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Local Summer Destinations: Steveston

Don't want to travel too much to have a relaxing time this summer, or feel like taking your yacht somewhere for a short day trip? Well, you don't have to look very far! Steveston Village is full of history, nice little shops filled with interesting artifacts and souvenirs, and a beautiful view from the docks. Although it's difficult to find a place to anchor your boat, since Steveston is a fishing harbour, you can always locate a marina in the Richmond area and then either drive or transit to Steveston within half an hour.

There are many notable places to visit in the Steveston area. Garry Point Park is where the Fraser River meets the ocean, and the view is beautiful. You can also enjoy fish and chips, or ice-cream, along with the sunshine. Just a five minute walk from there is the harbour, full of commercial vessels, which are often selling fresh fish or shrimp. You can spend hours exploring the many tiny shops, sit and relax at one of the many restaurants or cafes, or take in a bit of history by visiting the Steveston Museum.

Steveston becomes even livelier during yearly events such as the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival, which will be held on August 25th this year. Also, the Steveston Salmon Festival held on Canada Day always attracts a huge crowd, with festivities including Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair, and a Japanese Cultural Show, among many other activities.

So, if you are looking to stay within the Lower Mainland, what better place is there to go than Steveston? Once you go there, you'll want to go again, because there is just so much to do! And best of all, this is all close to the water, and after you spend a few hours touring the village, you can enjoy a nice dinner near the docks at one of the many restaurants.

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