Monday, July 11, 2011

Our GCTT Pt 7 - Steveston Village, BC

One of the nicest afternoons we had in BC was spent at the lovely historic village of Steveston. 

The village is named for Manoah Steves, who arrived with his family around 1877-1878 from Moncton, New Brunswick via Chatham, Ontario. Born Manoah Steeves, a second cousin of William Henry Steeves, he dropped the second 'e' en route. Manoah and his family were the first white family to settle in the area. Steves' son William Herbert actually developed the townsite, which became Steveston in 1889. Salmon canning began on the river in 1871, with the first major cannery being the Phoenix, developed in 1882 by Marshall English and Samuel Martin; by the 1890s there were 45 canneries, about half at Steveston. Salmon-canning was so much part of the life of Steveston that it was also known as Salmonopolis. (From Wikipedia)

 The best fish and chips are found here at PAJO'S! 
Is there anything better than eating fresh fish and chips right on the dock by the water? 
I think not!

 A very unexpected find - a real Romanian baker who sells only one thing - authentic wood oven Romanian bread! This guy was very entertaining and loved to talk about his bread! He bakes only one type of bread and that's it. Period. It's that heavy, crusty, dense home-style bread and it's rather pricey. He charges about $10 per loaf and likes to complain that Canadians don't like to spend their money on "good bread". Well honestly, we can buy very good bread for half that price!

 Just so you don't get lost - there's a handy sign-post.

 The tide was low when we were in Steveston and there were lots of fishing boats in the harbour.

 We bought a couple of kilos of these amazing BC Spot Prawns which we enjoyed a few days later thanks to Vanda's delicious cooking. It was the first time we've heard about them and ohhhhh boy are they yummy!
Spot prawns are the largest of the 7 commercial species of shrimp found in Canada’s west coast waters. The prawn’s body colour is usually reddish brown or tan with white horizontal bars on the carapace (shell) and distinctive white spots on the first and fifth abdominal segments. While large females can exceed 23 cm (9 inches) in total length, the restricted carapace (shell) size limit for harvest is 33 mm (1 1/3 inch) long. The spot prawn is known for its sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture.

 We stopped at a lovely coffee shop called Rocanini and enjoyed a few cups of perfect coffee.

On the sidewalk of a very pretty flower shop- these places always catch my eye!

I loved this village!

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