COVID-19 and your visit to Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is open and welcomes visitors in accordance with the Provincial Health Office’s BC Restart Plan. As of August 25, 2021, we are currently in Step 3 of the Restart Plan.

The site is open with limited capacity and directional signage to ensure that safe physical distancing is possible. Interpretive programs such as guided tours and special events are not offered at this time. Self-guided site maps are available in paper form or in digital form for use on personal mobile devices. The Cannery film will be shown at limited capacity in the theatre, upon request.

We currently offer group programs with limited capacity. Please contact us in advance for more information.

The site has resumed operations as informed by the advice of the Parks Canada, the BC Provincial Health Authority and WorkSafe BC. The Cannery Crew is working hard to ensure the safe conditions for our staff and visitors.

Here is some information to help you prepare for a visit to our site.

Hours of Operation:  Open daily 10am-5pm

Please call ahead (604.664.9009) or check the website for up-to-date information and details about Admission Fees.

What’s Open (updated July 1, 2021)

  • Parking lot
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS museum and exhibits (limited capacity)
  • Gift Shop (limited capacity 10 people)
  • Washroom (customers only)
  • Theatre (limited capacity 50%)
  • Group bookings (under 15 people). Must book in advance (please provide at least two weeks’ notice).

What’s Closed (updated July 1, 2021)

Health and Safety Protocols

  • Cancellation or postponement of group public programs (large group bookings and special events) in accordance with the public health officer’s prohibition on mass gatherings.
  • Revision of public offer (interpretation) to accommodate smaller groups while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations for the public at entry ways.
  • All staff interacting with visitors will wear non-medical face masks.
  • Closure of washrooms to the public (open limited facilities for visitors/customers only)
  • Control points of entry for workers, customers, and deliveries; public doors are designated for entry and exit.
  • Increased circulation of outdoor air by opening doors (weather permitting)
  • Limit exchange of paper products (site information will not be self-served; handed out upon request). Digital site map may be downloaded with QR code.
  • Installation of plexiglass shields and expansion of the front desk area to allow for physical distancing.
  • Please follow signage with COVID-19 protocols, posted on site for both staff and visitors.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols for high contact items in the museum and exhibits.
  • Staff are provided with appropriate supplies, such as soap and water, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, gloves and garbage bags, and sufficient washing facilities.
  • Staff are provided with proper PPE gear for cleaning and interacting in the workspace.

Your safety when visiting (updated: August 25, 2021)

  • As per the BC Provincial Health Authority, face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces for people 12 and older..
  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you (or your family group) and others.
  • Practice proper hygiene as directed by health authorities.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Respect all onsite direction and signage. Some will be new and will help ensure physical distancing.
  • Be self-sufficient by bringing your own clean trip kit, including hand sanitizer, garbage bags, and masks when recommended by health authorities.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these special places clean.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and health recommendations.
  • Be kind and patient with each other. We are all in this together!

Face Masks

A non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory for people over 12 years old, when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. All staff and volunteers interacting with visitors will be wearing a non-medical mask. Wearing a mask can help in containing your own droplets and protect others but it will not protect you from COVID-19.  Any mask, no matter how efficient at filtration or how good the seal, will have minimal effect if it is not used together with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing.

Please treat people wearing masks with respect.


High-touch surfaces are cleaned following enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Visitors are requested to maintain safe practices including washing hands and avoiding touching of the face.

Venue Rentals

Venue Rentals have been temporarily suspended.  Please contact our venue rentals Manager for more information.

More Resources

Please check out our online and virtual experiences to learn about the history of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry from home.