Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. Investments in preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of our national historic sites will protect our heritage and strengthen their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation's achievements.

Upcoming Fire Suppression System and Sanitation Upgrades 

Important infrastructure upgrades will be underway this fall in the areas outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site building. These upgrades are required to ensure this cherished community site remains safe and continues to be enjoyed for generations to come. The upcoming work will be divided into the following two phases: 

Fire Suppression System Upgrades
The fire suppression system at the national historic site is being removed and replaced with an updated system to meet the latest safety standards. As part of this ongoing project, crews will be working along the north side of the property to install a new manhole and sump pump. This work is expected to begin as early as October 21, 2019 and last for approximately two weeks.

Sanitation Upgrades
To achieve efficiencies while work is underway for the fire suppression system, Parks Canada is able to work with the same contractor to install a new sanitary connection along the east side of the building This work is expected to begin following the completion of work on the north side of the building, and is expected to last for approximately two weeks once underway.

The national historic site will remain open during both phases of work, and visitors can continue to access the main entrance to the building. The public will also be able to access the walking path, with brief periods of interruptions to allow construction traffic to pass. Parking will continue to be available at the main parking lot adjacent to the Administration building. While the onsite washroom facilities are closed for the necessary repairs, there are washroom facilities located in Fisherman’s Park, across from the national historic site.  

The planned work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Due to varying tide-levels in the Richmond area during this period, some work may occur on weekends or at night-time. Visitors can expect to see fencing around the work areas, and occasionally hear noise from the heavy machinery. 

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. While the work is underway, visitors to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site are advised to exercise caution, respect all on-site signage and, follow instructions from on-site contractors and flaggers. 

Project updates will be posted on the Cannery’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.Parks Canada appreciates the patience of the community and visitors alike while we complete this necessary work.