Monday, March 10, 2008

Day Trippin' Destination: Steveston

On Saturday Jake and I went to Steveston, a historic neighborhood in Richmond, BC. This quaint little village away from the hustle and bustle of the down town city is a perfect place to kick back on a sunny Saturday!

Probably the most popular spot is Steveston Landing. You can walk out on the boardwalk to the docks and buy seafood straight off the boats (can't get any fresher then that!) or sample the dishes at one of the many restaurants. There's something for everyone-frozen yogurt at Timothy's, to fancy seafood dinners and burgers at other places. Not hungry? There's lots of little shops that sell t-shirts and knickknacks.

Nearby is the Georgia Cannery, which was once a real working cannery, but now is a historical landmark and has been converted into a museum. Jake and I had wanted to go visit, but it is closed until May. A short walk away is Garry Point Park and the dyke with some nice walking trails, a view of the ocean, and lots of space to fly kites; something the locals do often.

No visit to Steveston is complete without a visit to Pajo's on the Wharf for fish and chips! We didn't expect it to be open since all the seating is outdoors, but Saturday turned out to be a nice day and we were pleasantly surprised. There were generous portions of crispy fries and flaky cod served up in paper much more then we could finish (and we ordered a small!) Of course, plenty of birds are nearby to scoop up anything you may drop, such as this young swan below.

After lunch we walked around to check out the fishing boats...there's no shortage of those!

Jake and I had to agree that Steveston is by far one of our favorite destinations in the Vancouver area for it's uniqueness. Things get busy on sunny days and weekends though, and parking is usually in short supply. Plan to spend at least a few hours puttering around the shops, walking, or getting a snack.

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