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Ships to Shore in Steveston

Nippon Maru 1

Nippon Maru – courtesy of Steven Arai

Back in 2002, the City of Richmond hosted the Tall Ships Challenge and Festival. Although many people were able to see sea going vessels reminiscent of days gone by, the event itself cost a fair amount of money and was considered by some to be a failure. Since then, the event has been revisited by the City and other local interests as something worth doing again, but time and time again it was decided that it was too hard to coordinate effectively. As a resident of Steveston, I’m always supportive of events that showcase my community and was disappointed when the efforts to host the Tall Ships Challenge this year fade away.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised to read just a couple of days ago that a similar and smaller event was going to take place this year. From June 3 – 7, Ships to Shore will feature the Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain, Adventuress and Zodiac who will provide shipboard tours, day sails, and even mock cannon battles. Beyond the ships themselves, there will be a festival atmosphere with community entertainment, a farmers market (Steveston has a pretty solid Farmers and Artisans market), and pirate-themed movies each night. Most of the events will be free of charge and family friendly, so you should have no reason not to give us a visit.

If you’re stoked like me, and want to see one of the most picturesque communities on the Fraser River, why not swing through town. And if you are, give me a holler – I’ll come out and give you a tour!

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  1. I loved the last Tall Ships Festival, so was very disappointed when it was cancelled for this year. I don’t know why it was considered a failure since there were lots of people there on the 2 days I was there. I stood in some long lines to get on some of the popular ships.
    I was pleasantly surprised to hear it was back on … even in a smaller way. How do they expect to be successful this time if they don’t do better advertising! I just happened to here that CTV had contest to win tickets.
    The problem for me will be getting there as I do not own a car. Last time BC Transit had shuttle buses out of Richmond. Will they do that again?

    • Hi Bob – thanks for stopping by!

      I’m not too sure if there will be a similar transit plan for this event considering the size has it pegged at a considerably smaller level, but I imagine there will be something in place to get more people there on foot than previously.  Beyond that, with the introduction of the Canada Line, transit options in and out of Richmond are a touch better and as long as frequency is maintained or enhanced on buses into Steveston, all should be good.

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