The Gulf of Georgia Cannery received about $4 million in federal funding as part of a Parks Canada grant directed toward various infrastructure projects at coastal sites in British Columbia.
About $1 million of the sum was directed toward restoration of metal implements in the cannery, including a large flywheel originally used to make ice in 1950s Vancouver.
In addition to these upgrades, dangerous materials such as asbestos and lead paint have been removed from the cannery, and its heritage windows have been restored. Other uses for the funding will include roof repairs, window replacement and upgrades to fire suppression, ventilation and water systems.
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is located in the historic fishing village of Steveston in Richmond. Built in 1894, the Cannery was one of the largest of its time and was known as the “Monster Cannery”. Today, it is the last among more than 15 canneries that occupied cannery row on the Steveston waterfront, offering exhibits that showcase the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry.