Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Prince Rupert has a fascinating history and one site stands out as testament to the town's hard-working heritage.
North Pacific Cannery
The North Pacific Cannery, a national historic site, is the oldest, most completely preserved cannery remaining of two hundred-or-so that once dotted BC's Northwest Coast.
The impressive site features 30 buildings full of canning equipment, fishing gear, grocery goods, old furniture and office materials – all of which date back over the last hundred years. Connected by old wooden boardwalks standing high on pilings above an estuary of the Skeena River, the site truly speaks to the realities of cannery life.
True stories about the North Pacific Cannery are fascinating. Europeans, First Nations, Japanese, Chinese and people from many other cultures worked as fishers, canners and boat builders at all the canneries along the northwest coast, travelling far distances for a small pittance and a lot of hard work.
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