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Historical jet boat tour to explore the Skeena River Canneries in northern BC


Travel by jet boat along the Skeena River in northern BC on this photo tour of the Canneries of the North Coast. Explore the once thriving canneries  and fishing communities of the lower Skeena River and Chatham Sound. For three days and four nights you will be immersed in the history of this region as we spend out nights in the newly renovated manager’s houses on the site of Cassiar Cannery.  This will be our base for exploring the area as we leave each morning by Jet Boat on a new adventure.  This seldom explored area is home to some of the most unique and interesting historical sites.  Over twenty canneries once lined the bank of the Skeena  and ocean shores, but they have all since closed and only remnants remain. The history from the 100 years of operation is rich and plentiful as we get to see for ourselves the locations of all these sites.

One of the highlights will be exploring Port Essington, one of the most prominent and historic Canneries on the Skeena. Port Essington is ideal for history and photography enthusiasts. The moss covered headstones of the cemetery and the remnants of the boardwalk that once connected all areas of town provide unique and exclusive photo opportunities.  If you are interested in old relics and items from the past is of interest, wandering through the town site will be a-dream-come true. Discarded bones from an early 1900’s butcher shop litter the beach and at low tide provide scenes of mass carnage. Decaying cannery pilings that have been standing for a hundred years provide clues to what once stood at these spots.  

The unique and seldom visited Icelandic fishing village of Osland is a real gem of the Skeena.  The village still has seasonal occupants, has a variety of interesting features along the one kilometer boardwalk that spans the community.  The Carlisle and Claxton Canneries line the south shores of the outer Skeena and have  row upon row of old pilings and other unique relics waiting to be discovered at low tide. 

Cannery Row on the Inverness Passage, at one time, had the highest concentration of Canneries in the region. Presently, the condition of each Cannery varies, from a few pilings at Sunnyside, to the fully restored North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site. One of the highlights of the day will be the ability to view all these canneries from the boat, providing unique perspectives and viewpoints. Cannery row is also home to many weathered derelict  fishing boats that you will have the opportunity to photograph up close and personal. Time will also be allotted to explore your home base the Cassiar Cannery and its many remnants from the past. 

We will venture further off shore to Porcher Island where we will explore two unique locations. The  Porcher Island Cannery and Gillnet station still towers over the Pacific Ocean. This 1928 Cannery still has a variety of old buildings suspended on pilings overlooking Humpback Bay. The remainder of the day will be spent in the legendary boat building community of Oona River which is located on the southeast corner of Porcher Island. We will take a leisurely walk through the community and explore old boats, boathouses, relics and even the rainbow house .   A long-time local resident will guide you through the community and share her stories and experiences of living in Oona River.This will truly be one of the most unique and memorable trips you have ever experienced!

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

May

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Our Jet Boat guide has 30 years of experience guiding and photographing  and exploring Northwest BC.We will utilize many local experts to provide historical context and touring of the individual sites

RESTRICTIONS

This tour is for those with a sense of adventure, and those looking to explore new and seldom visited locations. The small group size of upto 10 guests will allow us to make this a very personal and authentic experience for all. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Not Applicable
TRANSPORTATION

This trip originates and commences in Port Edward, BC.  All transportation ( bus, jet boat, ocean boat, pickup trucks) is included once arriving in Port Edward, BC.  

WEATHER

Summer temperatures and weather are generally quite nice with temperatures between 13-25 C.  It can be a  bit breezy on the ocean and rivers and it will feel cooler with the moving boats.  We will be spending most of our time in a coastal rainforest but typically it does not rain a lot in the summer. 

REGION
Northern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Jet boats and safety equipment, life jackets and waders.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm clothing as the boat rides can be cool. Warm coat, fleece underclothes, rain gear, hiking boots, walking shoes, hat, gloves, warm socks, bathing suit for visit to hotsprings and use of hot tub at the lodge.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera and gear, tripod, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars, dry back for camera gear.

ACCOMMODATIONS

All nights will be spent at the Cassiar Cannery located on the spectacular North Coast of British Columbia, at the mouth of the Skeena River. The Cassiar Cannery has experienced a rich and vibrant history over its 125 years. Once the longest consecutively operated salmon cannery on the West Coast of Canada, Cassiar Cannery has been undergoing restoration and diversification since the summer of 2006.

Full of character, surrounded by beautiful wilderness scenery, entertained by wildlife and the multitude of resident and migratory birds that enjoy Cassiar Cannery’s rare estuarine ecosystem, Cassiar Cannery is a dynamic and unique part of BC’s history.  Stay with us and, as thousands before you can attest, discover there is something remarkable about this place.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals will be provided by the cook at the Cassiar Cannery which will include home cooked meals with a special northwest flavour.

May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018
$1695.00 / per person - CAD

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A $500.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Full refund if you cancel with more than 30 days notice. No refunds one month prior to the program date.

May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Day 1

Port Essington 

The first full day will be spent exploring Port Essington, one of the most prominent and historic Canneries on the Skeena.  Port Essington is ideal for history and photography enthusiasts.  The moss covered headstones of the cemetery and the remnants of the boardwalk that once connected all areas of town provide unique and exclusive photo opportunities If  photographing old relics and items from the past is of interest, wandering through the town site will be a-dream-come true.  Discarded bones  from an early 1900’s butcher shop litter the beach and at low tide provide scenes of mass carnage.Decaying cannery pilings that have been standing for a hundred years, can be easily recognized along the shoreline

Day 2

Osland, Carlise, Claxton 

Day two will begin by boarding the jet boats and heading down Inverness Passage to Smith Island and the Scandinavian fishing village of Osland. The village, that still has seasonal occupants, has a variety of interesting features to photograph along the one kilometer boardwalk that spans the community.  From Osland, we will travel to the Carlisle and Claxton Canneries where we will see row upon row of old pilings and other unique relics waiting to be discovered and photographed. 

Day 3

Cannery Row

The focus of day three will be Cannery Row on the Inverness Passage. At one time, this section of the Skeena had the highest concentration of Canneries in the region.  Presently, the condition of each Cannery varies, from a few pilings at Sunnyside, to the fully restored North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site.  One of the highlights of the day will be the ability to photograph the North Pacific and Cassiar Canneries from the boat, providing unique perspectives and viewpoints.

Day 4

Porcher Island & Oona River 

On day four, the tour will venture further off shore to Porcher Island. The first photographic opportunity will be the Porcher Island Cannery and Gillnet station.  This 1928 Cannery still has a variety of old buildings suspended on pilings overlooking Humpback Bay.  The remainder of the day will be spent in the legendary boat building community of Oona River which is located on the southeast corner of Porcher Island.  If you are looking to photograph old boats, boathouses, relics and even rainbow houses this will be the perfect location.  And best of all, a long-time local resident will guide you through the community and share her stories and experiences of living in Oona River.   

Cannery row is also home to a few weathered derelict fishing boats that you will have the opportunity to photograph up close and personal.  Time will also be allotted to explore the Cassiar Cannery and its many remnants from the past. 

Day 5

Depart after breakfast.