School Programs

School Programs

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

Program Fees

Admission is $3.90 per student, taxes included. Minimum 10 participants required per program. To book your program, contact: 604.664.9234 or complete the form below.


Sea to Me
(K & Gr. 1) Social Studies and Science
In this engaging, hands-on program, students discover the steps of the Salmon Canning Line through stories and puzzles. During a scavenger hunt along the canning line, students work cooperatively to follow the steps to process fish from the ocean to their lunch box.

From Sea to Me Pre-visit package – English

De l’océan à l’assiette Trousse de pré-visite – French

Fishy Business: A Century of Change
(Grade 2-3) Social Studies
Students explore the relationship between people and the environment as they investigate the West Coast fishing industry. Comparing past and present fishing methods and practices students evaluate the fishing industry’s impact on the environment and discuss the economic and cultural importance of fishing to west coast communities.

Fishy Business Pre-visit Package – English

Parlons pêche : un siècle de changements Trousse de pré-visite – French

Salmon People: Coast Salish Fishing
(Grades 4-5) Social Studies
Using replica fishing tools and objects, students will investigate the importance of fishing to Coast Salish people. During an interactive tour of the Canning Line, students will discuss how First Nations knowledge and technology contributed the development of the West Coast fishing and canning industries.

Salmon People Pre-Visit Package – English

Le peuple du saumon Trousse de pré-visite – French

Machines at Work
(Grade 5) Science
Students investigate how machines are used along a 1930-1950s era salmon canning line with a machine demonstration. Students must use their knowledge of simple and complex machines to design their own version of a machine that will speed up the canning process.

Machines at Work Pre-visit Package – English

Machines en action Trousse de pré-visite – French

Cannery Stories
(Grade 4-6) Social Studies
What was life like for the people who lived and worked in one of BC’s cannery towns? After a snapshot tour of our Canning Line exhibit, the Cannery’s general store serves as the backdrop for a detective game. Students will work in teams to discover the identity of six cannery workers. Conversations with the store clerks, access to documents and artifact replicas provide the clues that will reveal the personal story of these workers and bring the multicultural history of BC’s fishing industry to life.

Cannery Stories Pre-Visit Package – English

Histoires de la conserverie Trousse de pré-visite – French

Seafood for Thought
(Grades 6-8) Science
Students engage in dialogues about sustainability by comparing the environmental impacts of different fishing methods used in the commercial fishing industry. An interactive and theatrical presentation models seafood choices that help preserve the marine environment.

Seafood for Thought Pre-Visit Package – English

Les produits de la mer, un pensez-y bien Trousse de pré-visite – French

Discovery Tour
(Grades 10) Social Studies
This engaging tour of our salmon canning line describes the life of Cannery workers and the innovative machines they worked with. Hear the stories of the people who contributed to the West Coast Fishing Industry and see the innovations come to life with a machine demonstration.
(This tour may be adjusted for Grades 7 & up.)

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. Download Welcome to Steveston’s Heritage Sites for complementary program ideas. 

 School Program Brochure

Download our printable brochures in English and French here (PDF files):
2016 School Programs Brochure
2016 Programmes éducatifs

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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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