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Near Port Edward in Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

North Pacific Cannery

 
 
North Pacific Cannery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
1. North Pacific Cannery Marker
Inscription. Salmon canning stimulated economic development on this coast. North Pacific is the oldest West Coast cannery still standing. From here the Bell-Irving family shipped high quality salmon directly to England before 1900. Typical of most canneries in its isolation and operations, North Pacific relied more on native labour than those close to urban centres, was slower to adopt new technology, and had lower production costs. Ethnically-segregated living and work areas divided Chinese, Indian, Japanese and white labour. The main cannery structure, completed in 1895, remains essentially unaltered.

Les conserveries de saumon ont stimulé l’économie de la côte du Pacifique. La North Pacific est la plus anciennne conserverie du nord qui subsiste encore. C’est d’ici que, avant 1900, la famille Bell-Irving exportait du saumon de qualité vers l’Angleterre. À l’instar des conserveries du nord, la North Pacific embaucha davantage d’Amérindiens que celles du sud, fut plus lente à adopter la technologie moderne, et enregistra des coûts de production plus bas. Les ouvriers amérindiens, chinois, japonais, et blancs vivaient et travaillaient dans de secteurs séparés. Achevé en 1895, l’édifice principal est demeuré presque inchangé.
 
Erected 1983 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location.
North Pacific Cannery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
2. North Pacific Cannery Marker
54° 11.682′ N, 130° 13.487′ W. Marker is near Port Edward, British Columbia, in Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District. Marker is on Skeena Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is about 3.3 miles south of Port Edward. Marker is in this post office area: Port Edward, British Columbia V0V 1G0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Inverness Cannery ( approx. 2 kilometers away).
 
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Boardwalk at North Pacific Cannery image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
3. Boardwalk at North Pacific Cannery
Boardwalk at North Pacific Cannery image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
4. Boardwalk at North Pacific Cannery
Mess Hall at North Pacific Cannery image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
5. Mess Hall at North Pacific Cannery
Store at North Pacific Cannery image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 7, 2008
6. Store at North Pacific Cannery
 
 
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