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!