Programs & Kits


The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site offers educational programs and tours in English and French. Admission is $3.90 per student, taxes included.

From Sea to Me

(K-1) Social Studies and Science I.R.P.

Fishing, sliming, salting and sealing are just a few of the stages involved in canned fish processing. In this engaging, hands-on program, students explore the steps of the salmon canning line. Through picture book stories, puzzles and a scavenger hunt, students work and learn cooperatively to follow the stages from ocean or river to lunch box.

Fishy Business: A Century of Change

(Grade 2-3) Social Studies I.R.P.

Fish and fishing are a significant part of the historic fabric many BC coastal communities. This interactive program teaches about West coast fish and fishing methods of yesterday and today. Students experience the modern day challenges of the fishing business through role playing catching, weighing, sorting and selling a variety of fish.

Salmon People: Coast Salish Fishing

(Grades 4-5) Social Studies I.R.P.

Long before the development of canneries, Aboriginal people fished along the banks of the Fraser River, including at the site of present-day Steveston. Using object-based inquiry, students explore the significance of fish and compare fishing and preservation methods.

Machines at Work

(Grade 5) Science I.R.P. (Forces and Simple Machines)

Through the design of their own compound machine and a close up look at a real canning line in action, students will gain a greater understanding of the science of forces and simple machines. Students will engage in hands-on activities and analyze art work and film.

Cannery Stories

(Grade 4-6) Social Studies I.R.P.

What was life like for the people who lived and worked in one of BC’s cannery towns? 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 primary sources and artifact replicas provide the clues that will reveal the personal stories of these workers and bring the multicultural history of BC’s fishing industry to life.

Seafood for Thought

(Grades 6-8) Science I.R.P.

What is ocean-friendly seafood? The world ocean is a precious resource that is affected by climate change, fishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. Using drama techniques, students analyze the marine food web and compare fishing methods to find the best choices available for themselves and their families.

Guided Tour and Machine Demonstration

(Suitable for all ages) Social Studies I.R.P.

Try your hand at peughing a salmon at the receiving dock and follow its journey from fishing net to airtight can. See the fish scales that still cover the walls and learn about the lives of the people who worked on the line 12 hours a day. One the herring reduction plan tour, students will find machinery that was adapted from other industries including diary, wine, and pulp and paper. The 20 minute film Journey Through Time is a perfect introduction to the history of the Cannery and BC’s fishing history for all ages.

Pre-Visit Packages

Help your students prepare for their visit with our pre-visit packages.



Bring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery into your classroom! Education kits contain artifacts, historical photographs, and activities that are adaptable for different grade levels.

Education kits are available for 3-week rentals at a cost of $45.00.

My Monster Cannery

(Grade K-6) Social Studies, Language Arts, and Music I.R.P.

Based on the children’s book My Monster Cannery, this interdisciplinary resource kit uses music, rhythmic movement, and song to develop language skills and to enhance historical understanding. Students will respond to texts, perform tableaux, and take on the mantle of the expert.

BC’s Fishing History

(Grade 10) Social Studies I.R.P.

How is the history of fishing linked to today’s fishing industry? Drama techniques are used to immerse students in BC’s fishing industry both past and present. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, engage in debate, and participate in a fishing simulation.


Other Programs

Girl Guides Program
Girl Guides can earn their Heritage Badge at the Cannery! This 90-minute program features hands-on activities designed to meet Girl Guide badge requirements.


Booking Information

Teachers and chaperones are free up to 1 per 5 students. Extra adults are $6.55 each.
Parking is free for drivers of program participants.

To book a program or tour for your group or class, please use the form below or call 604.664.9234.
Book two programs for your class the same day and receive a 20% discount on the second program.

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