HYDE, Ron




Author Tags: Transportation

Ron Hyde of the BC Historical Federation has written The Sockeye Special: The Story of the Steveston Tram and Early Lulu Island (BCHF $15 plus $5 postage).

[BCBW 2011]

Sockeye Special
Publisher's Promo (2012)



The Sockeye Special was the Steveston tram that operated from Vancouver to Steveston from 1905 through 1958. The bulk of the passengers in the early days of were workers from Vancouver traveling to the canneries in Steveston which were world renowned for canning Sockeye salmon, the premium of all salmon, thus is became known and called the Sockeye Special.

The book, The Sockeye Special: the story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island relates how the tram was an integral part of transportation from the farmlands of Lulu Island getting into Vancouver. The tram brought thousands of passengers from Vancouver, New Westminster and Steveston to the Minoru Racetrack where, in addition to exciting horse races, six aeronautical firsts took place at the track between 1910 and 1919. Stories of the Steveston Opera House, the opening of the fishing season, the Richmond dairy industry who shipped their milk to Vancouver on the tram and had their milk cans returned at the end of the day filled with spring water as Richmond could not have wells.

A fascinating look at the B.C. Electric’s partnership with the people, the canneries, industry, entertainment and life on Lulu Island The book contains eighty-two historic photographs and images. The Sockeye Special sells for $15 and is available at Black Bond Books, the Steveston Bookstore and in the Gift Shops at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Britannia Heritage Shipyards and London Heritage Farm as well as the Cultural Centre Information Desk on Minoru Gate.