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Our Steveston Village tour continues along the river with a visit to the historic site of London Farm. You'll first notice the Victorian farmhouse with it's lovely front porch that is the centerpiece of this property. With mature shade trees and picnic tables on the lawn, this is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
This heritage park is just over 4 acres with ample space to roam and explore the grounds. Walking around the spacious gardens is like stepping into the past. You'll see antique farm equipment and get an idea of the what farm life would have looked like in the 1880's in Richmond.
These out buildings have been restored to their original condition. Check out the classic red barn, hen house with live chickens and roosters, a pond, shady gazebo, vegetable garden with original fruit trees, fields of farmland and flowers.
The 1898 London farm house has been fully restored and furnished to illustrate rural life in Richmond between 1890 and 1920. Check and see if the Victorian Farmhouse is open again for tours. Emma models the Smart Shirt in Twilight blue with the Ignite Pants for a casual, relaxed vibe. Beautiful gardens are springing to life!
If you visit the farm, there is a wide path that takes you along the river with a beautiful view of the beach and wildlife. You'll find parking right across the street from London Farm. Here's the scenic view showing the natural driftwood.
Have you noticed the beautiful scenery in our recent photoshoots? We've shown plenty of west coast sea views, piers, beaches and cool architecture too. It may have seemed like we were working at multiple locations since we had such a wide variety of views and diverse landscapes.
Lucky for us, all of those scenic vistas were available in one adorable town with plenty of history. If you feel like daytripping; the charming seaside village of Steveston may be just the place for your next adventure. Here's a quick tour of this historic town by the sea.
This seaside fishing port offers more than meets the eye. With heritage buildings, nautical themes and walk in museums, this quaint historical venue offers plenty to do and see with shops and merchants galore to tempt you. Get comfy while relaxing on a restaurant patio and you can watch the action as fishing boats maneuver in this working harbour (you can buy fresh caught fish and seafood on the dock).
Many historic buildings are still open here, including original fish canneries like the Gulf of Georgia. This national historic site and museum commemorates the West Coast fishing industry.
Bring your walking shoes to enjoy the views from the spacious boardwalk that winds from Steveston Village along the river past vintage wooden boats and heritage buildings to the shipyard docks. Britannia Heritage Shipyard is 8+ acres with an historic waterfront park that includes turn-of-the-century cannery residences, boat works, shipyard, boardwalk, with stunning views throughout.
A once-thriving community of canneries, boat yards and residences, these houses date back to the 1880s and were the living and working spaces of the cannery workers.
If you walk further east along the river you come to London Wharf.This picturesque wide pier that gave us a different perspective of the Fraser river. We enjoyed the views of the estuary and hearing bird calls in the invigorating sea air.
East of the dock, we discovered piles of driftwood that had washed downriver from the winter flooding and we were treated to a display of naturally beautiful and unique debris.
From here starts the South Dyke Trail with views of Steveston Island (aka Shady Island) and the historic Cannery Channel.
If you come, bring your most comfy shoes and a warm windbreaker jacket. There is plenty of walking and much to see and do in this town filled with natural treasures. Thanks for coming along for the trip!