It’s Canada’s 139th Birthday Today.
Each city has it’s own celebration every year. For Richmond, it’s always the Canada Day Parade in Steveston. It’s also the day when the city Richmond celebrates its Salmon Festival.
The parade starts at 10:30am. By 10, the street was already filled with people reserving their spot along the route.
The Canada Day celebration is centered around the Steveston area. There’s a small amusement fair, a trade show, and food stalls.
It was a great day today to be out. It was sunny and still a bit cooling in the morning.
We have always celebrated Canada Day by going to the Salmon Festival. The Salmon Festival has been organized by the Steveston Community Society for over 60 years. This festival is believed to be the largest one day festival in Canada.
Salmon has been a big part of the history of Steveston when it was the busiest fishing port in the world, with no less than 15 salmon canneries.
On that one afternoon, 1200 lbs of wild salmon filets were served. There appears to be only one person who checks and ensure every piece is adequately cooked before they are served. He seems to be the one directing the entire operations.
The salmon were grilled over fire open pits.
It takes two person to flip over the salmon grill.
The plate below costs $10. The salmon skin was charred and the meat dry. It wasn’t really great but it was just good fun to go out as a family to celebrate Canada Day.
Happy 139th Birthday, Canada!