Classroom Education Kits

Bring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery into your classroom! Education kits contain artifacts, historical photographs, and activities that are adaptable for different grade levels.

My Monster Cannery Kit (Grade K-2) Social Studies, Language Arts, and Music

Based on the children’s book My Monster Cannery, this interdisciplinary resource kit uses music, rhythmic movement, and song to develop language skills and to enhance historical understanding. Students will respond to texts, and engage in dramatic practices like performing tableau and taking on the mantle of the expert.

BC’s Fishing History Kit (Grade 10) Social Studies

How is the history of fishing linked to today’s fishing industry? Drama techniques are used to immerse students in B.C.’s fishing history both past and present. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, engage in debate, and participate in a fishing simulation.

Education kits are available for 3-week rentals at a cost of $45.00. Contact or 604.664.9234 to book a kit.

Cannery Publications

The Monster Cannery: The History of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is an exploration of more than 100 years of history at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. This book explores the social development, technological innovation, economic upheavals and environmental changes of British Columbia in relation to the West Coast fishing and canning industries. The Monster Cannery can be used effectively by grades 4 to 12.

My Monster Cannery is a children’s picture book showcasing the process of salmon canning inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. It follows a 10 year-old boy who begins work at the cannery and his ensuing exploration of the factory. This book introduces the themes of teamwork, diversity, and technology. My Monster Cannery is appropriate for kindergarten students through to grade 3.

The Monster Cannery and My Monster Cannery books are available in all school libraries in the Richmond, Delta and New Westminster school districts thanks to contributions from:

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These books and others relating to Steveston, Japanese Canadian and fishing history are available for purchase at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Gift Shop. Call 604-664-9009 for more information.

Teachers Resource Guide

For activities which complement the Monster Cannery publications, we offer The Monster Cannery Teacher Resource Guide. This guide contains activities for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Teachers will find the province’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes for each grade level and reproducible worksheets helpful in teaching a variety of Social Studies units. To obtain a hard copy, please contact us: ,or download each section below.

Teacher Resource PDF downloads:
Primary Grades K-3 – Teamwork, Technology, and Diversity
Intermediate Grades 4-6 – Diversity, Aboriginal Cultures, Immigration, and Local History
Junior Grades 7-9 – Sustainability, Early Civilisations, and Early Canadian history
Senior Grades 10-12 – Canadian Identity, Labour History, the Economy




The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is located in the historic fishing village of Steveston, still the largest commercial fishing port in Canada.  Built in 1894, the Cannery was one of the biggest of its time and was known as the “Monster Cannery”. Today the Cannery is the last among more than 15 canneries that occupied cannery row on the Steveston waterfront. Now a national historic site, exhibits showcase the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is a non-profit society and registered charity responsible for the operation of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada on behalf of Parks Canada. Established in 1986, the Society boasts over 250 members and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

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