The only surviving Chinese bunk house on the west coast, which was once occupied by dozens of Chinese cannery workers a century ago, has now become a historical exhibit in Richmond, B.C.

The exhibit is part of the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site. The Early Edition tagged along with a group of Chinese-Canadian families as they visited the restored bunk house and listened to guide Kimberly Baker. 

Chinese Bunk House

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The bunk house, originally located in Knight Inlet, was home to 75 to 100 Chinese cannery workers who were employed through Chinese contractors to work a variety of jobs on the canning line.

Chinese Bunk House

(Hayne Wai/Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C)

Visitors watch a documentary about Chinese cannery workers in the bunk house. 

Bob Sung

(Andrew Yang/CBC)

Bob Sung, a Vancouver born Chinese Canadian, measures the length of a bunk bed while looking at a hat, an opium pipe and other artifacts left by early Chinese workers. 

The Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site is located in Steveston, Richmond at 5180 Westwater Drive. 

It is open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. PT to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.