Virtual Museum Exhibit

From Tides to Tins: Salmon Canning in B.C.  is the Cannery’s Virtual Museum of Canada online exhibit, featuring an interactive map and timeline to explore and learn about the 220+ canneries that have existed along the coastline of British Columbia.  Illustrated by hundreds of archival photographs, see how world events and technological changes impacted Canada’s west coast canning industry.

Film Resources

Produced by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, Ebb & Flow: Turning Points in West Coast Fishing History explores key milestones in the commercial fishing industry on Canada’s west coast. This 25-minute documentary-style film explores how immigration, global conflicts, economic change, social movements, and technological progress have all affected the fishery’s evolution. The film may also be viewed on site at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, and is available subtitled in Chinese and Japanese (on site, by request).

Film production was supported by the Province of British Columbia

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 full digital 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 has over 250 members and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

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