13th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival

BHSS Festival Volunteers Needed

The 13th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival will be held at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards on August 6th and 7th.

Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, wood carvers, potters, stilt performers, puppets, story tellers and much more!

The event is free and suitable for all ages. 

We also have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for this event and would love if individuals could come and help out.
Positions available include the following:
     - Boat Building
     - Information
     - Children's Crafts
     - Photo-ops
     - Parking


If you are interested, please sign up through the following form:


Additional position details are located on the form. We hope to see you there!

Summer Programs – Register Today


Join us at Richmond Maritime Festival on August 6 and 7 and make your own Greenland Paddle for free. Make and customize this easy-to-use and traditional style of kayak paddle assisted by professional boat builder Rod Tait of Orca Boats. Paddles are completed in one day.

Please pre-register by emailing bhssprograms@gmail.com to ensure we have enough materials.

Event hours: August 6th and 7th, 10 am to 5 pm

Location: Maritime Festival, Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Wastewater Drive, Richmond BC.


Use supplied recycled and reclaimed wood to make a unique, handmade rack to take home. All tools are supplied for the required measuring, sawing, drilling and hammering.

Aug 12 Fri 6:00 to 9:00pm                   18+      #1474668                    $25/1 session

To register, call 604-276-4300 or visit www.richmond.ca/register

Want to own a paddle that you made yourself?

The Greenland style of kayak paddle has been growing in popularity in the past decade.  Many paddlers are returning to this efficient, simple design.  Join us and instructor Rod Tait of Orca Boats at the Richmond Maritime Festival August 6th and 7th and build your own - for free! Build your own in one day and take it home with you.

If interested, please email us at bhssprograms@gmail.com as to ensure we have enough materials available.

Doors Open

Doors Open Richmond is this weekend! We're number 26 on the map. Come on by, there's lots to do!

Sat. June 4th
Britannia Dock: Free Paddling with the Dragon Zone Paddling Club 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
BHSS - Richmond Boatbuilders Shipwright Talk 12pm (30min) BHSS
BHSS - Richmond Boatbuilders – help restore Wood heritage boats 1pm – 3pm
BHSS-Drop-in Boat Building 1pm-3pm
Sun. June 5th
Britannia Dock: Free Paddling with the Dragon Zone Paddling Club 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
BHSS - Kids Boat Building 11am-1:30pm
BHSS - Decorative Knot Tying Workshop 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Mike Elliott Book Talk and Signing

The author of This Old Canoe: How To Restore Your Wood-Canvas Canoe talks about wooden canoes and their people -- the ties that bind them and the restorations that bring them back together again.

Saturday, April 30 at 2 pm

Murakami Boatworks
Britannia Heritage Shipyards
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

For more information: