When the guy from the visitor information kiosk in Steveston suggested I take a walk down the boardwalk to the Britannia Shipyard, I thought about postponing it to another time, as I really wanted to find Finn Slough (stay tuned for my next post). I realized that I don’t get out to Richmond all that often, so I better make the visit while I am here. I am so glad that I did. Little did I know that there was a museum with houses that were open to the public to show what life was like there in the same days of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery where I had just visited. The first house that I came upon was Murakami House. The family with their 10 children lived in the house from 1929 to 1942. After the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Murakamis, like many Canadians of Japanese origin were considered the enemy and their home was taken away. Further along were 4 Stilt Houses that were built in the late 1800’s as homes for the fishermen. Exhibits inside reveal the heritage and stories of their day.
Photos by Val Diamond, Sep 2, 2011Vodpod videos no longer available.