Can I come prior to the program to visit the Cannery?

Yes! Teachers from within the Lower Mainland 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).

Is it possible to customize any program?

Our programs can be customized to meet your grade level and learning objectives.

Does the Cannery offer online programs?

At the moment, we are currently not offering Machines at Work online, which would include an online workshop and optional in-class resource kit.

What should my students wear (during the program)?

The Cannery is an historic site and does not have heating in all exhibit areas. Please dress warmly! It can be very cold indoors even when the temperature is mild outdoors.

How much is a program?

The cost of programs is $7.75 per youth (2022 rate, including taxes). One complimentary adult per five children are included. Please note that you can receive a 20% discount off your class’ second program when two programs are booked for the same class on the same day. A minimum charge of 10 participants is required to guarantee a program booking.

How can I make a payment?

Payment for programs must be made on (or before) the day of the program. Please make sure to check in at Front Desk to make your payment, upon arrival. At that time, we will accept your payment in one lump sum. Payment may be made by cash, Visa, MasterCard, Debit or School cheque (made out to: “Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society”). We are unable to provide change for pre-written cheques, so please ensure that all totals are up to date.

What if I need to cancel my program?

Email us at or call 604.664.9234 during weekdays. Cancellations made within two weeks of the program date will be charged a $75 cancellation fee, and “no-shows” or arriving for your scheduled program with less than half of the booked number of participants will be billed for the full price of the program.

Where can I find parking?

Both cars and school buses may park in the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site parking lot on the north side of the Cannery building. The entrance to the parking lot is off Chatham Street at Fourth Avenue.

How much is parking?

We will provide free parking passes for booked programs. Vehicles transporting program participants will be provided a complimentary parking pass at time of check-in, at Front Desk. **Please request number of required parking passes in advance (for cars & buses).

What if we are running late on the day of our visit?

Call the bookings office at 604.664.9234 or our Front Desk at 604.664.9009 as soon as possible. If you happen to reach our voicemail, please leave a message with your cel phone number.

How many Group Leaders, Chaperones and Attendants can we bring? Do they have to pay?

Youth groups (up to 17 years old) can have 1 free adult chaperone for every 5 participants. All additional adults will be charged $7.75 each. Chaperones are expected to stay with the group during the program and assist as necessary in overseeing the behaviour of the participants. Education assistants are always free, in addition to your complimentary adult allotment.

Where can my class eat lunch?

There is space outdoors in front of the Cannery or at Garry Point Park, within 5 minute walking distance, if the weather is nice. If it is raining, our classroom may be used as a lunch space up to a maximum of 50 people at the same time.

Can I take photos during the program? Can my students too?

Photography is permitted in the Cannery. However, we recommend that children and youth do not take photos during the program, as it may cause distraction. Time may be set aside for photos at the end, at the group leader’s request. Teachers, chaperones, and leaders are welcome to take photos throughout the program, but are asked to be mindful of the privacy of other public visitors.

Is the Cannery wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Cannery is wheelchair accessible, but the wooden floorboards are uneven in places. There are also two sections (Vitamin Oil Shed and Wheelhouse) which has a small step, and are not accessible.

What are your COVID-19 protocols?

Our staff will:
– Wear a non-surgical mask at all times
– Remain at least two metres apart from the group
Learn more here.

What should our group do to follow COVID-19 protocols?

– Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between your group and other visitors on site
– Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities
– The group leader is responsible for ensuring that the group follows their own COVID regulations
– Wearing a mask is recommended but not required
– Washing hands is strongly recommended