What we are offering:
As with all Parks Canada visitor sites, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site has re-opened with limited capacity. All group bookings and in-person programs are cancelled until further notice.
Machines at Work (Grades 4-6)
Program: This Unit includes an online workshop and activity kit.
- Part 1 includes an activity with wooden tools to investigate simple machines.
- Part 2 is about compound machines and an assembly line (the canning line) introduced through a workshop led by Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site programming staff.
- Part 3 is a classroom activity. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, students will design and draw their version of an assembly line.
- Simple machines are the building blocks to complex machines
- Complex machines work in tandem to produce products
- Everyone and every machine have a part to play
Program Fee: $6.40 per student (taxes included) for a minimum of 15 students.
Offered in English and in French
What’s included in the Program Unit:
- Complete Unit design (no need to add any extra work)
- Connection with Social Science and the BC curriculum
- Kahoot! quiz
- Word search
- Multiple activities
- Two scavenger hunts
- Historical photos and videos
- Instructions for the Wooden simple machines activity
What’s included in the Program Fee:
- An entire unit planned, a physical kit and all the instructions sent online
- Support from Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society staff
- Each student receives a 10% discount for one adult admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (Youth under 17 are free)
- 15% off for any other school program at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS, booked within a year by the same teacher.
How to book the Machines at Work Online Program:
- Contact Johanna Trapier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.664.9234
- Set up a time to pick up the kit, and choose a date for the workshop (within a week of the kit pick up)
- Kits to be picked up at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site 7 days a week, between 10am to 5pm, or shipping to be arranged at own expense.
- All instructions and activities will be sent one week in advance
- Return the kit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Please check back for more online programs coming soon.
What you should know:
- Programs are delivered both in French and in English.
- Payment may be made by cheque (exact amount), debit, or MC/Visa.
- Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the program date will be charged a $50 fee.
- Our programs can be customized to meet your grade level and learning objectives.
- Teachers can preview the site for free! Just show your teacher ID to receive one free admission and to learn more about our programs (not applicable during Special Events).
- For further information and bookings, contact Johanna Trapier at: email@example.com or 604.664.9234 or complete the form below.
School Programs (currently not offered due to COVID-19)
Sea to Me
In this engaging hands-on program, discover the steps to canning salmon through storytime and puzzles. A scavenger hunt along the canning line helps students work cooperatively to follow the process of canned salmon from the ocean to their dinner plate. Click for more details
Fishy Business: A Century of Change
The relationship between people and the environment is explored through the investigation of the West Coast fishing industry. Students compare past and present fishing methods and discuss the economic and cultural importance of fishing to coastal communities. An interactive fishing activity inspires students to consider how human activity contributes to the sustainability of our oceans while they discover different fish species.Click for more details
Salmon People: Coast Salish Fishing
Indigenous people have fished along the banks of the Fraser River since time immemorial. Using object-based inquiry, students investigate replica fishing tools and discuss fishing techniques. This program surveys how First Nations’ skills and expertise contributed to the West Coast fishing industry. Click for more details
What was life like for the people who lived and worked in one of BC’s cannery towns? After a tour of our canning line exhibit, the cannery’s general store serves as the backdrop for a history mystery. Students will work in teams to discover the identity of six cannery workers. Conversations with store clerks, documents, and artifact replicas provide the clues that reveal the personal story of these workers and highlight their treatment in BC’s fishing industry. Click for more details
Machines at Work
Students investigate how machines work together along a 1930s to 1950s salmon canning line, including a demonstration of the working machines. Using their knowledge of simple and complex machines, students will design and draw their version of a machine that will increase the efficiency of the canning process. Click for more details Pre & Post-Visit suggestions: Check out these fun activities from the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago’s website on Simple Machines. Click here for link.
Save our Salmon
It is 1918, four years after the devastating rockslide at Hell’s Gate that blocked millions of Fraser River salmon from reaching their spawning grounds. The low salmon stocks are threatening the future of the fishing industry. In a mock commission, students will use their communication skills and creative thinking to save our salmon. The 1914 Hell’s Gate disaster provides an example of the complexities of natural resource management that is still relevant today. Click for more details
Discovery Tour 60 min.
This Discovery program includes a tour of the canning line, a canning line machine demonstration, and a 15-minute film Journey Through Time about the West Coast fishing industry and more about the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
Discovery Tour 90 min.
This guided tour of the cannery includes a 25-minute documentary film Ebb and Flow, a 45-minute tour of the canning line machine demonstration, and time to explore the cannery on your own.
Make it a day trip to Steveston! Combine a school program at the Cannery with a visit to one of the other many heritage sites located in our neighbourhood. Please contact us for local options.