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Prince Rupert, Museums
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Located along the Northwest Corridor on Highway 16 West of Northern British Columbia is the community of Port Edward and the North Pacific Cannery. Since being established in 1889 and being open for almost 100 years, the North Pacific Cannery served the region and was a prominent fixture of the fishing industry.
I made my way out to Prince Rupert a few weeks ago, and shortly before Prince Rupert is located the community of Port Edward. Here is Port Edward is located one of Canada's best National Historic Sites. The Cannery served as a prominent fixture of the fishing industry and today it serves as a museum documenting the North Pacific Cannery's important place in the history of this region.
Many canneries were located along the Pacific West Coast and today you can see what remains of the buildings in Port Edward. You are able to experience how life would have been in the cannery from the old machines, boats, equipment and canning supplies. Enjoy the unique experience of having a meal in the old mess hall, or spend a night in the old bunkhouse of authentic cannery living quarters.
If you find yourself driving along Highway 16 West heading towards Prince Rupert, make the stop into Port Edward and visit the North Pacific Cannery. Here you will find the place where thousands of workers and their families, of various nationalities including First Nations, Chines and Japanese, migrated to Port Edward for the summer months in order to take advantage of the salmon season. This National Historic Site is a must see on any visitors list travelling along the Northwest Corridor.