Photo courtesy the City of Richmond
It was not all parasols and delicate hoop skirts in the Steveston of old.
It smelled. Bad. Men who’d been long at sea came here to drink, and more. The lack of sobriety led to mayhem.
Starting the first Saturday in August and running through September, the village’s colourful past comes to life every Saturday in August and September at 1 and 3 p.m. on the guided one-hour Steveston Stories walking tour.
According to Kim Decker, a communications officer for the City of Richmond, “Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Steveston Stories tour as they tread through time to discover the fascinating people, events and places that shaped Steveston. Visitors who are 15 years or older can peel back the genteel façade of modern Steveston to reveal a history of drinking, gambling and murder on the Murder, Mayhem and Morality in Old Steveston tour.”
These walking tours will take residents and visitors around the village to the sites of dark deads, shady deals and immoral acts. It’s a chance to discover the fascinating people, events and places that shaped Steveston.
Tickets are $5 per tour. Children under 12 years old are free when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per adult). Book in advance, as spaces are limited. Purchase tickets at the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre at the Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street) or by calling the Visitor Centre at 604-271-8280. For more information about the tours, including tour dates, click here.