Day in Steveston
When weather in Vancouver is SENSATIONAL, visiting moms need to experience the little town of Steveston!
My mom came to visit Jeff + I at the perfect time! Temperatures have been warm, the sun is shining, the sky is blue – feels like California! Jeff + mom have been puttering around in the garden, picking plums off the tree out front…
Ignore the mess + the weeds – we’ve just returned from Alberta, so no judging por favor!!!!
Steveston was very culturally diverse. Living quarters were highly segregated between the whites, Japanese, Chinese + First Nations. Race also determined one’s position in the workplace. My paternal grandmother worked in a cannery on Terminal Island near Los Angeles during her early years in America.
This statue is dedicated to the Japanese Canadian fishermen. Before the war, the Japanese population was in high numbers in Steveston. When they were relocated, the fishing industry took a huge blow due to their absence.
Mom + I wandered around looking at the cute tourist shops + boutiques. There is a GREAT museum called the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society that is a national historic site. Chock full of history, displays + technical info on the who, what + how’s of the canning industry, it is well worth a visit, if you are a history nerd like moi. Mom is not so into that kind of stuff, but she is into posing with statues!
HEY-OOOOO!!!! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!! We always get our fish + chippies from Pajo’s because it’s got happy, bright yellow umbrellas + is right on the wharf. And they’re good as hell. Captain Jeff says, “Arrrr, landlubber, get ye to Pajo’s for da kine grindz.”. That’s a special kind of salty sea captain/pirate/Hawaiian dialect.
A beautiful, relaxing day enjoying the sun + the easy going spirit of Steveston!
The catchphrase for when your mom comes to visit: “ME WANT FOOOOOD!!!!”.
I didn’t have much home cooked Japanese meals while I was in Alberta so I am basking in it!!!!
Take a drive to Steveston + enjoy it’s heritage buildings + all around charm!