s largest fishing fleet also offered all the support services the fishers needed from nets to rope to boat building. All those skilled crafts and more will be featured at this year’s free family festival.

With lots of free activities suitable for a variety of ages, there are things to build, things to print, crafts to do and historic ships to peruse like the 1903 Providence, there is something for everyone.

The music on offer spans the spectrum too, with the Boom Booms, Laughing Loggers and the Beauty Shop Dolls.

According to Townsend, “The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by your local RE/MAX agents.”

This year’s festival features all aspects of wooden boats in all their glory from boat building demonstrations, reminiscent of the origins of the Britannia Shipyard, to free public boarding of historic water craft of varying ages and sizes along the site’s 183 metre (600 feet) long dock. Wear sunscreen as even on a cloudy day, the sun’s rays bouncing off the water can burn. That way, all you take home from the festival will be happy memories.

“RE/MAX Agents of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley are thrilled to help support the Richmond Maritime Festival this year as the presenting sponsor,” said Jennifer Berry, President, RE/MAX General Advertising Committee. “The RE/MAX committee is led by 35 volunteer realtors who represent your local RE/MAX offices. We contribute and donate large tents and promotional funds at no cost to community groups, and for non-profit events, in the communities where our agents live and work. Enjoy the festival!”

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. Admission is free. For more details click here.


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