School Programs

School Programs

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site offers a variety of 60 to 90 minute educational programs and tours in English and in French.

What you should know:

  • Programs and tours are offered daily throughout the year from 10 AM to 4 PM. 
  • Programs are delivered both in French and in English. 
  • Students will be visiting a historic cannery. The programs are held indoors, but the temperature will be similar to the temperature outdoors. 
  • Admission is $7.40* per student, taxes included. A minimum of 10 participants is required per program. Receive a 20% discount off your class’ second program when two programs are booked for the same class, on the same day. 
  • Payment may be made by cheque (exact amount), debit, MC/Visa, or cash (in one single payment) upon your arrival to the Cannery. 
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the program date will be charged a $50 fee. 
  • Free parking and an indoor lunch space (up to 40 kids) are offered. Please request the lunch space when booking your program as space is limited. 
  • Our programs can be customized to meet your grade level and learning objectives.  
  • Teachers can preview the site for free! Just show your teacher ID to receive one free admission and to learn more about our programs (not applicable during Special Events). 
  • For further information and bookings, contact Johanna Trapier at:  or 604.664.9234 or complete the form below.

*Please note re: Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS fee increase:  As of January 1, 2020, visitors will see a minor adjustment of 2.2% on many Parks Canada fees.

Multiple groups and group sizes:
The Museum can accommodate two to three classes of students at a time. If your group is larger, we recommend that you call us to discuss options such as staggered start times. 

Virtual field trips: 
Can’t get here in person? Check out our online resources including the From Tides to Tins virtual exhibit and Ebb and Flow documentary film. 

School Programs

Sea to Me
(Ages 3-6)
In this engaging  hands-on program, discover the steps to canning salmon through storytime and puzzles. A scavenger hunt along the canning line helps students work cooperatively to follow the process of canned salmon from the ocean to their dinner plate. Click for more details

Fishy Business: A Century of Change
(Grades 2-3)
The relationship between people and the environment is explored through the investigation of the West Coast fishing industry. Students compare past and present fishing methods and discuss the economic and cultural importance of fishing to coastal communities. An interactive fishing activity inspires students to consider how human activity contributes to the sustainability of our oceans while they discover different fish species.Click for more details

Salmon People: Coast Salish Fishing
(Grades 3-5)
Indigenous people have fished along the banks of the Fraser River since time immemorial. Using object-based inquiry, students investigate replica fishing tools and discuss fishing techniques.  This program surveys how First Nations’ skills and expertise contributed to the West Coast fishing industry. Click for more details

Cannery Stories
(Grade 4-5)
What was life like for the people who lived and worked in one of BC’s cannery towns?  After a tour of our canning line exhibit, the cannery’s general store serves as the backdrop for a history mystery. Students will work in teams to discover the identity of six cannery workers.  Conversations with store clerks, documents, and artifact replicas provide the clues that reveal the personal story of these workers and highlight their treatment in BC’s fishing industry.Click for more details

Machines at Work
(Grade 5)
Students investigate how machines work together along a 1930s to 1950s salmon canning line, including a demonstration of the working machines. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, students will design and draw their version of a machine that will increase the efficiency of the canning process.  Click for more details    Pre & Post-Visit suggestions: Check out these fun activities from the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago’s website on Simple Machines. Click here for link. 

Save our Salmon 
(Grades 6-8)
It is 1918, four years after the devastating rockslide at Hell’s Gate that blocked millions of Fraser River salmon from reaching their spawning grounds. The low salmon stocks are threatening the future of the fishing industry. In a mock commission, students will use their communication skills and creative thinking to save our salmon. The 1914 Hell’s Gate disaster provides an example of the complexities of natural resource management that is still relevant today. Click for more details

Discovery Tour 60 min.
(Grades 4-7)
This Discovery program includes a tour of the canning line, a canning line machine demonstration, and a 15-minute film Journey Through Time about the West Coast fishing industry and more about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

Discovery Tour 90 min.
(Grades 8-12)
This guided tour of the cannery includes a 25-minute documentary film Ebb and Flow, a 45-minute tour of the canning line machine demonstration, and time to explore the cannery on your own.

Make it a day trip to Steveston! Combine a school program at the Cannery with a visit to one of the other many heritage sites located in our neighbourhood. Please contact us for local options. 

School Program Brochure

Download our printable brochures in English and French here (PDF files):
School Program Brochure
Programmes éducatifs

Please fill in the form to book your program, tour or party.

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Our programs incorporate the new BC Curriculum

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site’s hands-on learning experiences allow students to learn by doing. Using curriculum directed content, students participate in various activities in order to come to a greater understanding of concepts, of themselves, and of others. Students gain competencies in communicating their findings in different ways, through interaction with guides, teachers, and peers. They gain understanding through observation and play, drawing their own conclusions through the exploration process.

Know-Do-Understand Curriculum Model

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