For those planning on visiting Canada one day, here are my top tourist picks and attractions when visiting Steveston, a beautiful town and fishing village perched on the edge of the Fraser River in British Columbia.
You may recognize these picturesque streets from the fairy-tale inspired show Once Upon a Time; stepping through here has a wonderful charming vibe.
1. Museum Tour: Gulf of Georgia Cannery
My friend works here and invited us to take a guided tour. When you step into this refurbished museum, you learn how salmon were caught a hundred years ago, and also about the conditions of the workers and the overall canning process.
Afterwards, you can try to decipher between different types salmon at their Salmon Tasting station.
2. Fish and Chips:
No visit to this river-side town is complete without eating fish and chips, made with ingredients that are incredibly fresh. We went to the Sockeye City Grill, where we had a gorgeous view of the water.
My partner had the halibut fish and chips, which was had the perfect soft texture under delicious fried batter.
I tried their wild salmon fish and chips, and the visually the dish was a vibrant red from the flesh of the salmon. Their fries could have been seasoned more but the coleslaw was tasty and I would definitely recommend this restaurant when visiting Steveston.
On a bright sunny day, nothing is better than the cool taste of ice cream. Try some fruity gelato or go for plain vanilla soft serve; both are super refreshing when walking around the pier.
4. Cute Shops:
As you walk into the sleepy town itself, you will find a variety of quaint boutiques selling everything from handmade soaps to adorable stationary.
5. Fresh Seafood:
Newly caught from the river, small boats line the dock of Fisherman’s Wharf filled with fillets, shelled seafood, and more. Take some back home with you to cook for dinner.
6. Whale Watching:
If you have more time on your hands, Fisherman’s Wharf offers whale watching tours where you can spend an afternoon on a boat, witnessing the majestic beauty of one of the ocean’s animals.