A visit to the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site

A visit to the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site

I was in Prince Rupert and Port Edward, BC on Friday, May 29.  I was able to pay a brief visit to the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site.  I had always wanted to see the site, but in the past my visits to Prince Rupert were either in the winter, when the site is closed, or I was too busy filing to clients to have the time.

So here are some of the photos I took, converted to black and white, appropriate since the North Pacific Cannery was the longest running cannery on the west coast, operating from 1889 to 1981. It was named a National Historic Site in 1987.


The west end of the cannery site. The two small buildings are replicas of the houses that were occupied by workers from local First Nations.  The large building to the left is the machine shop and First Nations net loft (Robin Rowland)


A fishing net hangs from the rafters in the First Nations Net Loft.  The building was built in Port Essington and moved to the cannery site in 1937.  The loft was where First Nations fishers stored, repaired and hung their nets.  (Robin Rowland)


Another view of the loft. (Robin Rowland)



The main part of the cannery at low tide. (Robin Rowland)


The cannery’s old fuel dock was separate from the rest of the facility for safety reasons.  (Robin Rowland)


Another view of the old fuel dock. (Robin Rowland)



An old rowboat on the cannery grounds. (Robin Rowland)




The west end of Smith Island, Port Edward, BC, captured driving back from the cannery site just as the fog rolled in.  (Robin Rowland)