In the late 1800's, from the Sacramento River in California to the Yukon River in Alaska, there stood close to a thousand salmon canneries. Of these, more than half were rural canneries on river mouths in isolated areas of Northern British Columbia and the Panhandle of southeast Alaska. These rural canneries provided work for a multicultural work force of fishermen, boat builders, cannery workers and their families. In the winter, these same sites became ghost towns. Today, more than eighty percent of these rural canneries are gone, burned down and their sites returned to nature.
Built in 1889, today, the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is a National Historic Site. It is the most complete cannery that remains of these remote villages that once dotted the West Coast. Experience mouth-watering food, licensed dining, cozy lodging, wildlife, and beautiful scenery, with live performances, tours and exhibits in this wooden cannery village suspended on pilings over an estuary of the Skeena River.
In North Pacific's remarkable river setting you will be transported back to the hectic days of cannery life. A live show set against a backdrop of historic photos will bring to life the characters and the story of North Coast fisheries. Displays are housed in original buildings and guided tours describe the canning process, fishing methods and lifestyles.