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Prince Rupert

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

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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North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site - Port Edward

1889 Skeena Dr
Port Edward, British Columbia
V0V 1G0

Located on the outskirts of Port Edward, 20 km from Prince Rupert, the North Pacific Cannery's history is unique on the west coast of North America. Established in 1889, it had almost 90 years of continuous salmon canning production and fish processing until ending in the late 1970s. Experience the history of BC's oldest surviving salmon cannery. Take a walk along the boardwalks and experience early coastal lifestyle. Tours are offered daily and are included in admission. Gift shop, cafe and accommodations are also available.

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Prince Rupert Port Interpretive Centre - Prince Rupert

215 Cow Bay Rd
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
V8J 1A2

Located on the ground floor of the Atlin Terminal on the waterfront of Prince Rupert's historic Cow Bay district, the Port Interpretive Centre tells the story of the Port of Prince Rupert. It is a story that stretches from 10,000 years ago -when the area was a trading hub for the Tsimshian First Nation - to the present, with the rapid growth of the port's commerce in containers, coal, and grain. At the Port Interpretive Centre, explore where we come from and where we're going. Visit us for a free educational tour and discover a world of opportunity.

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