A beautiful seaside village, Steveston is an ideal place to escape from the city. This quaint marina village is full of historic buildings, great eateries, boutique shops and magic. Only 30 minutes from Vancouver, last summer I spent an afternoon exploring what the village has to offer.
A Beautiful Seaside Village
Below you’ll find beautiful sights, places to eat, things to do and where you can spot the magic through Steveston Village.
^ At any destination I’m always drawn to the water and Steveston is no different. Take some time to look around and enjoy fisherman’s wharf. ^
^ One of the last 19th century salmon canneries to be found in BC, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery holds a special place in my heart. Both my dad and grandma used to work here and I’ve grown up listening to stories of their experiences. The museum is well worth a visit, with interactive exhibits, tours and films that have the ability to transport you back to its heyday. ^
^ Be sure to explore down the alleyways, you’ll be surprised what kind of cool purchases you’ll come across. The Fab Pad and Lenny’s Vintage Vault are both vintage stores bringing life and love back to pieces from the past. ^
^ As a vegetarian I don’t eat fish and chips, but if you’re not a vegetarian you can’t leave Steveston without trying this dish! I have it on good authority that Pajo’s is by far the BEST in town! ^
^ We stopped for lunch at the Buck & Ear, an old pub built in 1985. The food and environment was nice, although on the pricier side. ^
^ And for dessert, sorbet! There are SO MANY ice cream shops throughout the village, I could have tried them all! ^
Once Upon a Time
The hit TV show Once Upon a Time is filmed in the streets of Steveston, the backdrop to the fairytale town of Storybrooke. Since the first season aired in 2011, Steveston has seen a rise in tourists visiting primarily for a fan experience, to immerse themselves in the show and possibly sneak a peak behind the scenes!
Storybrooke Post Office
^ This first stop is a MUST on your Once Upon a Time tour! The visitor centre can be found at the Steveston Museum/Post Office. The staff are very friendly and willing to answer any of your questions. Be sure to ask for a Once Upon a Time walking map that will show you all the locations from the show. ^
^ Cannery Cafe has a fun dinner vibe and even if you don’t grab a bite to eat here it’s worth stepping inside to look at the memorabilia on the walls (Zack Efron and the cast of Smallville are just a few of the signed photos that decorate the walls). It has recently undergone a refurb and looks fantastic! ^
^ The Candy Dish offers Once Upon a Time inspired Snow White fudge as well as a walk down memory lane with retro candy (the Popeye sticks were always my favourite as a kid). ^
Thank you for visiting! Have you ever visited a destination because you saw it on TV or in a movie? If so comment below, I’d love to hear about your film adventures!