The village of Steveston was named after Manoah Steves, who arrived with his family around 1877-1878 from Moncton, New Brunswick via Chatham, Ontario. Steves’ son William Herbert developed the townsite, which became Steveston in 1889. Salmon canning began on the river in 1871. By the 1890s there were 45 canneries, about half at Steveston itself. Salmon-canning was so much part of the life of Steveston that the village was also known as Salmonopolis.
Today, Steveston still maintains the character of a quaint, historic fishing village, with over 600 fishing boats calling Steveston Harbour home. Now boasting over 350 businesses and services to accommodate its growing population, Steveston has become a popular place to visit and live, with people drawn by its natural beauty.
The town has been featured in numerous movies and television shows, including its role as a stand-in for Marblehead, Massachusetts on the 2010 film “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud”, a location for The X-Files series, in the episodes “Gender Bender” as Steveston, Massachusetts, and later in “Miracle Man.” It was also featured in the Stargate SG-1 episode “Nightwalkers” as Steveston, Oregon. More recently it has played a major role as the setting of Storybrooke, Maine in the television series “Once Upon A Time.”
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