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Cabins & Cottages
Located at the mouth of the Skeena River on British Columbia's scenic North Coast lies one of the most unique places in the province. Surrounded by outstanding wilderness beauty and biodiversity, Cassiar Cannery is pleased to offer four fully furnished, self-catered waterfront heritage houses for nightly or executive rental.
Nestled along the shoreline of Inverness Passage, Cassiar Cannery's Guest Houses are unique and comfortable. Estuaries are rare ecosystems where fresh water from the Skeena River, second largest river in BC and one of the longest rivers in the world without a dam, mixes with the ocean resulting in a rich complex ecosystem supporting a host of flora and fauna.
Expect to see our resident eagles and ravens perched on the old pilings watching for juvenile salmon and other forage fish. A myriad of migratory birds touch down to feed on the rich, rare and complex grasses of the saltwater marsh surrounding the property.
Guests are fascinated with the movement of the water through the North Coast's large tidal cycle where it can move from the outer edge of the dock right up to the houses. All of Cassiar Cannery's houses are on pilings and at times, are perched right over the ocean.
The North Coast is renowned as having some of the best sport fishing grounds in BC. Five species of salmon, huge halibut, crab, prawns and rockfish make this a fishing destination for both sport fishermen and the commercial fleet. The commercial gillnet fleet still fishes along Inverness Passage and into the mouth of the Skeena River. This is a rare and wonderful treat for both our guests and us and highlights why this place is here in the first place.
In 1889, Alfred E. Green purchased the lot known as the Cassiar Cannery to participate in the salmon boom of the 19th and 20th centuries. By this time, self-contained cannery towns had sprung up all over the West Coast. Built of solid BC timber, Cassiar Cannery had a large canning operation on a huge wooden dock, machine shops, electrical shops, a General Store, doctor's office, boat shop, net loft, storage, cannery worker accommodation, cookhouse and five houses, six residences for the cannery managers and owner.
Cassiar Cannery was the longest consecutively operated salmon cannery on the West Coast of Canada operating continuously from 1903 through 1983. It was the last operating Skeena River cannery.
Four of the former cannery manager's homes have been thoughtfully restored into fully furnished, self-catered Guest Houses. There are two, stand alone, three bedroom Guest Houses which sleep six called Sockeye House and Halibut House. Two bedroom Steelhead House and one-bedroom Coho House are a duplex with separate entrances and sharing a common deck.
All the Guest Houses have luxury linens, hand-built reclaimed cedar furniture, full kitchens, new appliances (except for Coho House which has an original 1960s turquoise stove), BBQs on large waterfront decks, TVs with DVD players, shampoo, conditioner and towels. Wi-Fi is available with some restrictions. Some houses have satellite TV. There is ample parking for trucks and trailers along with access to a deep-freeze for sport fishermen.
Sockeye House sleeps six in three bedrooms â two with queen beds and one bedroom with two twin beds. It has a washer and dryer and water views from almost every room. With a beautiful yellow cedar floor and handmade reclaimed cedar beds, Sockeye House is a fabulous base for your North Coast adventure.
Halibut House also has three bedrooms, two with queen beds and one with twin XL bunk beds, original fir floors, new appliances and a washer/dryer. It will be ready for guests June 2015. Now accepting reservations.
Steelhead House also sleeps six in two bedrooms. It has a queen bed in the front bedroom and two sets of twin bunks in the back bedroom. It also has a reclaimed yellow cedar floor and access to a washer/dryer in another house.
Coho House is a cozy small one bedroom Guest House with the most comfortable bed. It has access to a washer/dryer in another house.
Under restoration and diversification since the summer of 2006, join us, and the thousands of people before us, that know there is something remarkable about this place.
Please visit our website for further information. Please note the availability calendar on Flipkey/Trip advisor only reflects bookings in Sockeye House.
Parks & Wilderness Areas, Cabins & Cottages
Take advantage of the exclusive right to stay overnight in Canada’s best preserved west coast artillery fort! Experience camping in the new way, with a comfy bed. Each furnished oTENTik sleeps six and includes a BBQ, campfire pit and firewood. It’s only a short walk to the spectacular Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site. Available Mid May through September long weekend.
IMR is based in Cumberland, BC which is quickly becoming Vancouver Island’s riding Mecca. If mountain biking is your religion then a pilgrimage to Cumberland is a must! Cumberland boasts a wide variety of trails right out the back door in it’s neighbouring forests. Cumberland is centrally located on the Island and is the perfect place to access the trails of other areas, such as; Forbidden Plateau/Comox Lake, Hornby Island and Campbell River. Island Mountain Rides is owned and operated by Martin Ready. Martin uses 8 years of guiding experience and over 20 years of mountain biking experience to ensure that you have a great time. Island Mountain Rides has legal land use agreements/tenures in all locations advertised. IMR is fully insured and has a comprehensive risk management plan in place to ensure your safety.
Wineries & Wine Tours
Paddle’n’Go is a local Victoria SUP company, offering stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons, tours, and fitness classes for all levels. We love getting people into the water, connecting with nature and gaining new perspectives on the beauty of Southern Vancouver Island. Safety is a priority in every aspect of our programs. We begin by providing participants with the best gear and high-performance SUP boards. Our professional team consists of experienced SUP Instructors with a profound knowledge base. Team members are Paddle Canada certified.
We have selected some of the best known and very special kayaking, hiking, rafting, and canoe adventures in British Columbia and Yukon. These wilderness adventures offer an opportunity to get away from routine, be awed by incredible scenery, learn about the natural and cultural history of an area, meet new people from around the world, and perhaps, find something new and important about yourself.
Art Galleries, Indigenous Culture
I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary northwest coast artwork and crafts. Masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry and wood carvings, textiles and clothing produced by First Nations artists are displayed in a distinctive building on the K’omoks First Nation Band lands (located between Courtenay and Comox) on Vancouver Island. There is truly something for everyone and every price range in the gallery.
Wine Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Private Tours, Chartered Bus Rentals.
Parks & Wilderness Areas, Storm Watching
Unique park composed of three sections – Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands – that feature sandy beaches, island archipelagos, temperate rainforests and important archaeological sites.
Ocean EcoVentures’ whale watching excursions depart daily from the seaside village of Cowichan Bay.Our Whale Watching tours focus on the Southern Resident Orca Whales, Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Grey Whales and Minke Whales. You will also encounter Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Dalls and Harbour Porpoise.A small, owner-operated family business, Ocean EcoVentures is committed to providing you with an intimate and informative whale watching tour.
Spas & Wellness
At My Spa, we believe everyone deserves a healthy body and soul. We are a haven for relaxation and privacy and offer a wide variety of luxurious spa treatments and services designed to revitalize and promote a healthy balanced life style. Relax, replenish and rejuvenate with our aromatherapy massages, body exfoliation, and organic bath treatments. With our exceptionally trained therapists, treatment will be tailored to the needs and preference of each guest. My Spa, Why not indulge and pamper yourself.
Sightseeing, Wineries & Wine Tours, Buses
TourSaltSpring (aka Western Splendour tours &a charters) Join our local guides in a small group setting for a unique tour of Salt Spring’s best attractions. We offer a range of tour packages that involve: guided nature walks and hikes, gourmet picnics, visits to the Saturday Market, stop-offs at local artists’ studios, cheesemakers, vineyards, breweries, and farms, walking tours of Ganges, and talks on local history and culture. We also offer private tours and charters – please contact us.
Located minutes from downtown – award-winning Sante Spa Victoria draws from the elements of nature to inspire, nurture and empower your wellbeing. Our full array of spa treatments offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery, renewal and spiritual awakening. Here you will experience nature’s escape through treatments that harness the therapeutic benefits of locally cultivated ingredients such as coastal sea kelp, northern clay, and lavender. Discover our signature treatments â created by and exclusive to Sante Spa. Botanical ingredients and indigenous elements are woven together to create a sensory journey that awakens one’s sense of contentment, self-awareness and wellbeing.Discover Sante Spa, Victoria’s Mountain Escape – the splendour of ancient arbutus groves amidst expansive views beckon you here – the calm embrace you experience will bring you back.
Horseback Riding & Ranches