Staycation: Steveston Getaway

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Steveston, BC, a small fishing village on the outskirts of Richmond, is an awesome destination for a staycation or for a day of caregiver respite. Heritage buildings line the few streets and you can always peruse the docks to get a view of the sea. It’s a picturesque town that has been used as the back drop for many television shows and movies, including Smallville and more recently, Once Upon A Time. If you are looking for more ideas for micro-vacations to help you feel energized and inspired, Steveston is a fun day trip.

Here’s an itinerary for your staycation in Steveston, BC:

1. Start your day with a trip to the coffee shop.

I love the 49th Parallel coffee from Village Books & Coffee House (12031 First Avenue), but many line up to get the specialty pour over and syphon coffee at  Rocanini Coffee (115-3900 Moncton Street). Get your coffee to go!

2. Wander through streets to look at the many boutiques and shops.

Nikaido (150-3580 Moncton Street) is my favourite with half of the store dedicated to tea and the other half to stationary and gifts. Other shops to check out include a fun toy store, many vintage and collective shops, and of course, you must go visit Romania Country Bread (3680 Moncton Street) if you hear the bell ring (the Storybrooke Bakery for Once fans) for the wood-fired whole-wheat organic sourdough bread that makes up his entire selection.

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3. Dive into the heritage of Steveston, BC through the local museums and attractions.

Steveston, BC is home to numerous tourist attractions including the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. Learn more about the early fishing and canning industries in the area.

4. Have some lunch at one of the many local restaurants.

Steveston, BC has a multitude of food options including Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, and even Southern barbecue. Go to Gudrun (150-3500 Moncton Street) for some cheese plates and fondue, or get something more casual at Dave’s Fish and Chips (3460 Moncton Street).

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5. Peruse the seafood vendors aboard their boats while walking on the docks.

Numerous vendors display their freshly caught spot prawns, salmon, and other delectable options aboard their fishing boats right along the dock. My favourite way to end a Steveston trip is to purchase some for a seafood dinner at home.

Did I miss a must-see destination? Let me know your Steveston, BC favourites in the comment section.

Lindsay

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