We went to this historic cannery today in Port Edward, which is about a 15 minute drive from Prince Rupert. Even with maintenance making some of the displays closed it was a fantastic visit. I’m so looking forward to going again to see more.
The actual canning machinery was really cool. It started out with Chinese workers making each can by hand, then a machine was made to do the job. Many lost jobs to new machinery taking over through the years. The process of canning salmon was lengthy and I was shocked at how fast the job moved.
We also got to see how the workers lived, how the inside of boats looked as well as inside the cannery workers lined up shacks perched over the water. The houses for the “European” personal are still there and I believe are used for offices now. The old office display was so cool. Old type writers and other equipment were lining desks and counters.
All the buildings were built on piers.
There were also train displays and even a room of miniature trains that moved all around the room when you put a loonie in the slot. Lily and Leif really loved this.
A highlight for me was actually finding a bird’s nest filled with baby birds. They were like statues and then all of a sudden the parent would come in and it would become a squawking frenzy! It startled me so much that I missed pictures and some were blurred. I did get at a few though. It all happened so fast!
I took so many pictures and I can’t share them all here. If you’re interested, you can see them all on my flickr page here.